At École Polytechnique, we firmly believe that solid technical and scientific know-how must be complemented by a thorough understanding of the economic, regulatory and societal context, in order to form a complete and competent engineer. The Internet of Things: Innovation and Management Program aims to provide such an understanding through the study of six thematic pillars and how they apply specifically to the world of connected objects:
> Electronics: objects, captors, sensors, and more
> Communications: connectivity, data transmission
> Software Systems: embedded systems, cloud and data exploitation
> Law & Regulation: intellectual property, individual rights & data protection
> Management & Economics: monetization of data, business models, Innovation and entrepreneurship, Strategy, Project management
> Society & Sociology: behavioral interaction, social changes
The coursework of your degree will allow you to study with faculty members and work in the very laboratories where several of the communication protocols used for smart grids and software systems were invented. Co-tutoring opportunities will be available with our valued research and industrial partners, including EDF R&D and Cisco Systems, the latter of which also sponsors the École Polytechnique “Internet of Things” Chair.
The IoT-IM Program offers two tracks: Entrepreneurship Track and Strategic Management Track.
Both tracks include a Graduate Project, undertaken in small groups, parallel to your coursework. The projects are performed under the supervision of a dedicated tutor, who will be able to provide guidance and advice as well as ensuring you benefit from his or her professional and academic network. According to the track that you choose, two options are offered:
- Entrepreneurship Project: You and your team will manage all the steps in the connected objects development process, from ideation to design to prototyping and pitching the finished product.Your project may be based on your team’s own creative ideas or from an area of interest suggested by one of our academic or industrial partners. This two year long graduate project will culminate in an academic defense in the form of a pitch and product launch.
- Strategic Management Project: During the first year, you and your team will work on a topic proposed by partner companies of École Polytechnique and addressing real IoT issues from and for real clients. You will be asked to assist the company in solving complex challenges and deliver strategic recommendations. You are also required to undertake a four to six-month work placement at a company in France or abroad, in the first and the second year.
Through our institution’s extensive network, additional insight will be gained from our series of Master Classes which invite leading industry, academic and regulatory figures to the campus to share their strategic vision through human-scale talks and conferences.