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Christophe Droz

Tenured scientist at Inria (National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology), member of the I4S team (InriaUniv. Gustave Eiffel).

Research interests / field of activity:

I use a combination of physical models, computational methods and lab experiments to develop physical insight into the dynamics and acoustics of complex materials. I aim for a methodological framework to engineer, assess and monitor innovative lightweight structures.

My current research interests are threefold (publications):

  • Wave physics in complex media & applications:

Understanding the physics of elastic wave propagation in periodic, heterogeneous or multi-physical waveguides and its consequences in dynamics and acoustics. Phenomena such as wave conversion, localization and interface diffusion are exploited to develop original wave-based strategies, for damage inspection, material identification or even de-icing techniques.

  • Functional materials for Noise Vibration and Harshness:

Innovative material concepts are developed for noise and vibration control. It includes tailored lightweight periodic or composite structures as well as architectured, 3D printed, enriched or locally resonant metamaterials. A typical objective is to enhance the Sound Transmission Loss of structures subjected to broadband structural or acoustic sources.

  • Multiscale modelling and advanced simulation techniques:

New methodologies are developed, exploiting finite elements, periodic structure theory, model-order reduction, wave-based and modal decompositions. The objective is to build high-resolution and computationally efficient models for structural dynamics and vibro-acoustics. Digital twins, model-based NVH and SHM engineering applications are considered.

Short bio:

I joined Airbus Helicopters in 2012 as a R&D industrial doctorate applicant, after studying fundamental mathematics, physics and engineering. My goal was to develop an in-flight wave-based de-icing solution for composite helicopter rotor blades. In 2015 I received a PhD degree in Structural Dynamics at Ecole Centrale de Lyon.

Between 2015 and 2019, I made several postdoctoral stays at the Tribology and Systems Dynamics Laboratory (LTDS) and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), where I pursued research on multiscale modelling, periodic design and vibration control in collaboration with Profs. Desmet and Ichchou. I was also European Project Manager, invited researcher at the University of Sherbrooke and involved in several academic and industrial collaborations and European projects.

Between 2019 and 2021, I was awarded an Individual Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, aiming to explore new scattering feature-based damage assessment techniques for lightweight periodic structures, which I held in the Noise and Vibration Research Group at KU Leuven. I was plenary lecturer at the ‘Young Promising Talents’ session at the international MEDYNA 2020 conference and I am the laureate of the 2020 Young Researcher Prize in Science and Engineering awarded by the Lyon Metropolis.

In 2021 I joined Inria as a research scientist (Inria Starting Faculty Position) in the I4S team.

Recent projects:

  • EU H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Industrial Doctorate LIVEI
  • EU H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Fellowship WIDEA
  • EU H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Joint Doctorate VIPER


We are continuously searching for excellent MSc, PhD and postdoctoral researchers to join the group. If you want to submit an application and are interested in one of the themes presented on this webpage, please contact me well in advance so that we can identify the funding opportunities best suited to your profile.


Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique
Campus universitaire de Beaulieu
35042 Rennes
e-mail: christophe.droz[at]