Data Science for Document Analysis and Understanding

Meeting and pick-up in Paris airport on Sunday 5 July 2020

First classes on Monday 6 July 2020

The school occurs over 2 different locations, first 2 weeks on the sea side in La Rochelle, then 2 weeks in Paris, with visit of the Loire valley castle during the transfer.

The University of La Rochelle is a French higher education and research institution founded in 1993. It has four faculties, ten laboratories and ca. 8200 students and 900 employees. The university was recently reorganized to specialize in three major transformations ongoing within society: sustainability, environment and digitization. The La Rochelle part of the school is organized by the L3i laboratory (Laboratoire Informatique, Image et Interaction) is a 110-person computer science laboratory created in 1993, centered on the study of digital contents that are produced by humans and intended for humans.

Paris. Inria, the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics, promotes scientific excellence for technology transfer and society. Graduates from the world's top universities, Inria's 2,600 employees rise to the challenges of digital sciences. Research at Inria is organised in “project teams” which bring together researchers with complementary skills to focus on specific scientific projects. With this open, agile model, Inria is able to explore original approaches with its partners in industry and academia and provide an efficient response to the multidisciplinary and application challenges of the digital transformation. The source of many innovations that add value and create jobs, Inria transfers expertise and research results to companies (startups, SMEs and major groups) in fields as diverse as healthcare, transport, energy, communications, security and privacy protection, smart cities and the factory of the future. 



Participants will be welcomed at Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris on Sunday 5 July 2020 at 12 noon, we will travel together by TGV train to La Rochelle and on to the accommodation. A welcome diner will be organized on the same day.

Courses will start on Monday 6 July 2020.


La Rochelle

Accomodation will consist in individual rooms, at the Arpae and/or cité Antinéa of CROUS. Accomodation is a 5-minute walk from the lecture room, a 10-minute walk to the beach, and a 15-minute walk to the old harbour.


The students will be lodged at Cité internationale universitaire de Paris 17, bd Jourdan, 75014 Paris.


Lunches will be included during weekdays.  All meals will be included during weekend activities.

Breakfast will be included every weekday in La Rochelle, every day in Paris.


Both in La Rochelle and Paris, you will be provided with travel cards upon arrival, giving unlimited access to the La Rochelle and Paris regions.

Transfer from La Rochelle to Paris is of course included, it will occur on 18-19 July 2020 and will include the visit of the Loire valley castles.



End of the school: Friday 31 July 2020.

Return to China: when you want!

In previous years, a few more free extra days of housing in Paris were included, but we cannot guarantee this in advance.



In La Rochelle and Paris (2019)

LECTURES (To be confirmed)

Week 1 (6-10 July), La Rochelle: Document Analysis

  • Prof Josep Lladòs (Computer Vision Centre, Barcelona) : An Introduction to Document Analysis – 8 hours
  • Prof. Jean-Marc Ogier and Dr. Petra Krämer Gomez (University of La Rochelle) : Document Fraud Detection – 8 hours
  • Prof. Marcus Liwicki (Technical University of Kaiserslautern) : Historical document analysis – 8 hours
  • French culture and French as a foreign language – 4 hours

Week 2 (13-17 July), La Rochelle: Document Understanding: Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval

  • Dr. Gaël Lejeune (University of Paris Sorbonne): Introduction to Natural Language Processing – 8 hours
  • Prof. Antoine Doucet (University of La Rochelle): Robust Resource-Free language analysis – 6 hours
  • Prof. Jean-Loup Guillaume (University of La Rochelle): Social Networks Analysis – 6 hours
  • Dr. Karell Bertet (University of La Rochelle): Data Mining for Information Retrieval – 6 hours
  • French culture and French as a foreign language – 4 hours


Week 3 (20-24 July), Paris

  • Data Science (Linear algebra, optimization, applications, kernels, classification, kernel PCA/CCA, dependency measures/distances, hypothesis testing, acceleration schemes.)
  • GATE  (Text Engineering Platform)
  • French language and culture classes


Week 4 (27-31 July), Paris

  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) (Foundations of NLP: corpora, tokenization, stemming, term vector representations, POS tagging, parsing, language models, stopwords, text classification and clustering, dialogue systems. Deep learning in NLP: recurrent neural networks, LSTM, word vector representations, end-to-end dialogue systems.)
  • French language and culture classes



Every course block consists of about half lecture time, half lab exercises. More, research projects will be proposed to the students, where they will have to put in applications all the concepts learned during the summer school. If the opportunity arises, students will also attend a PhD defence. Finally, a tour of the L3i laboratory of La Rochelle will be organised to present effective works driven by researchers.

Full details will be available on the websites in due time.



French language and culture classes will be organized and proposed through the 4 weeks of the school.

Students will also be able to discover French Culture and learn more on French language through several events (degustations of french typical gastronomy, language exchange with French students, activities during social events...).


Tour 1: Fort Boyard and the Isle of Aix

During the first week

This tour will start straight from the old harbour of La Rochelle. A boat trip will take us to the island of Aix, via Fort Boyard.

Fort Boyard is a fort located between the Île-d'Aix and the Île d'Oléron in the Pertuis d'Antioche straits, on the west coast of France and is the filming location for the TV gameshow of the same name. Though a fort on Boyard bank was suggested as early as the 17th century, it was not until the 1800s under Napoleon Bonaparte that work began. Building started in 1801 and was completed in 1857. In 1967, the final scene of the French film Les aventuriers was filmed at the remains of the fort.

Fort Boyard is known worldwide for the TV game show which is produced here and was filmed and tailored for31 countries under different names. The Chinese version was launched in 2015.

The boat will thus leaves us for some lunch and some hours of freet-time (wallking, cycling, swimming, visiting museums) on the Île-d'Aix,a charmingcar-free island famous for having hosted Napoleon, and being at the center of a key naval battle between the British Navy and the Atlantic Fleet of the French Navy in 1809. In 1815, this Island is the last place in France where Napoleon stayed before being exiled to Plymouth and then Saint Helena.


Tour 2: Loire Valley Castles : Chambord, Chenonceau

Weekend of 18/-9 July - Departure from La Rochelle and arrival in Paris.

This tour will take us from La Rochelle to the Loire valley and the magnificent castles of the French kings. We will discover three of the Loire Valley's most famous châteaux with an official guide. Visit the majestic Château de Chambord, surrounded by one of the largest forest parks in Europe, the charming Château de Chenonceau, built across the River Cher, and the private, atmospheric Château de Cheverny. Experience what life was like during the Renaissance period in these stunning properties that once accommodated the courts of the Kings of France.

Chambord is one of the largest châteaux in the Loire Valley, nestled in the middle of a huge hunting ground. It was built for King Francis I of France in the 16th century with the help of none other than Leonardo da Vinci. See the amazing double helix staircase, which represented the Tree of Life during the Middle Ages, and the château’s wide panoramic terrace with its sea of chimneys that overlook the grounds.

Chenonceau, also known as the ‘The ladies’ castle’, was built during the 16th Century and has been home to many well-known aristocratic French ladies, such as Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici and the White Queen, Louise de Lorraine. You could almost be dreaming as Chenonceau appears over the River Cher. Its fairytale architecture bears witness to a sophisticated and typically French style of living, with elegantly furnished floral rooms, tapestries, antique paintings and fascinating kitchens housed in the piers of the bridge that supports the château.

Your everyday tour:Visiting La Rochelle on foot

Copy/paste of the “See” section of La Rochelle's Wikitravel page:

The Old Port ("Vieux Port")

This is the oldest and also the most picturesque part of La Rochelle. Most of the town buildings are hundreds of years old and very well maintained. The narrow streets and pale stone buildings give the Old Port a distinctly mediterranean quality.

The Three Towers (Tour St. Nicolas, Tour de la Chaine & Tour de la Lanterne)

When visiting the Old Port you cannot fail to notice the the three defensive towers, which guard the harbour. They date back to medieval times when control of the city was contested by both French and English. They are well worth a visit although you will have to be in good health to climb the stairs. The staff are friendly and speak both English and French. All the signs to the various rooms and exhibits are also both in French and English. You'll also be given a returnable booklet containing lots of historical information about each room

The Aquarium

Nature fans will enjoy the huge aquarium, which can be found within easy walking distance of the harbour. The whole tour takes approximately 2-3 hours to experience and is an excellent activity if the weather outside is poor. Audio devices for various languages are available but all educational notices for each exhibit are also translated into English.

Port des Minimes

One of the biggest ports of pleasure boats in Europe. Be prepared to be blown away by the number of yachts in this enormous port. Also, visit the beach beside the port.

Tour 3: Weekend of 25-26 July

Guided visit of Paris (lunch and dinner included)

  • Discovery of the districts of Ile de La Cité, Notre-Dame, Hotel de Ville, Louvre pyramides
  • Lunch in Tuileries Gardens
  • Afternoon: Shopping
  • Walk around Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées
  • Diner
  • Cruise on the Seine on typical boats (bateaux-mouches)


Name: Data Science for Document Analysis and Understanding


Welcome date: Sunday 5 July 2020

From 5 to 18 July in University of La Rochelle

From 19 to 31 July in University Paris Saclay


The total number of places is limited to 40.

Price: 30 000 RMB


Meeting at CDG airport on July 5 & transportation to La Rochelle



Lunches Monday - Friday  

Guided tours

Transportation from La Rochelle to Paris and back

Local transportation cards

Scientific program.

French language and culture classes.

Not included


Lunch on the weekends except during tours

Trip from China to Paris

The summer school will deliver 6 ECTS.

The summer school is open to MASTER students.

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