StelLab, an international scientific network in support of automotive research

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03/11/2011 | Paris – 3 November 2011

StelLab, an international scientific network in support of automotive research

StelLab and networked innovation
The Science Technologies Exploratory Lean Laboratory (StelLab) is a scientific partnership management organization that was set up a year ago to coordinate OpenLabs research units and create an interdisciplinary network for discussion and experience sharing among scientists and experts from PSA Peugeot Citroën. Its central purpose is to identify and develop new technologies and innovations for tomorrow’s motor vehicles.
 A year after its creation, StelLab has inaugurated the Hub, a place where doctoral candidates, research engineers, scientists and Group experts can come together and network.
The Hub will provide members of the StelLab community with:

  • A dedicated space for managing partnerships and leading scientific projects
  • Demonstration and test laboratories
  • A forum for hosting seminars and conferences
  • A creative space.

A collaborative online platform will be set up in parallel to support the Hub’s activities.

OpenLabs, a robust academic partnership network designed to address the major challenges of the future
Coordinated by StelLab, OpenLabs pools the Group’s research teams and testing resources with those of partner laboratories in joint R&D programs, to explore major themes concerning the future of the automobile and to closely follow scientific discoveries worldwide.
Six OpenLabs will be created in France before the end of 2011, as follows:

  • Automotive Motion Lab, with the Institute of Science and Motion (ISM), Aix-Marseille University and CNRS
  • Electronics and Systems for Automotive (Bordeaux), with the Laboratory for Integration of Materials Into Systems (IMS)
  • Energetics (Orléans)
  • Materials & Processes (Metz)
  • Fluidics (Poitiers)
  • Computational Mechanics (Paris region).

The programme will be pursued in 2012, with two letters of intent already signed with international partners – one with Tonjgi University, Shanghai on human-machine interfaces and another with Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro on biofuels.

StelLab@EPFL, an innovation unit at a top university in Lausanne
To identify the latest scientific discoveries as early as possible and transform them into technological breakthroughs, the Group has set up a unit in the Quartier de l’Innovation R&D community at major European university Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Dubbed “StelLab@EPFL”, the unit aims to support PSA Peugeot Citroën’s longterm vision for its products and services.
By strengthening ties with partners recognised for excellence in the Group’s top-priority scientific disciplines, PSA Peugeot Citroën is furthering its commitment to meeting the many technological, environmental and social challenges that face the automotive industry.
In this way, the Group is bolstering its €2.1 billion research and development programme to prepare a response to tomorrow’s auto-industry challenges.
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