October 12th, 2017

Halim Hicheur invited talk

Halim Hicheur came to the lab meeting to present his work on COGNIFOOT: Measuring the cognitive and motor performance in soccer





September 7th, 2017

Research seminar of M2S lab at ENV in Quiberon

June 22nd, 2017

Aerobic tests, speed and muscle power of Stade Rennais F.C. at M2S Lab

May 31st, 2017

World Conference on Science and Soccer – WCSS 2017

M2S and VIPS² labs organize, from May 31st to June 2nd the WCSS 2017 in Rennes.

The opportunity to show their work on soccer in cooperation with Stade Rennais F.C. analyses of professional goalkeepers of Stade Rennais F.C. during covert attention tasks.

May 19th, 2017

Workshop on Interactions

We will host in M2S lab, from 7th to 12th of June Michael Cinelli who is a researcher at Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada) working on interactions between walkers. We take this opportunity to organize on the 8th of June in M2S lab a one-day workshop on interactions between persons (walker/walker, walker/robot, walker/wheelchair, athletes, collective behaviour). Please find below the current list of presentations.

  • Michael Cinelli (Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo)  “Factors affecting Perception-Action integration (during collision avoidance tasks)”
  • Philippe Souères (LAAS, Toulouse): “How do humans behave to avoid a mobile robot crossing their way?”
  • Jean-Michel Auberlet (IFSTTAR, Nantes) “Influence of perception in road users modelling and simulation”
  • Sean Lynch (Laboratoire M2S, Inria Rennes): “Collision avoidance behavior between walkers: global and local motion cues”
  • Laurentius Meerhoff (Laboratoire M2S, Inria Rennes): “Simultaneous and sequential affordances of collision avoidance between multiple pedestrians”
  • Richard Kulpa (Laboratoire M2S, Inria Rennes) “From analysis to training of sports interactions in virtual reality”
  • Anne-Hélène Olivier (Laboratoire M2S, Inria Rennes): Experimental platforms to study interactions between walkers”
  • Julien Pettré (Inria Rennes): “How gaze reveals human navigation strategies in crowds”

If you are interested to attend the workshop, please contact us by email ( Looking forward to seeing you the 8th of June

April 22nd, 2017

EEG analyses of professional goalkeepers of Stade Rennais F.C. during covert attention tasks.

March 29th, 2017

A workshop on “Plant bioactives and health” will be held on Friday, the 31th of March. It starts at 9:45am in the meeting room of M2S Lab. There will be two presentations:

1. Flavonoids in the regulation of high fat diet-induced body weight gain and insulin resistance
Patricia Oteiza, Department of Nutrition and Department of Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Davis, USA

2. Should we eat more flavonoids? Why, which, who, how much, and other uncertainties
Cesar G. Fraga, School of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Buenos Aires-IBIMOL (UBA-CONICET), Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis, USA.

March 13th, 2017

Zumba party: together against cancer

February 28th, 2017

M2S Lab on France 5: Magazine de la santé (after 35 minutes):

February 21st, 2017

Dynamic Visual Acuity training of Stade Rennais F.C. goalkeepers with a Virtual Reality Headset:

February 14th, 2017

Dynamic Visual Acuity training of Stade Rennais F.C. goalkeepers:
Training of Benoit Costil
Training of Raïs M'Bolhi

January 29th, 2017

M2S Lab at the Technoférence #20:

Présentation dans :

January 21th, 2017

M2S Lab on France 3 regional TV news:

January 19th, 2017

M2S Lab is now on the top 200 of the ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2016:

Academic Ranking of World Universities

January 18th, 2017

New publication: Cavey T, Pierre N, Nay K, Allain C, Ropert M, Loréal O, Derbré F. Simulated microgravity decreases circulating iron in rats: role of inflammation-induced hepcidin upregulation. Exp Physiol. 2017 Jan 13. doi: 10.1113/EP086188. [Epub ahead of print] :

Work in collaboration with INSERMU991 team of University of Rennes 1 and CHU of Rennes.

January 3rd, 2017

We are organizing a workshop on virtual humans and crowds for immersive environments (VHCIE). The workshop will take place in Los Angeles, USA, during the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference,in March, 2017.

We call for submissions of research papers and technical notes (4-8 pages) or position papers and work-in-progress research abstracts (2-3 pages) on the following topics:

  • Virtual Humans (VH)
  • Virtual Crowds (VC)
  • Immersive populated spaces
  • Interaction with VH & VC
  • Multimodal rendering of VH & VC
  • Virtual Reality applications to VH & VC
  • Anything related to VR, VH or VC!

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline : February 3rd, 2017
  • Author Notification: February 17th, 2017
  • Final Version Due: February 28th, 2017

For more information, please visit the website:

September 27th, 2016

Job opportunity : Postdoctoral Position in Exercise Physiology and Molecular Biology (M/W)

A postdoctoral scholar position is available immediately at M2S Lab (Rennes 2 University) to identify molecular mechanisms that links exercise, dietary and/or nutritional interventions to the metabolic diseases using molecular, cellular and/or metabolic approaches. More information here.

September 19-23th, 2016


Motion capture and analysis of elite riders in Cadre Noir Saumur

The CavaleTIC project, funded by IFCE, aims at developping new monitoring technology to assist trainers in elite horse riders. In collaboration with UBS (Universite Bretagne Sud), the first step of the project consists in designing the specifications of such a technologica support. To this end, we carried-out in September experiments with elite riders of the Cadre Noir de Saumur, and with first year trainees to become professionnal coaches. A 10x10m square large scene has been set up to capture various dressage exercises with this population. Based on the motion capture data, we aim at identifying the relevant biomechanical variables that would help the trainer to evaluate and coach the trainees. We also aim at designing relevant real-time and off-line feedback that would help both trainees and coaches during their practice, for example using multisensory feedback.

September 15th, 2016

Laura Cuijper, from the Human Movement Science Lab in Groningen, came to the lab meeting to present her work on interpersonal synchronisation and syncopation: the case of crew rowing.

June 30th, 2016

Evaluation session of the professional football players of the Stade Rennais.


More information on the Official website of the football team (in french)

Les Rouge et Noir passent au révélateur ! par staderennais

June 28th, 2016



Pierre Plantard will defend his PhD on the 8th of July, 2pm, Amphithéâtre E1, Université Rennes 2. The PhD is entitled “Objectivation et standardisation des évaluations ergonomiques des postes de travail à partir de données Kinect”. 



Evaluation of potential risks of musculoskeletal disorders in real workstations is challenging as the environment is cluttered, which makes it difficult to correctly and accurately assess the pose of a worker. Most of the traditional motion capture systems cannot deal with these workplace constraints. Being marker-free and calibration-free, Microsoft Kinect is a promising device to assess these poses, but the validity of the delivered kinematic data under work conditions is still unknown. In this thesis we first propose an extensive validation of the Kinect system in an ergonomic assessment context with sub-optimal capture condition. As most of the large inaccuracies come from occlusions, we propose a new example-based method to correct unreliable poses delivered by the Kinect in such a situation. We introduced the Filtered Pose Graph structure to make the method select the most relevant candidates before combination. In an ergonomics context, we computed RULA scores and compared them to those computed from an optoelectronic mocap system. We also propose to challenge our method in real workplace environment and compared its performance to experts’ evaluation in the Faurecia company. Finally, we evaluated the relevance of the proposed method to estimate internal joint torques thanks to inverse dynamics, even if occlusions occur. Our method opens new perspectives to define new fatigue or solicitation indexes based on continuous measurement contrary to classical static images generally used in ergonomics. The computation time enables real-time feedback and interaction with the operator.


    • Xuguang Wang Directeur de Recherche IFSTTAR, Lyon / Rapporteur
    • Franck Barbier Professeur, Université de Valenciennes / Rapporteur
    • Damien Chablat Directeur de Recherche CNRS, Nantes / Examinateur
    • Nicolas Vignais Maître de Conférence, Université Paris-Sud / Examinateur
    • Anne-Sophie Le Pierres Coordinatrice en Ergonomie, Faurecia (Paris) / Membre invité
    • Franck Multon, Professeur,  Université Rennes 2 / Directeur de thèse

April 4th, 2016


We would like to thank the 74 participants who volunteered to our crowd experiment!

February 22th, 2016

Job Offer: Post-doctoral position


Physical activity and diabetic cardiomyopathy – molecular adaptations
A one-year postdoctoral position is available from May 2016 in Movement, Sport and health Sciences” (M2S) lab in University of Rennes 2. The project advisor will be Solène Le Douairon Lahaye. The postdoctoral position is co-funded by the Brittany Council and the University of Rennes 2.

The project focuses on looking for optimal physical activity modalities to limit the progression of diabetic cardiomathy and cardiac risk, especially targeting molecular mechanisms involved in adaptations. M2S lab is one of the few research institutes in Europe specializing in the link between  physical exercise, diabetic cardiomyopathy and molecular mechanisms.

Please visit our website for more details on our research interests and our accomplishments:

The experiments will be carried out in the M2S lab during the entire year. The salary conforms to national standards and provides all benefits medical insurance, contribution to retirement plan). A doctoral degree, experience in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, diabetic cardiomyopathy and proficiency in English, are required. Scientific knowledge in the field of sport and physical activity will be particularly appreciated. Candidates must be highly motivated and have a successful track record.

Eligibility criteria: French or non-French citizen scientist with a principal research activity in France for less than 12 months during the last 3 years.
Please contact us at:
The deadline to apply is April 1.


February 5th, 2016

Looking for participants


We are looking for volunteers to perform an experiment on pedestrian behaviour. This experiment will be on the 30th and 31th of March in the gymnasium of M2S LAB, in ENS building, in KerLann Campus.
To analyze the motion of group of walkers, we want to gather 40 participants at the same time for each session. Reaching this number of participants is a challenging task but is a fundamental aspect for the success of the experiment. That is the reason why we ask you to help us.The task will be simply walking in the gymnasium with several conditions of group and path to follow. We plan a 2h session for each day.
If you are interested to participate to one (or 2) session of the experiment or if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact:

Thanks for your help


January 14th, 2016

Rugby experiment

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Thanks to the RCV team ( and Simon Boisbluche for their participation to the virtual experiment!

January 7th, 2016

Jean Vives Award



Caroline Martin obtains the Jean Vives award (French National Olympic Academy) for her research work on Tennis.

The ceremony will be held on the 21st of January at 2pm at ENS Rennes.



January 6th, 2016

Looking for participants to interact with a virtual rugby player

Where: Immersia Room, Campus de Beaulieu

When: 13th and 15th of January (Duration: 1h)

Inclusion criteria:  being a man, being novice in team sports



December 30th, 2015

Young national tennis players



With the collaboration of French Tennis Federation (FFT), young national tennis players were evaluated in M2S Lab.

For more information :

Picture: Schéna Bénamar, 54th French ranking, French Champion 15/16 years old

December 14th, 2015

Job opportunity: Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Physical Interactions between individuals in locomotor and sports situations


Opportunity: A 1-year full-time post-doctoral position in INRIA, MimeTIC Team ( in Rennes, France. The position is funded by Inria with the help of la Région Bretagne. The gross monthly salary amounts to 2 128 euros.

Research Topics: The main topic of the post-doctoral fellow is the study of physical interactions between individuals. During interactions, each individual must act with respect to the motion of the other one. Especially, the question is to investigate how these interactions combine with respect to the type of the task to perform (avoid, intercept, meet, follow) and the role of each individual involved in the interaction (collaborative, competitive). Using an experimental approach (motion capture, virtual reality, …) at the individual scale, we propose to develop numerical models of interactions. The first objective is fundamental and aims at understanding the laws governing motor control during interactions. The second objective concerns the use of these numerical models of interaction. For simulation purpose, it will enable to propose more realistic pedestrian models, which are essential to design public area, for which security is assessed through simulation. In sports, realistic virtual human behavior in interaction tasks can be integrated to create next generation numerical training tools to increase performance.

Research Environment: The position is available in the MimeTIC team ( in partnership between Inria ( ) and M2S lab ( The specificity of this team is to gather transdisciplinary scientific abilities with skills both in Biomechanics and Numerical Sciences. Moreover, the team has a unique research platform with two large immersive rooms and a gymnasium (30x20m) dedicated to motion capture and analysis.

Background Skills: The candidate should have a PhD in Biomechanics or in Computer Science. The candidate should have fluent writing and verbal communication skills in English as well as background in human experiments (experimental design, statistics, motion capture, virtual reality,….). Nevertheless, every application with interesting background will be considered.

• Applicants should not be French national,
• or be French national but have stayed abroad France at least 12 months in the past 3 years.

Start Date: Review of applications will begin January 4th, 2016 with a start date as soon as possible (deadline for the venue : May, 1st 2015)

Applications: Send an email with cover letter, full CV, and contact info for 2 references to Anne-Hélène OLIVIER, PhD, MimeTIC Team, (INRIA), M2S Lab (University of Rennes 2),


December 1st,  2015

The new version of the M2S website is released.




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