This chair, inaugurated on 23 May 2017, aims to develop research in the field of the conditions of evolution of the infantryman in his environment by combining the skills of the civilian and military worlds.
The chair installs in the long term (5 years from September 2017) research works aiming at technical innovations whose perimeter of action will be at the scale of the Félin infantry section. The research actions are centred on the human being, seeking to favour the conditions of evolution of the infantryman in his environment and addressing the following domains: the protection of the combatant and his equipment, the perception of the numerous pieces of information coming back from the sensors, the collaborative sharing of data for which radio communications are a central issue, the reduction of the cognitive load and tension and finally the increase of mobility.
The scientific programme is mainly centred on the work of 5 to 6 theses financed by Safran over a period of 3 to 5 years, supervised or co-supervised by teacher-researchers from the Centre de Recherche des Ecoles de Coëtquidan with the support of the Saint-Cyr Foundation.
The different themes of the Chair are as follows
- Perception: sensors mounted or deported on the infantryman, drones, robots; data; information visualisation; development of active surveillance systems
- Collaborative: sharing information; merging data
- Protection: Search for efficient and lightweight materials and structures; containment of shrapnel
- Mobility: Development of exoskeletons; mass distribution
- Cognitive (or ergonomics): Artificial intelligence
Yvon Erhel, University Professor, has been appointed to the Chair.
Former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Yvon ERHEL obtained successively the Agrégation of Physical Sciences:
- DEA in signal processing from the University of Paris XI – Orsay, a PhD in signal processing and telecommunications and the habilitation to direct research from the University of Rennes 1, respectively in 1996 and 2004 for the last two degrees.
Professor in the 63rd section of the University, he teaches signal processing as well as digital communications and electronic warfare systems at the Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr. Within the Research Centre of this school, he directs the Defence Sciences and Technologies division which federates activities in the fields of computer science, mechanics and electronics.
His research, carried out in close collaboration with the Institut d’Electronique et de Télécommunications de Rennes UMR CNRS 6164, concerns the applications of antenna processing (multi-channel signal processing) to digital communications and electronic warfare, mainly in the HF radio range.