Master Automatic Control, Signal and Image

Ecole Centrale de Nantes | Nantes, France
The Master ASI (Automatic control, Signal and Image) is one of the three masters of the Master in Control Engineering, Robotics and Applied Informatics. It is a common Master of Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, and Université de Nantes.
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Description of Automatic Control, Signal and Image

The Master ASI (Automatic control, Signal and Image) is one of the three masters of the Master in Control Engineering, Robotics and Applied Informatics. It is a common Master of Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, and Université de Nantes.

The master ASI contains two tracks for its second year (M2) :

  • Control of Systems,
  • Signal and Image.

The quality of this master has been recognized by the European Union by supporting the masters course "EMARO+ - European Master on Advanced Robotics Plus" in the framework of the programme Erasmus Mundus.

Main characteristics:

The Master's ASI is designed to promote a high-quality educational offer for the European and international students. Students may take the master as a professional terminal degree, or join PhD programmes afterwards.

The programme of study lasts two academic years denoted by M1 and M2. The first year courses are given English, it also contains French Language course in order that the students can follow the scientific courses in French during the second year.

The programme of M1 is the same as that of Erasmus Mundus Master Emaro+ and of master ASI.

To apply for M1, students must hold a first university degree with 180 ECTS, after at least three years of university studies (at the level of bachelor of science).

Admission in M2 can be accepted for students who are fluent in reading, speaking and writing French and have a university degree with 240 ECTS after at least four years (at the level of M1).

Research Laboratory:

The Master relies on the staff members and on the scientific and research facilities of the IRCCyN, "Institut de Recherche en Communication et CYbernétique de Nantes". In fact most of the lecturers of the Master courses and the supervisors of the Master thesis belong to the IRCCyN.

The IRCCyN is a common laboratory of the "Ecole Centrale de Nantes", the University of Nantes, the "Ecole de Mines de Nantes" and of the CNRS "Centre National de Recherche Scientifique". It is composed of about 250 persons, most of the researchers are well known on both national and international levels thanks to the quality of their research work.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 15th May (for non-EU students), July (for EU students)
Tuition fee
  • EUR 6000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 450 Year (EEA)

I - Students accepted for the two years:

- Non-European union students: 12000€
- European Union students: Standard local tuition fees (about 900€)

The fees cover the health insurance and courses copies.

Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS

The Master ASI (Automatic control, Signal and Image) is one of the three masters of the Master in Control Engineering, Robotics and Applied Informatics offered by Centrale Nantes.

Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

First year

First semester courses (30 ECTS)

  • French language (compulsory)
  • Modeling and control of manipulators (compulsory)
  • Control of linear multivariable systems
  • Real-time systems
  • Signal processing
  • Neural networks for classification and identification
  • Computer vision

Second semester courses (30 ECTS)

The student will select 7 modules from the following:

  • Group Project (compulsory)
  • Mechanical design methods in robotics
  • Robot programming methods
  • Mobile robots
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Optimisation techniques
  • Nonlinear control theory
  • Human computer interaction
  • Embedded systems
Summer internship:

At the end of the first year, July and August, a summer internship is encouraged but not compulsory. It is an excellent way for the students to improve their French before the second academic year. Centrale Nantes will sign an agreement with the company so that the student has a proper insurance during the internship. Centrale Nantes does not provide specific services to find internships: it is up to the student to so.

Requirements for Automatic Control, Signal and Image

  • It is open to French and international students who already hold a university degree at the level of Bachelor of Science with 180 ECTS credits in the European system, after at least three years studies in a field related to the Master ARSI Majors such as: Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, System Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. The graduation must take place before 31 July 2016 for non European students and before 30 September 2016 for European students.
  • The applicants have to be fluent in English, both in writing and speaking. An Applicant whose native language is not English is required to pass a recognized international English test such as TOEFL (score 220 CBT, 550 PBT, 80 IBT), Cambridge Advanced English Test (score B or higher), IELTS (score 6.5 or higher), TOEIC (800) or other English equivalent test.
  • An applicant who carried out his study in English is eligible, passing a recognized test provides him more chance to be accepted (official confirmation letter is needed). The English test result must be sent before the deadline of application.

Work Experience for Automatic Control, Signal and Image

No work experience is required.

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