Activity reports


2021 activity report

The year 2021 was marked by a spectacular post-Covid economic recovery. Our year at CEA-List mirrors the dynamic broader context. Over the course of 2021 we seized the many new opportunities that presented themselves, starting new pump-priming research projects and expanding our research and innovation platforms.

We also initiated some major research programs in 2021 like OTPaaS (Edge/Cloud), INCCA (digitalization of aeronautics control), NeVeOS (centralized automotive E/E architectures), JENII (virtual and augmented reality for training and education), and Udd@Orano (digital transformation of tomorrow’s nuclear plants).

The CEA also started three moonshot projects (on an environmental blockchain, a self-learning robot, and a multi-mode environmental monitoring platform). These projects will help fuel high-level scientific research at the institute. Over the next few years, they will result in the development of demonstrator systems showcasing the best digital science and technology coming out of our labs.

Bringing businesses the new technologies they need

Our R&D programs are organized around three main themes: artificial intelligence, digital trust, and the Factory of the Future.

We believe that an open innovation ecosystem is the best way to bring our partners state-of-the-art digital technology. We innovate sustainably and responsibly and transfer new technologies to businesses, including through research with partners from around the globe and involvement in a significant number of multi-partner European research projects each year.


2021 scientific advances and highlights

Here are a few of the scientific advances and highlights that marked the year 2021:

  • Advances in methodology for frugal learning
  • Protecting training data on neural networks
  • Software for anonymous, secure network communications
  • Fully homomorphic encryption for computing on encrypted data
  • Verification of quantum programs
  • Digital twins for more agile production
  • Companion robot for the Factory of the Future
  • Instrumentation and in situ monitoring in additive manufacturing
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Smart chemical detection to aid in the search for buried victims


If you would like to explore more of the technological advances that marked the year 2021 at CEA-List, download the report!

Previous years


2020 scientific advances and highlights

Here are a few of the scientific advances and highlights that marked the year 2020:

  • Validation testing of a deep learning algorithm using formal methods
  • High-profile research on the verification of applications on a quantum machine
  • Two open-source software platforms were released in 2020, one for embedded AI, and another for automated online image annotation
  • CEA-List was renewed as a member of the Carnot Network
  • Three startups were created
  • 137 proposals were submitted for EU projects

If you would like to explore more of the technological advances that marked the year 2020 at CEA-List, download our Annual Report!


2019 activity report

Download our 2019 activity report “the challenges of our future”:


2018 activity report

Discover the 2018 highlights of our technological advances in pdf:


2017 activity report

Download “Smart innovation”, our 2017 activity report:

See also


Our mission

CEA-List’s mission is to innovate and transfer new technologies to companies.
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CEA-List has a proactive startup policy. Many of these companies grew out of our own research, and they play a vital role in our ecosystem.
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The Carnot Network

CEA-List has been a member of the Carnot Network since 2006—a sign of its longstanding commitment to excellence in research partnerships.
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Our ecosystems in France

CEA-List is playing a key role in building ecosystems like the DigiHall Digital Innovation Hub and FactoryLab, which bring academic research labs and businesses together around innovation.
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