Michel Morvan, President

Michel Morvan is co-founder and Chairman of Cosmo Tech, a software developer specialised in augmented intelligence solutions for critical infrastructures. Before setting up Cosmo Tech, he was Chief Scientist and Vice President for Strategic Intelligence and Innovation at Veolia Environnement. He is a former Full Professor of Computer Science at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon. He has spent the last three years in Silicon Valley and is an Eisenhower Fellow. Cosmo Tech has been involved in SystemX energy and mobility projects for a number of years


Operational management

The Management Team builds and implements the IRT SystemX’s strategy on a day to day basis.

Its action covers the research, training, communication and operational aspects. To assist the team in this task, various committees and boards have been established. Learn more about the Board of Directors, the Scientific and Technological Council, the program orientation committee.


Paul Labrogère, CEO

Former Master’s of Engineering Degree graduate from EFREI Paris – ESIGETEL and bearer of an ESSEC Executive Education (Management) certificate, Paul Labrogère has been appointed in 2018 CEO of IRT SystemX, for which he was previously Director of the “Autonomous Transport” Program.

Paul Labrogère started his career as a software engineer at the InfoVista start-up. He joined Alcatel-Lucent in 1998 where he successively held the positions of Team Leader R & D Software and then Director of Research, with a scientific and technological background centred on the design of distributed systems.

In 2012, he took part in creating and setting up the research institute and contributed to its development, by taking over the management of the “Technologies and Tools” research program and then of the “Autonomous Transport” program. Former member of the management committee of Bell Labs in France and of the Board of Directors of FING (New Generation Internet Foundation) and member of the Telecom SudParis Research Committee as well as the “Autonmous Vehicle France” Steering Committee (2015-2018).

Luc d’Archimbaud, Deputy CEO

Member of the operating management of IRT SystemX, Luc d’Archimbaud has been appointed Deputy CEO of the Institute, after being Chief Administrative Officer since 2012.

After conducting research on artificial intelligence in the Thomson-CSF group (Thales), he was named Deputy Director of Research and Technology for the same group before joining the CEA’s Participations Department where he piloted the sale of the computing and medical imagery subsidiaries. Having evolved towards financial duties, he become the CEA’s Budget and Management Control Director and then Inria’s Administrative and Financial Director. He also served in audit functions, especially for the European Court of Auditors.

Co-founder of a tech company, he was administrator of Priam Gestion’s venture-capital fund and of the start-up Alchimer, where he represented the CEA and the CEA Valorisation investment fund respectively.

Luc completed his engineering studies at Supélec with a MBA at INSEAD and a DEA (LAMSADE, Paris IX Dauphine). Research fellow in INSEAD’s Strategy Department, he also taught at HEC.

François-Xavier Lannuzel, Chief Representative, Singapore

François-Xavier Lannuzel is a chemical engineer with a PhD in materials science. A graduate of the ENSCR chemical engineering school in Rennes, he did his PhD at the Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel CNRS inNantes. He then worked as an R&D project manager in industry, at the interface between university laboratories and SMEs. From 2004 to 2011, he was Technology Transfer Officer and later Technology Transfer and Research Support Head at the Université de Bretagne-Sud. From 2011 to 2015,he was Science and Technology Attaché at the French Embassy in Norway, after which he held a similar position at the French Embassy in Singapore from 2015 to 2017. He  took  the  helm  of  the  new SystemX office in Singapore on 1 September 2017.

Lionel Scremin, Lyon Site Managing Director

As an engineer graduate from Supélec, Lionel Scremin pursued his career in North-America during 15 years for the Alstom group. He hold different positions form systems engineering to product management, leading the delivery and implementation of high-technology products and digital solutions in the fields of telecommunication, multimedia, security systems, transport and infrastructure. He broadened his technical expertise with the completion of a Master of Applied Sciences and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Montreal. He joined the IRT SystemX in 2013 as head of a research consortium dedicated to multimodal transport, henceforth rallying his innovation and managerial background with this new position. In 2017, he took over the responsibility of building the activity of the IRT SystemX in the area of Lyon.

Cyril Orgelot, Company Secretary

Cyril Orgelot is the Institute for Technological Research SystemX’s Company Secretary. Member of the operational management team of the IRT SystemX, he heads the budget and financial management of the Institute, as well as the human resources and the legal affairs.

Cyril filled various positions for over 20 years in finance in multinational groups, mostly IT services and hardware companies, as well as high-tech startups.
After four years in accounting and advisory firms, he became the Chief Financial Officer of various companies, including Acer Computer France and Fujitsu France.
In 2013, Cyril co-founded a startup specialized in 3D printing, where he was also head of finance. This project, initially funded in Europe, pursued its expansion in Silicon Valley, California. In 2016, before joining SystemX, Cyril provided consultancy services to a French life science company developing anti-HIV vaccines resulting to a fundraising.

Cyril is a graduate of the l’Institut Supérieur Commercial in France and holds a post-graduate diploma in accounting and finance (DESCF).

Patrice Aknin, Scientific Director

Patrice Aknin is the Scientific Director of the SystemX technological research institute (IRT). As a member of the operational management, he defines and implements IRT SystemX’s scientific strategy by identifying and structuring the scientific issues to be addressed and the scientific responses to be made to industrial problems. He manages the scientific arm of the Institute by supporting and assisting its scientific growth and coordinating relationships with its partners in public research and higher education. A PhD of Université Paris-Sud and “Habilitation à diriger des Recherches” of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Cachan, his career was one of research at Inrets, later known as Ifsttar (French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Developpement and Networks). In 2008 he was appointed Research Director at Ifsttar after filling several posts, not least leadership of the “Diagnosis and Maintenance” team from 1998 to 2009 and then the directorship of the Laboratory for New Technologies at Marne-la-Vallée (LTN Marne) until 2011. He then joined the Scientific Direction of Ifsttar as Deputy Scientific Director for doctoral studies and academic partnerships. In 2013, he was appointed Scientific Director of the SNCF in the Innovation & Research division, in charge of the group’s doctoral studies, academic partnerships, expert network and innovative design. He worked there until 2016.

During his career, Patrice Aknin has directed 16 theses and 3 “habilitations” in the fields of diagnosis, decision support tools, reliability and statistical learning. He is the author of 35 articles for peer-reviewed journals and over a hundred international conferences. He has taught at ENS Cachan, Université Paris-Sud, and ENSEA Cergy and is currently a professor at Ecole des Ponts ParisTech.

Patrice Aknin is a member of the scientific boards of ENS Paris-Saclay and ENSTA ParisTech, the board of directors of the SEE, the steering committee of the ANRT and the board of the MSTIC doctoral school of Université Paris-Est. He was vice chairman of the operational group “Quality of Transport Systems” in the PREDIT inter-ministerial program and a member of the CERTIFER rail certification agency. Patrice Aknin is also a member of the EURNEX excellence network for European rail research.

Aurélie Bourrat, Communications Manager

Aurélie Bourrat is Communications Manager at the Institute for Technological Research SystemX. As a member of the operational management team, she defines and implements the Institute’s internal and external communications strategy. She develops the IRT’s brand image and works with the research teams to promote their work.

After completing a Master in Marketing and Communications Strategy, Aurélie spent almost ten years honing her expertise in various research and innovation organisations. She first joined Digiteo – a group of higher education and research establishments that was the forerunner of Université Paris-Saclay – as a communications officer. Three years later, she became a consultant for IncubAlliance and assisted them with their web-based and corporate communications projects. In 2013, she joined the IRT SystemX as events and internal communications officer. After five years in this position, she took over the management of the Institute’s communications team.


Abdelkrim Doufene, “Autonomous Transport” Program Director

Abdelkrim Doufene is “Autonomous Transport” Program Director at the Institute for Technological Research SystemX. As a member of IRT SystemX’s operational management team, he defines and implements the strategy of the “Autonomous Transport” program which aims to improve safety, equipment availability and user experience through research work on new secure and safe architectures integrating new uses, critical on-board systems and infrastructure development. He designs the research program and roadmap in conjunction with the Institute’s academic and industrial partners, and implements its execution though coordinating R&D efforts with the project teams conducting research activities. He seeks to develop team skills and scientific excellence in conjunction with the Institute’s training activities. He also helps to direct, conduct and promote research efforts and to optimize the exploitation of results and their impact on the entire ecosystem.

Abdelkrim Doufene has been a Research Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)`s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS). Prior to this position, Dr. Doufene was a Postdoctoral Associate – Research Project Leader and Coordinator at MIT`s Engineering Systems Division (ESD) from 2013 to 2016 and a research engineer at the R&D department (Electric Vehicles Program) for the automotive manufacturer Renault from 2010-2013. He has also taught in many universities and schools. He was involved in many projects and services for the research community.
He obtained a Ph.D. from École polytechnique France in 2013 and the ParisTech doctoral program in management at the ENPC School of International Management. He holds a master degree in decision and information systems from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, ESSEC and CNAM.

Etienne de Pommery, “Agile Industry” Program Director

Etienne de Pommery is “Agile Industry” Program Director at the Institute for Technological Research SystemX. As a member of IRT SystemX’s operational management team, he defines and implements strategy for the “Systems Engineering” program which aims to improve the agility, productivity and competitiveness of companies through research work on collaborative engineering methods, processes and software tools for complex systems. He designs the research program and roadmap in conjunction with the Institute’s academic and industrial partners and implements its execution in R&D projects.

An engineering graduate from Sup’Aéro, Etienne de Pommery has more than 20 years’ experience in technical and scientific information technologies. He worked at Dassault Systèmes in R&D and product roles for almost 10 years, and then after a transitional period of several years in organisational consultancy and project management at CSC (Peat Marwick), he joined the ESI Group in 2003. Here he was responsible for project management, strategic and commercial development in France and abroad, partnership implementation and monitoring, and funding of collaborative R&D projects. In particular, he actively contributed to setting up projects defining the roadmap of the OCDS (Design Tools and Systems Development) working group of the Systematic Paris-Region competitiveness cluster. He was a board member of Teratec from 2014 to 2014, federating high performance computing (HPC) actors. Since 2011, he has chaired the supervisory board of Haption, a company specialising in haptic devices for industry and services.

Charles Kremer, Smart Territories Program Director

Charles Kremer is the Program Director for Smart Territories at IRT (Technological research institute) SystemX. In his capacity as a member of the operating management of SystemX, he defines and implements the strategy of the program, the purpose of which is to develop technological bricks from data analysis to decisional aid that will foster the evolution of products and services entailed by new usages. He designs the research program and goals in association with the academic and industrial partners of the Institute and ensures they are executed via the R&D projects.
After an initial period in Japan working in a telecommunications research center and then a start-up in embedded software, Charles joined the PSA Peugeot Citroën group. From 2005 to 2013 he worked in Software management R&D involving international projects.
In 2013, he joined the Thales Avionics group as manager of the systems engineering team developing the avionic calculator product policy. In this capacity, he coordinated the arrival at maturity of a certain number of technological bricks and steered the development of the first demonstrator for the 2020 avionics platform.

Gilles Desoblin, Director, Internet of Trust Program

Gilles Desoblin is the program Director for Internet of Trust at IRT SystemX. In his capacity as a member of the operating management of SystemX, Gilles defines and implements the Internet of Trust program strategy, the purpose of which is to improve the flexibility, performance and security of the control and management software for digital infrastructures in terms of cyber-security and architecture developments in networks and services. He has designed this program and its goals in association with the SystemX’s academic and industrial partners. He ensures it is executed via the R&D projects, optimizing the use made of its results and its impact on the ecosystem as a whole.
Gilles has over 20 years experience in innovation management in multinational entities involving defense, telecommunications and media. With a postgraduate degree in Man-Machine Systems and Communication from Université d’Orsay (Paris XI), Gilles began his career in complex system software engineering, at Thales and Protectic Ingénierie among others. He joined Alcatel in 1997 to assess and improve the software development processes in the group’s R&D centers. Then he set up the “Network and Services Management” center for multi-site skills and also contributed to the creation of the Systematic Paris-Region center, setting up the Usage, Services and Integrated Radio (USRI) project for the Telecom division. In 2006, at Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, he headed the department defining the new generation architecture for IP communications solutions. In 2009, Gilles joined Technicolor to accelerate the transfer of innovations to the market and direct the Rennes site.

Bruno Foyer, Technical Director

Bruno Foyer is Technical Director at the Institute for Technological Research SystemX. As a member of IRT SystemX’s operational management team, he defines and implements the platform strategy used by programs, firstly by providing support for the introduction of consistent technical and software infrastructure, and secondly by perpetuating and pooling the assets or technological bricks used and produced by project teams (hardware, algorithms, software modules, methodologies, tool-based processes, etc.). The Technical Department contributes to the collaborative efficiency of programs by offering them a set of services and technological resources that allow them to focus on research activities.

An engineering graduate from the Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris, Bruno Foyer has more than 20 years’ experience in systems and software engineering in high-tech and change-adaptable environments.

A software engineer and then technical IT project manager between 1995 and 2007 at Groupe France Télévisions, he developed his architecture and object software expertise, his main area of interest being component reusability.

In 2008, he joined Naval Group, initially as a Systems Validation Engineering Manager, and then manager of a software department. Since 2013, he has been a Systems and Software Engineering Department Manager for a product line dedicated to the export market. In this role, Bruno has coordinated an R&D team and set up innovative procedures, particularly in terms of systems engineering methodologies.