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Université Gustave Eiffel
Name of Member: Université Gustave Eiffel (former French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks)
Acronym:  Université Gustave Eiffel  (IFSTTAR)
Telephone:+33 (0)1 81 66 80 00
Address: Cité Descartes, 14-20 boulevard Newton – 77477 Marne-la-vallée cedex 2 – France

Université Gustave Eiffel is a multidisciplinary university of national importance. It also has the distinction of being the first institution to bring together a research institute, a university, a school of architecture and three engineering schools. By pooling its many strengths in the areas of education and research, Université Gustave Eiffel aims to develop by pursuing a strategy based on complementarity between its founding institutions. By creating better synergies in this way, the university can offer the groups it serves a wider range of expertise. Educating young people, employees or citizens at all levels, providing the whole of society with scientific insights  ̶  the ultimate aim of Université Gustave Eiffel is to help raise everyone’s level of qualification.The harmonious development of human societies depends on our capacity to live together and share public space and time, quite as much as resources. Society is becoming not only increasingly mobile, urbanized, globalised and digital, but also more and more participative, environmentally responsible, aware of the limited nature of its resources and safety conscious. In addition – at least in developed countries – populations are ageing rapidly. Each of these factors is a challenge for the 21st century.

IFSTTAR has made a non-exhaustive list of the areas where it could make a valuable contribution:

  • Mitigating climate change, adapting to it and limiting energy demand
  • Protecting our built heritage and making it versatile, increasing the resilience of systems
  • Preserving biodiversity and natural resources
  • Enhancing living environments and reducing socio-spatial inequalities at various scales
  • Responding to demographic changes, improving public health and human safety
  • Adapting to and implementing technological and socioeconomic changes to improve the design of public space and transport

Its role of advancing, disseminating and exploiting knowledge in the area of human and freight transport, urban and non-urban spatial planning and networks, both physical (transport, energy, water) and non-physical (expertise and knowledge), makes IFSTTAR able to play a part in taking up these major challenges which it will tackle while giving a central role to considering people in their spatial and social setting.


  • railway simulation
  • training of railway drivers and interlocking staff
  • railway signaling
  • wheel-rail interaction
  • LCC
  • railway noise
  • railway offer design
  • test of track components



  • railway transport
  • railway infrastructure
  • operation of railways
  • railways strategy
  • freight railways
  • logistics
  • economics
  • container transport
  • railway dynamics incl. aerodynamics


  • El Miloudi El Koursi is a Research Director at IFSTTAR. He is the vice chairman of EURNEX “European Rail Research Network of excellence” and the leader of pole 6 “Safety and Security”.
  • Marion Berbineau is currently a Research Director at IFSTTAR and Deputy Director of the Components and SYStems (COSYS) Department. She manages the “Intelligent Mobility” pole 5 of EURNEX.
  • Paulina Potemski is a European and International Projects Manager at the Direction of European and International Affairs at IFSTTAR. She is one of the internal auditors of EURNEX and participates in the pole 1 “Strategy and Economy”.
  • Jean-Marie Burkhardt is a research Director at the Laboratory of Driver Psychology at IFSTTAR. He is the co-leader of pole 9 “Human Factors”.
  • Laurent Bouillaut is a senior researcher at IFSTTAR. He is the co-leader of pole 8 “Infrastructure and Signaling”.


  1. USE-IT (H2020)
  2. NETIRAIL (H2020)
  3. Roll2Rail (H2020)
  4. SECUREMETRO: Inherently secure blast resistant and fire safe metro vehicles (FP7)
  5. RESTRAIL: Reduction of Suicides and Trespasses on RAILway property (FP7)
  6. SECRET: SECurity of Railways against Electromagnetic aTtacks (FP7)
  7. CARONTE: Creating an Agenda for Research ON Transportation sEcuity (FP7)
  8. MODSAFE: Modular urban transport safety and security analysis (FP6)
  9. SAMNET: Safety Management and interoperability thematic network for railway systems (FP6)


  • L. Bruyelle, C. O’neill, E.L. El Koursi, F. Hamelin, N. Sartori, L. Khoudour, Improving the resilience of metro vehicle and passengers for an effective emergency response to terrorist attacks, Safety Science, ELSEVIER, 2014, pp 37-45.
  • Ghazel, E.M. El Koursi, Two-Half-Barrier Level Crossings Versus Four-Half-Barrier Level Crossings: A Comparative Risk Analysis Study, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Institute Of Electrical And Electronics Engineers – IEEE, 2014, 11p.
  • Hassan, R. Gautier, I. Dayoub, M. Berbineau, E. Radoi, Multiple-Antenna-Based Blind Spectrum Sensing in the Presence of Impulsive Noise, in Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on Volume: 63, Issue: 5, pp 2248 – 2257.
  • D.T. Thai, J. Lee, H.X. Nguyen, M. Berbineau, T.Q.S. Quek, Multi-Cell Multi-User Relaying Exploiting Overheard Signals, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, IEEE Volume: 3, Issue: 4.