Automatic Control & Electrical Systems 2018 (ACES 2018)

The France Excellence 2018 Summer School "Automatic Control & Electrical Systems 2018" will take place from July 2nd to July 27th 2018 in University of Lille.

“Automatic Control & Electrical Systems” (ACES 2018)

From the theory to innovative applications.





The 2018 France Excellence Summer School “Automatic Control & Electrical Systems” (ACES 2018) is coorganised by the Communauté d’Universités et Établissements Lille Nord de France (ComUE LNF) and the University of Lille - Science and Technology.


ACES 2018 will focus on the fundamental aspects of control, observation and electrical systems. Particular emphasis will be laid on hybrid systems, embedded and networked control systems, electrical vehicles and renewable energy systems, capable of inventing and developing new breakthroughs and technological developments.


This Summer School will provide, on an advanced and lively scientific campus, high-standard, English-taught classes, meetings with top-tier researchers in the field as well as an introduction to research through a supervised project.


ECTS credits will be delivered to the student attendees. A personalised Certificate of Completion will be provided to each participant for their achievements.


All the information regarding this Summer School will be available by December 15th on the following website: 


-> Seizing the chance to discover the research community in a leading university in automation and electrical systems, with a perspective to integrate a PhD in France.


A sustainable development is a key challenge for the XXIst century. More and more, electrical systems and smart systems are at the core of innovation to face this challenge. Electrical systems will enable to ensure energy production from renewable energy, and also significantly increase global efficiency while reducing the pollutant

emissions. Smart systems will enable an increase of the global efficiency while ensuring a high level of reliability and safety. Automatic control and electrical systems are thus important skills for developing innovative systems such as “smart grids” and “autonomous and electric vehicles”.


The scientific programme will be organised by the CRIStAL research laboratory (Centre de Recherche en Informatique, Signal et Automatique de Lille, 400 members, and the L2EP research laboratory (Laboratory on Electrical Energy and Power electronics, 100 members, which are two of the most renowned centres of computer science, power electronics and automatic control in Northern France.


The CRIStAL and L2EP research laboratories offer PhD theses on various topics including automatic control and electrical systems. Globally ¼ of the PhD are co-supervised with international universities (Canada, China, Europe, North Africa, etc.) and ¼ of the PhD are in collaboration with the industrial world (Alstom, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault, Siemens, etc.).


The L2EP research laboratory has annually held an international Summer School “Energetic Macroscopic Representation, modelling and control of electric vehicles and other applications” since 2006 (even year in Lille, odd year abroad, The 2008 edition was organised in Harbin (China). This experience will benefit the ACES 2018 Summer School.

CRIStAL has a joint research laboratory with NUST (Nanjing University of Sciences and Technology), focused on automatic control: LaFCAS (


The University of Lille - Science and Technology has two joint double Master degrees with Chinese universities: HIT (Harbin Institute of Technology) and NUST (Nanjing University of Sciences and Technology). The best Chinese students are then selected to continue in co-supervised PhD degrees in the L2EP or CRIStAL research laboratories.


-> Broadening your international experience under enjoyable and secure conditions in the most dynamic area of North-West Europe, with full access to the francophone world.


Midway between Paris, London and Brussels, you will be given the opportunity to learn French, discover French society and culture and visit historical and natural sites of the Hauts-de-France region. Cultural and social events will enable you to meet other international students and communicate in Chinese, English and French in a relaxed and festive atmosphere.


The cultural and linguistic programme, as well as the welcome services (accommodation and catering included), will be offered by the International Academy, the Summer University for international students at the Communauté d’Universités et Établissements Lille Nord de France.


The International Academy is devoted to offering services to international students incoming on pre-PhD degrees, filling the requirements of the France Excellence Programme that focuses on potential integration of a PhD in France.


The linguistic and socio-cultural programme ensures your full immersion into the life of the International Academy summer campus, which will admit, during the summer, students worldwide on individual mobility or on an exchange programme with France. The International Academy fosters integration and interactive exchange between students from various disciplines.





This programme is all-inclusive: accommodation, food, cultural trips as well as transportation (except for the flight to and from China) are covered.


All communication regarding the welcome services will be provided in English and chinese.


-> Before your arrival


As soon as you have been admitted, the COPAIN association and local Chinese PhD students will run a group via the WeChat application to the benefit of our 2018 France Excellence Summer  schools participants.


The COPAIN association provides Northern France Chinese students with administrative, logistical and cultural support before and during their mobility.


-> Your arrival in France


The COPAIN association will welcome you at Paris Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport (CDG) on Monday July 2nd at 12 am and will drive you directly to your residence in Lille metropolis.

Courses start on Wednesday July 4th 2018


-> Your return to China


The COPAIN association will drive you back to Paris Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport (CDG) on Friday July 27th at 12 am.

Courses end on Wednesday July 25th


-> Your accommodation


Moveover, you will be staying on the scientific campus next to Lilliad in the International Residence Hall (named REEFLEX) where you can take advantage of informal conversations with the international scientific community.


You will be housed in a 16-18 square meter furnished room, with private bathroom and unlimited wifi access.


The REEFLEX residence hall is close to the "Cité Scientifique” metro station: 10 min to Lille city centre and 3 min to the popular V2 Shopping Mall.


-> Your catering


Your breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be booked throughout your stay: these will be delivered to your hall of residence, served in university canteen or in town.


We have done our utmost to offer you a variety of restaurants and different meals each time. We hope you will be delighted to taste our French food!


As we know it may be harsh to suddenly switch from one diet to another, we have decided to offer you typical Chinese dishes here and there throughout your food programme. You will also be given a pre-payed card to buy your own food in the shopping mall.


-> Your transport in Lille


On your first day in Lille you will be given a TRANSPOLE travel card: (local transportation company). This card will provide unlimited travel around Lille metropolis by underground, bus, tram and train network. 






3 hours of the schedule will be devoted to receiving the students in official events.


Entry into the programme: Welcome Reception (1.5 hours) preceded by a coffee greeting (Wednesday July 4th).

Conclusion of the programme: Closing Ceremony (1.5 hours) followed by a cocktail (Wednesday July 25th).






Over half of the schedule will be devoted to a 60-hour scientific programme taught in English.


You will be offered top scientific lectures and seminars, meetings with leading researchers in the field, demonstrations of cutting-edge scientific equipment, as well as an introduction to research through a supervised project. The quality of the work undertaken & scientific potential of the students will be assessed.


60 hours of scientific programme:

·         Courses and Seminars (30 hours)

·         Simulation Session (6 hours)

·         Conferences (6 hours)

·         Scientific Project (6 hours)

·         Assessment (3 hours)

·         Scientific and Industrial Seminars (9 hours)


-> Outline Content


Lectures: Advanced Modelling Methods, Advanced Control Methods, Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, Energetic Macroscopic Representation, Innovative Energy Storage Systems, High-Efficiency Electrical Machines, Algebraic Theory for Hybrid Systems (Realisation, Observability, Controllability, Identification), Control of Sampled Data Systems (Aperiodic Sampling, Networked/Embedded Systems), Stabilisation of Singularly Perturbed Systems, Nonlinear and Time Delay Systems.


A simulation session will be dedicated to the control of the L2EP research laboratory’s electric vehicle. Conferences from automotive French manufacturers (Dr Yuan CHENG; PSA Peugeot Citroen and Valeo and/or SNCF) on “Hybrid and Electric Vehicles” will be proposed, together with conferences of the European Interregional Programmes: INCASE on the industry 4.0 of the future and CE2I on smart innovative integrated electric drives.


Finally, 2018 France Excellence students will be given a transverse conference on scientific research in France.


-> The Scientific Research Project


Designed to facilitate student admission to Doctoral programmes in France, the Scientific Research Project will require both personal (10 hours) and teamwork. It will include 2 sessions of tutorials and 4 sessions of free discussion with researchers and PhD students from the CRIStAL and L2EP research laboratories. The project will involve the analysis of articles, bibliographical summaries, a presentation of state-of-the-art trends in the chosen research topic, simulations when appropriate and a final project defense in front of the scientific board.


Moreover, a visit of Xperium will be organised. Xperium is composed of 10 experimental demonstrations of new research development of the University of Lille - Science and Technology. The most relevant demonstrations in the ACES topics will be selected.


The Scientific Research Project of ACES 2018 will therefore be a springboard for your enrolment in a PhD programme in France in the field of automation and power electronics.


-> Location


The scientific programme of the 2018 France Excellence Summer School “Automatic Control & Electrical Systems” will take place on the scientific campus of the University of Lille – Science and Technology. At the core of the latter is the “Lilliad Learning Centre Innovation”, an unprecedented combination for showing, promoting, thinking and making innovation. Students will attend courses taught in this magnificent building for its innovation spirit.

NB: Minor modifications to the scientific programme may occur.






A fair share of the schedule will be devoted to a linguistic, social and cultural programme delivered in English and Chinese.


You will be offered exciting teachings on the following subjects: the French Language, Culture and Society, Intercultural Communication. A final assessment (beginner’s level) of the knowledge and skills acquired in French for Foreigners during the session will close your training.


The programme will be augmented with cultural visits and social events accompanied by the COPAIN association – a great occasion to meet other students in a more relaxed framework and to chat with professors and researchers in a friendly atmosphere.


When appropriate, you will be mixed with fellow 2018 France Excellence students.


56 hours of linguistic, social and cultural programme:

• French for Foreigners (18 hours)

• French Society (3 hours)

• Intercultural Communication (3 hours)

• Assessment (2 hours)

• Regional Nature & Culture (30 hours)


-> French for Foreigners


Getting to level A1. General written and spoken French: syntax, morphology, vocabulary, phonology. Courses will enable you to strengthen your linguistic knowledge and improve your communication skills in day-today French. You will learn how to interact and, through appropriate and various activities in connection with daily life, you will get involved in the French culture.


-> French Society


French space, how better to apprehend its social and cultural context than in France?

Some cultural keys together with a little geography in both regional and national dimensions, major social issues, main historic facts since the Modern period, France in the European Union.


-> Intercultural Communication


An introduction to main elements: uniformity, difference and diversity.

How better to adapt to a new environment? You will be invited to question your own ongoing cross-cultural experience and acculturation strategies. You will be brought to find keys and make the best of your potential while studying in France.


-> Location


Language and cultural classes will take place in the state-of-the-art building of Sciences Po Lille, perfectly located in

downtown Lille.


-> Regional Nature & Culture


Cultural site visits of exceptional historic and socio-economic interest as well as a local festive event will be included in the programme.

The Hauts-de-France region is typified by its agrarian economy, its ancient trade fairs tradition, its former textile and mine industries steeped in the Catholic values of its captains, its maritime and Flemish borders, its vivid memory of wounds inflicted by two world wars, its cultural and social renewal.


- Old Lille, Fortifications & Museum of Fine Arts: Guided tour of streets, squares and monuments of the old town and its beautiful ancient Flemish architectures, as well as the pentagonal Citadel of the city wall of Lille; discovery of the richest, most impressive French Art Collection outside of the capital city (Saturday July 7th).


- Bruges: Free time in the charming old Flemish city, also known as “the Venice of the North” thanks to its

beautiful canals (Sunday July 8th).


- Louvre-Lens Museum: Visit of the Time Gallery in the Northern Louvre (built atop a former mine works) and its revolutionary museography (Saturday July 14th). Optional – alternatively, you are free to travel where you want on your expense.


- Fireworks: Sightseeing of the great fireworks in Lille on the French National Day (Saturday July 14th).


- Ch’ti Evening: Local cuisine in a traditional restaurant and introduction to the Ch’ti linguistic and cultural

specificity (Thursday July 19th).


- Excursion to the Coast: Visit of the spectacular Two Northern Capes Site from which one can see the British coast; visit of Nausicaá – French National Sea Experience Centre (Saturday July 21st).

NB: Minor modifications to the linguistic and cultural programme may occur. 






Automatic Control & Electrical Systems 2018 (ACES 2018)

From July 2nd to July 27th 2018 in University of Lille 

The total number of places is limited to 30.


The price does not include the trip from China to Paris.  

Accommodation, meals and local transportation are all included.

The summer school will deliver ECTS and a certificate.

The summer school is reserved to Chinese master students.

To apply, please follow the application procedure on the main page.

Price: 25.000 CNY

The French Embassy reserves a limited number of grants to students with an exceptional academic background. Grants cover the tuition fees but do not cover the trip from China to Paris.