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Industrial Engineering Centre

Director: Xavier Lorca

Deputy Director: Matthieu Lauras

The Industrial Engineering Centre (CGI) is a laboratory of about thirty people from the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux, whose purpose is to propose approaches, models, methods and tools to support the design and operation of value-creating processes and projects. The processes that we work on are usually distributed and collaborative processes, based on very diverse knowledge, and subject to risks and uncertainties in a world of permanent instability. Our contributions to their design and operation basically involve the use of new technologies in information management.

The work is carried out in two teams who interact continually. The ORKID team (Organisation, Risk, Knowledge in Design) focuses on decision support, making use of business-specific (expert) knowledge for project or process development of products, systems or services. The knowledge, risks and uncertainties that we study relate both to the product, system or service, as well as to the project or process development, and may also include analysis of production. The IO Team (Interoperability of Organizations) focuses on the development of approaches and tools on three levels to support organizational collaboration. The first level, "Expert knowledge", models and optimizes collective behaviours as processes. The second level, "Orchestrate", transforms these processes into executable workflows by an information system that will support collaboration. The last level, "Maintain", supports the changes that occur during the collaboration.

Some recent highlights

In early 2015, the HCERES ( High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education) issued its report. The evaluation undoubtedly appreciated the progress we have achieved by emphasizing an "excellent contribution to the scientific activities of the community", noting our "very good positioning in areas that are at the forefront of current research into production and logistics", and stressing our "promising research themes, from both an academic and industrial standpoint". The HCERES evaluation clearly specifies that it is now necessary to develop our research internationally.

The beginning of this year also saw the launch of the C2Net project, the first “H2020” project of the Ecole des Mines of Albi. This project involves the development of methods and tools to improve agility in the management of supply chains. For the most part, the solutions implemented draw on the support technologies of "cloud computing", the Internet of Things and "big data". After the VHT (IMS), PLAY (FP7) and DRIVER (FP7) projects, this is the fourth European project in which the Industrial Engineering Centre will be participating.

The CGI, the SDIS (Fire service) of the Tarn and the KIMOCE company won the "Kings of the supply chain" national trophy for their project, "Lean Supply Chain Revolution for the Fire Service". The project managed intelligently to adapt and implement the concepts, methods and tools of industrial engineering for a new organization of the flow of materials and information within the SDIS. Given the names of companies that were in the running for this award (Airbus, Lafarge, Auchan, Castorama, Stef, Velux, Vinci...), one can appreciate the quality of the recognition this award brings to the Industrial Engineering Centre.

Finally, also in the spotlight was the new SCALE international master course, which successfully welcomed its first intake under the sponsorship of the Pierre Fabre corporation. This course, taught entirely in English in a multicultural environment, aims to prepare international and French students for careers in Supply Chain and Lean Management. It is jointly offered by the Ecole des Mines of Albi and the Toulouse Business School.

The work in this research axis aims to develop tools to aid knowledge-based decision-making to help those responsible for new product, system or service development projects to make the right decisions. The knowledge being handled and the risks that are assessed concern both the product, system or service under development and the development project itself, as well as the process by which it is created.
The work of the IO research axis aims to propose a tool-based approach to supporting collaboration between organizations.