We are glad to announce that Christophe Rouvrais, the head of the international office at EPITA with his team, are participating in the 8th APAIE Conference & Exhibition that will be hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in HK between the 11th and 14th of March 2013. This exhibition will offer extensive opportunities for the international educators like EPITA to exchange ideas and learn about new initiatives in the field.
Aligned with our vision, to achieve international distinction for originality, innovation and excellence, participating in this event will be the starting point of our international efforts in 2013 to diversify and enrich our international programs by welcoming more multinational students on campus in the next couple of years.
During this week, students who are interested in obtaining International Master's degree in Information Systems Management, Software Engineering, or Computer Security, please meet our team at this exhibition and consult the program. In addition, you will have the chance to get more information on EPITA's Summer School in its second edition that will start this June and will last for 6 weeks. For more information on our international programs, please visit International Master's and Summer School on our website.
This year, the Green IT conference organized by EPITA concerned software ecodesign. While computer hardware is becoming more and more efficient in terms of performance and more and more ecological, software paradoxically requires ever more resources, which results in an ever-increasing ecological footprint. What are the issues involved in developing lighter software? How to achieve it? Those are the problems that were covered during the conference held at EPITA on October 25, 2012.
Frédéric Bordage, the Green IT expert who led the debates, was the first speaker. He presented an initial assessment of the issues of ecosoftware development. He emphasized the paradox between Koomey's law, which states that the quantity of energy required for machines to run is halved every two years, and Wirth's law, which establishes that the speed of software decreases more rapidly than the speed of hardware increases. But this process is not inevitable: software can be developed intelligently, with the aim to find a balance between the level of performance to achieve and the resources required for the software to run properly. IBM, Microsoft, Facebook... are examples of companies that have made significant savings by establishing ecodesign systems.
What life cycle for ecodesigned software?
In order to be efficient, ecodesign has to apply to all phases of the software life cycle. Erwan Bouvier, co-founder and technical manager of Blueight, went back over the different stages, from design to end of life. The first phase, functional and technical design, is also the most important. At this stage, engineers need to define as well as possible the functionality to be included in the applications to be developed and the technical choices to make. They then need to make maximum reuse of existing resources (in order to avoid redundancy), to optimize the use of new resources and to define sustainable solutions. During the development phase, developers will reduce their resource requirements and will establish methodologies to perpetuate their work. During the operation phase, users will need to respect the software's logic by using all of its abilities (to date, about 45% of the capabilities of software applications are not used). In parallel, developers in charge of updating the software will continue to apply the principles adopted during the development phase. And at the end-of-life stage, care must be taken to make the close-down of the application definitive (for example by deleting servers to gain space) and to reuse hardware and technical infrastructures.
The Green Code Project
Thierry Leboucq, founder of KaliTerre, joining forces with the Green Code Lab, formed the Green Code Project, which aims to list and validate good practices for ecodesign. The application "Green Pattern" was developed for that purpose: it takes into account a dozen (out of around 200) rules to measure, it checks the quality of the code of any given piece of software and assigns a grade to it. According to the result, the application may then be modified in order to make it faster and more ecological.
What new management?
Pierre Carrio and Yann Azoury, of BeVeod, looked into the matter of people and skills. The increase in skill requirements related to the large number of computer languages has resulted in an increase of the number of dedicated servers. This escalation of needs has led to a slowdown and a certain rigidity of the development chain. Thanks to FaVeod, BeVeod's application creation tool, writing and maintaining code can be automated, and hardware requirements are therefore much lighter, with a much lesser impact on the ecological footprint of companies. Developers thus have more time to create new algorithms, and therefore added value.
What market for ecodesign?
The day ended with a round-table talk on the market for ecodesign. Since it is an emerging practice, all participants recognized that there are not many clients for the moment, all the more as clients do not necessarily like to lose control of the development process. Companies are however beginning to show some interest as they realize that ecodesign can be a factor of differentiation on the market. In addition, while there are not yet any strong rules and regulations to promote software ecodesign, texts are being written to encourage companies to adopt it.
Finally, each speaker insisted on an essential point concerning ecodesign: the need to give serious thought to the requirements specification before embarking on actual development; the need for assessment before taking action and to put oneself in the position of users (for example by using hardware considered to be obsolete); the need to fight against planned obsolescence and to put engineering back at the heart of development. And all participants concluded that software ecodesign is a way to the future.
Joël Courtois, General Manager of EPITA, is among the 100 people who contribute to the advancement of the digital field in France, according to the weekly magazine 01 Business & Technologies, in the "Institutional and Political" category.
In response to the Louis Gallois report, which evades the issue of the digital field in France (although this sector creates jobs and shows growth and innovation), 01 Business & Technologies has established a list of the 100 French personalities who make the country move forward in this area. Joël Courtois, General Manager of EPITA, features alongside Rafi Haladjian (pictured on the cover - an entrepreneur in a variety of businesses, co-founder of Violet, the company that created the Nabaztag, and contributor to TIC 2025, a book about ICT in 2025 published by EPITA), Fleur Pellerin (minister in charge of small and medium-sized enterprises, innovation and the digital economy) and Loïc Le Meur (organizer of LeWeb). Pedagogical innovation and matching the syllabus to business needs are the strengths of the EPITA graduate school, which "does not produce machines just capable of learning and repeating, but creative and innovative young engineers".
Next January 25th and 26th, EPITA will host the French edition of the Firefox OS App Days, two days dedicated to the development of applications for Mozilla's new operating system.
Mozilla - known above all for its work on the Firefox web browser - is currently implementing an HTML5-compatible open-source operating system for mobile devices: Firefox OS. This new OS, which is still under development, will enable developers to easily create applications based on pre-existing Mozilla APIs.
The launch of the operating system being scheduled some time in 2013, the various Mozilla communities around the world are invited to develop applications specific to the OS and intended to feed the Firefox MarketPlace during the Firefox OS App Days, which will also be held on January 25th and 26th at other locations all over the world. EPITA is hosting the French edition of the event.
The Firefox OS App Days will take place in EPITA's facilities at Kremlin-Bicêtre (Val-de-Marne, on the outskirts of Paris). They will start on January 25th at 6pm and will end on the 26th at 10pm.
The Research & Innovation Projects of EPITA's International Master's program consists of developing an innovative project by a group of second year masters students, over a period of two months, in collaboration with a company or a research laboratory. Each team consists of 3 to 4 and is supervised by the representative of the company or research laboratory mentoring the project. The project is developed over a period of two full-time months equating to 240 hours per student.
The model of the Research & Innovation project is a win-win agreement between the students and the companies. The students will be exposed to the corporate environment and will have a chance to work on real projects and establish a "proof of concept". The companies will be granted an opportunity to research ideas that normally they do not have the resources to achieve and to acquire an international point of view on their ideas and the technology they are using.
The projects ideas are suggested by the company or the research laboratory wishing to assess the possibility of introducing a new product or a new system. Once the ideas are accepted by the EPITA, the school provides students with the essential resources to develop the project. The project undergoes the following milestones: selection of the topic, specification writing, client acceptance on the specifications, list the needed resources (hardware, software...) and schedule, design, development, and validation of the prototype, and finally the deliverables presentation.
Below is a snaphot of the R&IP that are executed so far:
- Green IT Simulator
- E-CRM a Solution That Can Think
- Auto-Adaptive System Control Platform
- EPITA International Master Students Digital Guide
- SFR Cloud Computing Qualification Tool
Please click on the below link to watch a short brief on Research & Innovation Projects
The 15th edition of the Forum for Companies in the Engineering & IT Sector has been held on the Technological Campus of the IONIS Group October 10 and 11, from 1.30 pm to 6 pm.
As every year, the companies from the engineering and IT sector met on the technological Campus from IONIS Group for the FEMII organized by EPITA. These influential actors from the sector presented their projects to recruit students and future engineers.
As in previous editions, the companies presented employment opportunities they offer on different stands put up for that occasion.
52 companies and community stakeholders will report on business opportunities, including Capgemini, Thales, Bouygues Telecom, Hewlett-Packard or AXA. SSII, consulting firms, major software companies, banking and insurance will be represented, as many different opportunities for students.
The Technological Campus brings together over 6,000 students on the sites of Kremlin-Bicetre, Ivry-sur-Seine and Villejuif. The 250 students from EPITA in last year of engineering and International Masters are directly concerned by this forum.
Friday, October 5th, at the invitation of the IONIS Group, students from EPITA, ESME Sudria and IPSA, were able to attend a lecture by Joe Justice, CEO of Wikispeed. In front of a packed house (over 200 attentive people in the audience) the founder of Wikispeed spoke. The keynote of Wikispeed is to develop an open source, secure and reliable car, able to travel 100 miles with only a gallon of gasoline (or 2.35 L per 100 km), and cheap ($ 25,000, with an ultimate goal of $ 17,000 per vehicle). Today Wikispeed gathers together nearly 150 members in 18 countries and focuses just on the automotive industry. Through its innovative work methods (Agile, Lean, Scrum ...) and responsiveness Wikispeed has interested many industries. These are the methods that the American entrepreneur presented.
Joe Justice speaking to the Engineering students from IONIS Group
Given the fact that industrial development times were extremely long (a new car model on sale today has sometimes been conceived there over 20 years) in a world where innovation is going at full speed, Joe Justice first stook it into his head to establish a renewal cycle of seven days. Thus, he was able to quickly see the qualities and defects of its construction and adapt quickly to the needs of the moment.
In order to apply this reactivity to a car, he started on a car model composed by eight interchangeable structures and little or no dependent from each other (chassis, engine, body ...). Thus, the owner of a Wikispeed car must, if want to, change the engine of his car - to go from an engine fueled with bio-ethanol to an electric motor, for example - using as much time as it takes to change a wheel.
Methods applied to the computer industry
To make this possible, Joe Justice was first inspired by Agile, Lean and Scrum methods. These practices mainly prevalent in software design (Joe Justice is primarily a computer engineer), are based on simple principles as a better distribution of labor, advanced planning to avoid hidden delays (Kanban), sharing knowledge through work in pairs (one teaching techniques, other learners), the ability to see very quickly (within seven days) the impact of his work ... Moreover, thanks to a battery of simulations and tests before, during and after construction, the team Wikispeed ensures the safety of its vehicles. Another efficiency factor: the good mood. Maintain a pleasant and cordial social relations at work increases productivity and innovation; common sense brought back into fashion.
From the shoebox to the race car
Wikispeed is the first car out of the private garage of Joe Justice in 2010. After three months from conception through the first mile, it became the gasoline vehicle the most efficient in the world, making the bet to travel 100 miles on one gallon of gasoline. A year later, the design of the body has been studied in more detail. Through
international collaborations, a shaped curve car was born. The vehicle is not only more efficient and less polluting, it is also more beautiful. This allowed him to be presented in August at the biggest automotive exhibition of the world, the Detroit Auto Show in Detroit, USA. The car on display at the convention was assembled in three hours by a group of 23 people, 19 of whom had never heard of the project before.
Evolution of Wikispeed car design
The open source car
Most plans of the car and all the components are freely available on the Internet. Also, any individual interested in the project may propose additions, or make his own Wikispeed car . Currently, the project staff is working on a Wikispeed truck or van.
Exchanges are made through social networks and through collaborative tools like Skype, Dropbox, Skydrive ... These tools did not exist ten years ago. From a managerial point of view, these developments are of paramount importance: while the technical power has grown exponentially in the last 20 years, industrial profits have only decreased. The audit firm Deloitte explains this paradox by a difference of industrial culture.
Where a company will buy very expensive equipment to make mass-produced cars , the team Wikispeed will provide a tool with similar efficiency, but at a cost 50,000 times less. In addition, the use of equipment that has been used or given is at the heart of the model Wikispeed.
This new industrial culture has called to mind larger and older structures than Wikispeed. Among them, we can count John Deere (farm vehicles), Boeing (aircraft) or Tait (radios). During visits in these companies and workshops with teams, Joe Justice was able to present the Wikispeed methods. Because if you can not change suddenly decades of corporate culture, the weekly questioning can lead to significant improvements.
Application of Agile, Lean and Scrum at the Detroit Auto Show (USA)
Wikispeed, a project in constant evolution
With these devices, Wikispeed think it can put an end to planned obsolescence, through the instant update. Quickly, the media have been interested in the project. This interest has allowed Wikispeed to raise funds through the Internet. Today Wikispeed is also working on construction projects of clinics or low-cost ways to efficiently transport vaccines against polio. Always putting into practice the Agile, Lean and Scrum methods.
After this presentation, Joe Justice invited the students to join his project, provided an involvement ranging from two to four hours a week. Many of these aspiring engineers were enthusiastic.
As you may know, Korean students from EWHA Woman University in Seoul spent ten days in Paris for EPITA's Summer School program, and left yesterday. The courses were focused on Web Security, and they also made the most of their stay by visiting Paris.
Here are interviews of HueiRi So, an EWHA Student, and
Philippe Meunier, professor at EWHA and accompanying the students during their
trip. Don't miss out the two next interviews to come in a few days!
Introduce yourself in a few words (ex: nationality, academic background & professional aspirations).
My name is HueiRi So, I'm from Seoul, Korea. I'm studying at EWHA University and I want to work in the IT field.
Why did you want to be part of a Summer School program like Epita's? Why did you choose to come to France? Why choosing EPITA (did you know Epita before?)
I first heard about this school and this program from friends of mine who already came here, I was really interested in visiting France, so I decided to come. EWHA is a University with a lot of different majors and specialties and I also wanted to know how it was to study in a school focused on IT.
What's your overall opinion on your stay in France, for Epita Summer Schools? Did you like how you were welcomed? Did you enjoy the activities submitted to you (on the campus and miscellaneous activities in Paris)?
It was amazing. I enjoyed most of the courses we took here, it was a bit tough sometimes but the professors were very kind to us and gave very detailed classes. The activities we did were fun, visiting Paris, seeing the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre ... We did a lot of interesting things and we were very well welcomed at EPITA.
Is this Summer Schools program encouraging you to apply for an International Master at EPITA?
I don't have a that much information on EPITA's others programs yet, but I will check!
What do you think of the content of the classes you took? How has your relationship with the professors at EPITA been?
Generally speaking, it wasn't that hard. The courses were very well taught by the professors, they made it very easy to understand. I like their approach, with a lot of practice aside from the theory. We weren't that used to Unix for example, but we learnt fast thanks to them. This Summer School was focused on Web Security, and during the practice we also worked in the attacker's point of view. It was really fun and interesting.
What do you think of the conditions and the general organization revolving around your stay and your activities here? Do they match with your expectations?
It was perfect, everyone treated us nicely, we did a lot of activities: they took care of us, even providing lunch and dinner !
Do you have any anecdote you would like to share with us? (about French culture, a visit, or something that happened when you were here)
It's not really an anecdote, but I was a bit shocked by food differences. I expected it to be more narrowed on French famous dishes, but it was really different.
What's your overall opinion about this stay with the Korean students? What do you think about the general organization of the events?
I liked it, and the students did too. They had to deal with a lot, courses in the day, visits at night and weekend, in addition to the cultural differences but that went very well. We are all satisfied.
What do you think about the programs, were the classes given useful, relevant? Did you like the way the classes were taught in EPITA, from content to methodology?
They chose to study Web Security, so it went well: they were interested and the courses were interesting. They learnt about Unix, security protocols, and the theoretical aspects were always backed up with practice. They learnt a lot.
Concerning the cultural approach and the activities submitted, what is your general comment on them? Do you think, for example, that the students had too much/not enough free time to discover Paris and French Culture and exploring?
Even if it was tiring, they liked it a lot. As I told you, they were studying the day and going out on for visits and sightseeing in Paris on their free time: the schedule was tight. They spotted a lot of cultural differences, the food was different, the way of life also, so they had to adapt to that very quickly, and they managed well.
Did you have any feedback from EWHA students so far? What did they think of their stay and classes during EPITA's Summer School program?
I don't have a really specific feedback from them yet, maybe we'll talk more about it when we come back, but generally speaking they seem to be happy with their stay in Paris.
Do you have any anecdote you would like to share with us?
Yes, it's a cultural difference that I found a bit funny. Two days ago we were in a little supermarket to buy some snacks, and they were so surprised and curious to see what we have here. They were checking differences, and products we don't have, or they don't have. It took almost half an hour!
Would you recommend EPITA's Summer Schools to other students? Why?
Sure, we are trying to do the same thing next year with future students. This trip went very well, and the students were happy, so I hope I can come back.
Bodin (EPITA 2014) is a member of Unisson, the electronic music association
at EPITA, for a little more than three years. He has served as president since
September 2011. Here is an interview of this student's passion about music and
lively desire to make his school vibrate with his association.
Unisson, what is it?
We are primarily here to make students discover different styles of electronic music. Huge hits such as David Guetta, LMFAO, Bob Sinclar and others, everyone knows them. We want to go further in our approach to discover a culture little known to the general public. House, electro, dubstep, drum'n'bass, trance, hardcore, hardtek ... The gender diversity within the association is one of our greatest strengths. One of the peculiarities of the association is also that our rehearsal room is a trailer. We are committed to it and do not let go since the creation of the association in 2003.
How do you share your tastes and techniques?
To quickly teach how to mix to beginners, we organize training sessions called "pools mix". On these occasions, we use the knowledge that I have gathered from elders to form, at my turn, new members to the pleasure of mix and sound. Besides that, we discuss recent tracks that we have been enjoying and we want to also make people around us vibrate, by sharing our discoveries with them! We listen to our latest productions and ask some advice to elders so we can improve. It is rare, when it's crowded, not to hear a punchy kick or a saturated and purring synth bass, inside the trailer when you come by.
Alexandre Bodin, mixing.
How is organized the
We are divided into four main areas: the center mix, dedicated to learning and technique development; scratch pole, about learning and perfecting techniques of scratching; pole production, which allows members to acquire some knowledge of computer assisted music and can create their own piece of music; the event center, organizing the parties, in partnership with various Students Association from IONIS GROUP most of the time. Integration week-ends, sound systems, parties, Student's Association elections ... We have successfully managed more than a dozen events during the first semester, which is huge for an association whose members do not have much time!
What is your best memory?
One of the most important events organized by Unisson was undoubtedly Underground City, March 28, 2009, in the EPITA's Under. I was just entering the association. The concept was simple: to make people discover the culture of underground electronic music. Almost all members were on stage this night, so the association can share with the crowd his musical universe. The atmosphere was highly charged, the audience seemed totally hooked! Victims of our success, we had to turn a lot of people away at the entrance, as the Under was packed. A project of Underground City II is in the minds of many members of Unisson.
When: Friday, June 15th from 11:30am to 3:30pm
Where: 66, rue Guy Moquet, 94800 Villejuif, France
See you then!
Each year, EPITA sends a great part of its students abroad. As we have been pursuing a policy of internationalization for several years, the number of students studying abroad for a semester keeps growing.
This year, a total of 304 EPITA's students went abroad for an academic experience or to follow an internship. We are also developing the number of dual degree programs to offer our graduates with possibility of getting a Master in parallel of their Engineering Degree.
To read our complete 2012 International Mobility Report, consult the PDF document below:
With its inception in 1984, EPITA (Graduate School of Computer Science and Advanced Technologies) is the Engineering School training the best experts who design, develop and improve the future Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The pedagogy of the school focuses on giving students both the fundamentals of Engineering and the highest expertise in the fields of Computer Science and ICT. The International Master's degree delivered by EPITA is accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research as a "Diplôme National de Master".