Sciences et technologies de l'information et de la communication (STIC)

L'école doctorale

The doctoral school

September 2020: the website of the STIC doctoral school is under construction. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The internal structure of the STIC DS has been modified in 2020. The ICSTD ED is now composed of three scientific poles:

  1.     Pole A: Systems and Control, Robotics, Signals, Images, Communications
  2.     Pole B: Big Data, Knowledge, Learning, Interactions
  3.     Pole C: Programming, Models, Algorithms, Architecture, Networks

In addition, a number of other changes have taken place, in the procedures of the DS and in the composition of the boards and committees. The ED website is being modified accordingly.

The STIC Doctoral School covers a unique thematic continuum in France in the domain of digital technology and science: control, signal processing, image processing, robotics, networks, telecommunications, data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence, human-machine interactions, programming, algorithmics, languages and architecture.

The STIC DS offers original research projects combing theory and experimentation. These projects cover a wide range of application fields: e-science, aeronautics and space, transportation, autonomous vehicles, security, smart home, internet of things, energy;  e-learning, biotechnology and health, etc.

The STIC DS offers a diverse research environment in renowned research units within the Paris-Saclay University and national resarch organisms.

Moreover, numerous companies host PhD students in their laboratories or R&D departments (on a CIFRE contract or temporary employment contract basis).

The STIC DS operates in a highly dynamic environment and works on innovative and cross-cutting STIC multidisciplinary projects e.g. in Mathematics, Engineering, Mechanics and Materials, Biology, Human and Social Sciences, Movement Sciences, etc.


Thematic fields

The STIC doctoral school is organized in 4 scientific programs called "pôles". These programs are introduced here through key words and a short description.

If you wish to reach the person in charge of a specific pôle, please visit the contact page.

Pôle 1 : Systems & Control, Signal Processing, Images Processing, Robotics

  • systems and control : modelling, identification, analysis, control, estimation, optimization
  • mathematical processing of information, signal and images
  • new generation of innovative and interactive robotic systems: structure, actuation and control
  • signals and systems modelling

Aeronautics and space, transportation systems, energy, biotechnology and life sciences, social and cultural life, public media, security,... all these sectors, and many others, require fundamental research in systems and control theory, information, signal and image processing and robotics and require the development of complex numerical models.

Systems and control theory allows the analysis, understanding and mastership of the dynamic behaviour of complex systems in extremely varied fields. They lead to the design of smart devices that can detect, communicate, evolve and act on the environment, via many controllers and sensors. These systems give rise to various models: multi-physics, multi-scale (w.r.t. time or space), hybrid, discrete events… and allow to predict the behaviour and to better understand and push the limits of achievable performance in the presence of disturbances and modelling uncertainties.

Information, signal and images mathematical processing studies, models and corrects alterations or modifications that affect the transmission of information, which may admit different representations (continuous, discrete, parametric, etc.). These treatments seek to recover the original information or to improve its quality, which often results in solving inverse problems. They also aim to extract structural information and interpret the contents, for example by using pattern recognition, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Specific problems are given by the temporal, spatial or spatio-temporal dependencies of these information flows. Mathematics play a fundamental role, particularly through probability and statistics, numerical analysis, optimization, information theory, variational methods, etc.

Robotics aims to provide sensory, motor and cognitive capacities to artificial systems that can be virtual or physical, and to be created. A robot perceives, acts, decides, learns, in a complex dynamic environment, structured or not, that can be shared with humans and/or other robots. The aim is to design a new generation of innovative robotic systems concerning their structure, actuation and control.

At the confluence of these scientific and application areas, development and exploitation of digital tools in systems generating or processing information is a major issue. It involves building and implementing mathematical models of various nature (deterministic or stochastic, continuous or discrete) for the modelling of signals and systems. Numerous challenges are to be faced: develop techniques and specific mathematical methods, build, validate and analyze efficient algorithms, connect models from different physical domains, of different scales, make them interact as well as with the human who exploits them, integrate the models in decision making, in optimization or inversion processes, going up to implementation within specific software and hardware architectures. The evolution of computing power and automatic optimization/parallelization tools allows to consider a rapid acceleration of the TRLs (Technology Readiness Level) of algorithmic codes designed in laboratories to innovative SMEs and industrial companies.

Pôle (2) : Networks, Information and Communications 

  • Internet architecture and cloud services
  • Network architecture, design, programmability and security
  • Fixed and mobile network implementation, core and edge technologies, terminals,
  • Information and communication theory, metrology, methods and tools for network simulation and operation

The "Networks, Information and Communications" pole covers the whole stack of protocol layers involved in the design and optimization of communications networks, as well as their use towards the development of services.

The research carried out addresses network basics and theories, allowing the establishment of fundamental limits or the elaboration of new algorithms intended to increase the capacity, the efficiency, the security and the overall performance of the communication network. It takes into account the allocation of resources, the architectural, protocol and global constraints and is pursued down to the development of advanced engineering tools  for performance evaluation of networks, their optimization and their deployment.

The pole also addresses the implementation and the physical specificities of sub-systems, core and access networks technologies, including terminals and  the associated signal processing. This concerns all networks, whether they are based on wirelines, on optical fibres and optical devices, on radio and antenna systems, or on their combination.

Software defined networking and the related methods to access and to exploit cloud resources by network devices or by end users are also a major part of pole 2 activities.

Finally, the pole places its scientific vision in the context of the wide and increasing penetration of networks in the private and professional spheres and, as such, is also broadly concerned by the development of services, provided they are inherently based on, and accordingly parameterized by, specific network resources.

Pôle 3 : Big Data, Knowledge, Machine Learning, and  interactions

  • big data and knowledge management, reasoning
  • natural language processing
  • data mining, statistical learning
  • interaction, visualisation and virtual reality 
  • bioinformatic

The pôle ``Data, Knowledge, Machine Learning, and  interactions''  focusses on the scientific issues related to the science of data (Data Science), and to the various modes of communication with a machine, whatever the type of machine or interaction environment. In order to understand, process and use massive data and  knowledge, it is necessary to develop automatic learning methods and symbolic approaches related to artificial intelligence.

The pôle covers most of the topics addressed by the  Datasense working group of the Labex Digicosme . Pôle 2 research activities have a large spectrum of applications, they frequently requires multidisciplinary expertises, for instance in interaction with Mathematics,   with Humanities and Social Sciences.

Scientific key words of the pôle:

  • Big Data, heterogeneous, semi-structured, distributed data: Web, social networks,  sensor data
  • Knowledge: representation, reasoning, logic, and more generally questions related to the artificial intelligence, Semantic Web.
  • Interactions between humans and machines, robots, new objects: virtual and augmented reality, interactive robotics
  • Natural language processing (search and retrieval of information, translation, ...): multimedia (speech, writing, sign language) and multilingual aspects are at the heart of our studies
  • Statistical learning: defines a programming paradigm based on examples and interaction with the environment, as opposed to specification-based programming.

Pôle 4 : Models, Algorithms, Languages and Architecture for Programming:

    Operational research, optimization
    Programming, software engineering, verification
    Algorithmic, formal computation, graphic computing, cryptography
    Architecture, distributed computing and services, high performance computing
    Hardware and software design of computer systems

The "Programming: Models, Algorithms, Languages, Architectures" pôle aims to bring together the sciences of software, from the study of computational models to the efficient execution of programs on various architectures. The study of the models is discrete or continuous: Algorithmic, ie the design of effective methods of resolution; the study of programming languages, their semantics; the design of computer programs, their modularity, testing and verification to ensure safe and secure operation; execution environments as well as the different hardware architectures.

This cluster covers the research activities of Scilex working of the Labex Digicosme. The research in algorithmics and optimization in particular have a large number of applications including applications in the following disciplines: bioinformatics, energy, transport and telecommunication networks.  

Keywords :

  • Logic, algorithmics, combinatorics, formal computation, graphic computing, coding, cryptography
  • Operational research, optimization, game theory, decision support
  • Programming, software engineering, verification, proof, testing, operational safety
  • Distributed architecture, compilation, computing and services, high performance computing
  • Hardware and software design of computer systems, embedded software
Le doctorat

General Information

Warning: This page contains an overview of the ED STIC recrutement process. It contains references to specific pages for practical aspects.

Recruting PhD student follows two differents tracks:

  1. a competition is organized for recruting PhD student funded by the partner institutions or by  specific funding such as Labex DigiCosme or Digiteo
  2. individual recrutement related to PhD funding such as AMN, ANR, CIFRE, CSC and others

The recruting process is similar in both cases and consists of the following steps:

  • thesis project submition by a supervisor
  • approval of the project by the director of the lab
  • approval of the project by the doctoral school
  • student application on a thesis project
  • review and evaluation of the student application by the supervisor
  • review and evaluation of the student application by the doctoral school

For the competition and also for others kinds of funding offers, strict deadlines have to be respected. Please visit the  Concours & AAPs web page.

Project submition      

In both cases (competition or individual), the thesis project must be submitted by the supervisor through Adum.

After checking the adequacy of the PhD project with the cluster scientific domain, the research lab director's opinion is collected as well as that of a member of the cluster committee. After validation, the project is publish for application.

Use the links given by the PhD Thesis Projects  web page to get the relevant list of PhD topics.

PhD Application    

The applicant submits her application on a project using Adum. The application needs to be prepared by a contact with the project supervisor and, in case of a positive answer, by an appointment with him/her.

In order to apply on a project, use the links given by the PhD Thesis Projects  web page to access to the relevant project. At the end of the presentation, you'll find a "apply" icon that you should use for that purpose. The application web page provides details about the contents of the application file

In both cases (competition or individual), an interview is organized. The interview aims to  ensure that the candidate's profile is in line with the project, to evaluate the candidate's motivation for the project and for research in general. The interview provides also the opportunity to inform the applicant about the PhD thesis processes like doctoral education and follow-up.

Competition Specific Rules  

  • A student or applicant may apply on at most two projects and should express his/her priority between the two.
  • A supervisor can support at most two candidates with the following restrictions :
  • at most two candidates as supervisor
  • at most two candidates as co-supervisor

An application concerning a project eligible for several fundings accounts for one application.


Inscription et réinscription


Registration and Registration renewal

October 2020: the new registration procedure is not yet translated into English. We are sorry for this, and ask you to please wait a few more weeks. In the meantime, please refer to the French version.

Déroulement du doctorat

PhD organization

The PhD project is composed of

  • a high level research training supervised by the thesis advisor and conducted in an academic or private research laboratory/team, 
  • a complementary scientific training on topics close to the thesis area,
  • a professional training focussing on preparing the doctor professional carrier.

The PhD organization is orchestrated by the  STIC DS (see training) with the support of the University Paris Saclay doctoral college. The STIC DS in particular supports the PhD student follow-up process  (see PhD Follow-Up) to nt. 

PhD follow up / Tutoring

The purpose of tutoring is to assess the progress of the doctoral thesis project, to give the PhD student the opportunity to present his/her work publicly even at an early stage, to provide an outside view on his/her work, complementary to those of his/her supervisors and his home team, and to accompany the PhD student in the construction of his/her professional project. The tutoring also aims to detect as early as possible any difficulties related to the thesis or due to external constraints in order to propose some thoughts on appropriate options (additional training needs, redefinition of the thesis, supervision arrangements .. .) and avoid to endanger the original project of the doctoral student.

Three types of follow up processes are run. 

The follow-up committee is composed of :

  • the référent/tutor who meets the PhD student at the end of the first year
  • the mid-term committee, the second year
  • the head of the pôle 

The annual follow-up process is linked with the registration renewel which provides a natural opportunity to evaluate the thesis progress. The aim of the annual follow up process is to assess the progress of work,  the working environment, the difficulties encountered by the student or supervisors.

What should the PhD Student do? 

  • Write / Update 
  1. a progress report,
  2. a work plan for the coming year,
  3. Individual Training Plan (see Training)

These documents are presented to and discussed with the thesis supervisor and co-supervisor (s) who sign them as well as the doctoral student.

  • Fill out the self-assessment questionnaire.
  • When re-enrolling in 2nd year, the PhD student meets her/his referent for an interview. For re-registration in 3rd year, the report of the mid-term follow-up should be provided. For a re-registration in the 4th year, a specific interview is organized by the pole management.

Who is the referent fellow?

The referent fellow is a research professor or researcher who volunteered to serve as a tutor of some doctoral students. He/she is geographically close to the student doctoral but does not work in the same research team. The scientific expertise of the referent has no need to be correlated to the thesis project.

What is the referent role ?  see guide

The referent  listens to the doctoral student, answers general questions concerning the overall progress of his thesis, the progress of the work, but also training, activities besides research like teaching, supervision, professional project.

The referent is a relay between the doctoral student and the doctoral school and, in particular, guides the doctoral student towards other interlocutors (the pole secretary, the pole director, the doctoral students' representatives, ... or simply the ED website). The referent must encourage the doctoral student to address/use the resources of his environment and not to remain with unanswered questions, some he has not dared to ask. The referent himself should not feel obliged to answer all the questions.

If a problem is identified, the referent sends a message to the pole director. This message is limited to conveying the type of problem (advancement, coaching, health, personnel, etc). The pole manager then takes over.

The referent ensures a neutral listening to the doctoral student, the supervision of the doctoral student and the functioning of the ED: the referent is not there to help the doctoral student in his administrative procedures (he can just direct him towards the ED management team and the ED assistants); the referent does not have to answer scientific questions related to the topic of the thesis; the referent must under no circumstances answer any questions from the supervisors concerning the conduct of the interview; the referent must not advise on the supervision of the doctoral student.

The PhD Student must be able to solicit an interview with her/his referent, outside the mandatory period of re-registration in the 2nd year, to the extent of the referent's availability.

Outcome  of the interview done by the referent

After the interview with a doctoral student, the referent sends a message to the pole manager and her/his assistant with a very simple content indicating the day of the interview  and if a more formal meeting is expected with the ED management team. On request of the PhD student, the referent forward certain comments / suggestions feedback to the ED. The doctoral student receives a copy of the message. The message should not be sent to the supervisors.

The in-depth/mid-term process or  midterm evaluation assess the progress of the  scientific work, his/her good level of understanding of the subject, the prospects of the research project and its finalization. It also verifies that the training undertaken by the doctoral student is relevant with respect to the current research project and to his/her future career choices. All PhD student activities are considered, including non-research activities (teaching, valuation, etc).  

When does the mid-term evaluation take place ?

The mid-term evaluation takes palce between the 16th and the 20th month of the PhD preparation. Its organization is initiated by the PhD student and his/her PhD supervisor. It is supervised by the head of the cluster.

What should the PhD Student do? 

  • Write a paper (5-10 pages) describing the thesis topic and the results achieved, the work in progress and the future work. This document may be based on a submitted or published article.
  • Write a CV to provide a  broad overview of the doctoral activities (non-research activities, mobility, publications including articles submitted or in preparation, software / prototypes / experiments deployed or in progress).
  • The CV has to include the list of validated training with hourly amount together with those that are planned. This list should be organized in two parts: (1) scientific training, (2) professional training. 
  • Oral presentation of the activities to an evaluation committee in the presence of his/her thesis supervisor and co-supervisor; the presentation is followed by two interviews, one with the PhD student alone, and the other with the thesis supervisor and co-supervisor alone.

The documents should be sent  

  • to ? to the member of the evaluation committee, to the cluster director and her secretary
  • when ?  at least 2 weeks before the presentation   
  • how ? by e-mail  entitled "Suivi Miparcours <PhD Lastname>"
  • what ? all documents mentionned above should be merged in one pdf file named  <PhD Lastname_miparcours>;  and  the word file  with administrative part filled out by the PhD student and renamed <PhD Lastname_miparcours_rapport>;

The evaluation committee is composed of at least two external members and constituted under the supervision of the student pôle:  

  • A research fellow (assistant professor, professor, researcher) member of the pôle committee, external to PhD student team and also to the supervisor and co-supervisor teams, and preferably member of UPsay. 
  • A research fellow (assistant professor, professor, researcher) expert in the field of doctoral research, not a member of the PhD student and supervisor's institutions and preferably not a member of the University Paris-Saclay. This expert may be one of the reviewers approached for the thesis defense and in this case, he/she should not be a member of Paris Saclay. It is recommended that this expert holds an “habilitation” (HdR).

Requirement :

  • As for PhD reviewers, in order to enforce neutrality of the evaluation, the members of the evaluation committee should not run colaborations with the supervisors nor the PhD student.  
  • Neither the supervisor nor the co-supervisor are part of the evaluation committee. 

How to set-up the evaluation committee ?

  • the supervisor submits committee member names to the director of the cluster.
  • A copy of the committee proposal is mailed to the PhD student who may interact with the director of the cluster.

The evaluation meeting is organized as follows:

  • Presentation of the PhD student of his/her work and activities in front of the committee, the supervisor and co-supervisor (20 to 25 mn).
  • Questions to the PhD student by the committee members related to the presentation, in attendance of the supervisor and co-supervisor without their participation (10 to 15 mn).
  • Interview of the PhD student alone, by the committee.
  • Interview of the supervisor and co-supervisor alone, by the commitee.
  • Deliberation of the committee alone in order to prepare the evaluation report.

Outcome and sending the evaluation report

Following the mid-term evaluation, the committee produces an assessment report where recommendations can be included helping for future work directions or other matters. The committee should provide their opinion about the expected defense date.

The report is sent to the cluster director and his secretary (see contact) who will take care of forwarding it to the PhD student and supervisors. The report is mandatory for the registration renewal.

Please beware, the report should not be sent by the committee to the supervisor, co-supervisor and PhD student.

specific follow-up process is made available when the student encounters difficulties or has questions that can not be dealt with his/her supervisors or his/her entourage. Graduate students are warmly encouraged to request an interview either with their referent fellow, either with their cluster manager or with the director of the STIC DS or with one of the doctoral student representatives.

If necessary, in case of conflict or disagreement, a series of talks (mediation) is organized with the PhD student alone, with the supervisor and supervisor alone, with both if necessary in order to build a solution and check its effectiveness. The doctoral school relies if necessary on the specialized services of the institutions. This mediation process follows the recommendations of the text "conflict resolution through the graduate school" adopted by the Doctoral College. If this mediation fails, the graduate school sets up a conciliation commission whose mission is to develop solutions and make recommendations as described in the text "conflict resolution through the graduate school" adopted by the Doctoral College.

Doctoral Education

Doctoral education is one of the key components of the doctoral project, in accordance with the French graduate education decree published in August 7th, 2006. This decree stipulates:

"The doctoral schools propose to the PhD students doctoral courses useful for their research project and for professional project as well as courses necessary for the acquisition of a widened scientific culture. These courses not only have to prepare doctors for research jobs in the public, industry and service sectors but, more generally, for any job requiring the skills acquired during the doctoral education."

The doctoral training is divided into two categories:

  • The scientific education aims at increasing PhD students depth and breadth of knowledge in their discipline. It provides high-quality disciplinary or multi-disciplinary programmes. See examples.
  • The professional education is more specifically dedicated to prepare to professional development. The training offer focuses on transferable skills necessary to advance PhD students careers across a broad range of employment sectors. See examples.

The ED STIC organizes doctoral education in accordance with the Doctoral College (Collège Doctoral) general recommendations. The information below provides  the rules specific to the ED STIC organization.

General Recommendations      Pratical Details      Scientific Training     Professional Training   Adum Catalogue   Contact persons 

General recommandations

Each PhD student is required to follow during his thesis at least 100 hours of doctoral education, divided into:

  • 50h of scientific education, and
  • 50h of professional education, including a mandatory course on ethics.

Within the 3 to 6 first months of his/her PhD, doctoral student must plan his/her personal training objectives and program the doctoral education with respect to his /her own needs, skills and competences he/she would like to acquire. 

The following rules should be fulfilled:

  • Professional education diversity: the choice of courses / trainings in this category has to ensure a certain  diversity of acquired competences. This rule is enforced as follows:  for each competence / skill, at most 25h are taken into account; for instance, language courses may account for at most 25h.
  • Period: the doctoral training (both scientific and professional) has to be done during the two first years of the PhD in the one hand to be beneficial to the project development of the student and, in the second hand, to leave, during the second year, as much time as possible dedicated to writing the thesis and preparing the defense.

Exemption from training obligations

The number of hours may be reduced in some cases which have to be justified and agreed by the cluster director (Directeur de Pôle). For example (none of cases presented give rises to automatic exemption):

  • When the PhD is prepared with CIFRE contract or as employee in a company, the PhD student may be exempted from a part of his professional;
  • When the PhD is prepared under joint supervision with a laboratory abroad (cotutelle), the number of hours may be required in proportion to the  length of stay in France.


Practical details

The PhD student uses his ADUM profile in order to apply for trainings and ask for validation. For trainings  not listed in the Adum catalog, the PhD student should absolutely provide the official web page of the course / training together with names of the organizers. 

Before applying for training, the PhD student has to check if the chosen training is free of charge or if the fees have to be covered by his / her laboratory (or his / her institution). In some cases, for instance when the training implies traveling, administrative process (for example, filling in a travel order form  - “ordre de mission”) has to be applied.

Most professional training proposed in the Adum Catalogue are free because funded by Paris Saclay institution members. The STIC DS does not cover training fees. The only exception concerns thematic summer schools for which the STIC DS offers partial funding; several calls for proposal (AAP) will be issued each year.

For each course / training, the PhD student has to ensure that a certificate of attendance is issued upon completion. Neither a training application nor a training registration is an evidence of attendance.    

The PhD student supervisor is the best person for advising you to select and plan doctoral training. Any question about the doctoral education and the form should be addressed by email to the education contact person of the cluster (see contact webpage).

Scientific Training : Examples  

  • 2nd year Master courses: the content of the course is related to the thesis domain or opens on related scientific fields; “advanced” level is required; the choice of a Master of the University Paris Saclay is strongly advised. See Master Paris Saclay webpage.
  •  Thematic or Young Researcher summer schools: there is a very wide range of thematic and Young Researchers national and international schools in ICT areas;  your supervisor is the best person that is able to help you to choose a school with the best possible impact on your thesis work and / or having the best  knowledge / skill provision.
  • Advanced scientific thematic Tutorials
  • Online adavnced courses, with certification.
  • Thematic advanced seminars, like Collège de France or similar.

For Collège de France seminars, in oder to obtain the enrolment form, the PhD students should send a mail to the  secretary of the doctoral school containing the  lecture title and the  speaker name. The secretary will forward the request to the Collège de France and forward the enrolment form to the PhD student.

Warning: the following are not considered as doctoral training

  • Bachelor (License) level courses,
  • Seminars or working groups proper to your group or your laboratory,
  • Conferences and workshops attendance, even as a speaker
  • Online courses without certification

Professional Training: Examples

Professional training courses are more specifically dedicated to the preparation of the future employment of PhD graduates. See in particular the doctoral programme for training. Part of the courses are organized in tracks, specialized toward jobs for PhD graduates, bringing a clear consistency and optionally providing a recognized certification.

The Adum Catalogue offers a wide range of professional training mainly in the following categories:

  • Communication
  • Behavioural competences (Compétences comportementales)
  • Design, Project management (Conception, conduite de projets, management)
  • Professional processes and Societal issues (Conduite professionnelle et enjeux sociétaux)
  • Business and professional environment (Connaissance de l'entreprise et du milieu professionnel)
  • Education and Training (Enseignement et Formation)
  • Foreign language courses (Langues et ouverture internationale), in particular French courses
  • Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Valorisation de la recherche, Innovation, Entrepreneuriat)
  • Visits in foreign research laboratories or internships in private companies (at least one month) may account for up to 7 hours per month of visit or intership, limited to a maximum of 21 hours.
  • ED STIC specific lectures, such as Etics and STIC.
  •  Office automation tools (eg MS-Excel for experts or LaTeX for expert), required advanced level, preferably to the beginning of thesis.

Warning: the following are not considered as doctoral training

  • Organization of seminars, working groups, doctoral days or laboratory days or other events of the kind
  • Managing the team website or conference website, resource or publications management
  • Attendance, even as an animator, to events like « La fête de la science », « Bouge la science », « Salon des jeux mathématiques », « La nuit de l’info », « L’arbre du savoir »...
  • Reviewing scientific papers
  • Course / Training without meaningful impact (eg basic training in office tools, MS-Word, MS -Excel, etc.).


Call for Thematic School Funding Support

Permanent call for thematic schools or young resercher schools funding Support 

The financial support offered by the STIC doctoral school can be up to 500 euros per PhD Student. Since it may not cover the whole expenses; it is important to get a co-funding. The support is send to and managed by the research unit of the Phd Student. 

PhD students who have already been awarded are not eligible. The support granted to a PhD Student for "Summer School" plus "Mobility" cannot exceed 1000 euros.

For reasons of budget management,

- applications for year N must be sent between January and June of the same year;

- the requests for the year N + 1 must be sent between July and December of the year N.

The  application form must be filled out and signed by the PhD supervisor. It must be send by e-mail according to the cluster you belong to 

The e-mail title must comply to the following scheme :  

  • AAP ECOLE THEMATIQUE <PhD Student Lastname>


Permanent call for Mobility Funding Support

The DS wants to encourage mobility of PhD Students during their thesis. Mobility is the opportunity to visit and work in a lab or company in France or abroad, a new environment outside the PhD supervisors lab. The DS offers a financial support for such visits. The financial support does not exceed 1000 euros and it is mandatory to provide a proof of co-funding. The financial support is transfered to and managed by the research unit of the PhD student.

PhD students who have already been awarded for a mobility are not eligible. The support granted to a PhD Student for "Thematic School" plus "Mobility" cannot exceed 1000 euros.

For reasons of budget management,

- applications for year N must be sent between January and June of the same year;

- the requests for the year N + 1 must be sent between July and December of the year N.

The application form must be filled out and signed by the PhD supervisor. It must be send by e-mail according to the cluster you belong to 

The e-mail title must comply to the following scheme :  

  • AAP MOBILITE  <nom_doctorant>



Information about the "Meilleure production scientifique ED STIC" AWARD

This award is sponsored by : Labex DigiCosme and  the STIC Doctoral School

Important Dates 

  • Call advertising : Mai, 23th 2019
  • Application  : between Mai, 27th and June, 26th 2019, 11pm
  • Decision : September 2019
  • Award ceremony :  ED STIC PhD Meeting  in November 2019

Application conditions

Can be submitted any research work achived between  June 1rst 2018 and May 31rst 2019 and before the defense date. For publications or demos, one will consider the acceptation date,  for challenges/competions/evaluations one will consider the application deadline of the corresponding event, for software one will consider the internet release or any event used to advertise the software.

Winners of previous STIC doctoral school awards are not allowed to apply.

The application file should include:

  • the application form 
  • Access to the research work should be provided for evaluation and can include for instance one or several elements among: pdf file,  web link (for experiments, softwares), demo videos (for experiments, softwares), upload link (for experiments, softwares);
  • A complementary  document should include all information required for commmittee to assess the quality of the application, its national or international visibility from an academic or industrial point of view. For instance and without being comprehensive, this document can include the aceptation rate of a paper, copy of the reviewer reports, impact factor of the conference or journal,  ranking for an evaluation campaign, release list for a software,  etc.  

In case of several authors/contributors, the role of each one should be clearly stated with respect to their participation to the research work and should at least mention explicitly the pourcentage of participation.

  • A letter supporting the application to the award should be sent directly to the committee president by the main supervisor.

Applications should be downlaoded on the easychair website, on  June 26th,  2019, 23h at the latest.

Concours et sujets de thèse

Concours 2020

Applications to the STIC Doctoral School and the UDOPIA program (for artificial intelligence) for the year 2020 are now open.

The proposed thesis subjects can be found here:

Application deadline: Tuesday May 19, 2020


Selecting your funding:

-> “Concours d’accès aux contrats doctoraux des établissements
d’enseignement supérieur” : select this to view the thesis subject offers proposed by the STIC Doctoral School

-> “ Appel à projet pour le programme doctoral UDOPIA en intelligence
artificielle ” : select this to view the subjects proposed by the STIC Doctoral School as part of the UDOPIA program.

A link to apply for a PhD is available at the same address as above. If you’ve found a subject that interests you, it is highly recommended to contact the Thesis Supervisor (PhD advisor) of the subject as soon as possible.

We suggest that you prepare your application long before May 19. The PhD advisor will need to give his/her written (and detailed) opinion of your candidacy before the same date in order for your application to be validated.

Interviews will be held between June 10 and June 16. They will most likely be done as video conferences.



La procédure de soutenance de thèse est décrite dans un document général du Collège Doctoral à consulter pour les règles régissant le choix des rapporteurs et la composition du jury ainsi que les cas particuliers.

La gestion de la soutenance relève du pôle de rattachement du doctorant. Les échanges doivent donc avoir lieu avec l'assistante de pôle et le directeur de pôle.

La langue de rédaction de la thèse est le français sauf exceptions justifiées. Vous devez pour cela envoyer une demande argumentée à votre pôle. Un résumé en français de 4000 caractères devra être joint au manuscrit.

Prérequis : avoir une publication dans une revue ou une conférence internationale avec comité de lecture.

Désignation des rapporteurs — 3 mois (au plus tard 2 mois) avant la soutenance:
Le directeur de thèse prend contact avec le directeur de pôle pour identifier 2 rapporteurs extérieurs à l'UPsay et à l'ED STIC. 
Après accord du directeur de pôle, le doctorant remplit sous ADUM le formulaire de désignation des rapporteurs, l'imprime et le transmet à son pôle signé par le directeur de thèse. Il doit également effectuer son 1er dépôt sous ADUM (version du manuscrit envoyée aux rapporteurs).

Recommandation : En complément du courrier officiel envoyé par la scolarité aux rapporteurs, il appartient au directeur de thèse de s'assurer que les rapporteurs ont connaissance de la date à laquelle leur rapport est attendu et l'adresse à laquelle celui-ci doit être envoyé (voir encadré en fin de page). Il est aussi important que la date d'envoi de la thèse aux rapporteurs soit explicitée dans les échanges.

Envoi de la thèse aux rapporteurs — 2 mois au plus tard avant la soutenance:
Le doctorant adresse un exemplaire de sa thèse aux rapporteurs.

Composition du Jury — 2 mois avant la soutenance et 4 semaines au plus tard :
Le directeur de thèse prend contact avec le directeur de pôle pour identifier les membres du jurys. La composition une fois validée sera saisie sous ADUM par le doctorant. Il pourra ensuite imprimer le formulaire de proposition de jury et le trasnmettre à son pôle signé par le directeur de thèse.

Recommandation : Il est important d'anticiper le choix d'une date de soutenance. Certaines périodes de l'année sont particulièrement chargées. Cette date dépend évidemment de la date d'obtention des rapports.

Réception des rapports — 4 semaines au plus tard avant la date de soutenance. L'examen des rapports de thèse délivrés par les rapporteurs permet au directeur de pôle d'émettre un avis sur la soutenance et de traiter l'autorisation de soutenance en lien avec la scolarité.

Autorisation de soutenance —3 semaines avant la date de soutenance.

Le doctorant imprime le formulaire sous ADUM, le fait signer à son directeur de thèse et le transmet à son pôle pour signature du directeur du pôle. La date, le lieu et l'heure doivent être définitifs.

Recommandation : En complément du courrier officiel envoyé par la scolarité aux membres du jury, il appartient au doctorant et à son directeur de thèse de s'assurer que les rapporteurs ont connaissance de la date et horaire, lieu et salle de la soutenance.

Dépôt légal de la thèse — 3 semaines avant la date de soutenance.
Le doctorant procède au dépôt électronique de sa thèse sous ADUM (version du manuscrit envoyée aux rapporteurs). Le doctorant doit également prendre RDV avec la bibliothèque de son établissement d'inscription pour valider le 1er dépôt.

Le document "procès verbal de soutenance de thèse de doctorat + rapport de soutenance" à destination du jury est à imprimer sous ADUM par le doctorant quelques jours avant la soutenance.


Après le doctorat


Actions conduites en commun avec des entreprises, des collectivités territoriales, des associations, etc.

Le domaine STIC dans le cadre de l’Université Paris-Saclay dispose de structures privilégiées pour favoriser les relations entre les doctorants, les docteurs et les entreprises innovantes. Les pôles de compétitivité Systematic et Cap Digital, l’IRT SystemX, le labex DigiCosme, l’Institut VeDeCom, les Instituts Carnot, organisent régulièrement des rencontres permettant de confronter les résultats issus de travaux de recherche et les besoins industriels ou encore de porter des sujets de thèse dans un partenariat académique-industriel.

L’ED STIC s’appuie également sur le réseau des anciens pour accompagner les doctorants dans leur insertion professionnelle.


Actions mises en oeuvre pour optimiser l’insertion.

Les partenaires de l’ED STIC offrent un large spectre de formations par la recherche mélangeant à divers degrés les aspects académiques et les enjeux industriels (de l’ENS Cachan à l’IRT SystemX en passant par les universités et les grandes écoles d’ingénieurs généralistes ou spécialisées). C’est cette diversité qui enrichit le réseau des acteurs de l’insertion professionnelle.

Les enquêtes montrent un taux d’insertion des docteurs très satisfaisant, se rapprochant globalement de 33% de docteurs insérés dans l’enseignement supérieur et la recherche en EPST, 10% insérés dans le secteur public (autre), 43% insérés dans le secteur privé et plus de 12% en contrat postdoctoral. Un peu plus de 25% des docteurs font carrière à l’étranger.

Un des leviers permettant de consolider et même d’accroître une insertion de qualité des doctorants est le développement du réseau des docteurs de l’ED STIC de l’Université Paris-Saclay. Une des missions du directeur adjoint chargé des relations avec le monde socio-économique sera de mettre en place la coordination de réseaux existants en lien avec les actions entreprises au niveau de l’Université Paris-Saclay.



Ouverture nationale et internationale

L'ED STIC souhaite développer

  • l'accueil de doctorants étrangers en cotutelle ou non ainsi que
  • la mobilité des doctorants pendant leur thèse. 

Le directeur adjoint de l'ED STIC, chargé de mission relations internationales, est Benjamin Doerr.

De nombreux programmes d'acceuil et d'échanges existent déjà dans les établissements partenaires de l'ED STIC. L'objectif est de structurer ces programmes avec de nouveaux pour élargir l'offre d'accueil et de mobilité.

Voici quelques exemples de programmes  d'accueil ou de mobilité :

  • Les programmes de Partenariats Hubert Curien (PHC).
  • Le programme NSF-GROW entre la NSF et plusieurs pays dont la France permet de recevoir pour une période de 3 mois à 1 an des doctorants des meilleures universités américaines. Le labex DigiCosme est partenanire de ce programme.
  • CSC (China Scholarship Council) a des accords avec plusieurs établissements et propose des bourses aux étudiants chinois sélectionnés.
  • Le réseau franco-italien AML STIC est un accord multilatéral pour la formation et l'obtention de doubles diplômes dans le domaine des STIC et ses applications aux niveaux LMD.
  • Le KIC EIT Digital propose aux doctorants sélectionnés un programme de formation orienté vers l’entreprenariat et l’innovation. Une mobilité de 6 mois dans un des 15 sites européens d’ICT Labs ainsi qu’une expérience de transfert après la thèse font partie de ce programme.


Les unités de recherche en STIC implantées à l'étranger accueillent des doctorants, comme par exemple :

  • Laboratoire franco-japonais en informatique (JFLI),
  • Image & Pervasive Access Lab (Ipal),
  • Institut des technologies multilingues & multimédias de l’information (Immi)  
  • Sino-French Laboratory for computer Science, Automation and Applied Mathematics (LIAMA).
  • Joint Laboratory for Petascale Computing, Illinois (JLPC),
  • Chilean Informatics Research and Innovation Center (CIRIC ).


La mise en place d'une cotutelle est décrite par la procédure du collège doctorale de Paris-Saclay.

La demande d'accord de cotutelle qui préfigure à la rédaction de la convention de cotutelle se fait en ligne.

Important : La saisie du projet sous Adum suivie de la candidature du doctorant doivent être faite sous Adum. L'ED STIC ne traite pas les demande d'accord de cotutelle pour lesquelles ces éléments ne sont pas disponibles.

Important : La mise en place d’une convention de cotutelle internationale de thèse doit être engagée avant la première inscription en doctorat à l’université Paris Saclay. La signature de la convention par toutes les parties doit impérativement avoir lieu, au plus tard, avant l’inscription en deuxième année de doctorat à l’université Paris Saclay.


Contact Information

ED STIC  Pôle 1  Pôle 2  Pôle 3 Pôle 4  Représentants doctorants

Contact ED STIC

Assistant / Assistante :                          Stéphanie Druetta 
Direction / Direction  :                          Alain Denise                
Training / Formation :                           Hanna Klaudel      
Industrial and International Relations : Véronique Vèque                  

Phone :   

Adress :                  ED STIC -- 580
                               Bât 650 Ada Lovelace
                               Université Paris Sud
                               91405 Orsay Cedex, France.

Pôle 1 Automatique, Traitement du Signal, Traitement des Images, Robotique

Preferably contact us by e-mail. It is strongly recommended to choose a short and relevant mail title. Please introduce yourself in the first sentence of the text with your name and supervisor name if you are a PhD student.

Joindre de préférence l'assistante du pôle par mail.  Le titre de votre message doit être court, pertinent et permettre un suivi de conversation. La première fois, présentez vous dans la première ligne du mail, en rappelant votre nom et votre directeur de thèse si vous êtes doctoran(e).

Assistante :    Anne Batalie  
Direction :     Gilles Duc                               
Formation :    Sylvie Marcos  

Téléphone :    (0)175 31 62 52      

Adresse postale :  CentraleSupelec
                             3 Rue Joliot-Curie – Plateau de Moulon
                             91192 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France.

Pôle 2 Réseaux, Information et Communications 

Preferably contact us by e-mail. It is strongly recommended to choose a short and relevant mail title. Please introduce yourself in the first sentence of the text with your name and supervisor name if you are a PhD student.

Joindre de préférence l'assistante du pôle par mail.  Le titre de votre message doit être court, pertinent et permettre un suivi de conversation. La première fois, présentez vous dans la première ligne du mail, en rappelant votre nom et votre directeur de thèse si vous êtes doctoran(e).

Assistante :     Florence Besnard  
Direction  :     Alain Sibille                             
Formation :    Alain Sibille

Téléphone :      

Adresse postale :  Télécom ParisTech
                              Direction de la Recherche, Bureau E702
                              46 rue Barrault
                              75013 Paris, France.

Pôle 3 Données, Connaissances,  Apprentissage et Interaction

Preferably contact us by e-mail. It is strongly recommended to choose a short and relevant mail title. Please introduce yourself in the first sentence of the text with your name and supervisor name if you are a PhD student.

Joindre de préférence l'assistante du pôle par mail.  Le titre de votre message doit être court, pertinent et permettre un suivi de conversation. La première fois, présentez vous dans la première ligne du mail, en rappelant votre nom et votre directeur de thèse si vous êtes doctoran(e).

Assistante :             Stéphanie Druetta 
Direction  :              Anne Vilnat                   
Formation :             Anne Vilnat                             

Téléphone :   

Adresse postale :    ED (580) STIC
                               Bât 650 Ada Lovelace
                               Université Paris Sud
                               91405 Orsay Cedex, France.

Pôle 4 Programmation : Modèles, Algorithmes, Langages, Architecture 

Preferably contact us by e-mail. It is strongly recommended to choose a short and relevant mail title. Please introduce yourself in the first sentence of the text with your name and supervisor name if you are a PhD student.

Joindre de préférence l'assistante du pôle par mail.  Le titre de votre message doit être court, pertinent et permettre un suivi de conversation. La première fois, présentez vous dans la première ligne du mail, en rappelant votre nom et votre directeur de thèse si vous êtes doctoran(e).

Assistante :   
Direction  :              Leila  Kloul                  
Formation :             Leila  Kloul                            

Téléphone :   

Adresse postale :    Université de Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines
                                DREDVal - Service FED
                                55, avenue de Paris
                                78035 Versailles Cedex, France.


Représentants des Doctorants 2018-2019


Micro-Dictionnary : A few french words that should enlighten the content of this page  :


Assistante : Secretary  
Adresse postale : Surface mail address
Direction :  Director
Formation : Educationship / Training  
Rel. Industrie : Relation with Industry  
Rel. Internationales : International Relationship