Public Engineering School in Computer Science

Diploma in the Specialization in Computing and Modelling through Research


ISIMA is authorized by the Commission du Titre d’Ingénieur (French national engineering accreditation institution) to award a Diploma in the Specialization in Computing and Modelling through Research / Diplôme de Spécialisation par la Recherche en Informatique et Modélisation. This diploma is open to students having a Diplôme d’Ingénieur (Master’s Degree in Engineering) or a Master’s Degree.  This diploma is awarded by the school.


Objectives of the DSR

The aim of the programme is to allow engineers to participate in research projects without necessarily undertaking a PhD.

Respond effectively to demands of further in-depth study (advanced scientific skills for informatics engineers) and adaptability (promotion of multidisciplinary, general scientific culture, or even dual competency).

Further strengthen the involvement of companies in the teaching of student-engineers, around the themes and views of the said companies.

To reach these objectives each student is expected to be part of a research partnership between industry and the university. This partnership is formalized through a contract between the company and the university which including students’ salaries. The student is under the responsibility of the university research supervisor and the company engineer.

The DSR Year

During the year the student attends lessons at the university as well as presentations by industrialists on specific themes and seminars and a R&D internship in a company or a laboratory.


There are 120 hours of teaching hours during the first term of the university year and the internship is validated by a viva voce in September. The lessons offered to the students are made up of the following:


Presentations reflecting the industrialists’ views on research, the development or the evolutions happening within certain disciplines, carried out by specialists coming from industry or research organisations.

training based on specialization in the fields of computing by local lecturers or by invited guest teachers

seminars organised by research laboratories



Some examples of past internships/projects

Fuzzy logic and autonomous vehicle steering (CEMAGREF)

Numerical modelling of windscreen wipers (VALEO)

Logic programming and the design of transport services (T2C)

Flexible workshop modelling and simulation (MICHELIN)

Signal Pick-Up Sensors in cardiology (CHU Clermont-Ferrand)

Telemedicine wireless local area networks operating (France Télécom R&D)


Diploma Requirements

The Diplôme de Spécialisation par la Recherche is awarded by a jury to students whose internship grade is equal or superior to 12/20 and whose average in the theory exams is at least 10/20. The jury, chaired by the Dean of the school, is made up of the teaching staff who are involved in the course either in teaching or project mentoring and the engineers from the involved companies.


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