UMR 7039
Created in 1980, the "Centre de Recherche en Automatique de Nancy (CRAN)" is a joint research unit (UMR 7039) shared by the University of Lorraine (UL) and the CNRS "Institut des sciences de l'information et de leurs interactions (INS2I)" and "Institut des Sciences de l'Ingénierie et des Systèmes (INSIS)", sections 7, 26 and 28 of the "Comité National de la Recherche Scientifique". It also hosts researchers from the "Lorraine Cancer Institute" (ICL, Centre de lutte contre le cancer) and the University Hospital.

As of January 1, 2019, the laboratory had 110 professor-researchers, 2 emeritus, 7 CNRS researchers, 11 other researchers from UL, ICL and CHU or external organizations, 8 post-doctoral fellows, 73 doctoral students and 34 (including 29 permanent and 5 fixed-term contracts) engineers, technicians or administrators. It is part of the Charles Hermite Automatique, Informatique, Mathématiques de Lorraine Research Federation and the Automatique, Mathématiques, Informatique et leurs Interactions (AM2I) scientific pole of the University of Lorraine.

The research carried out at CRAN concerns Automatics, defined as the science of modelling, analysis, control and supervision of dynamic systems, but also signal processing and computer engineering.
With the integration in 2013 of a biology EA, and building on the unit's historical strengths, CRAN is also conducting interdisciplinary research combining automation, signal and image processing with biology and medicine.

The laboratory develops activities across these disciplines in the fields of engineering for health and safety of systems operation. These research fields, based on the concepts of signals (conventional and biomedical), dynamic systems (physical or biological), integrative biology, networks (computer or signalling in biology), information and decision-making, concern both technical systems (industrial processes, transport systems, energy production, communication networks, etc.), environmental systems (air quality, water, etc.) and health (diagnosis and care in cancerology and neurology). The benefits of this research have both a "societal" impact (improving the safety of facilities, diagnostics and medical or environmental care) and an economic impact (improving the performance of facilities, medical procedures, products or services).