General overview




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carte The Research in Computer Science (MRI) specialism is one of the 5 specialisms proposed during semesters 3 and 4 of the Master’s in Computer Science at the University of Rennes 1.

This 2nd year of the Master’s is administered by a consortium of the main computer science universities and graduate schools in Brittany
: University of Rennes 1, University of Southern Brittany (UBS), University of Western Brittany (UBO), ENS Cachan - Brittany Branch, Brest National School of Engineers (ENIB), école nationale supérieure de techniques avancées Bretagne (ENSTA Bretagne), National Institute of Applied Sciences, Rennes (INSA), Supélec and Télécom Bretagne. This consortium of institutions, with the support of renowned laboratories, offers students training at the cutting edge of computer science research.

In order to welcome foreign students, all lecture notes are in english. Moreover, common core lectures, as well as lectures from the Component-Based Embedded Software and Networks and Distributed Systems thematic tracks are taught in english in case of non french speaking audience. 

The nine thematic tracks have been validated by the Media and Networks competitiveness cluster.

For an overview, please download the MRI’s flyer.

a) Choice of one thematic track

The MRI specialism aims to provide each student with advanced knowledge in one research domain, focused but broad enough to enable them to go on to a PhD in a range of subject areas. Partners of the consortium offer specific thematic tracks corresponding to their research specialisms, which include both current research subjects and fundamental technological issues; the program is therefore firmly grounded in current public and private research. The tracks may develop over the years. Each student chooses one track when applying.

The 9 thematic tracks available are listed below, and are detailed in the Program tab of this site.

  • in Rennes
    • Component-Based Embedded Software
    • Networks and Distributed Systems
    • Information and Computing Infrastructure Security
    • From Data to Knowledge: Machine Learning, Modeling and Indexing of Multimedia Content and Symbolic Data
    • Images and Interactions
  • in Brest
    • Human-Centered Computer Science
    • Mobile and Communicating Object-Based Systems
  • in Vannes
    • Intelligent Software-Intensive Systems: Foundations, Architectures, and Applications
  • in Lannion
    • Intelligent Interaction with Information

b) Core syllabus: general knowledge in computer science

The general knowledge part represents 2 course units selected by the student from the 4 available. The aim of these course units is to give the students a broad background to the various research subjects. The courses are attended at the local site or remotely via video-conference. They are evaluated each year and may be updated every two years.

The course units of the core syllabus are: Data Analysis and Stochastic Modeling (ADM), Introduction to Distributed Computing (ASR), Mechanized Semantics (MSM) and Models and Formalizations (MF).

c) Core syllabus: methodological approach to research

The methodological part of the program comprises a bibliographic study, training in oral expression techniques which will be applied through participation in the colloquium of the specialism, a series of lectures and seminars, and work experience in a research team (internship).

  • A bibliographic study (BIBL, 6 ECTS credits), essential in any research work, is carried out on the subject of the student’s internship. This bibliographic study is evaluated by a review committee, which presents its remarks to the student on how the document can be improved. This exercise is organized like scientific article submission.
  • The colloquium of the MRI specialism (COLQ, 2 ECTS credits) gives all students the opportunity to present a scientific paper in a set amount of time. This work is organized in three stages: training in oral presentation techniques, practice sessions and the colloquium itself. The content of the presentation is based on the bibliographic study. This colloquium is open to all sections of the Matisse doctoral school.
  • The curriculum also contains a professionalization course unit (PROF), compulsory for all students. This course unit contains a series of conferences, in which various speakers give presentations on the techniques of oral or written scientific communication, on careers in public and private research, the organization of research, intellectual property and specific research fields. The course unit also contains an in-depth presentation on the writing of scientific publications.
  • The internship (24 ECTS credits) is 5 months long, usually taking place from February 1 to the end of June (except for special cases such as internships abroad). A wide range of internships are available each year in the research laboratories of the partner institutions, but the internship can also be carried out in high-tech industries, or within a research team–industry partnership. The internship is completed with a written report, reviewed by external professionals, and an oral defense of a set length before a panel.

d) Introduction to research

The introduction to research is one of the aspects of our specialism that has been particularly developed:

  • integration of the students, from the very beginning of the year (October), in a research team so that they have a working environment similar to that used by researchers as soon as possible;
  • very close supervision from their supervisor. Supervisors are in contact with students very early on through the bibliography (BIBL) and colloquium (COLQ) course units, where their role is essential. COLQ, at the end of the first semester, gives the students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with scientific presentations;
  • scientific conferences organized regularly for the students of the specialism;
  • the inclusion of an extra-scientific section in the syllabus (PROF).

The program is supported by an agreement with Inria.


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