SystemX: French Research institute forging new public-private partnerships in Singapore

Committee Meeting
Aerospace & Defence, Energy/Infrastructure , Research & Innovation, Smart Cities, Sourcing & Supply Chain, ICT
Date and Time: 
20 Dec 2017
08:30 to 10:00
Wednesday, 20 December, 2017 - 08:30 to 10:00
French Chamber Meeting Room, 541 Orchard Road, #09-01 Liat Towers, Singapore
Registration Dates: 
20 Nov 2017
19 Dec 2017

The Institute for Research and Technology SystemX, a key player in collaborative research and open innovation in France, working on digital engineering of complex systems, has opened a representative office in Singapore in line with its 2020 strategic plan.


Born in 2012 under the auspices of the French State and French MNCs, the SystemX facility in Paris-Saclay has already conducted 31 multi-partner research projects and four European projects, involving 200 full-time equivalent employees, 75 industrial partners (large companies, SMEs and startups) and 21 university laboratories. The next step is to extend the reach of its applied research activities by co-locating with key stakeholders in territories outside France.


The opening of SystemX’s office in Singapore follows on from the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and SystemX during the French President’s state visit to Singapore in March 2017.


SystemX is starting off its activities in Singapore by participating in the CETRAN (Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous Vehicles) project. The aim of this five-year applied research project spearheaded by the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) is to determine the conditions for the safe operation of autonomous vehicles in Singapore. It encompasses activities related to digital modelling and simulation of operational safety and digital security applied to autonomous modes of transport. SystemX will work on areas in which it has particular expertise, developed through its projects SVA (Simulation of Autonomous Vehicle Safety), CTI (Cybersecurity for Intelligent Transport) and ISE (Intelligent Transport Systems Security).


“In four years, SystemX has demonstrated its ability to respond to the challenges presented by the digital transformation through a flexible, open, partner-based approach to applied research. Now it is time for us, in accordance with our 2016-2020 roadmap, to embark on a new phase of growth, with these two new facilities in Lyon and Singapore. We are keen to make our platforms and capabilities available to more academic and industrial partners, and bring our expertise to bear on innovative new use cases. We are proud to be joining the ecosystems of Greater Lyon and the City-State of Singapore, two territories at the cutting edge of digital innovation”, says François Stephan, Deputy CEO – International & Development at SystemX.


About the speakers

  • François-Xavier Lannuzel, Chief Representative of the SystemX office in Singapore

François-Xavier has been working in the field of technology transfer and collaborative research for about 15 years. He’s holding a master of science/engineering degree from a French “Grande Ecole” and did his PhD at the Institute of Materials Jean Rouxel of the CNRS in Nantes.


He has been working as a R&D project manager for an industrial company, bridging the link between SMEs and academic partners. From 2004 to 2011, he was first heading the technology transfer office then the technology transfer and research support office at the Université de Bretagne-Sud.


From 2011 to 2015, he became the 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.


About IRT SystemX

Based at the Paris-Saclay campus, the IRT SystemX is positioned as a digital transformation accelerator.

Its research projects focus on digital engineering of complex systems, deal with the scientific and technological issues faced by various sectors of industry, including transport and mobility, energy, digital security and telecoms. They address challenges that manufacturers encounter in the design, modelling, simulation and testing of tomorrow’s products and services, which increasingly incorporate digital technology.


SystemX’s 2016-2020 roadmap is centred on four programmes: agile industry, autonomous transport, smart territories and the internet of trust.

Today, SystemX is engaged in 31 projects involving 75 industrial partners (large companies, SMEs and startups) and 21 university laboratories, occupying a total of 260 people including 120 direct employees.


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