€1M allocated to IMT to roll out the Franco-German Academy projects for the Industry of the Future

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The endowment of €1M announced by Christophe Sirugue, State Secretary for Industry, Digital Technology and Innovation, who was at Mines Saint-Etienne for Industry Week, will strengthen the action already implemented by the 2 founders of the Academy (IMT and TUM). This comes 3 months after Berlin’s Franco-German digital conference which looked back on the launch of the Franco-German Academy for the Industry of the Future.

Positive first steps by the Franco-German Academy for the Industry of the Future

Since the first Franco-German digital conference, the Academy for the Industry of the Future, founded on 27 October 2015, has managed to forge collaborations between researchers from the 2 founding members, TUM (Technische Universität München) and IMT. These collaborations started immediately in 2 areas:

  • Cyberarchitecture and Safety through 3 research projects: Hybrid Blockchain Architectures, Secure Connected Industry and Towards a Secure Internet of Things;
  • Networked Cooperations for the Industry of the Future thanks to the Smart Cyber-Physical Environments and Transformation of Organizational Control research projects.

New momentum through financial allocation

With this new endowment, IMT and TUM will be able to move up a gear, develop projects already underway in 2016 and initiate new projects related to research and training.

  • Research projects

Thanks to the endowment granted by the French government, the initiated projects will be able to reach their full potential. Additionally, the exploration of a second wave of projects related to the next phase for the Academy will start around other shared domains such as advanced materials, 3D printing, energy efficiency, design and industrial logistics.

  • Summer school

This two-session program will cover “connected vehicles and digital routes” and “human factors and cooperative design systems”.

  • Launch of the Blended Learning program

It will be based on 15 modules (remote/classroom) providing enhanced digital education for industry executives and building knowledge of the Industry of the Future. This program will offer an “Industry of the Future” certificate of the micro-master type.

According to Christian Roux, Director of Research and Innovation at IMT, “We are now in a position to take this new Franco-German cooperation to the next level with our TUM partners. This opens up an original pathway within higher education and European research and will have the support of a club of industrial partners from the Academy for its development.”

e.l.m leblanc and IMT sign a framework agreement on the industry of the future

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Both partners are strongly involved in issues related to the industry of the future, and have decided to pool their efforts and formalize their collaboration.

A lasting partnership based on three components: research, R&D and foresight.

1.    Develop cutting-edge research in the following fields :
> digital technologies,
> acoustics,
> Big Data and Machine Learning,
> Industry of the Future,

2.    Develop innovative joint R&D projects on key industrial challenges such as automation, Big Data, the Internet of Things, security, as well as the production line, logistics and transport, human-machine cooperation and intelligent agents.

3.    Engage in future-oriented reflection and research on humankind’s place in the digital and industrial transitions, and create and develop new paradigms (business models, new organizational forms, new products and services) for the industry of the future.

The partners’ perspectives

For IMT teams, the cooperation with e.l.m. leblanc represents an outstanding full-scale and operational testing ground for production. As a company that is very advanced in its own industrial transformation, e.l.m. leblanc is the ideal player for confronting IMT’s research with the practical issues that arise from the changes currently underway in the industry of the future.

In the short term, researchers will work with e.l.m. leblanc teams on issues related to the metallurgy of stainless steel, to big data (maintenance and predictive manufacturing), “factory service” prediction, industrial IoT and the Smart Factory (analysis and modeling of logistic flows, changes to the workstation and the production line).

According to Christian Picory-Donné, Director of Partnerships and Transfers at IMT, “these projects will lay the foundations for many different forms of collaboration that will of course bring together R&D, but also initial and lifelong learning, foresight and think-tanks. This will provide many cross-fertilization opportunities with this major industrial partner.”

According to e.l.m. leblanc, the upheavals taking place in the world due to new technologies will only continue and increase in the coming decades. As an industrial company, e.l.m. leblanc is facing an unprecedented challenge. The company is concerned about its present and future ability to understand these constant waves of changes – specifically changes in business models and production methods.

According to Philippe Laforge, Chief Executive of e.l.m. leblanc “Our partnership with a leading academic player like IMT is essential in this dynamic and uncertain context. IMT provides us with it expertise, not only in terms of the latest developments, but also in research applied to the challenges of our profession. This collaboration, resulting from our regional and national foundations, is at the heart of e.l.m.’s development strategy in France”.

New IMT logo for Mines Albi-Carmaux and Mines Alès, two of IMT’s schools

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Two of IMT’s graduate schools in the Occitania region have taken their turn to show their attachment to IMT by adopting a new IMT logo, already used by the schools that merged on the 1st of January: IMT Atlantique and IMT Lille Douai.

A new IMT logo for Mines Albi-Carmaux and Mines Alès

Three months after they merged with the EPSCP Institut Mines-Télécom, these two graduate schools in southern France wished to illustrate their sense of belonging to the IMT family.
For Alain Schmitt: “Wearing the colors of a nationally and internationally recognized institution along with Mines Alès, in the heart of our new region was important to us. It forms a common base – solid, dynamic and teeming with opportunity and perspectives.”

In the view of Bruno Goubet: “Adopting a shared logo is proof of the strength of our recent union, on which Mines Albi and Mines Alès will be able to build to contribute further to the economic development of their region.”

Common ground for the brand, contributing to faster brand awareness

In their communications alongside the IMT and the merged schools, Mines Albi and Mines Alès will share a common base for their logo: a blue pictogram inspired by the IMT tangram, associated with their names, and the same baseline.
The collective brand aesthetic will be strengthened by new visuals based on various versions of the logo’s geometrical shapes, as well as shared colors – blue, black and white. The individuality of each school will be expressed through their own graphic code, with one additional color with which the school strongly identifies.

For Mines Albi it will be orange, alluding to the color of the old logo, but also the iconic bricks of the city of Albi.

For Mines Alès an audacious shade of magenta was chosen, picking up from the previous logo (raspberry red). This is the signature of a school that sees itself as vibrant and creative.

Digital transformation : Employment trends

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Big Data, the Internet of Things, cybersecurity etc. are skills that are increasingly sought after. Even though they don’t offer as many job vacancies as traditional occupations in the digital sector such as those for information systems, they are clearly riding high. Here are the major trends revealed by the 9th IMT Barometer, created for the Forum des télécommunications which took place on 9 February in Paris.

In the digital and telecoms professions, the crisis is well and truly over. After a very positive 2016, recruitment should stay at a high level in 2017. And young engineers are those who will benefit the most. This is what the IMT digital professions barometer shows, but in which fields ?

Infographic of the results of the 9th IMT barometer of digital professions (in French)

Datascientist, a new strategic profession

The digital transformation is creating new requirements, starting with the analysis of big data. According to the IMT barometer, Big Data in auditing/consultancy represents 13% of requests from companies. But this isn’t the only sector on the lookout for data analysts. The bancassurance groups are very keen, as are major manufacturers with their huge digitization projects. Selected as the “sexiest profession of the 21st century” by the Harvard Business Review, the datascientist is becoming strategic.

Since big data is difficult to interpret within corporate groups, calculations by this specialist concern operational matters as much as strategy.

PSA has made it one of their priority HR projects. With Criteo, Safran and BNP Paribas, the manufacturer is a partner of the Machine Learning for Big Data chair of Télécom ParisTech. A great way to train future talents within this field.

Digitization of industry and new skills

The digitization of industry is also creating a need for new skills. At Renault Nissan, in one way or another almost all of the engineering positions involve digital skills. Approximately 20% of employees work on a self-driving, connected vehicle. The manufacturer employs engineers who could also work at Google or Airbus. Digitization concerns not only the product design but also the entire industrial process. Welcome to the factory of the future where, for example, remote management positions are created for experts in industrial processes. In the control room, they implement actions recommended by the algorithms and modify them thanks to their on-the-ground knowledge.

Cybersecurity is a key issue for businesses and employment

Cybersecurity is becoming a major issue and few businesses can escape it. On the flipside of digitalization, new online threats are hitting companies’ websites and information systems, such as cyber spying or server attacks. So you can understand why security specialists are being snatched up in the job market. The shortage of profiles is genuine. It is difficult to find qualified candidates even if businesses offer higher salaries than in the majority of other IT fields. It is an up-and-coming profession within all sectors. According to the IMT digital professions barometer, it represents 13% of telecom operators’ requirements and 11% in auditing/consultancy and industry.

Web technologies and IoT

Web technologies are also future professions. This specialty represents 14% of software vendors’ requirements. Referencing experts, developers (J2E, SQL, JavaScript etc.), UX designers and more are among the in-demand specialties where the lack of candidates is likely to persist. Full-stack developers, those coding “Swiss knives” who know how to build an application from start to finish, are still very much sought after.

In addition, specialists of the Internet of Things are increasingly needed, especially in auditing/consultancy, services and at certain operators such as Orange. Connected objects bring many skills into play that range from electronics to programming via integration and energy optimization. Hardware and software are combined to form complex systems. In this sector, polyvalence is therefore perceived as a real asset.

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

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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 lemonde.fr 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

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

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MOOC of the year

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 + www.remisharrock.fr

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

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IMT creates its first Bachelor’s Degree with IRUP

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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.

3 IMT start-ups awarded at CES 2017

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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.