Signing of a strategic partnership between ENSTA Bretagne and IMT Atlantique

On the ENSTA Bretagne campus, the Minister of Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, accompanied by Luc Rousseau, vice president of the General Economy Council, representing the Minister for the Economy and Finance, launched the strategic merger between  ENSTA  Bretagne and IMT  Atlantique  Bretagne-Pays de la Loire on February 2nd 2017.

The signing

During the signing of a partnership agreement between the two flagship institutions, the Minister of Defense, convinced that innovations stemming from marine and digital technologies will be decisive for the future, reaffirmed the crucial role of high level training and research for innovation and the technological progress of French defense and high tech businesses.

The aim is for the two Engineering Graduate Schools to jointly boost their appeal, dynamics and ambitions. They presented their ambition to ultimately develop an engineering hub of excellence that will serve as a benchmark in western France.


Usine Nouvelle’s Engineering Graduate School Rankings : great results for our schools !

The annual Engineering Graduate School rankings by Usine Nouvelle (French business magazine) have just been released. IMT schools feature prominently, with 7 of our schools appearing in the top 20 places.

Three IMT schools in the top 5 and 7 in the top 20

Usine Nouvelle’s rankings run a test bench on 106 private and public Engineering Graduate Schools, i.e. engineering schools for students after completion of their high school diploma or after their two-year higher education diploma. The editorial staff used 4 main criteria to award a score to each institute assessed this year: integration into the labor market, international openness of training, commitment to research, and entrepreneurship support for students.

In this 2017 edition, the IMT schools stand out impressively: 3 schools are ranked in the top 5 and 7 in the top 20, whereas last year we counted 2 schools in the top 5 and 5 in the top 20.

Noteworthy entries for merged IMT schools

Our merged schools have climbed the rankings :

  • IMT Atlantique is propelled to 5th place, jointly with Mines ParisTech, just behind Télécom ParisTech (while only Télécom Bretagne, one of its former components, was in the top 20 last year in 7th place);
  • IMT Lille Douai leaps into the top 20 in 19th place (while neither of the 2 schools were in the top 20 last year).

See Usine Nouvelle’s 2017 Engineering Graduate School rankings (in French)

The Fondation Télécom and IMT are launching their season of events themed on trust in the digital age

Trust in the digital age: meeting at Numa on March 1st with Samuel Laurent, Le Monde journalist and head of “Décodeurs”. The Fondation Télécom and IMT are launching their season of events themed on trust in the digital age. This season, which will result in the drafting of an intelligence newsletter in summer 2017, will start on March 1st with a first breakfast at Numa with Samuel Laurent, journalist at Le Monde and head of the “Décodeurs” section of the newspaper.

Trust and media in the post-truth era

During the first meeting, Aymeric Poulain Maubant, coordinator of the 2017 Fondation Télécom intelligence newsletter on distributed trust in the digital age, will present the topics that will feature in the newsletter and the breakfasts at Numa. He will show how the notion of trust is translated and perceived differently according to languages and cultures, and how this can influence the construction of trust on a more global scale.

Samuel Laurent, journalist from Le Monde and head of the paper’s “Décodeurs” columns, will speak about the evolution of trust in and through the media in the post-truth era. He will explore how the web muddies the waters of the news and will talk about fake news and the way it mirrors these new usages. He will present the current media situation, at the forefront of the crisis of representation and of the elite, which have been shaken to the core by the current anti-journalist, anti-media rhetoric. The presentation will conclude with an analysis of the mistakes and errors made by journalists and the possible way forward.

Brief biography of Samuel Laurent

After 4 years at Le Figaro, Samuel Laurent joined Le Monde in 2010 and integrated a “political” section on the website of followed by the presidential newsroom, before becoming head of the “Décodeurs” section. This column in Le Monde, launched in 2014, is produced by a team of 13 people, including 5 “coder” journalists. Their tasks include news verification, data journalism and news awareness raising. He is contributing to the development of the “Decodex” of Le Monde, a toolbox to fight against fake news sites, launched in February 2017.

The Fondation Télécom intelligence newsletters

Leadership, MOOCs, Augmented Human, Artificial Intelligence – for several years now, the Fondation Télécom has published intelligence newsletters on topics related to the latest in digital innovation. In 2017, the question of trust in the digital age and its various aspects will be at the core of discussions among researchers from IMT schools and the Foundation’s industrial partners. Coordinated by Aymeric Poulain Maubant, this newsletter will be released in June.

For Véronique Deborde, “Trust in the digital age is a subject at the very heart of our major patrons’ concerns, and more generally those of civil society. It was therefore an obvious choice for topic of the year. In the months to come, other events will enrich and complete the work of researchers in order to add substance to the newsletter, which will be a clear and concise document offering a very up-to-date, composite view of the state of the art of the technological and societal challenges inherent to this subject. It will be easily exploitable within businesses. These newsletters are also opportunities for the partners of the Foundation to meet and work with the academic teams from the schools’ labs.”

Find out more about previous intelligence newsletters from the Fondation Télécom

2017 calendar

1st March
Breakfast – launching the season of events on Trust
Trust, a shifting value in society– Numa, Paris – 8:30-10:00

29 March
Seminar to prepare the newsletter – WAI BNP Paribas – 8:30-12:00

10 May
Breakfast –Trust in the digital age: what makes distributed trust possible?  – Numa, Paris – 8:30-10:00

Early June: publication of the Intelligence Newsletter

21 June

Breakfast –  Is trust an essential element that is still lacking for the development of the IoT and digital identities? – Numa, Paris – 8:30-10:00

11 October
Breakfast – Distributed trust: what innovation potential? – Numa, Paris – 8:30-10:00

November: public conference

Download the Press release in PDF

MOOC of the year

IMT’s ABC of C Language MOOC elected “most innovative ” MOOC of 2016

Led by Rémi Sharrock, a Research Professor at Télécom ParisTech, the ABC of C Language MOOC was rewarded during a ceremony held on January 19 at the offices of Google France. 

Internet of Things, game consoles, smartphones, bicycle sharing systems… C Language is increasingly present in everyday objects. That is why, in 2016, IMT launched “C Language from A to Z,” a program composed of two MOOCs for learning about C Language programming.

“The ABC of C Language” is the first phase of this program developed with France IOI. It is intended for complete novices, who can begin learning and testing their code directly within the course, without having to install software on their computers.

The particularly innovative aspect of its teaching approach resides in its unique real-time interface for correcting code.

The ABC of C Language MOOC will run again on FUN starting on February 23 – Find out more +

About Rémi Sharrock

Rémi Sharrock is an Associate Professor at Télécom ParisTech and carries out research for the Laboratory for Treatment and Communication of Information (LTCI).

He studies protocols and IT architecture for large-scale distributed systems.

He has also participated with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research in launching the FUN-MOOC platform and training MOOC correspondents in France about aspects of educational videos. To find out more +

* organized by MyMOOC, a MOOC referencing platform in partnership with the JDN and Google.

Download the press release in PDF


IMT creates its first Bachelor’s Degree with IRUP

IMT has launched its first Bachelor’s Degree in partnership with IRUP aimed at supporting SMEs and midcaps in the digital transition. Over a three-year period, the program will train future production managers in different regions who will facilitate industries’ transition towards the Factory of the Future.

For the first year, the training will take place as a classroom-based program, and will then continue as through a work-study contract.

Supporting companies’ digitization

IMT, which brings together 11 engineering and management graduate schools throughout France, is home to nearly 13,700 students, primarily enrolled in “grande école” programs, which issue 5-year degrees. As a founding member of the Industry of the Future Alliance, which unites professional organizations and institutions, it is now developing a range of comprehensive training programs (from Bachelor’s to PhD degrees) to support companies in this industrial transformation.

Relying on its experience in training engineers and its knowledge of the business world’s needs, IMT is offering its first short training program in partnership with IRUP, its Bachelor’s Degree for Digital Transition Managers (“Responsable de la transition numérique”), which targets students who have passed the STI2D Baccalaureate. “Through this three-year program, we are supporting the industrial transition of SMEs and midcaps,” explains Frédérique Vincent, Director of Education at IMT. “These companies often have limited human resources and are in need of middle management staff that will assist them in digitizing their production activities”. Other training programs will then be offered for working professionals: options will include short, long, classroom-based and MOOC formats.

Combining experience and teaching

This Bachelor degree, implemented by IRUP in Saint-Étienne, will be supervised by an educational committee made up of the IMT Department of Education, and representatives from IRUP, Mines Saint-Étienne and IMT Atlantique. The curriculum will cover all the aspects of the digital transition that relate to an SME. The program will address information systems, new technology and its impacts on trades and processes, change management, etc. “Through our educational platform, we will combine experience within companies, specific teaching and role-playing,” explains Cyril Faure, managing director of IRUP, who has already planned a “technology summer program at the start of the degree program to harmonize students’ scientific and technological levels.” The training will include a first year aimed at acquiring fundamental knowledge and will continue through a work-study contract for the two following years. “The work-study aspect is IRUP’s core business, and mentoring represents the cornerstone of our educational approach,” explains Cyril Faure, the director of the institution.

20 students who have passed the STI2D Baccalaureate or Vocational Baccalaureate with a good level will be recruited based on application and interview. The first class will begin the training at the start of the 2017 school year.

The RATP Group Foundation scholarship winners sign mentor charters, run by Fondation Télécom

The students of Télécom ParisTech and Télécom SudParis who won ‘Trajets d’Avenir’ scholarships in 2016 got to meet their mentors on the occasion of the signature of the mentor charters. The event took place on 10 January at RATP headquarters in the presence of Jean Agulhon, RATP Group HR Director and Julien Laurent, Deputy Secretary General of the RATP Group Foundation.

20 years of solidarity for the RATP Group Foundation

For more than 20 years, the RATP Group Foundation has striven to establish links with inhabitants in regions where the Group has its activities by supporting local projects which promote access to employment, education and culture.

Since the end of 2009, the ‘Trajets d’Avenir’ (Path to the Future) program for access to education, in partnership with major French and foreign academic and scientific institutions, has granted scholarships to talented students from modest backgrounds so that they can have access to long-term studies or excellent courses. This financial aid is supplemented by collective support or by the support of mentors in the shape of RATP Group executives who volunteer their services. In 2016/2017, the RATP Group Foundation also supported 15 scholars from Télécom schools and Cergy-Pontoise University, all under the wing of a RATP mentor.

Fondation Télécom and the RATP Group Foundation – partners since 2012

The two foundations have been partners of the ‘Trajets d’Avenir’ program since 2012. The agreement was renewed in June 2016 for another three years for an amount of €30,000 per year.

Thanks to this partnership, 10 freshmen at Télécom ParisTech and Télécom SudParis have received financial aid and support in developing their career plan throughout their three years of education. These students from modest backgrounds need financial support to make a success of their studies in the right conditions. Members of RATP Group management support students who have been selected according to their ambitions and academic performance, acting as mentors to help them discover the world of business and engineering professions within the RATP.

The mentor charter signature ceremony ratifies the commitment between the mentors and the students in a spirit of positive collaboration and mutual trust.

‘’The ‘Trajets d’Avenir’ program provides our students with a unique opportunity to combine their studies with the discovery of the world of business, alongside RATP Group professionals who are committed to sharing their values and their in-depth experiences in the world of work. Thanks to this support and guidance throughout their studies, the students are better prepared to face the realities of business life and can develop their career plans in a more confident and calm way.’’ Véronique Deborde, Fondation Télécom Director.

‘’When I was a student, I was always looking for contacts within the corporate world. Nowadays, it’s up to me to allow students to benefit from my experience, via the mentor scheme. It’s important and rewarding for me to make a contribution. It gives me the chance to help others discover what the RATP is all about, demystify our activities and let them see the wealth and diversity of our professions.’’

Edgar Sée, Line 4 Automation Operation Director

‘’Very few people in my family work in large corporations. To be supported by a RATP Group mentor gives me the chance to have a contact in the business world, something which I don’t have within my family. On the other hand, at school, we have a lot of theory classes. It’s important for me to discover possible graduate professions, and the RATP mentor scheme will help me discover the world of business from the inside.’’

Paul-Elian Tabarant, freshman at Télécom ParisTech

‘The RATP Group Foundation has set itself the task of putting projects in motion and promoting equal opportunities. The entire RATP Group is very proud to be able to support highly deserving students with their further education. Group members take their mentor role very seriously and afterwards, everyone always says they have learnt a lot from this scheme – it’s a win-win situation. Public service projects and considering everyone’s needs are in the company’s DNA. ‘Trajets d’Avenir’ is an original translation, but it’s something that we live by.’’

Julien Laurent, Deputy Secretary General, RATP Group Foundation


3 IMT start-ups awarded at CES 2017

This year, 23 ‘made in IMT’ start-ups attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with FrenchTech in Las Vegas from 5 to 8 January 2017. Three of the start-ups, namely Energysquare, SevenHugs and SensorWake, received a CES Innovation Award 2017.

The CES Innovation Awards are a competition organized by the CES to reward the most innovative products. This year, France played its card right as 30 of the prizes were awarded to French start-ups. Among the winners, 3 were ‘made in IMT’ start-ups.

Focus on the winners

  • Energysquare (Télécom ParisTech): wireless charging modules connected to a micro-USB, Lightning or Type-C port, in the form of adhesive tape.
  • SensorWake (IMT Atlantique): olfactory alarm clock.
  • SevenHugs (Télécom ParisTech) developing a universal remote which can detect the exact location of any smart object close by.

First IMT MOOC on edX

The first IMT MOOC on the edX platform opened on Thursday 12 January. Entitled ‘Digital Networks Essentials’, this MOOC is the English version of ‘Principes des réseaux de données’ (presented 5 times on FUN).

This course explains the workings of digital networks such as the internet and telephone networks that enable communication and access to information.

The course explains the vocabulary, concepts and mechanisms which are common to all computer networks. The MOOC describes the TCP, UDP and IP internet protocols.

It outlines how a global network is organized and how its components work together, as well as the importance of standards and protocols.

This MOOC, supported by IMT Atlantique, Télécom Paristech and Télécom SudParis, will be offered from 12 January to 15 March 2017 on the edX platform.

Cybersecurity Chair: Inaugural lesson on 11 January and arrival of Simon Foley as Research Director

Launched on January 25 last year within the framework of the Cyber Center of Excellence, the IMT’s Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure Chair aims to contribute, on an international scale, to the development of research and training activities in a sector which has become a national priority: cybersecurity of critical infrastructure (energy networks, industrial processes, water production plants, financial systems, etc.). These projects are being accelerated and strengthened by the appointment of a Research Director, the inaugural lesson and 2 roundtables on January 11 in Rennes.

Simon Foley, the Chair’s Research Director

Former researcher at the University of Cork in Ireland, where he was head of security in the IT department, Simon Foley is a renowned specialist in cybersecurity risk management. He is a member of the editorial committee of the Journal of Computer Security and The International Journal of Information Privacy, Security and Integrity, and was co-president of the European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS). He is also the author of several trade publications. He will be joining the Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure Chair to lead the research team, and thus strengthen current and future work.

Inaugural lesson on 11 January

Simon Foley will make a short speech at the inaugural lesson on January 11 at the Rennes campus of IMT Atlantique: Secure by Comparison (with a tale of security in an Industrial Control System). Other speakers during the day include: Paul Friedel, IMT Atlantique Dean, Bernard Pouliquen, Vice-President of the Brittany region, in charge of higher education, research and digital transition, Philippe Jamet, IMT Director-General, Philippe Verdier, President of the Cyber Center of Excellence, and Frédéric Cuppens, Professor at IMT Atlantique and Chairholder.

Demonstrations revealing the reality of risks of attack on industrial control systems will be presented. In the afternoon, there will be 2 roundtables in the presence of all partner companies. The first will address cybersecurity vulnerabilities and threats, and the second the possible responses to intrusions.

>> The inaugural lesson starts at 9:30am and ends at 4:30pm

IMT Atlantique, 2 rue de la Châtaigneraie, 35510 Cesson-Sévigné.


Accelerated research: launch of 9 new subjects

The research team, in close collaboration with the Chair’s partner firms, has also launched 9 new research subjects:

  • Cyberattack detection using machine learning methods.
  • CyberCOP 3D: Interactive and collaborative 3D visualization of a computer system’s security status.
  • Diagnostics of malfunctions and cyberattacks in industrial control systems.
  • Quantitative evaluation approach for industrial system security
  • Resilience to critical infrastructure attacks through preventive analysis of malicious malfunctions and their impacts.
  • Remediation policy incorporating a dynamic risk analysis.
  • Traceability and information integrity control in advanced data analysis for cybersecurity purposes.
  • Consideration of business objectives and requirements in cybersecurity supervision systems.
  • Consideration of human factors in the design of secure systems. Application of industrial control systems to cybersecurity.

The Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure Chair is led by IMT Atlantique with Télécom ParisTech and Télécom SudParis and the Brittany region, within the framework of the Cyber Center of Excellence, along with 8 companies: Airbus Defence and Space, Amossys, BNP Paribas, EDF, La Poste, Nokia, Orange and Société Générale.

This Chair aims to contribute, on an international scale, to the development of research and training activities within a sector which has become a national priority: cybersecurity of critical infrastructure (energy networks, industrial processes, water production plants, financial systems, etc.).