Carnot TN@UPSaclay (List)

The Institut Carnot Technologies Numériques @ UPSaclay (TN @ UPSaclay), spearheaded by List, an institute of CEA Tech, the Technology Research Division of France’s Alternative Energies and Nuclear Energy Commission (CEA), conducts smart digital systems R&D covering four main areas:

  • Technologies for manufacturing
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Data intelligence
  • Technologies for personalized medicine

At the crossroads of basic research and industrial R&D, this work addresses the field of information and communication science and technology. The breakthrough technologies developed at TN @ UPSaclay, which counts nearly 800 researchers at the Paris-Saclay campus, find numerous applications in industries like energy, transportation, security and defense, healthcare, and information systems.


Core business

Information and Communication Technologies

Hight competences

Micro and nano technologies / systems
Mechanics and processes
Key figures

Key figures

Permanent staff (full-time equivalent)
including PhD Students
Global budget
76,7 M€
incomes with industry
42,5 M€


institut Carnot TN @ UPSaclay

Scientific Director
+33 (0)1 69 08 91 45

Email contact


Digital systems for industry

Driving innovation

  • The institute conducts some of the world’s most advanced research in digital systems, with applications spanning virtually all industries.
  • CEA List earned the Carnot Institut seal in 2006. Today, the institute continues as a member of the Carnot instituts network, under the new name TN @ UPSaclay. Every year, TN @ UPSaclay develops innovation partnerships with more than 200 companies, half of which are small- to mid-sized businesses.
  • TN @ UPSaclay brings innovation to the businesses that need it and facilitates the transfer of new technologies from the laboratory to the market. The institute helps businesses to become more competitive by delivering a unique combination of resources: a portfolio of enabling technologies protected by strong industrial property policies (patents); an “innovation assembler” approach to joint R&D projects; and state-of-the-art technology platforms.

The technology platforms

  • TN @ UPSaclay owns nine technology platforms that business partners can access for their innovation needs. Access to the platforms’ advanced know-how, software, and equipment has been set up to ensure both flexibility and project confidentiality.
  • Collaborative robotics
  • Virtual reality
  • Instrumentation for nuclear energy
  • Non-destructive testing
  • Embedded software design
  • Software and systems engineering
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Intelligence
  • DOSEO radiotherapy and imaging technology



Target markets

  • Factory of the Future (FoF)
  • Security and cybersecurity
  • Transportation and mobility
  • Smart city, smart life
  • Personalized medicine


  • Robotics
  • Virtual reality, vision systems
  • Non-destructive testing
  • Instrumentation and metrology
  • Sensors and signal processing
  • Human-machine interfaces and communications
  • Data and multimedia processing
  • Software engineering
  • Hardware/software codesign
  • Computational architectures
  • Digital trust

A strong partnership strategy

  • TN @ UPSaclay is at the center of an ecosystem built on partnerships. The institute is active in early-stage scientific research in conjunction with Paris-Saclay University and participates in collaborative, multipartner R&D projects orchestrated by clusters like Systematic, Mov’eo, and Medicen.
  • At the EU level, the institute is actively engaged in research, participating in more than 100 collaborative R&D projects and holding seats on several EU R&D bodies (Digital and Health EITs, ECSO and Robotics PPPs, and the Ecsel JU).
  • The institute has also formed partnerships with manufacturing companies from Europe, Japan, and the United States as part of its open innovation policy.