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Franck Marle, DET Team, Laboratoire Genie Industriel, CentraleSupélec


My research topic is about how to combine complex systems modeling and analysis with distributed governance mechanisms. The aim is to anticipate and mitigate the vulnerability of a system due to its complexity, notably considering the impact of desing decisions on the rest of the lifecycle, and the interaction between the product, the process, and the organization that runs the process to deliver the product. This implies working on three main topics :

  • Modelling of System Complexity: complexity theory, network theory, graph and matrix-based modeling).
  • Analysis of System's potential behaviour: to anticipate the possible propagation phenomena (and more generally the potential complex events) that may affect the system (either the product, the process, or the organisation), and to assess its vulnerability.
  • Decision-making in a complex context: consisting for instance in undertaking a consistent combination of actions that may help to reduce the complexity or to manage it, or in clustering system elements to align them to the current complexity.

These three topics are consistent and are often run as a sequence in the industrial applications that support our research projects (ESA, Total, Renault, CEA, Alstom Transport, PSA Peugeot-Citroën).

Current Position

  • Professor of Complex System Management and Risk Management
  • Head of a last year teaching program about Complex Systems Design (around 50 students)
  • Head of different modules in second and third year of CentraleSupélec cursus, about Eco-district Design (100 students), Sustainable Design Challenge (40 students), Complex Project Management (40 students).

Short bio

  • Director of the TOTAL Chair "Managing Procurement Risks in Complex Projects" (2013-2021)
  • Head of Design Engineering Research Team (2016-2020)
  • Habilitation to supervise researches Université de Nantes (HDR, 2011)
  • PhD Ecole Centrale Paris (2002, mémoire de thèse)
  • DEA Ecole Centrale Lyon "Organisation des systèmes complexes" (1997)
  • Ingénieur Ecole Centrale Lyon "Génie Industriel" (1997)


Franck César   

Conference papers1 document

  • François Robin, Franck César, Jilani Djellalil, Franck Marle. Vers une aide à la sélection d’actions de progrès dans une organisation qui exécute des contrats complexes. Congrès de Maîtrise des Risques et de Sûreté de Fonctionnement LambdaMu, Oct 2020, Le Havre, France. ⟨hal-03047151⟩