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COMORE Research team

Modeling and control of renewable resources

  • Leader : Jean-luc Gouzé
  • Research center(s) : CRI Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée
  • Field : Computational Sciences for Biology, Medicine and the Environment
  • Theme : Observation, Modeling, and Control for Life Sciences
  • Partner(s) : Sorbonne Université (UPMC),CNRS
  • Collaborator(s) : SORBONNE UNIVERSITE, CNRS

Team presentation

The endeavor of COMORE is to develop and apply methods from control theory (modeling, feedback control, estimation, identification, optimal control) and from the theory of dynamical systems, to the mathematical modeling of living exploited resources (renewable resources) and biological systems, and their management.

COMORE is a common research project-team with the CNRS, UMR 7093, Team Plankton Dynamics, Physical and Chemical Processes (Laboratoire d'Océanographie Villefranche sur mer).

Research themes

  • Mathematical properties of models in biology: mathematical studies of models and of their global behavior.
  • Tools for modeling in biology: validation of models, parameters identification.
  • Software sensors for biological systems: using the model and on-line measurements, we estimate the variables that are not measured directly.
  • Modeling and control of the growth of the marine phytoplankton: we develop a chemostat (open bioreactor where algae or cells grow on a substrate) fully automated and managed by computers. The growth of the plankton is the basis of all the production of the organic matter of the oceans (fishes, etc), and plays a key role in the carbon cycle.
  • Modeling, estimation and control of bioreactors: the bioreactors have a growing importance in many domains related to the human environment: alimentary (food production), pharmaceuticals (production of medicine), environment (waste water treatment), bioenergy...
  • Dynamics and control of ecosystems: we build models for ecosystems (insects, fishes) and try to regulate them optimally. One application is biological control.
  • Software for biological modeling.
  • Modeling and control of metabolic and genetic networks.

International and industrial relations

  • Collaboration with IFREMER (Nantes), INRA (Biométrie Montpellier, LBE Narbonne), Centre d'Océanologie de Marseille,project-teams Helix, Mere, Ademe, Naskeo, Lafarge.
  • Participation in the French group CoReV (Modèles et théories pour le Contrôle de Ressources Vivantes).
  • Collaboration with Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium), University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), University of Marrakech (Marocco), University of Stuttgart (Germany), Rutgers University (USA), MacMaster University (Canada)
  • ANR grant Shamash (biofuel production with microalgae).

Keywords: Biological modelling Dynamical systems Systems theory Non-linear control Renewable resources