Integrated Master-PhD Track | Control and Robotics

The Integrated Master-PhD Track is available within the following Master's specialisms:
  Students on the track will be assigned to the Laboratory of Digital Sciences of Nantes (LS2N) with supervision from a member of faculty. It is within LS2N Laboratory that the students on this track would naturally progress towards funded PhD studies, subject to successful completion of the Master's degree, final acceptance by the ad hoc committee and the award of a PhD grant.
Course Content

Course content in the M1 and M2 years is closely based on the chosen Master's specialism, whereby Integrated Master-PhD Track students have a (limited) choice of modules, plus a research module and supervised research project. Full details below.

Signal and Image Processing

M1 Year

30 ECTS Credits per semester.
Language of instruction: English

Autumn Semester

Core Courses ECTS
Algorithmics and programming 4
Artificial Intelligence 6
Classical Linear Control 5
Mathematical Tools for Signals and Systems 4
Embedded Computing 4
Signal Processing  5
Language Courses (1 out of 3)*
French as Foreign Language 2
Cultural and Communicational English 2
Spanish 2


* 'French as Foreign Language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English' or Spanish (depending on sufficient demand).

In addition to the courses, students will attend scientific seminars to gain an overview of research activities in the field of control and robotics. This will enable them to identify the areas in which they wish to focus their research activities for the remainder of the programme.

Spring Semester

Core Courses ECTS
Research methodology 4
Research project 1 7
Elective Courses (choose 4 out of 5)
Computer Vision 4
Mobile Robots 5
Optimization Techniques 5
Systems Identification and Signal Filtering 4
Spectral and Time Frequency Analysis 4
Language Courses (1 out of 3)*
French as Foreign Language 2
Cultural and Communicational English 2
Spanish 2

* 'French as Foreign Language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English' or Spanish (depending on sufficient demand).

NB Course content may be subject to minor changes
M2 Year

30 ECTS Credits per semester.
Language of instruction: English

Autumn Semester

Core Courses ECTS
Research project 2 8
Elective Courses (choose 5 out of 6)
Biomedical signals, images and methods 4
Design of signal and image representations 4
Machine learning, data analysis and information retrieval 4
Mathematical tools for signal and image processing 4
Signal and image restoration, inversion methods 4
Statistical signal processing and estimation theory 4
Language Courses (1 out of 3)*
French as Foreign Language 2
Cultural and Communicational English 2
Spanish 2


* 'French as Foreign Language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English' or Spanish (depending on sufficient demand).

Spring Semester

ECTS
Master Thesis/Internship                                                  30

NB Course content may be subject to minor changes

Download syllabus | Integrated Master-PhD Track - Signal and Image Processing


 

Advanced Robotics

M1 Year

30 ECTS Credits per semester.
Language of instruction: English

Autumn Semester

Core Courses ECTS
Advanced and Robot Programming 4
Artificial Intelligence 6
Classical Linear Control 5
Mechanical Design Methods in Robotics 4
Modelling of Manipulators 4
Signal Processing 5
Language Courses (1 out of 3)*
French as Foreign Language 2
Cultural and Communicational English 2
Spanish 2


* 'French as Foreign Language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English' or Spanish (depending on sufficient demand).

In addition to the courses, students will attend scientific seminars to gain an overview of research activities in the field of control and robotics. This will enable them to identify the areas in which they wish to focus their research activities for the remainder of the programme.

Spring Semester

Core Courses ECTS
Research methodology 4
Research project 1 7
Elective Courses (choose 4 out of 5)
Computer Vision 4
Dynamic Model Based Control 4
Mobile Robots 5
Optimization Techniques 5
Software Architecture for Robotics 4
Language Courses (1 out of 3)*
French as Foreign Language 2
Cultural and Communicational English 2
Spanish 2

* 'French as Foreign Language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English' or Spanish (depending on sufficient demand).

NB Course content may be subject to minor changes
M2 Year

30 ECTS Credits per semester.
Language of instruction: English

Autumn Semester

Core Courses ECTS
Research project 2 8
Elective Courses (choose 5 out of 6)
Advanced Modeling of Robots 6
Autonomous Vehicle 4
Advanced Visual Geometry 4
Optimal Kinematic Design 4
Soft Robot Modelling 4
Task-based Control 5
Language Courses (1 out of 3)*
French as Foreign Language 2
Cultural and Communicational English 2
Spanish 2


* 'French as Foreign Language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English' or Spanish (depending on sufficient demand).

Spring Semester

ECTS
Master Thesis/Internship                                                  30

NB Course content may be subject to minor changes

Download syllabus | Integrated Master-PhD Track - Advanced Robotics


 
Research Environment

This programme relies on Centrale Nantes’ faculty and the research facilities of the Laboratory of Digital Sciences of Nantes (LS2N).

About the LS2N

The LS2N Laboratory was launched with a single objective: bring together Nantes' research expertise in computer science and cybernetics to develop digital sciences, inclusive of other disciplines and taking account of the social challenges involved. The five areas of research expertise:
 

  • Industry of the future | systems engineering, control, human factors, management, software engineering, robotics
  • Management of energy and environmental impact  | embedded systems design, eco-design of robots, power grids, adaptable data centres
  • Life Sciences  | medical imaging, neuronal signal processing, genomic data analysis,  biological network modelling, artificial organ design, automation of hospital equipment
  • Vehicle and mobility | global vehicle automation, behavioural and usage modelling, traffic optimization
  • Design, culture and digital society  | system design for the digital society, design of new interactions and links with digital artefacts, analysis of practices and interaction with digital artefacts
Learn more

Major Research Projects

Renault - Centrale Nantes Research Chair | 2016-2022 and 2022-2025
Improving and validating the performance of electric vehicles. Prospects with hydrogen storage. Visit the chair's website to learn more

GENIUS (Production, storage and use of green hydrogen) | 2021-
The aim is to build a full-scale test platform for the intelligent management of energy from renewable sources for applications linked to transport (electric vehicles in particular) and stationary applications (buildings, low-voltage networks, etc.). Given that using hydrogen as an energy carrier is still an emerging technology, the GENIUS project aims to combine the fuel cell/electrolyser combination with seasonal storage in the form of hydrogen to supply isolated or non-isolated networks. At the same time, this type of energy production (with hydrogen storage) and consumption makes it possible to design power systems combining production/storage/consumption for transport-related applications. Learn more

Research Facilities

The "Autonomous Vehicles" research facility allows the LS2N to integrate and evaluate the approaches under development in autonomous mobile robotics around the themes of environment perception, understanding of scenarios and multi-sensor referenced control. The platform includes 3 instrumented vehicles (sensors, computers and man-machine interfaces), 2 of which are fully robotized by the "Drive-by-wire" robotization kit developed by the ARMEN research group in the LS2N.

As part of an industrial research chair with Renault, which aims to improve the performance of electric propulsion in motor vehicles, Centrale Nantes has an electric vehicle test bench specifically for automotive electric propulsion. It comprises of test engines supplied by Renault and a control, power electronics and dynamic load environment to simulate driving situations.

PhD Opportunities
  • Fast ultrasound imaging methods for non-destructive testing of attenuating and scattering materials ► Learn more
  • Analysis and synthesis of urban sound scenes using deep learning techniques ► Learn more
  • Deep learning for computer-aided early diagnosis of breast cancer ► Learn more
  • Probabilistic models based on EMG decomposition for prosthetic control ► Learn more
  • On-line decomposition of iEMG signals using GPU-implemented Bayesian filtering ► Learn more
  • Improvement of the quantification of yttrium-90 PET images ► Learn more
  • Contribution to wide angle visual perception for mobile robots and self driving cars ► Learn more
  • Multi-sensor-based control in Intelligent Parking applications ► Learn more
  • Design of high-speed robots with drastically reduced energy consumption ► Learn more
  • Dynamic Control and Singularities of Rigid Bearing-Based Formations of Quadrotors ► Learn more
  • Dynamic Visual Servoing for Fast Robotics Arms ► Learn more
  • Contributions to utilize a Cobot as intermittent contact haptic interfaces in virtual reality ► Learn more
  • Cable-Driven Parallel Robots with Large Translation and Orientation Workspaces ► Learn more
  • Collaborative Mobile Cable-Driven Parallel Robots ► Learn more
What our students and graduates say

Andrea, PhD Student 2021-2024 | Master EMARO Advanced Robotics, Class of 2021

Yuxin, PhD Student 2021-2024 | MSc Signal and Image Processing, Class of 2021

Why did you decide to come to Centrale Nantes for your MSc Programme in Signal and Image Processing?
"During my final undergraduate year, I was an exchange student at ECN, where I discovered it to be an excellent choice, both for its quality of life and academic offerings. As I reconsidered my original major and contemplated a switch, ECN provided a relaxed environment for me to weigh my options and explore various fields. Ultimately, I found that signal and image processing aligned best with my interests."

When and why did you decide to pursue your PhD here?
"During the final semester of my master's program, my laboratory internship provided me with a preliminary insight into the world of research. It was during this time that I developed a keen interest in the field of medical imaging. Motivated by the desire to delve deeper into this domain and experience the authentic lifestyle of a researcher, I decided to pursue a Ph.D. program."
 

What are you working on for your PhD?
"For my Ph.D., I am engaged in research on 'Medical Ultrasound Imaging with Deep Learning'. This involves exploring innovative applications of deep learning techniques in the realm of medical ultrasound imaging."

How would you rate the research facilities and support?
"Our laboratory LS2N is well-equipped with the necessary machinery and facilities for experiments. We maintain a close relationship with the companies that provide the machines. In terms of computational resources for deep learning, besides the GPU available on my workstation, we also have access to a high-performance computing cluster."

What do you plan to do after graduation?
"After graduation, I hope to join a company specializing in medical ultrasound imaging, where I can actively contribute by addressing specific challenges and solving real-world problems for end-users."

Any advice for future applicants?
"I advise prospective applicants to identify their genuine interests and suitable pursuits as early as possible. When considering an application, it's crucial to gather comprehensive information, including course structures, graduation requirements, and employment prospects. Ideally, early awareness of the core competencies each program cultivates can guide applicants in making informed choices that align with their future goals."

Meet the Programme Coordinator

Pierre-Emmanuel Hladik Pierre-Emmanuel Hladik is an Assistant Professor at Centrale Nantes and he carries out his research activity at the Laboratory of Digital Sciences of Nantes (LS2N) in the STR team. He previously spent 14 years in Toulouse at the Laboratory of Architecture and Analysis of Systems (LAAS-CNRS). He teaches in the field of autonomous embedded systems. His research interests deal with the modelling and verification of constraint concurrent systems, and in particular scheduling and methods to design safe systems.


 

How to apply for the Integrated Master-PhD Track

A single admissions process applies to both the MSc programmes and the Integrated Master-PhD Track. On the eCandidat application platform simply select the MSc programme for which you are applying and indicate that you wish to be considered for the Integrated Master-PhD Track. Applicants will be considered for the MSc programme with and without the Integrated Master-PhD Track. Admission to the Integrated Master-PhD Track will be notified during semester one of the MSc programme.
 
Published on September 22, 2023 Updated on February 26, 2024