• Digital World and Robotics
  • Transport and Mobility

Lille Research Platform for Robotics and Intelligent Transport (PRETIL )



Our platform aims to provide researchers in the field of robotics, intelligent transportation and mobility with cutting-edge equipment and to ensure its availability, maintenance and evolution. We develop robotic solutions on demand and currently support several European projects, and have obtained several national, regional and industrial contracts. The total investment in the platform's equipment is about 2.5 million euros over the last 10 years. We are open to all academic and industrial collaborations and propose services in line with our expertise.


  • Gérald Dherbomez
    Technical manager
  • Maan El Badaoui El Najjar
    Scientific manager


Bâtiment ESPRIT, Avenue Henri Poincaré
Campus Cité Scientifique, Université de Lille


Chiffres clés

• More than 15 projects (regional, national (ANR, BPI...) and European) since 2015
• On average 5 projects per year, including 1 to 2 industrial projects
• The platform has received numerous grants from the supervisory bodies (ULille and CNRS)
• ~20 researchers and 40 students per year
• 5 patents (2017-2021)
• ~30 publications in top-ranking international journals per year


Effectif total : 5



• Mobile Robotics
• Medical Robotics
• Deformable robots
• Collaborative Robotics
• Logistics robots
• Digital simulation
• Autonomous vehicle
• Supervision, safety and dependability for autonomous mobility
• Middleware and real-time embedded systems
• Sensors, controllers and computers for robotics

Example(s) of projects

• Development of a multipurpose tool for scallop shelling and filleting of certain round fish 🡭
• Automating container transfer at port terminals 🡭
• Development of a medical robot for prostate cancer treatment under MRI 🡭
• Design and development of a 3D printing robot for use in construction based on materials such as concrete, earth, ... 🡭
• Rapid prototyping platform for control/command algorithms for cyber-physical systems 🡭

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

Inria, Institute for Research in Communications and Cybernetics of Nantes (IRCCyN), Institut Mines Télécom (IMT Lille-Douai)

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

Comptoir des pêcheurs boulonnais, Ferme de la Gontière, Gaussin, BA Systèmes, Véolia, TDR Groupe, M3 Systems

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • IT / software
  • Health / wellness
  • Automotive industry
  • Science / Research

Services provided

• Analysis and development of robotic solutions
• Study, design and development of robots
• Robotic development
• Design and rapid prototyping (machining, conventional 3D printing and for flexible or deformable materials)
• Programming of real-time embedded systems
• Creation of sensor data sets
• Modeling and mechanical CAD in CATIA
• Motion capture for robotic activities but also for other needs if requested
• Expertise in the choice and implementation of sensors, controllers and computers for robotics
• Full-scale testing of intelligent vehicles on indoor and outdoor test tracks

Training offers

Training in the field of robotics

Consulting services

We provide consulting services related to all our areas of expertise.


We possess a wide range of equipment related to robotics:
- Robotainer for autonomous guided transport in ports with a remote operation cockpit
- Robotic Renault ZOE vehicle for research applications on autonomous vehicles and autonomous mobility in urban and peri-urban areas
- Several Summit XL type robots for autonomous collaborative navigation in outdoor environments
- Manipulating robots for brachytherapy (MRI compatible), and for 3D printing ...
- Deformable robots for medical and other applications
- Experimental sites (motion capture rooms, outdoor test tracks, medical room with Philips MRI model)


Nom Modèle Marque
Autonomous vehicle ZOE/ Renault
Medical robot for brachytherapy
MATRICE robot for 3D printing
Outdoor mobile robots 4WD Robotnik Summit XL Summit XL/ Robotnik
Robot Cobofish for collaborative robotics
Mobile robots for logistics Robotino/
Drones Quanser, Parrot, Crazyflies, Tello, Walkera
Motion capture room
CISIT Test track


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Centrale Lille

Unit(s) of attachment



Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Digital World and Robotics
    • Robotics, cobotics, Human-Machine interaction
  • Transport and Mobility
    • Intelligent and autonomous vehicles
    • Intelligent transportation systems
    • Maintenance and supervision
    • Multi-modality, flow management, infrastructure and logistics