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The Perceptions, Interactions, Behaviors & Simulations Lab for road and street users

The Perceptions, Interactions, Behaviors & Simulations Lab for road and street users (PICS-L) conducts researches which contribute to the development of knowledge and tools in order to observe, understand, improve and evaluate the mobility of individual road and street users with various levels of assistance and automation.

The PICS-L was created on the 1st of January, 2020. It results from the merging of two research laboratories of the COSYS department of the University Gustave Eiffel:

  • the Laboratory on Vehicle-Infrastructure-Driver Interactions (LIVIC, created in 1999);
  • the Laboratory on road Operations, Perception, Simulators and Simulations (LEPSiS, created in 2009).

The PICS-L gathers about 40 people. It is present on 5 campuses of the University Gustave Eiffel: Marne la Vallée, Versailles, Nantes, Lyon and Méditerranée.

The PICS-L focuses on the individual behavior of users of the road and urban transport system (mainly cars with assisted or automated driving, cyclists and pedestrians) interacting with other users or the infrastructure. The scientific project of the PICS-L is built on 4 transverse topics of research to foster interdisciplinarity and innovation:

  • perceptions and supervision (to understand and model perception systems, as well as the major phenomena which disrupt their operation)
  • behaviors and interactions (to analyze and model the behaviors of users interacting with their vehicle, the infrastructure and other users)
  • virtual reality (to validate simulation platforms dedicated to the study of interactions between entities in charge of locomotion and their environment)
  • mobility assistance (to design and evaluate innovative solutions for improving users’ safety and experience)

The PICS-L develops and implements 4 types of scientific equipments which are both tools and subjects for research:

  • immersive simulators (for car drivers, cyclists and pedestrians)
  • instrumented vehicles (automated and connected)
  • photometric and psychometric benches
  • mobility monitoring systems (camera-based)