Since 2015, 18 laboratories in Nouvelle Aquitaine (a region in the south-west of France) are working together on 8 research projects around the Digital theme.

Every 6 years, the State, the local authorities and the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, through the CPER (State-Regional Planning Contract), and Europe through the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), finance research by supporting projects that aim to contribute to regional development. The objective is to set up infrastructures available to citizens, researchers and companies to make their daily lives easier and safer. Several laboratories thus join forces around a theme and think together about how they will direct their research, through axes negotiated with the various funders.

It’s in 2015, between the Universities of Poitiers and La Rochelle, that the CPER NUMERIC was created. Composed of 169 researchers from 18 laboratories specialising in technological and scientific innovation, the programme has chosen to focus on 8 research themes divided into two main areas.


e-content : this first axis seeks to deploy tools, software and technologies to secure digital data, facilitate their handling and enhance their value to the general public. This axis is divided into four actions:

e-education : a project that seeks to reinvent learning thanks to digital technology ;

e-heritage, which seeks to provide digital support to historians, archaeologists and museums in order to promote the heritage of Poitou and La Rochelle;

e-creation : a project that works on the theme of increased book production, particularly in the field of comic strips. Details to come

e-administration, which works on new techniques to secure your administrative documents and detect fraud and forgery.


Quality Resources is a second axis that seeks to innovate to improve the quality of life of citizens through themes such as ecology, robotics, the creation of connected and eco-responsible homes. This axis is divided into 4 sub-axes:

Dexroboc is a project that aims to develop a hyper interactive robotic hand.

POMAC is a project that develops aquatic (boats, submarines) and aerial drones to analyse the water quality of the rocky coastline.

CEMOP which brings together a set of non-contact measurement methods using imagery to quantify shapes, surfaces, distances, deformations, displacements and colorimetry.

Smartic is a project working on the realisation of communication and electrical networks for the inhabitants of the future.


Within these different research themes, researchers from the Universities of Poitiers and La Rochelle, as well as those from ISAE-ENSMA, are producing digital tools for the benefit of the region’s citizens, researchers and companies. The CPER Numeric program will come to an end in 2021.