Internet of Things: Innovation and Management Program (IoT-IM) Master
A two-year course taught entirely in English, the Internet of Things: Innovation and Management Master’s Program is geared towards training future experts in digital transformation.
New technologies are developing at a very fast pace, with an increasingly strong impact on society. It is now imperative that key players in industry adapt and innovate in order to stay competitive. Faced with this rapid digitalization, the MScT IoT Program meets the needs of both large- and small-scale businesses, by molding students into leaders of the new technological revolution.
École Polytechnique’s renowned multidisciplinary education equips students with the skills to meet the technological, economic, legal and societal challenges of the ever-expanding world of the IoT.
The MScT IoT Program is based on six thematic areas that allow students to develop their expertise in the field 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 change
All throughout your Master’s, you will learn from renowned École Polytechnique professors and professionals from the world of industry. You will work regularly at the laboratories of l’X, where a number of communication protocols for use with smart grids and software systems have been developed.
In addition, the Program offers possibilities of collaborative education with partners in research and industry, including EDF R&D and Cisco Systems. The latter also sponsors the École Polytechnique “Internet of Things” Chair.
The IoT Program directors organize regular “After Hours” seminars, which are open to all students at l’X. These sessions give them the opportunity to meet with IoT specialists in various domains of current interest, in order to find out more about their professions. Students have attended, for example, lectures given by TrendX; the inventor of Aura; Jean-Louis Rougier, a professor from Télécom ParisTech; EDF smart grid engineers; and Bernadette Charron-Bost, researcher at the CNRS.
The MScT IoT is an innovative, dynamic course of study. In addition to the high-quality education provided by École Polytechnique professors and industrial partners, the Program is marked by its participatory learning approach, namely with the inclusion of the Graduate Project.
During their two years in the Program, students spend several hours a week on their Graduate Project. Individually or in small groups, they manage each step of the development of a connected object, from initial conception right through to design, prototyping and pitching. This development project aims to put into practice the knowledge and methods that students gain over the course of the degree. A dedicated supervisor supports, guides and advises students all throughout the project, while giving them access to their professional and academic network.
The project may be inspired by a student’s original, creative idea, or based on an issue raised by an industrial or academic partner. Some students choose to create a new product or help pre-accelerate a new start-up, with the aid of their professors and start-up creation experts from the Drahi-X Novation Center.
Students can also work on a case proposed by a company partnered with École Polytechnique. In doing so, they get the chance to develop solutions for a real-world client, helping them solve complex challenges and offering strategic recommendations.
The last four-month semester of each year of the Program is devoted entirely to completion of students’ individually chosen or business-oriented Graduate Projects.
Year 1 – Basics and start of practical work
Year 1 of the Program is divided into three trimesters: two trimesters of classes and one trimester dedicated to the Graduate Project.
Classes: In trimester 1, all students take the same classes wherein they learn the theoretical and conceptual basics required to continue on the Program. Trimester 2 has fewer classes and students begin to put their trimester 1 knowledge into practice through workshops and their Graduate Project.
The full-day workshops involve a morning theoretical seminar (e.g. on Bluetooth) and a practical class in the afternoon, during which students are given a few hours to solve a practical problem. The goal of these workshops is to train students to become experts in their chosen technology.
Graduate Project: In trimester 2, students who choose to collaborate with a company must prove that they have the necessary skills to carry out their assigned tasks. Students who opt to do a personal project are supported along the way by their professors. Year 1 ends with a four-month trimester dedicated to a project completed at a company or chosen individually by the student.
Year 2 – Specialization
Students can choose a large number of their classes and pursue hard sciences, economics, electronics, security, or any other domain related to the world of connected objects.
Classes: After getting to grips with the essentials of the Program in Year 1, students are ready to specialize. They can choose a large number of their classes and pursue hard sciences, economics, electronics, security, or any other domain related to the world of connected objects, provided that their decision is in line with their Graduate Project. No matter which direction they choose, our students learn how to design connected objects, become familiar with the ecosystem in which these objects operate, and gain understanding of the governing economic models.
Graduate Project: Students work on their Graduate Project all throughout Year 2. Under the guidance of a dedicated supervisor, they spend a day and a half per week developing an entirely new project or continuing on with the one they began in Year 1. The Master’s Program ends with four months entirely devoted to completion of the student’s Graduate Project, done at a company or chosen individually.