Inauguration of the PSA Peugeot CitroŽn chair in Robotics and Virtual Reality

The PSA Peugeot CitroŽn chair in Robotics and Virtual Reality was inaugurated, the 18th of May 2011, by Philippe Varin, Chairman and CEO of PSA Peugeot CitroŽn, and BenoÓt Legait, Director of MINES ParisTech.

The aims of the PSA Peugeot Citroën chair in Robotics and Virtual Reality will be to develop research, together with training and the organization of placements in the fields of robotics, control systems image recognition, artificial intelligence and virtual reality techniques. Fortified by some twenty years of collaboration in research, in the fields of virtual reality, control systems and robotics, PSA Peugeot Citroën and MINES ParisTech have given concrete expression to their relationship through the launching of this chair. 

Furthermore, the partners expect the chair to contribute to:
-  develop knowledge in the fields of robotics and virtual reality, particularly regarding man-robot collaboration and problems related to man immersed in a 3D virtual environment ; 
-  disseminate knowledge linked to new technologies in relation with the theme of the chair among PSA Peugeot Citroën personnel and MINES ParisTech students ; 
-  disseminate these theories and related experience in the industrial sphere and, more widely, through international publications.


MINES ParisTech

As the leading academic institution in France by virtue of its volume of contractual research, MINES ParisTech contributed to the competitiveness of companies. Via its 5 research departments, the School meets challenges in three main socio-economic sectors: future energy sources and the environment, the harnessing and exploitation of resources and new materials, and innovation methodologies and processes. In anticipation of the needs of industrial players, it has pioneered the creation of company chairs on emerging themes. MINES ParisTech is a founding member of ParisTech, which has brought together 12 of the leading executive engineering and management schools in Paris. Since its creation in 1783, MINES ParisTech has trained high-level engineers capable of solving complex problems in a wide variety of fields;

PSA Peugeot Citroën 

The Group can boast of two automotive companies of world renown, Peugeot and Citroën. It sold 3.6 million vehicles throughout the world in 2010, of which approximately 40% outside Europe. 
Ranking as the second largest European automotive manufacturer, it achieved a turnover of 56.1 billion euros in 2010. PSA Peugeot Citroën has a commercial presence in 160 countries and employs 198,000 workers throughout the world. In 2010, the Group allocated 2.1 billion euros to R&D, particularly in the fileds of alternative energy sources. Its activities also include finance (Banque PSA Finance), logistics (GEFCO), and automobile components (FAURECIA). 

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