The Groupe des Ecoles des Télécommunications (Institut Télécom) is made up of six major Graduate Schools of France in the field of Information Technology and is a federation of 4 to 10 Research Departments in each Graduate school in various ICT areas ranging from Technologies and components, computer sciences and communications to social sciences. The “Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications” (Télécom ParisTech and formerly known as ENST) is one of the 6 Institut Télécom’s graduate schools and will be directly involved in this NoE. Télécom ParisTech is a state of the art institution in the fields of technology and innovation and has four major missions that pay tribute to its pedagogical excellence and its international dimension. These missions include research, engineering studies, research-oriented study, and life-long learning. Signal and image processing, telecommunications and computer sciences are at the heart of its research. This research encompasses topics such as information theory, coding, modulation, detection, compression, classification, speech recognition and synthesis, audio indexing, vision, biometry and software engineering, cognitive sciences, databases, data mining and natural languages.
Concerning education, as well as in-depth studies in the latest technologies, students can take courses in economics, management or even entrepreneurial skills in response to the increased diversity in career prospects. Post-graduate students may also enter into research partnerships with industry in the context of pre-doctoral or doctoral studies. Télécom ParisTech is a member of the doctoral program EDITE that gathers several of the major Paris universities. Currently nearly 500 students are preparing a Ph.D. in the EDITE doctoral program and about 120 PhD. degrees are delivered each year. Furthermore, Télécom ParisTech has agreements for academic cooperation with partners all over the world. In Europe, these are closely connected in exchange networks and programs of various kinds (ERASMUS, SOCRATES, ATHENS). Télécom ParisTech’s European partners include universities from 11 countries amongst which Berlin -TU, London Imperial College, Queen Mary University, Delft, Leuven, EPFL, Barcelona, Lisbon, Trondheim, etc.
To well cover the multidisciplinary aspect of the 3Dlife NoE, Telecom ParisTech will involve 2 main research groups specializing on Computer graphics and Image Processing as well as Audio, Acoustics and Waves.
Audio, Acoustics and Optical Waves (AAO) research group: Headed by Prof. Richard, the AAO group gathers 11 permanent staffs, 2 CNRS researcher, 4 postDoc and over 10 PhD students. The group activities span the full processing range from the recording, the analysis or transformation, the compression and transmission up to the restitution of the audio sound with the aim to propose innovative audio solutions for multimedia applications. The group has a strong experience in large scale collaborative projects and has been or is in particular involved in the national projects ANRDESAM, ANR-Sarah, ROMEO, and the international projects QUAERO, IST-Kspace, Freetel.; The group has tight connections with industry (and in particular with FT, RTL, Thalés, Total, etc.)
Computer Graphics (CG) research group: Headed by Dr. T. Boubekeur, the CG group gathers 2 permanent staffs, 7 PhD students. The objective of the group is to develop methodologies and theoretical tools for geometric modeling, geometry processing, rendering, interaction, animation and image processing. The group is now well recognized, in academic, institutional and industrial domains. It has numerous collaborations with other universities, and is supported by grants and contracts.