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Founded in 1980, the Research Center for Automatic Control (CRAN) is a joint research unit between the University of Lorraine and the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS). The unit is also supported by the Lorraine Institute of Oncology (Institut de Cancérologie de Lorraine - ICL) and hosts hospital practioners from the University Hospital in Nancy (CHU). As of January 1st, 2018, the CRAN laboratory has 250 members: 127 permanent researchers, 33 administrative and technical staff, 78 doctoral students and 8 post-doctoral fellows. The annual operating budget is approximately 3 M€. 30% is funded by the university, CNRS and ICL; the rest is raised from industrial contracts and grants.

The main research activity domains of the CRAN are dynamical control and observation of complex systems, system identification and signal processing, manufacturing plant control, networked control systems, fault detection and fault tolerant control, safety and reliability, biology and health engineering for oncology and neurology. These activities are developed within three main research departments.

The laboratory has achieved significant results on several topics covered by automatic control (observation and estimation for different classes of nonlinear systems, analysis and stabilization of switched dynamic systems, direct identification of continuous-time models, system diagnosis), signal processing (non-negative sources separation), systems dependability (reliability analysis by dynamic Bayesian networks, Prognostics and Health Management) and health engineering (functionalized nanoparticles for photodynamic therapy, tissue-light interactions, cognition and epilepsy investigation). In 2017, members of the laboratory have authored or co-authored 317 publications including 110 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and 171 communications in international conference proceedings. 31 PhDs and 4 habilitations were defended during this period. The full publications list is available on The open archive HAL.

The CRAN has developed many interactions with other laboratories from the University of Lorraine and from the University of the Greater Region (Luxembourg, Saarland,Wallonia). Not only these interactions have taken place within the mathematics and information sciences field to which the CRAN belongs (research federation Charles Hermite), but they have also been developed with researchers from others departments (chemistry - biology - environment).

Finally, researchers from CRAN are involved in several French research networks (GdR), European networks as well as in international scientific societies (IFAC, IEEE), where they chair several working groups and technical committees. They also develop projects in national and international partnerships and actively collaborate with companies from different sectors (steel, manufacturing, energy, aerospace, defense industry, health). The laboratory actively participates in the organization and program committees of international conferences as well as in the editorial board of many international journals.