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Research Project - Innovation - Engineering English


After a call for tenders from the corporate sector (aeronautics, spacial, pharmaceutical sectors,…) or scientific laboratories (IMT, LISBP, LAAS, IMFT, LPNO, CEMES, …), students have to solve a mathematical modelling problem, supervised by specialists in the concerned domain (physics, mechanics, biology, finance, reliability...).

The essential point is the confrontation with a complex problem, whose solution is not known, even by the supervisor. This is the typical situation faced in research or innovation in industry and is a key factor in learning both autonomy and collaborative teamwork.

Through targeted activities (presentations in context, written accounts of experience...) the students will develop a working knowledge of the specificities of scientific English and be able to adapt their language strategies to specialists and non specialists.


At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts):

  • Principles of working in collaboration
  • Mathematical models for applications in relation with other disciplines or with a specific industrial sector
  • Self-assessment of results obtained with respect to objectives
  • Differences between written and spoken scientific/technical English


 The student will be able to:

  • Interact with specialists or engineers of other disciplines in French and English
  • Explain scientific knowledge to non specialists in English
  • Organize group work
  • Define the scope and specifications for an original problem of mathematical modeling
  • Conduct  bibliographic research
  • Develop an appropriate deterministic or stochastic model
  •  Find a numerical solution
  •  Account for results obtained, in a written report and oral presentation, and discuss the key elements of the project, in English
  • Write a coherent abstract in English

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...