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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.