Environment - Mobility - Health: a project-based specialisation

Specialisation taught in 2021/2022, no longer available from September 2022


The Environment Mobility Health project specialisation is proposed in partnership with Nantes University Hospital, within the framework of innovative projects focusing on respiratory health, led by Professor Antoine Magnan, president of the establishment's medical community, and Professor François-Xavier Blanc, Head of Respiratory Care. The project is a specific component of the work of the IRC Lung O2.

This project-based specialisation brings together the technological expertise of Centrale Nantes (data analysis and applications, digital city, IT, mobility, etc.), Gustave Eiffel University (environmental measurements, particles, etc.), Nantes University Hospital (respiratory health), and Air Pays de la Loire (environmental exposure).

Finally, the specialisation is fully in keeping with the following strategic objectives at Centrale Nantes:

  • deliver project-based teaching
  • set up innovative and engaging methods of learning for our students
  • firmly anchor health within our programmes alongside our main partner: Nantes University Hospital
  • focus on environmental impact and ecological transition within the curriculum

Project objectives

The aim of the project is to develop a model of an Android mobile application which allows the user to:
  • define a route in the Nantes Métropole area
  • select a mode of transport (pedestrian, bicycle, car, public transport)
  • calculate or estimate the user's environmental exposure on the journey
  • receive recommendations based on his/her profile and the probability of impact on his/her health of said environmental exposure

Watch the video (in French) to learn more:


International students can follow this specialisation, taught in French, via:

  • A double degree programme - Open to international students selected by our partner institutions. Selected students spend two years studying courses from the engineering programme at Centrale Nantes. This usually includes one year of the common-core engineering curriculum followed by one year of specialisation. Double degree students are typically accepted after successfully completing two or three years of higher education in their home institution.
  • The fast-track engineering programme: Open to students with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in science. Our fast-track programme gives international students who are qualified to bachelor level the opportunity to gain the 'diplôme d'ingénieur' in just two years.
Course Content

Project-based learning

A group of up to 12 students follows the specialisation from September to March. The students will be divided into two groups of expertise: programming and data collection.

The project specialisation comprises:

  • Project work supervised by the head of the specialisation;
  • Scientific classes on the fundamental subjects;
  • Scientific supervision from the partners (Nantes University Hospital, Gustave Eiffel University, Air Pays de la Loire).
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Specifications and UML Deployment and promotion
Project Management Internship
Framework of the project
Design and development
Programming group
Introduction to Programming
Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Android and Programming
App development and production
Data collection group
Expert intervention on data capture (including pollen)
Acquisition of air quality data
Respiratory health and environmental exposure
Mobility and route planning

Download 2021/2022 syllabus

Project Schedule

Project phases

1. Knowledge and skills-based learning:   

a.  Data capture, analysis, calculation, optimisation, modelling, simulation, air quality (linked to Data Analysis and Applications specialisation, Gustave Eiffel University, Air PDL);
b.  Development of mobile geographic applications (linked to Digital City and Computer Science specialisations);
c. Transport, Mobility and Itinerary Planning (linked to Air Quality Research - David Chalet, and SLP Research Group in the LS2N Laboratory)
d. Respiratory Health (Partnership with Nantes University Hospital, Professor Magnan, Professor Blanc)
e. Project (scoping, design, development, validation, training, deployment, promotion, operation)

2.  Data capture

a.    Data collection:
i.    Nantes Environment: Air PDL
ii.   Cartography: Open Street Map (for example)
iii.  Health: Nantes University Hospital
b. Scientific testing on a multi-transport itinerary (Hôtel Dieu to ECN by car, bicycle, on foot, bus, tram, etc). Link with Gustave Eiffel University, Research conducted by David Chalet, Matisse Lesage and Julien Cario
c. Patient data testing (from patient file to user profile, connected health objects and partnership with Nantes University Hospital)

3.    Application development

a. Specifications
b. Development (design, developments, validation, production, operation)

4.    Promotion and handover

a. Scientific publication
b. Presentation of results
c. Communication on results and methods employed
d. Consolidation for handover


Published on May 14, 2020 Updated on March 30, 2022