UNIVERSITÉ DE NAMUR

Recently updated, the University of Namur research landscape includes 11 transdisciplinary research institutes.  Research activities lean on state-of-the-art scientific equipments, technical knowhow and sharp expertise, grouped in 8 technology platforms (http://platforms.unamur.be/).  Researchers develop inter- and transdisciplinary projects in fundamental as well as in applied research.  They are accessible to the scientific community as well as to industries. The University of Namur maintains the appropriate balance between fundamental and applied research.

Namur Digital Institute - NaDI

Jean-Marie Jacquet/Yves Poullet (nadi@unamur.be , +32(0)81 72 50 01)

Grouping five research centers from various disciplines, ranging from sociology, philosophy, law, management to computer science, the Namur Digital Research Institute offers a unique multidisciplinary expertise to all areas of informatics, its applications and its social impact.

The conviction that led to the creation of NaDI is the need to cross disciplinary perspectives on the ubiquitous digital technology that changes the lives and behaviours of our administrations, companies and individual citizens. NaDI currently brings together about 150 researchers and works on many research projects related to the digital technology, both at the Regional, Belgian and European levels.

Among the main expertises offered by NaDI are formal methods, man-machine interfaces, requirement engineering, modeling techniques to reason and design complex software systems, testing, quality insurance, software product lines, databases, big data, machine
learning and more generally artificial intelligence, security, privacy, ethics by design, technology assessment and legal reasoning.

 

Namur Institute for Complex Systems - naXys

Anne-Sophie LIBERT (naxys@unamur.be, +32 (0)81 72 49 46)

From the space debris to the whole universe, in the solar and extrasolar systems, naXys, the Namur Institute for Complex Systems is renowned for its numerical and analytical approaches of space dynamics. The naXys institute has a strong research component in orbital motions, space geodesy and physical cosmology. The researchers are partners of several space missions (BepiColombo, Euclid, Juice, Cheops) where their theoretical approaches are appreciated in the mission analysis and preparation phases; they contribute to the modeling of the dynamical problems and observables, as well as to the building and refining of suitable numerical software and tools (frequency analysis, efficient algorithms, statistical forecasts, chaos detection, stability criteria).

In many industrial and research projects, one attempts to improve a system by modifying its decision variables subject to constraints: this is optimization. naXys focuses on the numerical solution of such problems that is the effective calculation of the best values for the decision variables. It focuses in particular on nonconvex and large scale instances. Both theoretical questions, such as design and convergence properties of the algorithms, and associated software issues are studied.

 

Research Center in Physics of Matter and Radiation - PMR

Laurent HOUSSIAU (laurent.houssiau@unamur.be, +32 (0)81 72 45 12)

The 5 research themes of the Department are interconnected, environment, for instance, being linked to progress in materials, but also to developments in laser spectroscopy, theoretical calculations and life sciences.  All 5 themes deal with the interaction between matter and radiation.

The PMR shows a great expertise in the development of innovative materials. The new materials generally present surfaces or interfaces which give them original properties. The PMR has developed a great expertise in the field of all types of thin film deposition by different physic-chemical techniques. The new materials are very often nanomaterials, such as nanoparticles (TiO2 …), functionalized carbon nanotubes, nanocomposites, bioinspired materials, etc. A long experience in digital modelling for solid physics and the access to powerful computers enables to explain, even predict, numerous experimental observations. The development of all these new materials is regularly done in partnership with Walloon industries.

The PMR develops also very high resolution spectrometers based on laser diodes and CO2 lasers to study gas phases in atmosphere. It is also active in remote spectroscopy of planetary atmosphere or the simulation of nuclear reactions produced in stars.

 

Laboratory of Chemistry and Electrochemistry of Surfaces - CES

Zineb MEKHALIF (zineb.mekhalif@unamur.be, +32(0)81 72 52 30)

The CES research focuses on the design of surface and interface materials and their fabrication by chemical processes, in particular electrochemistry, self-assembly and soft chemistry. These surface materials can be thin or ultra-thin organic and / or inorganic film assemblies on metal substrates, metal oxides, and polymeric films. The team's research fits naturally into the general theme of structured surface materials considering micrometric and / or nanometric scales. The studies are carried out with the aim of maximizing the performances (desired properties, durability, reliability, cost and ecological constraints), the chemical selectivity of the compounds to the targets (surfaces, polymer matrices, etc.) and the control of structure at the molecular level.

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