professor Isam Shahrour


english/ french

Isam Shahrour, Distinguished professor at University Lille1- Sciences and Technology (France)
Education, Science, technology and social networking for a smart world


Graduated from the National School of Bridges and Roads (Ponts et Chaussées - Paris), Isam Shahrour is strongly involved in the research, higher education and partnership with the socio-economic sector. he was Vice President “Research and doctoral program” at the University Lille1 (2007 – 2012) and president of the Innovation Agency “Lille Metropole Technopole” for regional economic development via innovation. Currently, he is director of the Regional Research Laboratory “Civil and Geo-Environment Engineering - LGCgE” and head of the international master "Urban Engineering and Habitat." He coordinates a large-scale Smart City demonstrator “SunRise).  His research activity concerns Smart and sustainable Cities as well as Geotechnical and geo-environmental Engineering. He conducted an intensive research activity with industrial partnership. His activity resulted in about 100 refereed journal papers and supervised 60 PhD dissertations. He gave about 15 lectures on the smart city concept and implementation, including a TEDx talk.


★ 1988 : Habilitation (Degree required for a chair professorship in the French system) University Lille1 - Science and Technology
★ 1984 : Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris
★ 1982 : Civil Engineering Master, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris
★ 1982 : Master degree in Applied Mechanics, University of Paris VI.
★ 1980 : BSc in Mechanics Sciences , University Lille1

Professional Experience

★ Since1997: Professor, University Lille1
★ 1990: Professor, Ecole Centrale de Lille
★ 1989: Research Enginee, French Institute of Petroleum
★ 1985 “Maître de Conferences”, University Lille1


★ 2007 - 2012: Vice President “Research and doctoral studies”, University Lille1 - Science and Technology (
★ Since 2010: Director of the Research Laboratory “Civil and Geo-Environmental Engineering »(
★ Since 2010: Director of the  International Master Degree « Urban Engineering and Habitat »
★ 2006 - 2007: Director of “Laboratoire de Mécanique de Lille”
★ 1999 – 2010 : Member of the French National Committee (CNU), in charge of qualification and career promotion of faculty members in Mechanics and Civil Engineering in France
★ 2003 - 2007: Director of the International Centre University Lille1 - Science and Technology
★ 2003 - 2005: Vice Director of the Engineering School “Polytech’Lille” (
★ 1996 - 2003: Director of the Post-Graduate Program (Master and Ph.D.) in Civil Engineering

Innovation and Economic Development

★ Since 2010 : Responsible of the SunRise Project "Large Scale Demonstrator of the Smart and Sustainable City" (
★ 2008 - 2012 President of “Lille Technopole” Regional Innovation agency for Economic Development via innovation.
★2011 – 2013 : President of the Innovation Center in Contactless Technology EURA-RFID (
★ 2002-2006: General-Secretary of the Technical Committee 17 on Ground Improvement of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering

Academic Activity

★ Smart City
★ Sustainable City
★ Urban Engineering
★ Geo-Environmental Engineering
★ Geotechnical engineering


★ Author of about 100 refereed journal papers and 200 communications (,5&as_vis=1&q=%22shahrour+I%22)
★ Supervision of 60 PhD (
★Consulting for various academic projects for public institutions.
★Conduction of major research programs in the field of the smart city and civil engineering.