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ESTACA Campus West Hosts its 2nd Edition of International Week "EIW 2018"

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Theme 2018: The Comfort of Users in Autonomous Cars

As part of the EIW 2018 (ESTACA International Week) International Meetings were held in Laval from March 19th to the 23rd between ESTACA and its foreign partners. This year the campus has welcomed fifty representatives of companies and universities from all over the world.

Twenty conferences and workshops were offered from March 21st to the 23rd on the technological and industrial issues of transport and mobility on a worldwide scale. Research professors, PhD students and foreign or French industrialists have exchanged information on the topics of user comfort in autonomous transport, intelligence and connected vehicles, composite materials, air quality, design, etc.

ESTACA students carried out a presentation session of their research as part of the IPARWF/PIRATE projects (Initiation Project for Applied Research in Work Framed). While at the same time, the teachers-researchers of the partner universities presented their work in progress.

During the "teaching days" that was organized on 19th and 20th of March, 45 hours of classes were given in English by nine university speakers to students, on topics such as "autonomous functions in mobility systems" or "engineering system products ".

An International conference with the European House has also been organized for the benefit of engineering students on semester exchanges with foreign universities.

The Ministry of Higher Education has awarded this event with «EHEA Paris 2018» (European Higher Education Area) label on the same year anniversary of the Bologna Process, to institutions that cultivate and promote a European vision of higher education.

Among the partners of ESTACA that were present:

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA
  • University of Wrocław, Poland
  • Manipal University Jaipur, India
  • Gendarmerie and Coast Guard Academy, Turkey
  • Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza Krakowie, Poland
  • Hochschule Emden/Leer, Germany
  • Cranfield University, United Kingdom
  • HAW Hamburg, Germany
  • Akdeniz University International, Turkey
  • Sakarya University, Turkey
  • Houari Boumediene University, Algeria
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanna (EPFL), Switzeland
  • Toyama College, Japan
  • Issia-cnr, Italy
  • Lorraine University, France
  • Design school
  • Faurecia,
  • Valeo,
  • Laval virtual,
  • IPC,
  • Etc.

2018: A new chapter in the history of the ISAE Group

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As per the guidelines of the Act of Association 1901 in France, the ISAE Group is proud to welcome in 2018, the school SUPMECA as their new partner institution. A reputed mechanical engineering school in Saint-Ouen within the Paris region, the new ISAE body propelled itself on the same objective as of the other institutions of the ISAE Group i.e. to promote the occupations and education in the Aerospace.

Since its foundation in 2011, the ISAE Group has affirmed its hold on higher education in Aerospace Engineering fostering a true scientific and pedagogic community. Ensuring in the same time a generous osmose of values based on innovation and openness which equip the future engineers with world class knowledge to face the technological and social-economic challenges of tomorrow in the field of Aerospace.

The year 2018 represents a new horizon for its development.

The Group has decided to restructure itself in an association who will bring many advantages. Few of them are mentioned below:

  • Adoption of a rigorous and flexible modus-operandi.
  • Enhanced financial capabilities to sanction more easily the collaborative projects.
  • Improved possibility to welcome new institutional members or partners.

The ISAE Group enlarges its possibilities by the inclusion of SUPMECA (Saint-Ouen, Paris Region).

Turned towards aerospace since many years, SUPMECA wished to grow stronger relations with the 4 other institutions of the ISAE Group to develop shared educational, research and informatics projects and to contribute actively to the promotion and the evolution of the Group.

A brief look at personal routes

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A week of elective classes on the main challenges of mobility

From 8 to 12 January, a week of mandatory à la carte classes was offered 4th-year students concerning the major technological and societal challenges in the transport sector. How will digital tools support the evolution of industrial processes? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using Big Data? How should mobility be designed in smart cities? These elective modules were taught theoretically and practically and assessed by working professionals via design workshops, classes, site visits, hackathons, etc. The week is part of a policy of personalised learning developed by

ESTACA to better prepare students for their professional careers.

Goal: to confront students with the major transformations in the industrial sector

This mandatory 27-hour course (2 ECTS) on topics common to the four sections (automobile, aeronautics, rail, space) is geared towards innovation and the challenges of the future as part of a prospective approach that aims at better understanding the changing skills industry is looking for. The goal is to develop reasoning on emerging transversal topics that affect the mobility industry by going beyond the purely technical dimensions (taking account of the challenge in its entirety and looking at marketing, innovation management, design thinking, etc.). In total, 11 training modules are offered. All modules are taught by professionals, experts in their field, and working in major companies, start-ups, local authorities or schools.

This week is part of the “skills approach” and “personalised learning”

Implementing this week of elective classes is the result of ESTACA’s thinking about how its educational model should change in the face of transformation in industrial professions. Among the principles chosen to ensure the courses remain relevant to the skills sought, individual learning routes for student is a major avenue. This was made concrete in 2016 by the creation of optional modules (entrepreneur skills, airline pilot qualifications, motor racing). This week of electives is mandatory for all 4th-year students. It adds another educational layer to the programme which aims at training a new generation of responsible engineers, who will play an active role in the forthcoming technological and societal changes.

JEMA, a new motor racing competition

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An association from Laval, ITD, is taking up a new challenge; - to take part in one full season of TTE championships (Trophée Tourisme Endurance) in the Free Racing category. From April to the end of November 2018, the team “JEMA by ESTACA” will visit the 7 most prestigious French racing tracks (Nogaro, Magny Cours, Le Mans, etc.) with a JEMA 630GTR to face off against amateurs and professionals in sprint races. Organised as a racing team, the 19 students are preparing the vehicle, participating in the races, integrating data, etc.

ESTACA and the association students have signed a partnership with JEMA, a racing car manufacturer. The mission of the students is to enhance the vehicle’s current performance and prepare it for the forthcoming season.

The project is sponsored by Raphaël de Chaunac d’Oreca and Romain Dumas, a French racing driver. Several companies are following the project closely: Michelin, Oreca, Exa, Dam’s, etc.

Three studies are underway as part pf academic projects conducted in the engineering programme:

  • an aerodynamic study of the future vehicle, in partnership with EXA Corporation and Powerflow;
  • an optimisation study for the 2018 vehicle with driver training sessions with the company JEMA;
  • a study on the instrumentation to develop the sensors that will collect technical data about the vehicle’s handling during the championship races.


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ESTACA and the CEA List* have announced the creation of a Common Research Team (ERC) in Engineering, directed by the Models for Transport Systems (MOST). This team’s research looks at evaluating, designing, analysing and optimising the hardware/software architectures of transport systems. For example, some of the research looks at the development of new analyses based on the models, including extra-functional properties such as energy consumption and reliability. This work will find applications in a variety of transport systems (automobile, rail, aeronautics and space). Examples are driver-assistance and self-driving systems, automatic rail or aeronautic piloting systems, and drones.

The new team is comprised of four scientists from the CEA List and four from ESTACA LAB, and will be sharing their resources: experiment platforms and modelling, analysis and simulation tools. The CEA List will be providing expertise in complex model engineering and ESTACA will be contributing its expertise in transport and the optimisation of onboard systems.

This partnership meets strong industrial demand for expertise, which is lacking today, in transport system modelling. It will also cultivate scientific excellence through jointly-managed theses and contributions to French and international calls for projects.

Finally, the team is also looking to develop an “initial training” section on CEA List model-based engineering tools (Papyrus and its specialisations), either by including it for 5th-year students as an Onboard Systems option, or by jointly managing student projects across several years.

Based on the Paris-Saclay campus, close to the leading digital organisations in the region, this team will help ESTACA to make its mark in the region.

*About the CEA LIST: Based in Saclay, the List is an institute in CEA Tech, the technological research department of the CEA. It conducts technological research into intelligent digital systems. Labelled “Institut Carnot Technologies numériques@Université Paris-Saclay (TN@UPSaclay)”, it contributes to the development of corporate competitiveness. In the Paris region, the List brings together almost 800 scientists, engineers and technicians on issues of considerable economic and social importance.