Key Laboratory of Machine Perception, Peking University (PKU), China

Contact :Franck Davoine


This Sino-French collaboration involves the Heudiasyc laboratory – Labex MS2T and the Key Laboratory of Machine Perception of Peking University (PKU) and started in 2011.
At that time, both laboratories initiated a joint research within the LIAMA consortium and in particular via its MPR project focused on intelligent vehicles and associated methods for dynamic scene perception in urban driving environments. MPR involves researchers from PKU, CNRS and UTC, and will end in November 2014. The research itself is supported by the joint research project PRETIV [2012-2015] of the Programme Blanc International co-funded by the French ANR and the Chinese NSFC agencies. Furthermore, the two laboratories have been involved in two other projects, one from the Cai Yuanpei Programme co-funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the Chinese CSC, and one from the ICT-Asia programme funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These two last projects and Labex MS2T have been used to support the mobility of numerous
French and Chinese researchers and Master/PhD students between Compiègne and Beijing. As an example, a PhD student from Heudiasyc stayed during 18 months in PKU, and a PhD student from PKU stayed during 12 months in Heudiasyc.
Between 2011 and 2014, the Key Laboratory of Machine Perception has received several French colleagues for short or long stays: one
CNRS researcher (Franck Davoine), in PKU from 2011 to 2014; one postdoc researcher Labex MS2T (Jean-Baptiste Bordes) for 24 months; one PhD student (Philippe Xu) for 18 months; and three Master students for 6 months each.
All these research actions are accomplished in touch with the technical centres of PSA Peugeot Citroën located both in France (Vélizy) and in China (Shanghai). PSA serves as an Advisory Board and acts as an expert in the fields of Intelligent Vehicles and driving assistance systems. It gives the project members meaningful advice on a regular basis in different areas, including test-bed technologies and relevance of the research objectives for future advanced driving assistance systems in France and in China.
So far, as it was initially planned, the two academic partners have addressed challenging research issues on perception and reasoning for intelligent vehicles, interconnecting sensing with inference methods. Several solutions have been proposed, and made visible on an international level through publications.
On-road data acquisitions and experiments have been conducted in each site, some of which involved student exchanges between Beijing and Compiègne. Several research meetings were organized in France and in China. Intermediate project achievements have been evaluated on 29 November 2013, on the basis of a progress report, a one-hour oral presentation, and discussions with ANR’s scientific expert committee. This has given rise to more than 12 international co-publications shared by the two French and Chinese academic partners.