MINES Saint-Étienne

MSc Cyber-Physical Social Systems (CPS2)

CPS2 is an international track of the master in Computer Science of University of Lyon, jointly operated by University of Saint-Etienne and Mines Saint-Etienne – Institut Mines Telecom. The track will account for 120 ECTS during 24 months. This comprises an academic period that lasts for 3 semesters accounting for 30 ECTS each and an industrial or research project semester with a master thesis accounting for 30 ECTS.

The aim of this program is to provide students with strong expertise on Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things to develop theoretical models and technologies for current and future applications in industry and society. Students will master the necessary technologies and methods to design and integrate intelligent cyber-physical systems. Being strongly connected both to the physical and human worlds, these systems are the key of the current digital metamorphosis of the society.

Topics taught in CPS2 are related to Artificial Intelligence (from Machine Learning to Knowledge Representation and Reasoning), Internet of Things (from network infrastructures to the Web of Things), Data Science, Smart Services and applications, Security, Cloud and Edge Computing, Social media. The considered application domains are related to industry 4.0, smart cities, smart mobility. Students will learn how to engineer and integrate, research and innovate using these different domains. The CPS2 program opens opportunities of carrier in the development of innovative and technical cyber-physical systems combining AI and IoT technologies.

High-level skills are acquired not only in technical/scientific fields but also in team working, written and oral communication, innovation and project management. Last but not least, French language is also one of the skills acquired, beneficial for working in France and other French-speaking countries or for French companies abroad.

The CPS2 Track aims to train high-level computer scientists able to understand results of merging the physical, social and digital dimensions of our environments. Industry 4.0, smart cities or smart transport systems are examples of socio-cyber physical systems. These specialists will be able to master throughout their career challenges raised by these dimensions (taken separately or together) and be able to propose and implement adequate and innovative solutions.

In this context, the master track aims to train managers of IT field, cyber-physical system architects, supporting engineers in design and development of cyber-physical systems, experts in socio-technical systems, experts or functional consultant, Project manager in applications such as health, transport, energy and environment.

Our courses aims the training of high-level professionals with a triple expertise:

  • Technological, by controlling the design and implementation of information systems and applications that integrate physical (communication, perception, action, etc.) and social (privacy, trust, community, etc.) characteristics.
  • Functional, by understanding the issues and challenges of digital systems to the combination of different dimensions of the new complex environments.
  • Scientific, by the mastery models necessary for the formalization of all interactions between the dimensions of a cyber-physical system.

The curriculum consists of courses providing:

  • Theoretical training: artificial intelligence, multi-agent systems, operational research and graph theory, computability and complexity, semantic web.
  • Technical training: network, middleware, integrated project, trust, privacy and security.
  • Functional orientation: Ambient Intelligence, smart cities (smart grid, intelligent transportation system), industry 4.0

The detailed curriculum is available here: https://www.mines-stetienne.fr/cps2/.

  • Degree level: the candidate should have at least BA in Computer Science or affiliated disciplines.
  • Language ability: Teaching and examination being given in English, the candidate is advised to have a conversation level of the language (the requirement for competence in English is equivalent to TOEFL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TOEFL) with at least 213 points (computer based)/550 points (paper based)/82 points Internet based or IELTS at grade 6.5, or a Cambridge Proficiency Certificate of English at least grade B2). A letter from your University will be accepted if the English language was the medium of teaching throughout your degree. Knowledge of French is not compulsory but would be beneficial.

Olivier Boissier (MINES Saint-Étienne)

Prof. Dr. Olivier Boissier is full professor of computer science at Mines Saint-Etienne (France). He is member of the Institut Henri Fayol at Mines Saint-Etienne and of Hubert Curien Laboratory UMR CNRS 5516 where he leads the Connected Intelligence Research Team. He is active in the research and development of multi-agent systems. His main research contributions concern: coordination and control of multi-agent systems, multi-agent oriented programming. MSc and PhD theses that he has advised have contributed to the development of MOISE organizational models, agents’ architectures, autonomy and control, JaCaMo platform. They all contribute to the definition of multi-agent models, tools and methodologies for the multi-agent oriented engineering of software applications in the smart industry and smart city domains.

Olivier Boissier is serving on the program committees of many conferences (IAT/WI, AAMAS) and workshops. He was the program chair of the IAT/WI conference in 2011. O. Boissier has presented tutorials on Organization Oriented Programming at AAMAS 2008 and 2004, EASSS 2007, 2005 on Multi-Agent Oriented Programming at AAMAS 2015, EASSS 2012, 2011, 2010.

Pierre Maret (Université Jean Monnet)

Pierre Maret is an expert in knowledge and data modeling applied to various fields such as Web intelligence, context awareness, semantic web, virtual community etc. From that activity he has a central role in France, Europe and international scientific associations related to this area, such as being the head of the French-German doctoral college on Semantic Reasoning and Coordination (2015-2017).

CPS2 track operates several International exchange programs for courses or internship:

  • University of Freiburg, Germany
  • University of Bonn, Germany
  • Technical University Wien, Austria
  • University Polytechnic of Madrid, Spain
  • Università degli studi di Torino, Italy
  • NTNU Trondheim, Norway
  • University of Umea, Sweden
  • University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan
  • National University Kaohsiung, Taiwan


Olivier Boissier
École des mines de Saint-Étienne
Phone: +33 4 77 42 66 14

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