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.

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.).

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4 ERC Consolidator grants for IMT

On Tuesday 13 December the European Research Council (ERC) announced the results for the ‘ERC Consolidator Grants 2016’, which rewards researchers of excellence with 7-12 years’ experience after their PhD. 4 IMT researchers were rewarded.

In total, 314 projects were selected, 43 of which are hosted by French institutions. Out of the 314 rewarded researchers, 4 are from IMT schools: Francesco Andriulli from Télécom Bretagne, Yanlei Diao (Télécom ParisTech, Polytechnique, Inria), Petros Elia (Eurecom), and Roisin Owens (Mines Saint-Etienne).

2016 was the third call for proposals from the European Research Council (ERC)’s Horizon 2020 ‘Consolidator Grant’ program, which  finances exploratory research projects carried out by researchers having held their PhD for 7 to 12 years on 1 January 2016. The winners will benefit from a grant of up to €2 million for a maximum period of 5 years. Scientific excellence on a European level is one of the main selection criteria.


Companies of the Future: IMT publishes a white paper on the challenges of digital transformation

“Companies of the future – The challenges of digital transformation” is a collective work that brings together nearly 15 IMT researchers to examine the implications of this major transition.

Over 40 pages, the paper reviews research carried out on the subject based around three key points: levers, impact, and research issues. It then examines published works from a historical and systemic perspective. Finally, the report deals with enterprises and their future.

A founding member of Alliance Industrie du Futur (Alliance for the Industry of the Future), IMT (IMT) combines engineering and digital sciences to study industrial transformations and new management methods.

The work, which was edited by Madeleine Besson (Télécom École de Management), includes contributions from Emmanuel Baudoin (Télécom École de Management), Sandrine Berger-Douce (Mines Saint-Étienne), Imed Boughzala (Télécom École de Management), Pierre-Antoine Chardel (Télécom École de Management), Godefroy Dang Nguyen (Télécom Bretagne), Mondher Feki (Télécom École de Management), Valérie Fernandez (Télécom ParisTech), Romain Gola (Télécom École de Management), Cédric Gossart (Télécom École de Management), Emily Henriette (Télécom Ecole de Management), Thierry Isckia (Télécom École de Management), Daniel Kaplan (FING), Bruno Léger (Mines Saint-Étienne) and Nicolas Jullien (Télécom Bretagne).

Read the interview of Madeleine Besson in French on the blog “Research & innovation”

The TUM and IMT are rolling out a joint network for the industry of the future

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Institut Mines Télécom (IMT) Paris have combined their skills to prepare graduates together for the requirements of the digital economy. With this aim, the two institutions are offering joint research projects and summer schools for students. This initiative should also later be extended to other scientific establishments and partner industries. The TUM and IMT will present the new program together during the Franco-German conference on digital technology to be held on 13 December in Berlin.

The main themes of this Franco-German initiative are digital transition in industry, advances in research and applications of Big Data, the Internet of things and study courses in digital technology. Both countries believe that the radical changes in the fields of science, economy and society will only create opportunities if training and research are quickly brought in tune, and if the European economy can become more competitive as a result.

Our primary aim consists in preparing our graduates of excellence together for the demands of the digital economy and in providing them with the weapons they need. Through the Franco-German partnership we will develop research and training in the framework of a French and German Academy for the industry of the future”, explained Hannemor Keidel, Vice President of the TUM and appointed for scientific relations with France by the President.

After a year of planning and preparatory work, more than 30 scientists from the TUM and Institut Mines Télécom IMT have defined 6 priority fields of research to date:

  • Hybrid blockchain architecture for the security of industrial applications, with encrypted files mutually strengthening each other, in which all transactions are recorded;
  • Secure inter-machine communication in Industry 4.0
  • Industry without frontiers: organizational transformation in Industry 4.0
  • Intelligent cyber-physical environments in Industry 4.0, for self-driving vehicles and the Internet of Things
  • Self-driving vehicles and Big Data in vehicle applications
  • “The human factor in the design of collaborative systems”, automates and vehicles developed for and around humans, in production and supply chains.

Joint training courses are planned for summer schools for the students, and well as a “Micro Masters” program using the new online MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and a joint Executive Master program for graduates with professional experience.

More about the Alliance for the industry of the future