Manufacturing Sciences and Logistics Department (SFL)

The SFL department was created in 2003 with the Center of Microelectronics of Provence. Today, more than 25 researchers are active in two main areas:

  • Manufacturing Sciences and Logistics for Microelectronics
    This area is mostly concerned with Semiconductor Manufacturing and is interested in Advanced Process Control and modeling and optimization at various decision levels.
  • Production and Transportation in a Digital World
    This area studies the optimization of production and transportation. Special focus is put on the new opportunities and challenges raised by the development of new information technologies.

In 2014, we joined the CNRS, within the Laboratoire d’Informatique, Modélisation et Optimisation des Systèmes (LIMOS, UMR 6158).

On this website, you’ll find detailed information about our projects, publications, main research interests, teachings and many other things that will give you a broad overview of our activity.

SFL in More Details

Manufacturing sciences and logistics for microelectronics

Since 2003, the EMSE has developed strong competencies in applied research on semiconductor manufacturing through various projects, in particular, the regional project “Rousset 2003-2008”, the MEDEA+ European Project HYMNE and more recently the ENIAC project IMPROVE. With partners such as STMicroelectronics (Crolles and Rousset), ATMEL, and AustriaMicroSystems, results and advances have been obtained in APC (R2R control, advanced statistical methods, virtual metrology), and fab management (capacity modelling, scheduling optimization, automated transportation). Many communications have been presented in well-known conferences in semiconductor manufacturing and scientific journals. The EMSE co-organized several editions of  the International Conference on Modeling and Analysis of Semiconductor Manufacturing (MASM).

Production and transportation in a digital world

The development of new information technologies has a deep impact on the way production and transportation can be organized. Huge quantities of historical or real-time data can now be exploited to develop models with a better level of granularity, leading to production or transportation plans that are better optimized, more robust and more flexible.  We are interested in this issue in many different practical areas: circular economy, city logistics, maritime transportation, railway transportation, intelligent transport systems, container and multimodal logistics, home service logistics. We address these challenges with operations research techniques and pursue both objectives of making strong academic contributions and of developing new models and methods in tight collaboration with industrial partners.


If you have any questions concerning the different perspectives in Department SFL, please feel free to contact the responsible persons below.


Nabil Absi
Phone: +33 4 42 61 66 56


Michelle Gillet
Senior Secretary

Web Site

Adrien Wartelle

Latest News

  • 06/2019: Great success for the EURO conference in Dublin, with S. Dauzère-Pérès in the programme committee.
  • 06/2019: The SFL department organized the second ISMIN optimization challenge. This year, the students had to solve a container relocation problem.
  • 06/2019: The annual SFL meeting was held on 17/18 June at Bandor island.
  • 05/2019: Dr. Erna Engebrethsen from BI Norwegian School of Management (Norway) came visiting us for 5 weeks. She gave a talk on “Transportation mode selection in inventory models”
  • 01/2019: Our colleague Jakey Blue left us for a professor position in NTU (Taïwan). Good luck for this new departure Jakey!
  • 11/2018: Dr. Kerem Akartunali from University of Strathclyde (UK) gave a talk on “Production Planning: A Review and Robustness”.
  • 10/2018: The 50th Exchange Day coordinated among SFL, ST-Crolles and ST-Rousset was successfully held in Rousset and Gardanne campus on the 24th and 25th of October, respectively. The significant milestone was celebrated with valuable keynotes given by Prof. John Fowler from ASU and successful alumi graduated through the collaboration of SFL and STMicroelectronics.