Scientific Statement


Integrated electronic systems are at the heart of numerous products used nowadays in our society of information and communication technologies (ICT). However, technological advancements towards the « ultimate CMOS » impose similar advancements of test techniques to ensure a high quality level of manufactured circuits. Moreover, during lifetime, it is also crucial to ensure that a circuit will be able to detect and tolerate errors due to permanent defects or transient faults. This requires various (software, hardware), multi-level (system, architectural, circuit) and low-cost dedicated techniques.

Global Objectives


The main objective of the LIA « LAFISI » is to promote the French-Italian collaboration in the field of hardware-software integrated systems, by developing novel approaches for built-in self-test and design-for-test, test pattern generation and fault simulation, performance verification, diagnosis, fault tolerance and improvement of system reliability. The wide expertise of the two partners in the fields of automatics, informatics and microelectronics, once combined, will allow to conduct researches on hardware-software integrated systems targeting classical applications such as processors for computational units or systems-on-chip for mobile communications, or more critical applications such as embedded systems for space, medical, avionic or automotive domains.

LAFISI key points


  • Synergize research efforts on all aspects of test and fault tolerance of hardware-software integrated systems, from the circuit to system level.
  • Promote joint education of students to research careers and set up advanced course programs, summer schools, or research internships.
  • Facilitate diffusion of a scientific culture of high quality in the field of hardware-software integrated systems.
  • Set up the necessary means for the valorization and technological transfer of research results obtained in the framework of the LIA.



the Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics, and Microelectronics, is a world-class university laboratory, known internationally for its expertise in the testing field. LIRMM not only benefits from its affiliation with the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) and the University of Montpellier 2, but with its 400 people, it represents a powerful force in the world of innovation and research. LAFISI’s innovative solutions will benefit directly from LIRMM’s wide range of scientific expertise.

Involved staff:

  • Alberto BOSIO, Maître de Conférences, Université Montpellier 2
  • Luigi DILILLO, Chargé de Recherche CNRS
  • Giorgio Di Natale, Directeur de Recherche CNRS
  • Patrick GIRARD, Directeur de Recherche CNRS
  • Serge PRAVOSSOUDOVITCH, Professeur, Université Montpellier 2
  • Arnaud VIRAZEL, Maître de Conférences, Université Montpellier 2

Politecnico di Torino


Politecnico di Torino is a leading research institution at the Italian and Inter- national level. The Dept. of Control and Computer Engineering (DAUIN) has a long and well-established expertise in the area of embedded system design, with special emphasis on test and fault tolerance. More than 70 researchers work in DAUIN, enjoying the laboratories and facilities located in the new buildings. DAUIN will also contribute to LAFISI with its large network of contacts with industries and research centers.

Involved staff:

  • Paolo BERNARDI, Assistant Professor, Politecnico di Torino
  • Maurizio REBAUDENGO, Associate Professor, Politecnico di Torino
  • Ernesto SANCHEZ, Assistant Professor, Politecnico di Torino
  • Matteo SONZA REORDA, Full Professor, Politecnico di Torino
  • Giovanni SQUILLERO, Assistant Professor, Politecnico di Torino
  • Luca STERPONE, Assistant Professor, Politecnico di Torino
  • Massimo VIOLANTE, Associate Professor, Politecnico di Torino

Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Associated Partner)


The Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (DIETI) comprises at present about 120 full-time faculty members, 8 fixed-term research assistants, 41 temporary research fellows and more than 70 Ph.D. students. The research areas covered by DIETI members, through both interdisciplinary collaborations among the department groups and a number of international collaborations, relate to the following horizontal themes:

  • industrial applications of Electrical Engineering and ICT technologies
  • environment and critical infrastructures
  • energy, telecommunications and computing infrastructures
  • design and management of services for the Society, Public Administration and private firms
  • applications of ICT to healthcare services and in the field of medicine and biology.

Involved staff:

  • Antonino MAZZEO, Full Professor, Università Federico II
  • Mario BARBARESCHI, Post-Doc, Università Federico II