The CONNEXION Initiative


Since January 2011, industrial and academic stakeholders in the French nuclear industry have banded together in an ambitious R&D program related to command and control systems for nuclear power plants. Consistent with the February 2011 recommendations of the National Nuclear Advisory Board, this program has been established as a domain-based approach leveraging cluster of projects. The challenges are many:

  • · develop innovation to help keep the French nuclear industry in the lead both nationally and abroad,
  • · reinforce the credibility and scientific reputation of the partners,
  • ·create knowledge capital to prepare next generations and promote the attractiveness of the nuclear industry.

Entitled “Cluster CONNEXION,” this initiative aims at proposing and validating an innovative architecture for command and control platforms adapted to nuclear power plants worldwide. This architecture integrates a set of technological components developed by the academic partners (CEA, CNRS/CRAN, ENS Cachan, INRIA, LIG, and Telecom Paristech) in cooperation with industrial integrators (AREVA, Alstom and EDF) and providers of embedded software components and tools (All4tec, Atos Worldgrid, CORYS Tess, Esterel Technologies, Rolls Royce Civil Nuclear, and Predict).


With the support of three Competitiveness centers (Minalogic, Pôle Nucléaire Bourgogne and System@tic), this proposal for R&D projects gave birth to a national RFP. The corresponding selection committee issued a favorable recommendation in early 2012. Subsequently, the CONNEXION partners decided to start the R&D work as early as April 2012, uniting their know-how and skills.

To ensure the worldwide competitiveness of the French nuclear industry with respect to building command and control systems, the current aim is to keep up with the scientific and technological advances as well as eliminate obstacles. A number of key topics will be discussed during ICSSEA 2012 that potentially benefit CONNEXION: model-directed engineering in the design and validation of large technical systems, environments for designing and validating man-machine interfaces, implementing sensor wireless networks meant to nuclear industry, object busses or real-time middleware easing exchange of heterogeneous distributed data, standardized data models for guaranteeing consistency of digital systems,…

In order to reinforce the interdependency between the innovations brought about by systems engineering and those by software engineering, the project partners focus their presentations on domain innovation.

 Presentations & Demonstrations


AMOCA: Specifying an object bus guaranteeing interoperability

FlexiLab: A development environment for flexible MMIs

KASEM: Knowledge and Advanced Services for E_Monitoring

OCARI: Sustainable integration of sensors/actuators wireless networks infrastructures

SIAC: An interactive operator help