MSc Control and Robotics
Embedded Real Time Systems (CORO ERTS)

NB This specialism is no longer on offer after the 2022/23 academic year.

Programme Objectives

This specialism in Control and Robotics introduces the techniques currently used for the design and the verification of embedded systems, and in particular, real-time embedded systems. Several courses cover various topics: the design of real-time systems and the architecture of a real-time operating system (OSEK/VDX standard is used); real-time scheduling policies and associated implementation; tools for the modelling and verification of real-time systems: Petri net, finite state automata and timed automata etc.

The programme of study lasts two academic years - denoted by M1 and M2 and is taught in English. It comprises three study semesters followed by a paid Master's thesis / internship in the final semester.

Our Master's programmes in Control and Robotics are fully accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

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Course Content

30 ECTS Credits per semester.
Language of instruction: English

M1 Year - 2022/23
Autumn Semester Courses ECTS Spring Semester Courses ECTS
Signal Processing  5 Group Project 6
Classical Linear Control 5 Optimization Techniques  5
Artificial Intelligence 6 Mobile Robots 5
Algorithmics and Programming 4 Programming Real Time Systems 4
Advanced and Robot Programming 4 Software Architecture for Robotics 4
Embedded Computing 4 Computer Vision 4
Modern Languages * 2 Modern Languages * 2

* 'French as Foreign Language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English'

NB Course content may be subject to minor changes
M2 Year - 2022/23
Autumn Semester Courses ECTS
Embedded Software Systems  4
Energy-aware Embedded Systems  4
Parallel Programming  4
Real Time Scheduling  4
Formal Modelling and Verification  4
Petri Nets  4
Project  4
Modern Languages *  2
Spring Semester ECTS
Master thesis / internship       30

 * 'French as Foreign Language' except for French native speakers who will study 'Cultural and Communicational English'
NB Course content may be subject to minor changes

Examples of previous internships in industry:

  • Design of Embedded Systems for Drones.
  • Internet of Things (IoT): connecting Embedded System.
  • Modelling and validation of an aerial video tracking system.

Examples of previous internships in research labs:

  • Multicore Real Time operating systems
  • Formal verification of parametric systems
  • Task Scheduling in Energy Harvesting Real-time Embedded Systems
Skills developed

  • Model and define the operation of embedded control and control systems implemented in digital form, and which are subject to critical constraints, of both energy and time.
  • Master all stages of the design and development cycle of these systems (from their specification to their implementation and certification).
  • Understand and know how to exploit the specific characteristics of new generations of embedded systems (OS Autosar, multi-core targets, etc.).

In addition to the above specialism-specific skills, students will also develop more general skills:

  • Identify models, perform simulation and analyse results
  • Communicate comprehensive results in a meaningful way
  • Undertake bibliographic surveys of international research and professional literature
  • Manage or be part of a project

Download syllabus | Control and Robotics - Embedded Real-Time Systems 2022/2023

  • M1 Year
  • M2 Year
Facilities and Partnerships

Faculty and Research Facilities

This Control and Robotics programme relies on Centrale Nantes’ faculty and the research facilities of the LS2N Laboratory.


Airbus, Thales, Smiles, Renault

Academic Collaboration

Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Aalborg University, TU Munich
After the MSc

Career Prospects

  • Sectors: aeronautics, automotive, transportation, wind and marine energy, material production, consulting
  • Fields: mechanical engineering, design, materials, advanced processes, manufacturing, research and innovation
  • Positions: mechanical engineer, process engineer, design engineer, research and innovation engineer (post PhD)

Where are they now?

► Find out what our recent MSc graduates are doing now
Meet the Programme Supervisors

Didier Lime, M2 Programme Supervisor ERTS

Elwan Héry, M1 Programme Supervisor Control and Robotics

Elwan Héry is an associate professor at Centrale Nantes and at the LS2N (Laboratory of Digital Sciences of Nantes) in the ARMEN team (Autonomous Robots and Control of Interactions with the Environment). His main research interests are in perception, localization and mapping for autonomous vehicles and mobile robots.

Olivier Kermorgant, Programme Supervisor Control and Robotics

Olivier Kermorgant is a graduate of Centrale Paris, with a PhD from Inria Rennes-Bretagne Atlantique. His career history includes a teaching position at Télécom Physique Strasbourg and a research engineer position at IRT Jules Verne, working on the prototyping of an autonomous mobile robot in the ship industry. Since 2015 he has been an associate professor at Centrale Nantes and a researcher in the LS2N in the ARMEN team.

Published on March 25, 2017 Updated on November 22, 2023