Mission and Vision

The Center for the Development of Advanced Technologies supports at the national level the development of state-of-the-art technologies in multi-disciplinary thematic fields as diverse as:

  • Productive and Robotics,
  • Industry 4.0,
  • Augmented reality and Virtual reality,
  • Automation and artificial intelligence,
  • Plasma and Laser Matter interaction,
  • Optics, photonics and lasers,
  • Materials sciences,
  • Microelectronics and microsystems,
  • Design and development of integrated circuits,
  • Nanomaterials and nanotechnology,
  • Design, development and prototyping of integrated systems,
  • Systems architecture and multimedia,
  • Telecommunications and advanced information systems,
  • Biometrics, biomedical signal processing and intelligent systems,
  • Computer vision for human-machine interaction,
  • Cloud computing, big data and the Internet of Things,
  • Embedded systems,
  • Physicochemical and electrical characterization techniques,
  • Technical support for research projects, including Fab-lab techniques,
  • Design tools (CAD),
  • Thermal spraying processes.

In many of these areas, CDTA has proved expertise and know-how with thirty years or more of activity, hence its national aura. Aware of this asset, the management of the Center strives to make full use of the transversality between these disciplines in order to specialize even more in integrative technologies that impact the everyday life of the citizen. Thus, six impact areas are being targeted:

  1. Health,
  2. Energy,
  3. The environment,
  4. Water,
  5. The digital,
  6. Industrial technologies.

On each of these six impact areas, several Research Divisions and several teams focus their activities. The transversality of their actions has been increased from 20% to 60% relative to the total number of research projects registered within the Center. This thematic connectivity is to be improved even more in the medium term to get maximum benefit from the diversity of disciplines in the Center.

Although CDTA still plays its role of a Technology Development Center, as evidenced by the number of products in excess of 30% relative to the scientific publications, much remains to be done. Precisely, in the valuation of these products by means of instruments at hand such as incubation, the creation of subsidiaries, a targeted partnership, training offers, consulting, expertise, etc.

The CDTA remains strongly engaged with the academic sector where on average each researcher is involved with a University either in training or by supervision. This effort should be channeled, in the medium term, by means of cooperation agreements in support of the Center’s research projects and also by providing more technical skills to the committed students.

The Center also aims to open up more internationally, particularly through the reception of visiting researchers on sabbatical and the insertion into multilateral collaborations. Appropriate mechanisms will be provided to help embrace, once and for all, international standards for research and development. Among these, the TRL scale.

It should be noted that even if the products of the Center remain below those delivered on national or international trade by their appearance and aesthetics, to see more closely, they have strong assets that make them out of reach of any competition, namely:

  • The ability to adapt specific solutions to specific problems,
  • The evolutionary aspect of the proposed solutions,
  • Assistance offered to partners to formulate their technical specifications even before contracts are signed,
  • The availability of support, training, updating of solutions, etc.

For all these assets, the CDTA is able to see big and go gradually; towards the fulfillment of its first and final mission: to put its science and technology at the service of society and the citizen.