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Labex DigiCosme

DIGICOSME: A LABORATORY OF EXCELLENCE TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION

Selected following a call for proposals for laboratories of excellence, launched by the ANR [3] as part of the French government’s ‘Investments for the future’ programme, the DigiCosme laboratory at Université Paris-Saclay involves 11 institutes [4] and has nearly 300 researchers and as many doctoral students. It received a €9 million grant for eight years.

Continuing to organise ICTs on the Saclay plateau

DigiCosme ties in with Digiteo’s objectives. Although this laboratory of excellence, or ’labex’ only covers part of the network’s fields of research, it involves nearly all of the partners and will therefore help continue giving structure to the Saclay plateau’s ICT community, as initiated by Digiteo.

Addressing fundamental computer science issues , that is, the need to find models and algorithms to manage the massive increase in data size and its distributed and heterogeneous nature, the ‘labex’ is built around a research component and a training component.

Three key areas of research

To meet the challenges of the digital revolution (the widespread dependence on the smooth running of software, information systems and communications, and the huge increase in big data), DigiCosme has three key areas of research. The first focuses on programs and involves maximising program security, taking into consideration their distributed nature and ensuring their correction. The second deals with communications and aims to develop distributed decision-making models and to design efficient architectures and algorithms for large networks. The third area of research concerns data (cloud computing, security, the transformation of data into useable knowledge and interaction).

Increasing the attractiveness of computer science

The training component has two objectives: successfully attracting high-performing students to computer science and leading more students to doctoral level. The idea is to bring the prestigious schools and the university on the Saclay plateau closer together. The following activities are planned: the creation of a selective computer science undergraduate programme (first and second year) at Université Paris-Sud; harmonisation of the programmes of the prestigious schools and the university at third-year undergraduate and first-year master’s level; and rationalisation of the provision of master’s degrees offered by the various schools.

The Master’s School, ICT Labs , [5] offers master’s degrees in seven subjects. These European master’s feature a strong innovation and entrepreneurship component. From the start of the 2012 academic year, Université Paris-Sud will offer two ICT Labs Master’s: one focusing on interaction (in connection with Digiscope), the other on distributed systems and services.


NB: The labex, previously called DigiWorlds, has been renamed DigiCosme.

[1ANR: Agence Nationale de la Recherche (French national research agency)

[2CEA, CNRS, École Polytechnique, Inria, Université Paris-Sud, École Centrale Paris, ENS Cachan, ENSTA ParisTech, Institut Mines-Télécom, Supélec, Université Versailles Saint-Quentin

[3ANR: Agence Nationale de la Recherche (French national research agency)

[4CEA, CNRS, École Polytechnique, Inria, Université Paris-Sud, École Centrale Paris, ENS Cachan, ENSTA ParisTech, Institut Mines-Télécom, Supélec, Université Versailles Saint-Quentin

[5ICT Labs is the ICT ’innovation and knowledge community’ selected by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology).