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

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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.

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4 ERC Consolidator Grants for IMT

The European Research Council has announced the results of its 2016 Call for Consolidator Grants. Out of the 314 researchers to receive grants throughout Europe (across all disciplines), four come from IMT schools. 

10% of French grants

These four grants represent 10% of all grants obtained in France, with 43 project leaders awarded from French institutions (therefore placing France in 3rd position, behind the United Kingdom with 58 projects and Germany with 48 projects).

For Christian Roux, Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation of IMT, “this is a real recognition of the academic excellence of our researchers on a European level. Our targeted research model, which performs well in our joint research with the two very active Carnot institutes, will also benefit from ERC’s more fundamental work to support major scientific breakthroughs.”

Consolidator Grants reward experienced researchers with a sum of €2 million to fund projects for a duration of five years, therefore providing them with substantial support.

The researchers

Franscesco Andriulli – IMT Atlantique

After Claude Berrou in 2012, Francesco Andriulli is the second IMT Atlantique researcher to be honored by Europe as part of the ERC program. He will receive a grant of €2 million over five years, enabling him to develop his work in the field of computational electromagnetism. Find out more +

Yanlei Diao – Télécom ParisTech/Polytechnique/Inria

Yanlei Diao, a world-class scientist, recruited jointly by École Polytechnique, the Inria Saclay – Île-de-France Centre and Télécom ParisTech, has been honored for scientific excellence for her project as well as her innovative vision in terms of “acceleration and optimization of analytical computing for big data”. Find out more +

Petros Elia – Eurecom

Petros Elia is a professor of Telecommunications at Eurecom and has been awarded this ERC Consolidator Grant for his DUALITY project (Theoretical Foundations of Memory Micro-Insertions in Wireless Communications). Find out more +

Roisin Owens – Mines Saint-Etienne

This marks the third time that this Mines Saint-Étienne researcher, who specializes in Bioelectronics, has been rewarded by the ERC for the quality of her projects. She received a Starting Grant in 2011 followed by a Proof of Concept Grant in 2014 .Find out more +

Read the article on MTech Roisin Owens: Hat trick sur les bourses ERC (Hat trick for ERC grants)

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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.

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.).

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”

13th Personal Data Values and Policy Chair meeting

IMT is pleased to invite you to the 13th Personal Data Values and Policy Chair meeting: “Personal data in international treaties and agreements: the Privacy Shield”. The meeting will take place on friday, January 6, from 1pm to 4pm at Télécom ParisTech, 46 rue Barrault, 75013 Paris.

In October 2015 a shockwave with international repercussions ran through the world of data exchanges, when the European Court of Justice invalidated the Safe Harbor security agreement that had, until then, enabled personal data collected in Europe to be transferred to the USA. The Court deemed that the guarantees offered by the USA did not sufficiently protect people whose data had been transferred.

Considering the now widespread and daily use of digital technology, a successor to Safe Harbor was expected. Drawn up relatively urgently, it was officially released on 12 July 2016 and named Privacy Shield. For both enterprises and citizens, the scale is immense as it issue presents economic, legal and societal challenges linked to digital technology today, i.e. on a global scale.

Privacy Shield was thus instituted. But barely six months after its adoption it was already a source of debate, and a number of outcries from citizens and institutions challenged its reliability and efficiency. At best, it is subjected to strong and publicly-aired misgivings.

So what is it all about? What mechanisms have been put in place? What are the potential failings and what would the consequences be for citizens, enterprises and governments? The Personal Data Values and Policy Chair invites you to hear more and discuss the subject with its prestigious guests:

• Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, President of the G29 and President of the CNIL,
• Claude Moraes, European Deputy and President of the LIBE Committee (Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs) of the European Parliament,
• Paul F. Nemitz, Director responsible for Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship in the Directorate-General for Justice of the European Commission.

Publication of the decree on the new status of IMT

Four years after the first law creating Institut Mines-Télécom, a new decree has expanded IMT’s scope, allowing for a better expression of its identity and the common strategy of its graduate schools under the administrative supervision of the Ministries of the Economy and Finance. Five Mines schools and one subsidiary Télécom school have become internalized as schools of EPSCP Mines-Télécom, and two Mines-Télécom schools have been created through mergers. The schools’ autonomy is strengthened through their connection to this major institution in order to boost their operational agility and affirm their affiliation to IMT by actively contributing to the site’s academic dynamics.

A legislative framework providing a fresh impetus

The new decree has provided a platform for the Institut and its schools to develop further, including the creation of two new schools following internal mergers.

In a higher education and research environment which is seeing increased competition and significant changes, the organization established by the decree provides a robust framework for the schools to showcase their identity, pursue their objectives, be ever more innovative and attractive, and seize new opportunities as part of an overall strategy which is in the process of being defined.

According to Philippe Jamet, CEO of IMT, “Brought together around a new common brand that epitomizes innovation and academic excellence to foster business competitiveness, IMT schools will play a decisive role in the development of skills and expertise for society and the economy of the future.”

At the crossroads between industry, ecology, energy and digital technology

Historically focused on the themes of digital and industrial technology, materials, the environment and energy, Mines and Télécom schools dovetail their skills to respond to the major socioeconomic transitions of the 21st century, namely digital technology, ecology, and energy. The establishment of 2 new schools by decree, IMT Atlantique and IMT Lille-Douai, deriving from a merger between Mines Nantes and Télécom Bretagne, and Mines Douai and Télécom Lille respectively, embody this original and visionary positioning.

This is the country’s leading national institute of science and technology in terms of training and research in partnership, as well as support for economic development, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

With 13,700 students including 9,100 engineers, 1,100 management students and 1,650 PhD students, IMT alone is the host institution for 7% of French engineering graduates and 15% of French engineers that have been trained through an apprenticeship scheme. The national leader in research in partnership thanks to close ties between its schools and businesses, it is home to two of France’s most important academic Carnot Institutes (M.I.N.E.S and Télécom &Société numérique).

For over 20 years, IMT and its graduate schools have been pioneers in supporting business start-ups via operational incubators and is at the origin of hundreds of new companies each year.