Télécom ParisTech

Joint research centres

Managed in partnership with businesses, these research centers bring together Télécom ParisTech, one or more companies, and sometimes other graduate schools and research organizations, around a specific research topic. They are typically set up for five years and aim to develop lasting synergies on joint research projects to enhance the socio-economic impact of our research and the development of its innovative character.

LINCS: Internet of the future, with Alcatel-Lucent, Inria and the UPMC

The LINCS laboratory  - Laboratory for Information, Networking and Communication Sciences, a joint research laboratory for the Internet of the future, was set up in October 2010 by Alcatel-Lucent, Inria, UPMC and Télécom ParisTech and officially launched in May 2011.

Identity & Security Alliance, with Morpho (Safran)

Morpho, a subsidiary of SAFRAN group, is the world’s leading biometric security company. Télécom ParisTech has worked on joint research projects with Morpho for a number of years, and one of Morpho’s researchers is based at Télécom ParisTech.
Morpho and Télécom ParisTech decided to further this partnership by setting up a joint research center: “IDentity & Security Alliance (The Morpho and Télécom ParisTech Research Center)”, which opened its doors on 31 March 2011. Its aim is to develop a scientific knowledge base covering research topics such as IT security and cryptography, components security and identity management systems.

“The aim is to unlock the application potential of the secure identity management field in its broadest sense. We feel that, today, as citizens, individuals and members of an organization, our identity and the rights pertaining to it are crucial to the functioning of modern society: the right to vote, the right to open a bank account, but also the right to consume services on the Internet as anonymously as possible, but under conditions that guarantee the security of all parties. This research center is dedicated to building up a scientific knowledge base to drive these new generation applications,” explains Gérard Memmi, head of the Network and Computer Science Department at Télécom ParisTech, and Vincent Bouatou, Manager of External Research at Morpho.

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BiLab: Business Intelligence for industrial applications, with EDF

This research center is a joint venture between EDF and Télécom ParisTech.
Research finds its most useful expression when its results impact on economic and social realities. BiLab was designed exactly for this purpose.

Created in 2007, the aim of this center was to build a close and lasting relationship between teacher-researchers from Télécom ParisTech and engineer-researchers from EDF R&D. EDF was keen to improve its knowledge of recent research and to put it into practice in a variety of group applications. For Télécom ParisTech, the goal was to target our research at a range of challenges facing industry today.

As its name suggests, the focus of the center’s research is Business Intelligence (BI). This research sector covers data collection resources and tools, archiving, consolidation and the recovery and analysis of internal and external data to generate business knowledge and value. In terms of information systems, Business Intelligence is based on a decision-making chain which includes, as appropriate, the following activities:

  • reporting: preparation of pre-defined progress reports
  • drill-down: supplying on-demand reports
  • multivariate analysis: interactive analysis of indicators according to key criteria (also data cubes)
  • data mining: summarizing available data to predict future behavior.

At EDF, potential data and their applications vary widely from smart meters and call centers to power plant detection sensors.

Com'Num: Digital communications, with Altran

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Altran, Europe’s leader in innovation consulting, and Télécom ParisTech, France’s number one centre for education and research in information and communication technologies, have formed an industry-leading partnership stretching back several years.

Instilling high-potential students with a culture of excellence and placing them de facto in engineering situations requiring advanced performance represents a major day-to-day challenge. Dedicated to developing unrivalled teaching resources in the field of telecommunications, Télécom ParisTech has achieved its goal and raised the bar extremely high.

Thanks to its partnership with Altran, Télécom ParisTech students can now explore the limits of current technical knowledge and enjoy access to banks operating up to 60 GHz, a bandwidth 6000 times higher than ADSL. Students are presented with a major educational challenge and learn techniques far in advance of current requirements.


To achieve this shared goal, experts from Altran and teacher-researchers from Télécom ParisTech’s Communications and Electronics Department worked in close cooperation to develop the COM’NUM research center.
The focus of the Télécom ParisTech-Altran Digital Communications research center rapidly centered on the implementation of a cutting-edge technology. This marked a major step forward in an already highly-successful partnership and ensured a vital role for experimental training in the highly complex “giga frequencies” field.

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Ubiquitous media, with Alcatel-Lucent

Des recherches sur l'ubiquité des médias

Research into ubiquitous media

Today’s digital society is characterized by a merging of communication media, data media, and knowledge objects that is preparing the ground for the “ubimedia” future: a digital environment in which the individual sends, receives and passes on information. This will require an extremely high level of continuity between ubiquitous communication - the exchange of data anywhere, at anytime - and digital media used for these exchanges. The aim is create a dense, cognitive and constantly interconnected world. This is the vision shared by the Institut Télécom and Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs.

The research centre’s activities are organized into interconnected research activities. Télécom ParisTech’s research focus includes “ New interfaces and new uses” and “Semantics and organization to adapt multimedia services”.

Learn more on the Alcatel-Lucent/Institut Télécom joint research center for ubiquitous media 

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Whist Lab: Wave Human Interactions and Telecommunications, with Orange Labs

Building on their specific research objectives and the current scientific environment, the Institut Télécom and France Télécom have decided to strengthen their shared research capabilities in the field of electromagnetism applied to dosimetry and to wave-human interactions, allowing our research teams to harmonize their research and innovation efforts along jointly-identified lines of research:

  • Electromagnetism and numerical modeling for dosimetry, human-wave interactions, and BAN communications
  • Electromagnetism applied to Brain Computer Interface (BCI)
  • Adaptation and development of methods and experimental tools applied to measurements and sensors dedicated to human-wave interactions
  • 3D image processing, development of anatomic models for modeling human-wave interactions
  • Assessment of interactions between humans and radiofrequency waves

This partnership is based on the WHIST LAB joint research center.
Learn more: the WHIST LAB website 

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Sustainable Mobility Institute, with Renault and ParisTech

The Sustainable Mobility Institute conducts research on the future of transportation and electric mobility. Renault, Renault Foundation and ParisTech have decided to join forces and create the Sustainable Mobility Institute to conduct research into the future of personal transportation.


This partnership between Renault engineers and the teacher-researchers and students from ParisTech aims to:

  • promote research into the design of innovative mobility systems, particularly those based on electric powered vehicles,
  • train high-level executives and scientists who, given their numbers and skills, will be able to meet the needs of industrial firms in the transportation sector and rise to the scientific and technological challenges involved in developing sustainable transportation systems over the long term.

The Sustainable Mobility Institute is open to new partnerships and will welcome other companies and university institutes from France and abroad wishing to take part in its research.

4 key areas

Headed by Jean-Yves Le Coz (Renault Corporate Social Responsibility Division and a lecturer at the Arts et Métiers ParisTech), the Sustainable Mobility Institute will oversee research and training programs with four areas of focus, involving eight education institutions and 10 research centers partnered with ParisTech:

  • "Electric Mobility System": to investigate interactions between the mass circulation of electric vehicles and the environment, along with the associated infrastructure requirements
  • "Business Model": to determine which economic models will deliver large-scale and sustainable development of electric transportation
  • "Global Vision": to study the international conditions for switching from the current system of automobile-based transportation to electric vehicles
  • "Battery Technologies": to contribute to further improvements in this fast-advancing field

Learn more: Sustainable Mobility Institute website .

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