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).

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.

Abdelkrim Doufene, Director of Strategy and Programmes

Abdelkrim Doufene is the Director of Strategy and Programmes at the Institute for Technological Research (IRT) SystemX. As a member of the operational management of SystemX, he maintains and updates the institute’s vision on programmes and research roadmaps. He contributes to consolidate the position of SystemX in its industrial ecosystem and coordinates all the project lifecycle activities (initiation, planning, execution, and closure). Abdelkrim also produces SystemX asset management strategy.

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.

Bruno Foyer, Director of Research and Technologies

Bruno Foyer is Director Research and Technology at the Institute for Technological Research SystemX. He heads the research teams organized by scientific and technological fields and his role is to define and manage the operational strategy of the activities carried out as part of R&D projects with the aim of optimizing the transfer, capitalisation, and reuse of the realized assets and deliverables.

A graduate Engineer from the Institut Supérieur d’Électronique de Paris, Bruno has more than 20 years of experience in Systems and Software Engineering in both large and small companies.

Between 1994 and 2007 his work focused primarily on the architecture and development of scientific and technical software. In 2008, he joined Naval Group, developing expertise in complex systems engineering and the management of major projects. From 2013, he led an engineering department dedicated to a line of naval defence products aimed at the export market. In late 2015, Bruno joined SystemX as Technical Director.

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.


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