Objectives and Openings
There has been a massive expansion in the use of numerical data in all areas of science, technology and society. This is creating a need to train top-level researchers in mathematics, with expertise in numerical data acquisition and processing, as well as its automatic interpretation. These two aspects are fully complementary and are reflected in the three terms characterizing the MVL degree program:
- "V for vision" – images, videos, computer-generated images, and other alphanumeric data.
- "L for learning" – all classical and new algorithms for representing and interpreting data in emerging fields, which require in-depth understanding of their structure and geometry.
- "M for mathematics" – since this degree program covers data processing and analysis as a mathematical discipline, insofar as it is renewing mathematics. Recent, spectacular advances in this branch of mathematics include compressed sensing, wavelet theory, boosting, matrix completion, etc.
The courses offered are thus driven by data and problems from the real world: scientific fields, industrial and medical applications. The MVL degree program provides top-level training, enabling students who are mathematicians, computer scientists, engineers, and physicists by training to discover a range of concepts, models, and algorithms. This will enable them to undertake research topics at the numerical interfaces of mathematics. By rooting most of these courses in applied fields, students learn about all aspects of an applied research project, right up to validating methodologies and algorithms via numerical experiments on real data.
The main openings for MVL graduates are in applied research with big research bodies (CNRS, CEA, CNES, INRIA, INRA, INSERM, etc.) or in the R&D centres of big companies (SAFRAN, General Electric, Technicolor, Saint-Gobain, SAGEM, Dassault Systèmes, Xerox, etc.).
Most graduates go on to do a PhD in an industrial or academic laboratory, addressing cross-disciplinary research topics in touch with real situations. For the past few years, innovative SMEs and start-ups in the world of digital technology, both in France and abroad, have been actively seeking out graduates of this training program.
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