Surfaces and Light

The summer school “Surfaces and light” will take place at Saint-Étienne from 30th June to 28th July


Université Jean Monnet (UJM) is one of the members of Université de Lyon (UDL).   The Université de Lyon stands out for its alliance of public universities, grandes écoles (prestigious higher-education institutions with competitive entrance exams) and research institutions (such as the Laboratory Hubert Curien). Its academic and research programs are comprehensive and cover all scientific and artistic fields. Furthermore, the Université de Lyon gathers France’s leading schools for engineers, and is an exceptional cultural center: to choose the Université de Lyon is to choose excellence.


The summer school “Surfaces and light” is an initiative of the Laboratory Hubert Curien (see and of the EUR Sleight – “Surfaces Light Engineering- Health & Society” (see MANUTECH SLEIGHT Graduate School). The EUR Sleight is one of the two laureates at UDL for the Graduate Schools of Research (EUR) of the launched by the ANR (French National Research Agency) at the start of 2017. The initiative aims to bring together Master's and PhD programs, as well as one or more high-caliber research laboratories, ensuring that the projects cooperate strongly with research organizations, have a strong international outreach and maintain close links with economic players, wherever possible. 

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Participants will be met at Saint-Exupery airport in Lyon on Sunday 30th June 2019.

At their arrival in France, participants will be greeted at Saint-Exupery airport by members of the International Relations Office and will be taken to their accommodation in Saint-Etienne (60 km).

Courses will start on Monday 1st July 2019.



The Summer school will provide accommodation for all the participants in the Résidence les Estudines (Private residence) offering single studios (18 m²) including private bathroom and small kitchen, and wifi connection.

This residence is located :

  • 5 min walk from D. Papin Campus ;
  • 15 min away by Public Transport from Manufacture Campus;
  • 10 min walk from city center.

At their arrival, participants will find a welcome pack including transport card, tickets for university restaurant, city map, …



Breakfasts will be provided at the residence.

Monday to Friday lunches will be taken at the university restaurant (ticket restaurant will be provided in the welcome pack). 

Dinners are not included, but they can be cooked in the kitchens of the residence. 

Dinners or brunch will also be organized in other places (restaurants, …) for special events.



Participants will be provided with a city pass for public transportation.



End of the school on Friday 26th July and return to China on Saturday 28th July 2019 from Saint-Exupéry Lyon Airport.



The scientific program will be devoted to « surface and light », as indicated by the title of the school in general, but more specifically focused on material appearance and radiative transfer.



Summer school Presentation


Reading group

Scientific courses

Scientific Activities (Poster session, lectures, Thesis defenses, …)













20h (with MANUTECH SLEIGHT Graduate School)

10h (with MANUTECH SLEIGHT Graduate School)












5h (including project presentation)





Detailed plan of lectures :


1st Week :

Mathieu Hébert, Hubert Curien Laboratory – Jean Monnet University – France/IOGS  6h  "Optical Measurements for Appearance",


2nd Week

Mathieu Hébert, Hubert Curien Laboratory – Jean Monnet University/IOGS – France - 6h "Appearance Attributes and Optical Models"


Christine Andraud, Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris  - 4h :"Radiative Transfer and Visual Appearance".

Gaël Obein, CNAM - 4h "Metrology of Visual Appearance"

Sophie Jost, ENTPE, 4h "Visual Appearance, a Sensory Attribute"

(Lecturer to be confirmed), 4h: "Visual Appearance for Image Synthesis - 1"


3rd Week

(Lecturer to be confirmed), 4h "Visual Appearance for Image Synthesis - 2"

Damien Muselet, Hubert Curien Laboratory – Jean Monnet University – France, 6h,”Digital Materials Appearance:  physical features vs machine learning features”


4th Week


Alain Trémeau, Hubert Curien Laboratory – Jean Monnet University – France, 6h, « Material classification based on visual appearance. »




Reading group:  

•          Learning outcomes

The goal of the reading group is to propose to manipulate the concepts discussed during the summer school. Students will explore connections between papers and/or books that they have carefully studied, and what they will heard at the summer school.

•          Before the summer School

Students will be randomly assigned to a mentor, a member of the University Jean Monnet, who will suggest one or more papers or books that motivated or inspired his work. Student will be asked to study this(ese) paper(s) prior to traveling to the school

•          During the summer School

Tutoring hours during which students will have an opportunity to ask questions, discuss ideas with their mentor will be booked in the schedule.

At the end of the school, they will submit a brief report (up to 6 pages) and defend it during an oral presentation. 15hours, including the final oral presentation, will be devoted to the task.

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) units will be assigned based on that evaluation.


Visit of laboratories and Equipment

Visits of laboratories and equipments will be proposed during the summer school :





French courses will be insured by CILEC, expert in teaching French language to foreigners (see ) on Denis Papin Campus. The french courses will be organized each morning during 3hours (9.00 to 12.00) on the first, third and fourth week.



We hope to provide our students with a nice experience in the region of Saint-Etienne and a chance to meet other students. The school offers a wide range of activities.

  • Week-end of 6/7 July :

Saturday 6th July: Visit of the Village of Saint Victor

    • Small hiking
    • Boat tour with dinner.


Sunday 7th July: Visits of famous Museum in Saint-Etienne

Visit of the visit of The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Saint-Étienne (www.mam-st-etienne.f)  et of the Cité du design ( .


  • Week-end of 13/14 July :

Saturday 13th July: Visits in Ardèche


Sunday 14th July: French National Day

  • French National Day Parade in Saint-Etienne
  • On evening, fireworks in Saint-Etienne.


  • Week-end of 20/21 July :

Saturday 20th July: Visit of Lyon (UNESCO city for gastronomy)

Sunday 21th July :

    • Brunch at café « La maison rouge » à Saint-Etienne (10.00 am to 2 pm)
    • Visit of Saint-Etienne planetarium
    • Jeu de piste dans Saint-Etienne avec une chasse aux trésors.
    • Visite guidée du foyer Clairvivre


Social and cultural activities will be organised on evening depending of the scientific program:

  • Music and cultural activities at the Puit Couriot Museum ;
  • Festival les 7 collines ;
  • Café Langues ;
  • Discussions with other students at Café des Jardins (City center) ;



NAME OF THE SCHOOL: Light and Surfaces

Arrival date: 30 June, 2019

From 30 June 2019 to 27 July 2019 at Université Jean Monnet (Saint-Etienne)

The total number of places is limited to 20.

The price does not include the trip to Saint-Exupery Lyon Airport.

Accommodation, meals (Breakfasts, lunchs and some dinners/brunck) and local transportation are all included.

The summer school will deliver 10 ECTS.

The summer school is open to BACHELOR (last year) and MASTER students.

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