Overview

Context

Today, the world is experiencing an exponential development of smart devices with an estimated growth rate between 20% to 30% over the next 10 years. One third of companies have an innovative smart systems project involving connected objects this year.

Dealing with these systems requires not only multidisciplinary technical expertise, but also a strong sense of innovation and an awareness of social boundaries.

Objectives of this Master's degree program

The transversal, multidisciplinary, advanced Master of Science degree in « Innovative and Secure IoT Systems » (MSIoT) at INSA Toulouse, aims to train engineers or postgraduate students able to innovate, that is to say able to offer, design, produce, distribute and market a "smart system "starting from the component to the business application taking into account the societal aspects.

The course covers the social aspects, innovation techniques (e.g., TRIZ, creativity sessions, etc.), entrepreneurship, physical aspects and the manufacturing of sensors / actuators, fast prototyping in electronics, communication mechanisms and the architecture of the Internet of Things including the analysis and processing of data from these systems with a Cloud connection and Big Data.

The course culminates with  an innovative product which will allow the students to put into practice most of their multidisciplinary skills. On this degree course, the heart of pedagogical innovation lies in the following points that foster  strong commitment, acute retention, and the success of each of our students.

Candidates

Graduates will be able to grasp a system integrating connected objects as a whole. They will enrich their vision by integrating related areas. For example, an engineer with a first degree in computer software will learn to better incorporate the specific constraints related to the communication medium (new low-energy, low-bandwidth networks) and the physical characteristics of connected objects (energy management, low processing capacity, etc.). He will thus be better equipped to collaborate with his colleagues specialized in network or electronics.

Similarly, a post-graduate student or professional with a general scientific background will be able to specialize or refresh his or her skills in the field of connected objects through the end-to-end and complete view offered by the proposed  course.

Methods adapted for future experts

  • First of all, this course sets up an innovative evaluation through a portfolio of skills that makes students responsible for their own learning. It evaluates the skills and requires them to reflect on their own learning processes and methods. It highlights and enhances all learning experiences, stated or implied, and allows them to become independent and responsible for their own learning process.
  • Next the MSIoT degree course wanted to take advantage of  the multidisciplinary and diverse backgrounds of the students: Physical Engineering, Automation, Electronics, Computer Science and Networks and also business or design students with scientific backgrounds along with employees of companies  who wish to update their skills.
  • Finally, this course was guided through its thematic choices for students to be active players, passionate, rich from the diversity in the connection between the results from pre-industrial research laboratories and their use by industries and public actors.

 

 

Industrial and international opening

The desire to bring together research and industry led us to create partnerships with several laboratories (LAAS-CNRS, LPCNO and IRIT) and major industrialists from the smart device field. For example, these can take the form of: The creation of a common mini-lab between INTEL company, INSA and the LAAS-CNRS in the field of future networks for smart devices. INTEL finances part of the equipment and servers for the Internet of Things and the organization of events at INSA Toulouse.

  • The creation of a common mini-lab between INTEL company, INSA and the LAAS-CNRS in the field of future networks for smart devices. INTEL finances part of the equipment and servers for the Internet of Things and the organization of events at INSA Toulouse.
  • A partnership with Telecom companies to offer new uses for their networks (4G, LoRA) for smart devices (Sierra wireless, Objenious, etc.).
  • Startup contributions, so as to provide them with innovative solutions for their projects (ELEMENTS, camynoo, etc.).
  • Meetings with teams from Toulouse metropolis - public stakeholders - to understand the needs and feasible solutions as part of a commitment to society.
  • Collaboration on projects or specific events with international universities around the world (Cambridge University, Politecnico di bari, Northeastern University Boston, National Chiao Tung University, etc.).