Research projects

Research financing

The research carried out within ESTA Lab’ is of an applicative nature, hence the team’s strong implication in research projects. Like most applicative research teams, project financing follows two distinct trends : 

  • Auto-financing (where the teacher-researchers are under contract and paid by the school to carry out research) enables the researchers to develop their own axes and propose future school projects. A tendering system for internal projects has been implemented in the team to finance emerging and multidisciplinary projects on an annual basis.
  • Project financing on national and European research contracts (ANR, Interreg…) following the response to project tenders and participation in consortiums within the framework of established partnerships (UTBM/IRTES,HE-ARC,UHA/COB,the Catholic University of Louvain, IUT BM, UFR STGI).


Three transversal projects have thus been developed by the research team and supported by the school since 2013 :


Project Leader at Esta : Thomas ROHRThemes treated : local economy, company creation, delivery by electric vehiclesPartners : HE Arc, UTBM/IRTES,CCI90Financing : Interreg IV - 607,574,56€ ( from Spetember 2013 to June 2013 )

Within the framework of the Solarc project partners aim to develop and test a business model for companies' local deliveries with clean vehicles, adapted to the specific conditions of reduced markets for small and medium-sized towns such as the towns in the Jurassic Arc. These companies will be federated by a Franco-Swiss overhead structure which will enable tools, strategies and experiences to be shared in order to minimize starting and working costs and also to ensure the long-term viability of the companies created. Some of the work and studies have been carried out within the teaching framework of students at ESTA and HE Arc.


Project leader at ESTA : Grégory KOTNAROVSKY
Themes treated : collaborative platform, intermediation, sustainable homes, renovation to diminish building energy consumption, collaborative economy, social networks
Partners : ADEME
Financing : Ongoing request for financing from ADEME

The ambition of the project is to find a solution conducive to increasing building renovation. The aim can be summarized as creating a solution to share data and information on accommodation,similar to existing social networks, enabling interaction of the different operators involved.The innovative nature of this project thus consists in developing a new type of social media dedicated to rented accommodation. As far as methodology is concerned, we are seeking to identify a facette of leverage analysis which would justify investing sums in the decrease of energy for the renovation of accommodation. There is also some question of proposing solutions that would make effeicient renovation an attractive option for landlords as well as for all the actors ( for example : companies and craftsmen, institutions )



Project leader at ESTA : Thomas RÖHR

Themes treated: Innovative study programme with close industrial cooperation

Partners: Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Varsinais-Suomen Yrittäjät ry. (Chamber of industry, trade and crafts, Finland), Varsinais-Suomen liitto (Public Authority, Finland), Meyer Turku Oy (Finland), ESTA Belfort, Hannover University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany)

Programme : Erasmus+ KA3 (VET-Business Partnerships on Work-based learning and Apprenticeships

Funding and duration: 371.030 €, from November 2017 to October 2018

The RADICAL project aims at creating an innovative higher education study programme to graduate young people with regard to high-level skills needed in the maritime industry, heavily anchored in the Turku area. This sector looks for highly qualified engineers, and their lack slows the economic development down. The new study programme will be integrated in the existing Tuku educational programme, but exploitation for other industrial sectors and in other European regions will be intensively promoted.

Based on a benchmark of cooperation forms between industry and higher education in Germany (Hannover, Aschaffenburg) and in France (ESTA Belfort) the partners imagined a Bachelor degree where the students will be hired by a company from the very first year on and spend 3 days per week at their company. A graduated supervisor ensures that even during this time an academic learning and working approach is guaranteed. The first students will start this new study programme in spring 2019.

ESTA Belfort participates in all Work Packages and leads the WP Quality and Risk Management.




Project leader at ESTA : Alain-Jérôme FOUGERES
Themes treated : Metamodels of engineering, engineering design, complex city, configuration and reconfrguration
Partners : UTBM,UTC, UTT, UTSEUS Shanghai
Financing : 30,000€ ( Complexcity Lab - UTSEUS + giving the brand name Complexcity for AAP )

The design or reconfiguration of the city of the future, constantly developing, is a complex problem.It springs from joining together a huge quantity of heterogeneous data all interacting with one another. Once we have ascertained that the design of a complex city can be analysed, synthesized and validated, we propose to develop a metamodel in order to describe knowledge of engineering models and help in administrating these complex cities.