Towards Intelligent and Sustainable Optimisation of Transport Systems

The France Excellence 2018 Summer School "Towards Intelligent and Sustainable Optimisation of Transport Systems" will take place from July 2nd to July 27th 2018 in Communauté d’Universités et Établissements Lille Nord de France



The 2018 France Excellence Summer School “Towards Intelligent and Sustainable Optimisation of Transport

Systems” (Sustainable Transport 2018) is co-organised by the Communauté d’Universités et Établissements Lille

Nord de France (ComUE LNF), the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis (UVHC), the Laboratory of

Industrial and Human Automation control, Mechanical engineering and computer science (LAMIH UMR CNRS

8201) and the École Nationale d’Ingénieurs en Informatique, Automatique, Mécanique, Énergétique et Électronique



Sustainable Transport 2018 will focus on the fundamental aspects of transports systems. Particular emphasis will be

placed on materials, energy, comfort, safety and reliability aspects of propulsion systems. In addition, innovative

strategies on the life cycle management of a propulsion system in an eco-design context will be discussed.

This Summer School will provide 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 with a perspective to prepare a PhD thesis in

France in the intelligent and sustainable transport sector.

Due to a rapid industrialisation, an accelerated urbanisation, a population explosion and an environmental

deterioration, the world faces significant challenges in the areas of intelligent and sustainable transports. Transport is

fundamental to development in a large-scale, global sense, and it has at the same time a profound, personal impact

on individual lives. In this context, sustainable mobility policy for small and long-distance transportation services

should consider emerging automobiles, aircrafts and railway systems, as well as their effects on infrastructures and

supply chain life cycle, the main issue being to offer new mobility solutions for traffic regulation and gas-emission

limitation in order to reduce congestion and air pollution.


Participants in Sustainable Transport 2018 will get to familiarise themselves with the design and development of new

means of transport that are both more ecological and more efficient.

The scientific programme will be organised by both the LAMIH research laboratory (260 members, and the ENSIAME engineering school (120 members, www.univ-valenciennes.

fr/ensiame) from the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis.


The ENSIAME engineering school offers a high-level training and innovation, in synergy with industry, transport

operators, centres of excellence and in line with future innovation needs. It also has two double degrees with Chinese

Universities: University of Tongji (Shanghai) and North Eastern University (Shenyang), the best Chinese students

being then selected to continue in co-supervised PhD degrees in the LAMIH research laboratory.

As a member of the Research Federation CNRS TTM (Transports Terrestres Mobilité), the LAMIH research

laboratory belongs to several scientific networks in the field of intelligent and sustainable transport, and has

developed strong partnerships with academic and industrial partners around the world. For example, it includes a

joint laboratory SurferLab with Bombardier dedicated to intelligent and sustainable transport development and

offers many PhD theses in collaboration with professionals of the transport industry such as Alstom, SNCF, RATP,

Valeo, Continental, PSA, Renault, Toyota Motor Europe, Safran and Airbus Helicopters…

Moreover, the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis is at the heart of one of the most dynamic

European territories in the automobile, railway and mobility industries (1st European area for railway, 1st French area

for car industry, 3rd French area for transport logistics), a sector that is experiencing a revolution on a global scale as

it moves into the era of multimodality, economical, environmentally friendly vehicles and innovative services for


Finally, the city of Valenciennes also hosts the headquarters of the European Union Agency for Railways, AIA (the

automotive cluster), i-Trans (the world-class competitiveness cluster), AIF (the association of railway industries), IRT

Railenium (the institute of technological research Railenium, a railway testing centre) and finally Transalley (the

technopole dedicated to innovative and sustainable mobility, located in the extension of Mont Houy University



-> 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.

In Valenciennes, accommodation, meals and cultural visits will be organised by the International Relations. In Lille,

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


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.

You will first be staying on Mont Houy University Campus in Valenciennes (from Monday July 2nd to Thursday July

12th) and then in Lille metropolis (from Thursday July 12th to Friday July 27th).



-> 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 you will be driven directly to your residence in Valenciennes.

-> 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.



-> Your accommodation in Valenciennes (July 2nd to 12th)

You will be staying on the Mont Houy University Campus in Valenciennes.

You will be lodging in the brand new international residence located on campus in either a shared or an individual

room, equipped with a private bathroom and a collective kitchen.

The residence is right beside the LAMIH research laboratory, 1 station away from the ENSIAME engineering school

and 15 min away from the city centre by tramway.

-> Your transfer from Valenciennes to Lille (July 12th)

You will be driven by bus from Valenciennes to your residence in Lille metropolis.

-> Your accommodation in Lille (July 12th to 27th)

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.



-> Your transport in Valenciennes

You will be provided tramway/bus tickets enabling you to travel around the pittoresque city of Valenciennes, as well

as to and from the Campus.

-> 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






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

Introduction to the programme: Orientation (1.5 hours) preceded by a coffee greeting (Tuesday July 3rd).

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





Over half of the programme will consist of a 60-hour scientific curriculum taught in English.

You will attend top scientific lectures and meetings with leading researchers in the field of intelligent and sustainable

transport and you will receive an introduction to research through a supervised project. The quality of the work

undertaken and your scientific potential will be assessed.

The Summer School programme is composed of fundamental technologies related to the field of intelligent and

sustainable transport, divided in two parts:

Materials, energy, comfort, safety and reliability aspects of propulsion systems (land and air transport).

The life cycle management of a propulsion system in an eco-design context.

60 hours of scientific programme:

On the materials, comfort, safety and reliability related to the systems used in transport:

Courses and Seminars (14 hours)

Conference Meetings (1.5 hours)

Individual Scientific Project – Part A (7.5 hours)

Assessment (3 hours)

Scientific and Industrial Visits (4 hours)

On the eco-design and virtual reality techniques for the complete life cycle of transport systems:

Courses and Seminars (14 hours)

Conference Meetings (1.5 hours)

Individual Scientific Project – Part B (7.5 hours)

Assessment (3 hours)

Scientific and Industrial Visits (4 hours)


-> Content Outline

Lectures: Introduction to Biomechanics in Transportation Safety, Composites and Green Materials, Thermal

Comfort – Air Quality, Alternative Fuels for Internal Combustion Engines, Process and Eco-Design in


Practical works on design of lightweight structures for transportation as well as on the materials and structural

optimisation under multi-physics loadings will be proposed in the ENSIAME engineering school of the University

of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis.

Visits of high technological interest will be organised within the programme: the various scientific platforms of the

LAMIH research laboratory; facilities at VALUTEC C3T technology transfer centre (e.g. various equipment allowing

manufacturers to quickly test and validate their innovations, and accelerate their marketing); MG-VALDUNES,

Chinese company listed on the Shanghai and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges, supplier of wheels and axles for railway

rolling stock (presentation of the company and tour of the production lines).

A conference organised by the LAMIH research laboratory on “Transportation Research” will take place.

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


-> The Scientific Research Project

Designed to facilitate your admission to Doctoral programmes in France, the Scientific Research Project will require

personal work. It will include 2 sessions of tutorials and a last session of presentation of the results and discussion

with researchers and PhD students from the LAMIH research laboratory. The project will involve analysis of articles

on sustainable transport, bibliographical summaries, data analysis from the practical work and final project defense in

front of the scientific board.

The Scientific Research Project of Sustainable Transport 2018 will therefore be a springboard for your enrolment in

a PhD programme in France in the field of sustainable transport.


-> Location

The scientific programme of the 2018 France Excellence Summer School “Towards Intelligent and Sustainable

Optimisation of Transport Systems” will take place at two different places: at the ENSIAME engineering school of

the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis, which is one of the largest engineering schools operating

under an agreement with the French commission of the engineer title, and at the LAMIH research laboratory of the

University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis, which is the largest training and research centre for ground

transportation in France.

NB: Minor changes 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


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 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 medieval

architecture, 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.

- French Heritage: Visit of the cosy city of Valenciennes and its renowned Fine Arts Museum (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).

- Old Lille: Guided tour of streets, squares and monuments of the old town and its beautiful ancient Flemish

architectures (Thursday July 12th).

- 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 from which one can see the British coast;

visit of Nausicaá – French National Sea Experience Centre (Saturday July 21st).

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







Towards Intelligent and Sustainable Optimisation of Transport

From July 2nd to July 27th 2018 in Communauté d’Universités et Établissements Lille Nord de France.

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.