IMT awards the title of Doctor Honoris Causa to Jay Humphrey, Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department of Yale University

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This prestigious honor was awarded on 29 June at Mines Saint-Etienne by Philippe Jamet, President of IMT, in the presence of many important scientific, academic and institutional figures. IMT’s aim was to honor one of the inventors and pioneers of a new field of science – mechanobiology – which studies the effects of mechanical stress (stretches, compressions, shearing, etc.) on cells and living tissue.

A world specialist in cardiovascular biomechanics, Jay D. Humphrey has worked tirelessly throughout his career to galvanize the biomechanical engineering community and draw attention to the benefits that this science can offer to improve medicine.

Jay D. Humphrey works closely with the Engineering & Health Center (CIS) of Mines Saint-Etienne. In 2014, he invited Stéphane Avril, Director of the CIS, to Yale University to work on biomechanics applied to soft tissues and the prevention of ruptured aneurysms, which notably led to the award of two grants from the prestigious European Research Council:

For Christian Roux, Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation, “With this award the institute wanted to recognize this important scientist, known throughout the world for the quality of his work, his commitment to the scientific community and his strong human and ethical values. Professor Humphrey also leads an exemplary partnership with one of IMT’s most cutting-edge laboratories, offering very significant development opportunities. “


Biography of Jay D. Humphrey

Jay_Humphrey_circleJay Humphrey is Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department of the prestigious Yale University in the United States. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, United States) and a post-doctorate in cardiovascular medicine from John Hopkins University (Baltimore, United States).

He chaired the scientific committee of the World Congress of Biomechanics in 2014, held in Boston and attended by more than 4,000 people. He co-founded the Biomechanics and modeling in mechanobiology journal in 2002, which today plays a leading role in the field of biomechanics.

Jay D. Humphrey has written a large number of papers (245+) which have been universally praised and cited countless times (25,000+). His works are considered essential references and engineering students throughout the world rely on his introductions to biomechanics and works on cardiovascular biomechanics.

He is heavily involved in the training and support for students – from Master’s degrees to PhDs – and more than a hundred students previously under his supervision now hold posts in top American universities and major international businesses, such as Medtronic.

Jay D. Humphrey has already received a number of prestigious awards. He plays an influential role in numerous learned societies, and in the assessment committees of the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the United States.

Double-degree agreement between IMT and Georgia Tech

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Accord de double diplôme entre l’IMT et Georgia Tech

A double-degree agreement was recently established between IMT and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA). The agreement will allow students from IMT’s schools to obtain an MSc from Georgia Tech in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering or Mechanical Engineering in addition to their master of engineering.

In the meantime, students from Georgia Tech will be able to obtain a national masters diploma (international DNM) awarded by the IMT schools. Georgia Tech is among the world’s top technology institutes (ranked in the top 10 in the USA and the top 50 internationally, all categories included).

“Georgia Tech’s motto of ‘Progress and Service’ reflects that of IMT, which is ‘useful excellence’” explains Michel Pavageau, Director of International Relations at IMT.

Like IMT, Georgia Tech is a university with a strong international presence. Its European campus, Georgia Tech Lorraine, is based in France and it has also developed activities in Asia (Shenzhen, Singapore) and Central America (Panama).

Lastly, Georgia Tech is also very active in the field of MOOCs, and the institute already proposes an entirely online Master of Science (Online Master of Science in Analytics). The program is available in collaboration with edX, of which IMT is a member. The field of MOOCs, in which IMT is also a leader, is one of the areas of collaboration that IMT and Georgia Tech will shortly be exploring together. The two establishments already exchange on research matters.

A MOOC for learning the basics of digital manufacturing

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MOOC s'initier à la fabrication numérique

This MOOC is the first part of a “Digital Manufacturing” program created by IMT in partnership with MCD and Makery.info. It is funded by the Ile-de-France region with support from the Department of Paris.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE MOOC

Four weeks to understand how digital manufacturing is revolutionizing the production of objects.

3D printers and numerically-controlled laser cutting machines give everyone the possibility of manufacturing their own objects. They can also be programmed and connected to the internet, enabling a quick transition from idea to prototype, thereby allowing their creators to become entrepreneur makers. This rapidly growing sector is giving rise to new professions.

 

An inside look at FabLabs

This MOOC will give you the opportunity to take an inside look at FabLabs to help you understand the basics of digital manufacturing. Through collaborative workshops, you will discover the technology, methods and professions that make it possible to produce the objects of the future such as connected devices, prosthetic hands, furniture and even prototypes for electric cars.

At the end of the MOOC, you will be able to :

•    describe what a FabLab is and what it can be used to do
•    describe how to create an object with a numerically-controlled machine
•    write and run a simple program to program an object
•    explain how to make the transition from prototype to entrepreneurial project

Prerequisites

This MOOC is an introductory MOOC. Basic knowledge of digital tools is recommended (email, web browsing, word processing).

Partners

The “Introduction to Digital Manufacturing” MOOC is co-produced by IMT (with support from the Patrick and Lina Drahi Foundation), MCD and Makery.info. It is funded by the Ile-de-France region and the Department of Paris. As part of the “ParisCode” and “Digital technology for career training” calls for projects, a group of thirty jobseekers will participate in this MOOC in conjunction with FabLab workshops and will receive a certificate of acquired skills from IMT at the end of the course.

Statements of Completion

Statements attesting to the successful completion of the course are issued by FUN to learners who successfully pass the evaluations.

Courses begin May 23 !

OFFICIAL LAUNCH
By the Paris City Hall on May 30, 2017
à 9h chez Draft Ateliers
12, esplanade Nathalie Sarraute, Paris 18

MOOC teachers :

MOOC s'initier à la fabrication numérique

 

This MOOC is carried out with the support of the Patrick and Lina Drahi Foundation and the Mines-Télécom Foundation

MOOC s'initier à la fabrication numérique

 

Fondation Télécom has become Fondation Mines-Télécom

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Fondation Mines-Télécom

IMT, which was extended when the Mines schools joined the Institute and further consolidated on January 1st, 2017, is supported in its remit by Fondation Telecom, which has also undergone a statutory change to become Fondation Mines-Télécom, by decree of February 28th, 2017.

The Foundation thereby broadened its scope of action to include support for all the management and engineering graduate schools within IMT (IMT Atlantique,[1] IMT Lille Douai,[2] Mines Albi-Carmaux, Mines Alès, Mines Saint Etienne, Télécom ParisTech, Télécom SudParis and Télécom Ecole de Management), and has become a powerful lever for the Institute in its cross-cutting projects focused on the transitions of the 21st century: technological, energy, industrial and educational.

Building a powerful network around the IMT

On the strength of its network of around sixty partner businesses and 700 individual donors in 2016, and with strong roots at the heart of the IMT ecosystem, Fondation Mines-Télécom has the ambition to build a powerful collective around the Institute in order to assist it in its new 2018-2022 strategic plan, through concrete transformative projects to further its missions in Training, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Financing IMT’s major projects

Fondation Mines-Télécom will support IMT’s major collaborative projects that are of benefit to all its schools, such as the MOOC program, the “Prêts d’honneur” program available to the school’s incubators, or the open-innovation project baptized First, as well as the Institute’s new cross-cutting programs, most notably related to the industry of the future. The Foundation will also support more targeted patronage schemes for each school: chairs or support for campus development, such as the new campaign for naming spaces on the new campus of Télécom ParisTech in Saclay, recently launched by the graduate school.

Fondation Mines-Télécom will be setting up its new Supervisory Board in June. It will integrate new administrators from the Mines “galaxy” who will steer the roll-out of the newly expanded Foundation’s action plan, as part of its Ambition 2020 campaign.

“The creation of Fondation Mines-Télécom represents a seamless transition within a genuine, self-sustaining dynamic. After the merger of the Mines and Télécom entities, then the consolidation of Institut Mines-Télécom-IMT which now encompasses 8 schools, it was obvious that the creation of an IMT collective needed the support of a foundation with a broader scope of action, including patronage for the benefit of this new collective. While public funding covers the cost of premises, wages and overheads, the development of patronage will offer IMT substantial additional resources to achieve its goals of excellence in training, research and innovation, and to carve out a place for itself among the leading global higher education institutions. Additionally, IMT will be able to develop long-lasting partnerships to bolster its ties with economic stakeholders and its alumni. This is the perspective that our Ambition 2020 embodies.

Guy Roussel, President of Fondation Mines-Télécom

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Revolution in the energy market: The European SEAS project wins the “ITEA Award of Excellence for Innovation and Business Impact”

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The Smart Energy Aware System (SEAS) project brought together industrial and academic partners from 7 European countries over a 3-year period. The goal was to allow all stakeholders in the electricity market to interact in real time with consumption and production systems in order to optimize overall energy efficiency. Coordinated by Engie, whose key academic partners include IMT, SEAS won the excellence prize at the Digital Innovation Forum 2017 in Amsterdam on May 11th. This prize acknowledges the relevancy of the innovation in terms of its impact on the industry.

The SEAS project is redefining the energy market

Our energy networks are evolving and now require the deployment of new decentralized and intermittent production means, storage solutions, and systems for the intelligent measurement and control of consumption and production. They present new constraints and opportunities that must be integrated into the architecture of current energy networks.

SEAS provides the energy community with solutions enabling these services to be understood and combined in order to interact and contribute to improving the overall network performance.

How ?

Usage of semantic web technologies allows the user to adopt language that is clearly understandable to machines (known as ontology) in order to describe capacities, properties, exchanged data as well as different types of interactions between the objects and services in the network.

The SEAS ontology can understand and match the main standards used in the fields of energy, machine to machine dialogue, the Internet of things, electric vehicles, smart homes and smart buildings

Consequently, the job of adapting objects or services that are already compatible with at least one of these standards is significantly reduced. Additionally, an object or service belonging to a domain can communicate and interact with objects or services in other domains.

This harmonization work allows for more fluid exchanges and results in faster attainment of a critical mass of participants.

Secondly, SEAS has developed an original architecture adapted to the current and future organizational forms of energy networks. It does not force participants to transmit information via a central platform that would, de facto, constitute an authority on information exchanges. It also offers mechanisms allowing low-power network nodes to dialogue using the semantic formalism recommended by SEAS.

Lastly, the SEAS project adopts an open innovation approach. The ontology and architecture documents are open-access on the site https://www.the-smart-energy.com. They are also undergoing a standardization process with the W3C, the OneM2M consortium and the ETSI.

What new skills and stakeholders ?

SEAS brings digital solutions that will pave the way toward energy intermediation markets. By presenting this award on May 11th, ITEA considered that the project had created and demonstrated innovations that are vital to the emergence and development of the energy services market.

Stakeholders that are able to process information and offer the most satisfactory combinations of services will be in a great position in the future. Will the current energy giants be able to carve out leading positions, at a time when the main digital players are seeking new opportunities to harness their technology and expertise?

Innovation driven by IMT and its partner Armines

Several researchers from a number of IMT’s graduate schools (IMT Atlantique, Mines ParisTech, Mines Saint-Etienne, Télécom ParisTech and Télécom SudParis) have made significant contributions to the SEAS project.

Amongst these contributions are two major innovations. IMT Atlantique committed to the development of IT architecture that enables the retrieval of individuals’ consumption data in order to better adapt the distribution of energy over the network. At the same time, Mines Saint-Etienne applied its knowledge of web semantics for standardized communications between machines speaking different languages.

Partners of the SEAS project

Armines, Answare, Asema Electronics, BeNomad, CEA, CNR, Clipsol, Defne, Ecometering, Ecro SRL, EKE Finance, Engie, Empower, Enerjisa, Evoleo Technologies, Foreca Oy, Fortum, GAC Group, ICAM, ISEP, ITRON, Innova, Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), Kerlink, LNL Elektrik Elektronik Bilisim ve Danismanlik Ltd. Sti., Planet Media, Soltech, SimBT Inc., Siveco Romania SA, Ubiant, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, University of Girona, VTT, Virtual Power Solutions SA.

To find out more about the SEAS project:

https://www.the-smart-energy.com

 

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New Directors for IMT Lille Douai and Mines Albi-Carmaux

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New directors for IMT Lille Douai

Alain-Louis Schmitt has been appointed “Director of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines-Télécom Lille Douai,” for a five-year period, by a ruling of the Minister for the Economy and Finance dated April 12, 2017. By this same ruling, Narendra Jussien has been appointed “Director of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines of Albi-Carmaux” for a five-year term starting on May 1, 2017.

Alain-Louis Schmitt, the new Director of IMT Lille Douai, succeeded Daniel Boulnois on May 1st, 2017.

Alain Louis Schmitt IMT Lille Douai

“It is with great enthusiasm that I take up the position of Director of IMT Lille Douai, a new model of school, created by the merger between Mines Douai and Télécom Lille, which combines exceptional human potential with unprecedented conditions for inventing and organizing the engineering programs of tomorrow. I will drive this momentum, with support from the entire staff, as I am acutely aware of the historic anticipation with which businesses are awaiting skills combining engineering sciences, digital sciences and technologies and innovations based on world-class research.”

Alain-Louis Schmitt, a graduate of the École des Mines of Douai, has a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Valenciennes University and is a Corps des Mines Engineer. He began his career at the École des Mines of Douai in 1982 as a lecturer (digital control, microprocessors, production control) in charge of mechanics and robotics studies, and then served as head  of the computer-integrated manufacturing department.

Alain-Louis was then deputy director of the École des Mines of Nantes from 1995 to 2002, and also served as Deputy Regional Director for Industry, Research and the Environment for the Pays de la Loire from 2001 to 2002.

From 2002 to 2009, he served as Regional Director of Industry, Research and the Environment for the Lower Normandy Region and was also a territorial delegate for the Nuclear Safety Authority (Caen Division).

In February 2010, he was appointed Regional Director of Businesses, Competition, Consumption, Work and Employment (DIRECCTE) for the Pays de la Loire Region.

He had been the Director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines of Albi-Carmaux since May 2012.

Alain-Louis Schmitt was born on July 11, 1958.

Narendra Jussien, the new Director of Mines Albi-Carmaux, succeeded Alain Schmitt on May 1st, 2017.

Narendra Jussien, a professor of computer science, was Assistant Director of IMT Lille Douai until April 30, 2017 and Director of Télécom Lille from 2014-2016.

Narendra Jussien Mines Albi-Carmaux Carmaux

“Taking over as director of Mines Albi-Carmaux is an exciting, rewarding and challenging task.
This school has a great number of advantages and I am very excited to begin working with the team here. I am fully committed to enhancing the development strategy of this IMT treasure.”

He is a 1994 graduate of Angers’ Institute of Applied Mathematics, earned a doctorate in computer science in  1997 (Rennes-I) and has been accredited to lead research (Nantes) since 2003. After a brief period in which he worked for the General Delegation for Armament as part of his national military service, Narendra Jussien began his career at Mines Nantes (which is now IMT Atlantique) in 1998 as an Assistant Professor of computer science and later served as head of the computer science department. In January 2014, he was appointed Director of Télécom Lille, and remained in this position until the merger with Mines Douai to create IMT Lille Douai on January 1, 2017.

As a researcher, Narendra Jussein has authored some hundred publications and has made a significant contribution to the organization of the French scientific community in his area of expertise by founding the French Association for Constraint Programming. He also created the Choco solver, and continues to contribute to his area of expertise in his role as editor-in-chief of “Constraint Programming and Operations Research” for publishers Hermes Sciences and ISTE/Wiley.
Narendra Jussien is a Chevalier des Palmes Académiques (Knight of Academic Palms), a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

He is interested in literature (especially the works of Honoré de Balzac), plays the piano, is an amateur photographer and enjoys cooking. He is also an avid runner in his free time.

Narendra Jussien was born on 01.09.1973.

 

4 years of MOOCs at IMT: an overview of the 2013-2016 period

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4 ans de MOOC à l'IMT 2013 - 2016

IMT recently published its first report on the development of MOOCs in its graduate schools. Since 2013, 25 MOOCs have been created and broadcast on the French platform FUN as well as the American platforms Coursera and edX, with 340,000 enrollments in 170 countries. IMT is pursuing this transformation of its schools’ teaching by developing its series of MOOCs.

MOOCs as a pillar of the transformation of learning at IMT…

…in graduate programs

First experimented in 2013, MOOCs are currently employed in the framework of core curricula in engineering and management courses. There have been 11,000 enrollments by students in our schools.

… and in lifelong learning programs

Mainly followed individually by professionals, MOOCs are increasingly used by companies. They regularly use this kind of flexible training method to train staff members by recommending a MOOC or offering one as a SPOC (Small Private Online Course).

As proof of the interest among patrons in these new training methods, the MOOC titled “Understanding the Collaborative Economy” was developed with support from and in collaboration with the MAIF, while Fondation Patrick et Lina Drahi is currently providing significant support for the development of a MOOC program at IMT.

The 2013-2016 report naturally contains the full list of MOOCs by IMT, as well as a portrait of the typical learner (gender, age, qualifications, location, occupation), information on the use of MOOCs in schools and companies, 3 examples of innovation in MOOCs, and the associated production costs.

“After the pioneering age, IMT is entering the development and professionalization phase. On the strength of our experience over recent years, we wanted to share this overview with the educational community…”

Nicolas Sennequier, director of Digital Learning at IMT

 

 

The new IMT – French Académie des Sciences Prize will recognize the excellence of researchers in digital technology, energy and the environment.

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Prix IMT – Académie des sciences

On March 28, IMT and the French Académie des Sciences signed an agreement establishing a new prize aimed at rewarding exceptional scientific contributions in Europe. The first call for applications has now been launched. The deadline for submitting applications is set for May 23, 2017.

The fields

The prize will award European researchers in three different fields:

  • The sciences and technologies of the digital transformation in industry;
  • The sciences and technologies of the energy transition;
  • Environmental engineering.

Two scientists honored

The IMT – French Académie des Sciences prize is comprised of two awards:

– a “Grand Prix” awarded to a scientist who has contributed to the fields mentioned above in an exceptional manner through a body of particularly remarkable work;

– a Young scientist prize awarded to a scientist who is under 40 years old on January 1st of the year the prize is awarded, who has contributed to these same fields through a major innovation.

These prizes will be presented jointly by IMT, with support from Fondation Mines-Télécom and the French Académie des Sciences. They will be endowed with prize money of the following amounts:

– Grand Prix: €30,000;

– Young scientist prize: €15,000.

Each prize will be awarded, without any requirements regarding nationality, to a scientist working in France, or in Europe, in close collaboration with French teams.

 

The application must include the following:

1) the form provided by the French Académie des Sciences;

2) a letter of support providing a personal opinion of the nominee;

3) a brief résumé;

4) the nominee’s main scientific results;

5) a list of the main publications.

The Official Awards Ceremony

The formal award ceremony will take place in the Dome of the Academy on October 10, 2017. It will be completed by a ceremony in mid-October for the recipients to present their work to the Academy.

According to Sébastien Candel, President of the French Académie des Sciences: “The creation of these two prizes works towards fulfilling several of the Academy’s missions. One of these missions is to encourage the scientific community, by not only awarding established researchers, but also the most promising young researchers. This encouragement is all the more significant due to the prize being awarded as part of a partnership that unites the French Académie des Sciences and another institution, as in this specific case with IMT. These prizes also strengthen the international dimension of French science and our Academy, because they do not have any requirements regarding nationality, but are open to a scientist working in France, or in Europe, with the condition of a close collaboration with French teams.

According to Christian Roux, Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation at IMT: “By creating these two scientific prizes, awarded jointly by the French Académie des Sciences, IMT is seeking to honor talent, promote partner-based research with companies, and encourage the emergence of innovations and breakthrough approaches. It is also an opportunity for the Institut to gain more visibility and attractiveness in the national and international landscapes of higher education and research.”

€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”.