Mines ParisTech delegation strengthens BIDS’ French connections

March 18, 2020

International fellowships promote academic research in support of industry-focused applications

BIDS recently welcomed a delegation from Mines ParisTech led by Elie Hachem, a professor with the CEMEF (Le Centre de Mise en Forme des Matériaux), a research organization associated with CNRS (Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique) that focuses on advanced training for applications in industry.

Hachem has visited Berkeley annually over the past several years, and the connection with BIDS is expanding his students’ understanding of the breadth and scope of data science, as well as their appreciation for the complex societal and ethical issues involved.

Mines ParisTech’s Digital Engineering of Complex Systems major has been growing rapidly, and in response to industry’s increasing interest in emerging developments like digital transformation, digital twins, and Industry 4.0, Hachem has recently created a new initiative called MINDS (Mines Initiative for Numeric and Data Sciences) to expand applied research opportunities for graduate students.

MinesParisTech fellows are required to conduct an internship abroad, and the students who visited BIDS expressed interest in a variety of applications, including machine learning in aeronautics, transportation, biomechanics, energy, and image analysis. Mines ParisTech is well-known for its distinguished research programs and industry collaborations, as well as its international partnerships with prestigious universities around the world, including MIT, Caltech, the University of Hong Kong, the National University of Singapore, Novosibirsk State University, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and Tokyo Tech.

As BIDS continues to increase its focus on industry collaborations, BIDS and Mines ParisTech are exploring opportunities to build on cooperative international fellowship programs that will enhance existing industrial and academic research efforts while enabling students to engage in the benefits of both institutions.