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Month: June 2016

Security: The Other Issue of the IoT Market

  • 30/06/2016

On Thursday, June 9, 2016, the Paris Ivry Campus of ESME Sudria welcomed one hundred professionals and future engineers to the seminar “Cybersecurity – IoT and Embedded Systems”, organized by Cap’Tronic in partnership with G-echo and the school. An event dedicated to networking and technology watch, covering a variety of current topics affecting the IoT.

The seminar according to Michel Marceau, Director of Cap’Tronic:

“The IoT is undoubtedly one of the future’s most exciting issues. But it was high time a voice of reason also be introduced into the conversation. That was the aim of this conference. While the stakes of IoT are in fact enormous from an economic standpoint, one must not forget the security aspect the companies behind these products will have to take into consideration well in advance, indeed right from the conceptual stages. Cap’Tronic’s goal is to heighten awareness amongst SMEs and the industrial world regarding the problem of cybersecurity. With this kind of seminar, we can therefore get right to the heart of the matter. Furthermore, by organizing the seminar in a school like ESME Sudria, we are able to reach another audience, namely students, new engineers, and entrepreneurs. This seminar is an additional lever, and incidentally not the first time Cap’Tronic has teamed up with ESME Sudria: a number of joint meetings have taken place in the past, in particular thanks to the active involvement of Christian Touseau (manager of the ESME Sudria Embedded Systems & Electronics lab) when it comes to such issues.”

From left to right: Véronique Bonnet, Deputy Executive Director of ESME Sudria, Christian Touseau, Manager of the school’s Embedded Systems & Electronics laboratory, Jean-François Baillette, Founder and Director of G-echo, and Christophe Bricout, Engineer at Cap’Tronic

The seminar according to Véronique Bonnet, Deputy Executive Director of the school:

“The vocation of an engineering school is to maintain the strongest possible ties with the companies of its sector. Nevertheless, among the various specializations available at the heart of ESME Sudria’s education program, we also find embedded systems, data, and even computer science, subjects which have a certain resonance with the great IoT movement. This event, staged in partnership with Cap’Tronic, is therefore of real interest as it consists of sharing the latest technological advancements of the IoT sector while offering our new graduates the chance to meet and discuss job opportunities with a number of SMEs.”

The seminar according to Christian Touseau, Manager of the school’s Embedded Systems & Electronics laboratory:

“Our laboratory trains engineers in advanced technologies. But technology is constantly evolving. Meeting professionals from the field is therefore an excellent way for ESME Sudria to work out the direction it needs to take and the courses it must put into place. In short, this type of event allows the school to constantly be “in the loop” and “up to date.” Companies evaluate engineers coming from ESME Sudria on their immediate skill sets: when they arrive at the workplace, they perfectly match the desired profiles. ESME Sudria can certainly back its claims of being “the engineering school where everything is possible!” Technological continuity must be provided, for the age when graduates were trained by employees is over: today’s new engineers must be operational immediately and aware of all the latest advancements. In addition to holding conferences, the event will therefore also conclude with an “IoT Pizza Dating” session. This session is the ideal occasion for current students to come into direct contact with professionals to discuss topics related to technology and the future, as well as to eventually find internships.”

Hosts of the seminar “Cybersecurity – IoT and Embedded Systems”:

Bouygues Telecom, Cap’Tronic, CEA-LIST, Digital Security, European School of Economic Intelligence (EEIE), ESME Sudria, Olivier Ezratty (consultant), G-echo, French Interior Ministry, NeoTech Insurance, Opale Security, IRT-SystemX.

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A Look Back at the 2016 Symposium Award Winners: EEG Headset

  • 28/06/2016

Among the dozen or so final projects in competition at the 2016 ESME Sudria Symposium, only three had the honor of being awarded top prize by this year’s jury. Over the summer, the school invites you to re(discover) these three outstanding winners. We’ll start with the EEG Headset, a project by Amina Chenigle, Silvio Garnier-Gaume, and Quentin Plattier (ESME Sudria Class of 2016).


From left to right: Quentin, Silvio, and Amina during the presentation of their project at the Symposium

Can you tell us in a few words about the project your team presented during the Symposium?
Silvio Garnier-Gaume: Our final project concerned the conception of an EEG (electroencephalogram) headset that allows for the acquisition of cerebral activity, the processing of data stemming from this activity, and the subsequent control of a wheelchair by thought and eye movement.

Why did you choose this project?
Silvio Garnier-Gaume: This project was introduced two years ago by ESME Sudria graduates, who today are behind the creation of the startup Neuromoov. While working on their final project, they were able to validate the operating principle and create a functional prototype. The only problem they encountered involved the utilization of the data via the headset which was being used at the time. Last year, another group of ESME Sudria students, in partnership with Neuromoov, took over the project. But once again, they experienced problems. This time, the issues they faced were associated with a different headset and the encryption of the data that was being gathered. This was the context in which we began our project. From a technical standpoint, we found the challenge extremely exciting.

What were you able to contribute to the project?
Silvio Garnier-Gaume: We used an OpenBCI acquisition card, which thanks to the algorithm we developed ourselves, allows for the processing of the data stemming from the electrodes and the cerebral activity. Still using this card, we also developed a method that can recognize which way the user of the headset would like to move. Their concentration is used to identify when they wish to move forwards and backwards, while their eye movement determines when they would like to move to the left and to the right. To complete our project, we must now finalize the implementation on the microcontroller and create an entirely functional headset capable of establishing a Bluetooth connection with the electric wheelchair.

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