Essilor is joining forces with CNRS, the French National Center of Scientific Research, for the development of lenses and glasses with active and connected functions. The company has signed a new research agreement for a five-year collaboration with CNRS' LAAS (Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems), whose areas of expertise include embedded electronics, photonics and robotics. The lab also features a technological platform for the design and construction of prototypes. A joint Essilor-CNRS multidisciplinary team of researchers and engineers will now study lenses and glasses with active and connected functions, as one of the areas that Essilor and CNRS identified within the joint research agreement they signed in April 2015. CNRS is Europe's largest public research institution, with nearly 33,000 employees and a budget that exceeded €3.3 billion in 2014. The LAAS, based in Toulouse, is one of CNRS' largest intramural research units, and has been one of Essilor's academic partners for more than ten years.