Futur & Ruptures

The aim of the Futur & Ruptures (future and disruptive innovation) program is to finance preliminary research on forward-thinking topics within IMT. The program is jointly financed by Fondation Télécom and Télécom & Société Numérique Carnot Institute.

Its aim is to implement a long term vision and test out new scientific approaches to themes like the networks and media of the future, communicating objects or uses in digital life.

Every year since 2008, a call for proposals is launched at the IMT laboratories, resulting in the selection of fifteen or so theses and ten or so “short projects” (post-docs, sabbaticals) per year. To date, the program has supported nearly 180 projects across the different fields of expertise linked to digital technology which the IMT has invested in.

Since 2012 IMT and the Fondation Télécom have organized an annual event for their “Futur & Ruptures” (future & disruptive technologies) research program, during which the results of PhD and post-doc theses are presented to the program’s financers. The next edition of this day was held on 30 March 2015.

Themed networks

Themed networks are cross-disciplinary structures that aim to organize and make use of Professors’ expertise on research themes at IMT.

Themed networks act alternately as an association of experts, a strategic think tank and a task force.

Nine themed networks were created in 2012.

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Cross-department research programs

Only an interdisciplinary approach can produce new concepts and disruptive technologies capable of resolving modern issues, since it cross-fertilizes different scientific fields and strategic technologies. The development and mastery of the generic technologies of the future – the cornerstone of our expertise – represent a key challenge that the research teams of IMT have met full-on. Cross-department programs serve to launch ambitious projects and initiatives in line with the institute’s strategic plan. These programs are often multidisciplinary and draw upon the expertise of the institute’s researchers and professors in order to tackle major issues, be they societal, scientific or interdisciplinary, for example “energy transition and networks of the future”, “smart and sustainable cities”, “health, longevity and quality of life”, or “digital society”.