Nicolas Marchand


Deputy director of GIPSA-lab
Directeur de Recherche CNRS - HDR
GIPSA-lab, Control Systems Department
Phone: +33 (0)4 76 82 62 28
GPS: 45°11’36.79“N, 05°45’58.35”E
Google map: link
Address:+ ENSE3, Building B, Office B373
BP 46, Domaine Universitaire
38400 Saint Martin d'Hères, FRANCE


  • Job offer:

    • 3 years phD fellowship in “Obstacle avoidance and navigation using stereovision for UAV” in the industrial CAP2018 project (see detailed offer here)

    • 3 years phD fellowship in “Non Destructive Testing (NDT) of structures by means of an UAV with high precision positioning” in coll. with the company CND-Drones (see detailed offer here)

    • 1 year engineer in Automatic Control for UAV (see detailed offer in French here)

  • Call for paper Second IEEE International Conference on Event-based Control, Communications & Signal Processing (June 13-15, 2016)

Scientific interests

My research is focused on two main topics:

  • Control and stabilization of flying robots and more specifically using bio inspired strategies. The weight constraints and therefore the computation and energy limitations, the highly nonlinear dynamics coupled with a difficult identification of parameters renders this problem very challenging.

  • Control theory for computer sciences. Computer science and microelectronics is a relatively new area for control theory. My work is focused on the control of systems on chips and cloud systems.

PhD Students


  • BOISSEAU Bruno (oct. 2013-today) “Event-based control of a micro biomimetic robot”, coll. J.R. Martinez-Molina (GIPSA-lab), S. Durand (iCUBE) and T. Raharijaona (ISM)

  • ALVAREZ MUNOZ Jonatan Uziel (oct. 2013-today) “Modeling and control of VTOL vehicles with rigid manipulators”, coll. F.G. Guerrero-Castellanos (BUAP) and S. Durand (iCUBE)

  • COLMENARES VAZQUEZ Josué (nov. 2013-today) “Conception and navigation for an hybrid terrestrial aerial robot”, coll. P. Castillo (Heudiasyc/LAFMIA) and E. Gomez-Balderas (GIPSA-lab)

  • ESPITIA HOYOS Nicolas (oct. 2014-today) “Event-based control of networks modeled by infinite dimension systems”, coll. A. Girard (LJK) and C. Prieur (GIPSA-lab)

  • TELLEZ GUZMAN Jose Juan (oct. 2014-today) “Teleoperation of an UAV for navigation in unstructured environments using a portable haptic interface”, coll. P. Castillo (Heudiasyc/LAFMIA) and E. Gomez-Balderas (GIPSA-lab)

  • CERF Sophie (oct. 2015-today) “Dependability-Oriented Distributed Control of Cloud Services”, coll. S. Bouchenak (LIRIS) and B. Robu (GIPSA-lab)


  • [PDF] BEREKMERI Mihaly (oct. 2012-nov 2015) now post-doc at University of Manchester, “Modeling and control of cloud services, Application to MapReduce performance and dependability”, coll. S. Bouchenak (LIG before sept. 2014, LIRIS after sept. 2014) and B. Robu (GIPSA-lab)

  • [PDF] MANECY Augustin (oct. 2011-jul. 2015) now engineer at ONERA, “Bio inspired visual control: application to the control of UAVs”, coll. S. Viollet (ISM)

  • [PDF] MARIE-MAGDELEINE Artem (fev. 2010-jun. 2013) now engineer at Alstom, “Transfer function caracterization of cavitating pumps”, Coll. with R. Fortes-Patella (LEGI)

  • [PDF] MALRAIT, Luc (oct. 2007-jun. 2012) now at Mathworks in UK, “Modeling and control of data based web servers”, Coll. with S. Bouchenak (LIG)

  • [PDF] DURAND, Sylvain (dec. 2007-jan. 2011) now assistant professor at ICUBE/INSA-Strasbourg, “Modeling and control of the computational power of embedded platform”, Coll. with D. Simon (INRIA)

  • [PDF] EL RAFEI, Maher (oct. 2005-dec. 2008) now assistant professor at Lebanese University, Tripoli, Lebanon, “Modeling and control of an eel robot”, Coll. with M. Alamir (GIPSA-lab)

  • [PDF] RIFAI, Hala (oct. 2005-nov. 2008) now assistant professor at Université Paris Est Créteil and Laboratoire LISSI, France “Modeling and control of insect like flapping wing robots”

  • [PDF] LOUVAT, Benoit (oct. 2004-fev. 2008) now in a private company in Canada “Real time image analysis for a visual servoing system embarked on a plane” , Coll. with L. Bonnaud et G. Bouvier (GIPSA-lab)

  • [PDF] GUERRERO, Jose-Fermi Castellanos (oct. 2004-jan. 2008) now professor at Benemerita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Mexico “Rigid bodies attitude estimation and bounded control, application to a mini quadrotors”

  • [PDF] HABLY, Ahmad (oct. 2004-dec. 2007) now assistant professor at Grenoble-INP, France “Automatic control for UAV's”

Short bio

2015-: Deputy director of GIPSA-lab
2011-2015: Head of Control Systems Department
Since 2013: Directeur de recherche CNRS (senior researcher)
2013: “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherche” (HDR)
2008-2011: Head of SYSCO-Team
2002-2013: Chargé de recherche CNRS
2000-2002: Assistant professor at the University Paris-Sud and Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes, Orsay, France
1999-2000: Temporary teaching and research attaché (ATER) at the technological university institute of Villeurbanne, France
1996-1999: PhD student at Grenoble-INP
1995: Engineer from Grenoble-INP

(Main) Projects

2013-2016: FP7 AMADEOS (Architecture for Multi-criticality Agile Dependable Evolutionary Open System-of-Systems - FP7-ICT-2013-610535) (Part.)
2010-2018: Equipex ROBOTEX.
2010-2013: SAFRAN-Snecma/CNES: Artem Marie-Magdeleine's thesis (Resp.)
2012: EMSOC-Recherche UJF Entomoptère Volant Autonome (Resp.)
2007-2013: ANR EVA (Entomoptère Volant Autonome) (Coord.)
2005-2008: ANR RAAMO (Robot Anguille Autonome en Milieu Opaque) (Part.)
2007-2010: FUI Minalogic ARAVIS (Architecture Avancée Reconfigurable et Asynchrone pour la Vidéo et la Radio logicielle) (Part.)
2007: ATIP-CNRS Jeune chercheur du CNRS “Embedded control for Drones”
2003-2007: ANR OVMI (Objet Volant Mimant l'Insecte) (Part.)