Ali Charara
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Ali ChararaDirector of the Institute for Information Sciences and their Interactions (INS2i)

An exceptional grade professor at the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC), Ali Charara specialises in automatic control and robotics, focusing on the observation and control of intelligent/autonomous vehicles. After working as a CNRS project manager and then deputy scientific director (2003-2006), he served as deputy scientific director of the i-Trans competitiveness cluster (2005-2009) and later as a member of its board of trustees (2013-2017). He directed the Heudiasyc laboratory (Heuristics and Diagnostics for Complex Systems, CNRS / UTC) from 2008 to 2017, and in 2009 helped found the Federation of Research Heterogeneous Systems in Interaction (CNRS / UTC), which he headed until 2018. He also co-founded the MS2T (Control of Technological Systems of Systems) laboratory of excellence in 2011, serving as its director until 2018, and in 2017 the joint laboratory Sivalab (CNRS / UTC / Renault). Ali Charara has twice been a member of the National Committee for Scientific Research (2000-2003 and 2008-2012).


The INS2I supports and coordinates research in information science while promoting constant interaction between basic research and socioeconomic issues.

Areas of research

  • Computer science
  • Automatic control engineering
  • Signal and image processing
  • Robotics
  • Development of systems-on-chips