• Transport and Mobility

SHERPA Platform



The SHERPA technology platform is a "full-scale" driving simulator. It is used mainly for research projects such as:

1/ Prototyping of driver assistance systems
• Hardware-in-the-loop
• Software developments under Matlab Simulink, RTMaps, C++
2/ Driving behaviour and the human factor
• Analysis of driving activity in dangerous situations: pre-crash, hypovigilance, distraction, work overload, etc.
• Man-machine cooperation

It consists of:

• Peugeot 206 vehicle fully instrumented (replacement by 208 in progress)

• Bosch Rexroth 6-axis dynamic platform

• 240° front view and three rear mirrors

• SCANeR Studio Software Environment

• Specific interfacing with Matlab/Simulink and RTMaps software for ADAS prototyping

• Specific equipment: glass cockpit, instrumented steering wheel, active pedal, driver monitoring, eye tracking

This equipment is part of the RITMEA CPER AV-Lab regional platform.


  • Jean-Christophe POPIEUL
    Scientific manager
  • Jérôme FLORIS
    Technical manager


Le Mont Houy
59313 Valenciennes Cedex


Chiffres clés

- More than 20 research projects since 1997

~ 2 Experimental campaigns/year


Effectif total : 4



Two general orientations:
- Study and modelling of driver and user behaviour;
- Design, prototyping and evaluation of advanced driver assistance systems;

A specific methodology and tools supporting the methodology

Know-how related to automated driving:
- Trajectory planning, control (longitudinal and lateral)
- Multi-level cooperation with the driver
- Haptic shared control
- “Interactive” planning

Learning for Adaptation:
- Learning techniques
- Evolution of automation according to learning (preferences and adaptation)

System Validation:
- Stability – accuracy (mathematical evidence)
- Functional validation (numerical simulation, interactive simulation, real vehicle testing)
- Experimental validation with novice subjects (interactive simulator campaigns, real vehicle campaigns)

Example(s) of projects


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Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

National : Université de Caen(COMETE), IRT System-X, ITE Vedecom, Université Gustave Eiffel (LESCOT), Université de Nantes (LS2N)

International : Université NTU Singapour

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

Stellantis, Renault, Valeo, Continental Automotive, Spirops

Services offers

Consulting services

Consulting services on all our skills



Nom Modèle Marque
Instrumented vehicle 206/ Peugeot
6-axis mobile platform e-motion2700/ Bosch Rexroth
240° Video Projection System EB-L1100U (x 5)/ EPSON
Simulation software suite SCANeR Studio/ AVSimulation
Eye Tracking SEP/ SmartEye


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France (UPHF)

Unit(s) of attachment


Competitive cluster

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Transport and Mobility
    • Intelligent and autonomous vehicles
    • Intelligent transportation systems