Research at ENSAE Paris

Research at ENSAE Paris is led by the Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST), a joint research unit (UMR status) in partnership with École Polytechnique and The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), located in the brand new ENSAE building.

The Center for Research in Economics and Statistics

The common culture of CREST is characterized by a strong regard for quantitative methods, data, mathematical modeling, and the cross-fertilization of theoretical models and empirical evidence to analyze concrete economic and societal problems.

  • 120 professors, researchers and PhD students
  • 4 main fields: Economics, Statistics, Finance-Insurance and Sociology
  • 1 Laboratory of Excellence in Economics and Decision Sciences (LabEx Ecodec, in partnership with HEC Paris)
  • 1 secure on-site data hub (Equipex CASD, a public joint venture between ENSAE Paris, INSEE, CNRS, École Polytechnique and HEC Paris)


Labex ECODEC is a government-financed research initiative dedicated the study of Economics and Decision Making, merging academics in economics and statistics from Ecole Polytechnique and ENSAE (and their joint research center CREST) as well as HEC Paris. ECODEC is aimed at promoting research work undertaken by researchers of participating entities, implementing high-level training programs (PhD, training for top-level civil servants…), building partnerships with private companies, especially in sectors such as marketing, data analysis, strategic management, HR, or corporate decision evaluation.

Research at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris

For three centuries, the five Polytechnic Institute of Paris (IP Paris) establishments have contributed to scientific discoveries and major technological revolutions. At the Polytechnic Institute of Paris, the research quality relies on the amalgamation of their disciplinary expertise and their research infrastructure for pushing the frontiers of knowledge.

In addition to these recognised specialisations, the interdisciplinarity encouraged by the Polytechnic Institute of Paris makes it possible to approach problems from different angles. By openly bringing together their perspectives, their know-how, and their methods, researchers thus provide complementary, original, and innovative solutions to the major societal problems and scientific questions of the world.

Key IP Paris research data

  • 30 research laboratories
  • 40 teaching and research chairs
  • 950 doctoral students
  • 230 postdoctoral researchers
  • 2500 publications per year
  • 1000 teacher-researchers and researchers

5 chief partners for the research

10 disciplinary research departments

  • Biology
  • Chemistry and Processes
  • Economy
  • Computer Science, Data, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Information, Communication, and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics and Energetics
  • Physics
  • Social Sciences and Management
  • Human Sciences, Art, Arts and Languages

Focus on 10 research domains

  • Environment and climate
  • Energy
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and data science
  • Networks and Internet of things
  • Digital simulation
  • Cyber security
  • Quantum Technology
  • Innovative materials and nanotechnology
  • Plasmas and their applications
  • Biomedical engineering