Organized by the Institute for Risk Management (IMdR), the 18th edition of the Lambda Mu congress (34th year of existence) on risk management took place in Tours (Indre-et-Loire) from October 16 to 18. This biennial conference, a major French-speaking event for specialists in risk management and operational safety, brought together more than 500 engineers, researchers, risk managers, managers of industrial and service companies, and academics from all sectors of activity that work and innovate in risk management: aerospace, insurance, agri-food, biotechnology, chemistry, energy, environment, civil engineering, IT, mechanics, military, offshore and onshore operations, pharmaceuticals, health, telecommunications, transportation, etc.
Globality, interaction, unpredictability, levels of organization, circulating information... This year's conference was particularly interested in complex systems, i.e., socio-technical systems that include technical products in relation to the actors and organizations that design, manufacture and operate them, and which, through interaction, generate unforeseen emergences. At the opening of the conference, which he chaired, Pierre Dufour, Executive Vice President of Air Liquide, emphasized the importance he attaches to the human factor: " The complexity of the human being makes any crisis situation complex". At the end of the congress, Jean-François Barbet (Sector), president of the program committee, underlined in the report that " the decision support dimension was very present [in the 180 or so papers commented on], in particular in relation to process uncertainties ".
In the face of complexity, risk management and operational safety must draw on the work and skills of other disciplines to develop a systemic approach to risk. This was the subject of the round table discussion led by Jean-Paul Langlois, President of IMdR and organizer of the conference, entitled: "The role of the risk management and operational safety systems in the development of the new technologies". How can the knowledge gained on the functioning of the brain guide research on the dynamic modeling of complex systems to assist in decision making? ". Alongside François Ailleret, Honorary General Manager of EDF and Honorary President of the Pasteur Institute, and Daniel Krob, Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique, responsible for the "Complex Systems Engineering" chair, Alain Berthoz, neurophysiologist, Professor Emeritus at the Collège de France, evoking the concept of "simplexity" in neuroscience, opened up a new field of cooperation with risk management specialists.
Two award-winning theses
Two IMdR prizes (each with a financial endowment of 1,000 euros from Air Liquide) were awarded for research work carried out in collaboration with industry.
Ariane Lorton : University of Technology of Troyes / EADS Innovation Works for her thesis on prognosis and maintenance
Vincent Dubourg : Clermont University / Phimeca for his thesis on the reliability of submarine hulls.