A world-renowned laboratory, at the cutting edge of technology

The Laboratoire Informatique d'Avignon (LIA) is a full-fledged entity of CERI, and is made up of teacher-researchers, research engineers, contract engineers and PhD students. The LIA contributes to the evolution and maintenance of the high quality of CERI's computer science training through the involvement of its teacher-researchers in the teaching of Licence's and Master's degrees and in the various teaching teams. Moreover, the LIA offers the necessary support to the training of PhD in Computer Science training at CERI.

Research Activities

The activities of the LIA cover three main research themes:

  • automatic processing of written and spoken language
  • networks and multimedia applications
  • optimization and operational research

These research activities, which are at the cutting edge of technology and have a wide range of industrial applications, bring a great deal of richness to the training, giving a very special flavour to the courses, particularly at the Master's level.


The LIA works in partnership with various national and international companies and associations such as Thales, Motorola, France Télécom/Orange, E2V Grenoble, ATMEL, ILOG, INA, MPO eMedia, Voice Insight, IRCAD, Xtensive Technologies, Sementia, Sinequa, TNS Media, Advestigo, Loquendo, ...

It also works with many international academic partners: University of Trento (Italy), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), CSI Piemonte (Italy), University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), Politecnico di Madrid (Spain), University of Swansea (UK), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), University of Concepcion (Chile), University of Mac Gill (Canada), University of Montreal (Canada), Queensland University of Technology (Australia)...

PhD in Computer Science

Becoming a PhD student at CERI means a three-year commitment to the Laboratoire Informatique d'Avignon (LIA). During this period, the doctoral student is funded on a thesis grant (whose research is generally under the responsibility of the LIA) and works full time on a research theme of the LIA under the direction of one of its teacher-researchers. In some cases, the thesis can be conducted and financed in the framework of a partnership between the LIA and a company (in the form of a CIFRE grant, for example) or a co-supervision with a foreign university.

Date of update July 9, 2021