Mediterranean Students Days 2015

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3rd Mediterranean Students Days @ Campus SophiaTech, February 18-20 2015

Mediterranean Students Days

The partners of the new SophiaTech Campus, Inria, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, CNRS (I3S, LEAT) and the Labex UCN@Sophia are organizing the third edition of the « Mediterranean Days@Campus SophiaTech ». They will be held on the Campus from February 18th till February 20th 2015.

The goal is, like in 2013 and 2014 to present to some selected students, our research activities with a focus on our international masters. There will be some general presentations and scientific visits of research teams (according to the student's choice).

We intend to welcome students from Greece, Italy, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey (around 35 students in total).

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Mediterranean Students Days 2015 > Program


Wednesday 18th February
09:30 - 10:00 Welcome (Campus SophiaTech, Forum Building, Room 101)
10:00 - 10:45 General presentation by Johan Montagnat (Researcher) - Slides
  • The SophiaTech campus
  • Partners
  • The User Centric Network (UCN) Labex
  • Study in France (from Master level to PhD thesis)
  • Apply to a Master thesis internship
  • Research Institutes on the campus
10:45 - 11:45 Studies opportunities - Slides
  • 10:45 - Doctoral School ED STIC
  • 11:00 - IFI and Ubinet (Slides) Masters by Jean-Claude Bermond
  • 11:15 - CBB Master by Theo Papadopoulou - Slides
  • 11:30 - ESTEL Master by Cecile Belleudy - Slides
11:45 - 12:15 Sophia Antipolis Technopole, Incubateur, employment... by André Labat Director incubateur Paca EST - Slides
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch (Inria Cafeteria)
14:00 - 16:00 Presentation of I3S
  • 14:00 - SIS (Sylvie Icart) - Slides, SIGNET project (Slides).
  • 14:40 - COMRED (Frédéric Havet), AOSTE (Slides) and COATI (Slides) and SCALE (Slides) teams
  • 15:20 - MDSC (Enrico Formenti)
16:00 - 16:20 Coffee break
16:20 - 17:00 Presentation of I3S
  • 16:20 - GLC (Johan Montagnat) - Slides
17:00 - 18:00 Students testimonies

Thursday 19th February
09:00 - 10:00 INRIA general presentation by Chadi Barakat and Laura Norcy (Forum Building, Room 101) - Slides
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 - 12:30 Visit LEAT
  • 10:30 - LEAT general presentation (Alain Pegatoquet) - Slides
  • 10:45 - MCSOC team activities (Alain Pegatoquet) - Slides
  • 11:00 - CMA team activities (Leo Lizzi) - Slides
  • 11:15 - S2DS2A team activities (Jerome Lanteri) - Slides
  • 11:30 - Demo sessions (3D bench, Radar, Wireless Sensor Networks and Design Flow Tools)
12:30 Distribution of lunch boxes
Afternoon Free

Friday 20th February
09:00 - 10:30 INRIA visit (Euler violet, Inria)
  • 09:00 - STARS (F. Bremond) - Slides
  • 09:15 - WINMICS (C. Faron Zucker)
  • 09:30 - GRAPHDECO (G. Drettakis ou A. Bousseau) - Slides
  • 09:45 - ATHENA (R. Deriche)
  • 10:00 - BIOCORE (F. Mairet) - Slides
10:15 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 INRIA visit (Euler violet, Inria)
  • 11:00 - INDES (N. Bielova) - Slides
  • 11:15 - GALAAD2 (B. Mourrain)
  • 11:30 - ABS (F. Cazals)
  • 11:45 - MAESTRO (G. Neglia) - Slides
  • 12:00 - DIANA (W. Dabbous) - Slides
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch (Inria Cafeteria)
14:30 - 16:00 Personalized meetings students-teams (Kahn Building, Inria)
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00 Debriefing Conclusions (Kahn Building, Inria)
Mediterranean Students Days 2015 > Organization Committee

Organization Committee

Chadi Barakat Jean-Claude Bermond Ornella Chiorino Rachid Deriche Françoise Dubois Sarah Fontaine Magali Martin Johan Montagnat Alain Pegatoquet
Mediterranean Students Days 2015 > Study Opportunities

Study Opportunities in English

Nice Sophia Antipolis University, France


Study Opportunities in French

Nice Sophia Antipolis University, France

Engineering school Polytech Nice-sophia

Mediterranean Students Days 2015 > Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities in Campus SophiaTech

Four research institutes are present in the Campus SophiaTech.

Inria A public science and technology institution dedicated to computational sciences.
I3S A laboratory dedicated to computational sciences, signals and systems.
LEAT A laboratory dedicated to Electronics, Antennas and Telecommunications.
EURECOM A Graduate School and Research Center in communication systems.
Mediterranean Students Days 2015 > Local Information

Local information

For any information, you can send an e-mail to the organization committee.
A welcome book edited by the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and the Student Association for international exchanges is available here.

Venue and useful informations

Your accommodation is located at CIV in Valbonne (Sophia Antipolis).

Centre International de Valbonne (CIV)
190 Rue Frédéric Mistral
06560 Valbonne
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 96 52 00

CIV location on a bigger map

CIV is within walking distance from the Forum building were the Meddays will be held (about 20 minutes by foot).

Here is a map that shows both Forum Building and CIV (Click on the map for bigger size).


How to reach the location of the Mediterranean Students Days 2015

The Campus SophiaTech is located at Sophia Antipolis on the French Riviera, close to Nice (28km), Cannes (12km) and Antibes (8km)

Bus stops (Templiers, IUT and INRIA) close to the Meddays Forum building.


By plane
Nearest international airport is Nice-Côte d'Azur (20km)
Regular shuttles from the airport (Terminal 1 and 2) to Sophia Antipolis by bus: Line 230 - bus stop "Les templiers" (for Campus)

By car

By train
The closest railway station is located in Antibes.
Regular shuttles from Antibes SNCF railway station to Sophia Antipolis by bus with Envibus:

(Bus stop "Templiers", 2mn walking distance from Campus) Fare ticket: 1€

By public transport (Fare ticket: 1€)

By taxi
From Nice Côte d’Azur Airport About 20 minutes, (appr. 55€)
Taxi Sophia +33 (0) 6 27 51 01 51
Centrale Orange Taxi +33 (0) 820 906 960
Motorbike transport: +33 (0) 6 58 79 81 31
see also:

Car rental
Nice Cote d'Azur Airport offers a choice of several car rental companies (Terminal 2).

Nice to know

Opening/closing hours, public holidays, currency, areas codes for France, Emergency phone numbers, advice for a trouble-free stay...

The French Riviera benefits from a Mediterranean-type climate, characterised by exceptional sunshine almost 300 days a year and mild temperatures for most of the year.
It rains heavily but infrequently mostly in March/April and October/November. In winter, freezing temperatures are rare, but sweaters are advised.

Opening hours
Shops are usually open from 9 am to 7 pm from Monday to Saturday. Department stores may stay open until 9 pm. Banks are open from 8.30 to 12 noon and 2 to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday, with some branches opening on Saturday mornings and during lunch time.

Legal holidays
The 1st of January, Easter Monday, May 1st (May Day), May 8th (VE Day), Ascension Day (Thursday), Whit Monday, July 14th (Bastille Day), August 15th, November 1st (All Saints), November 11th (Armistice Day) and December 25th (Christmas). 
On legal holidays, banks, government offices, shops, the majority of businesses and also many museums and tourist attractions are closed.

Credit cards are accepted in many shops, hotels and restaurants (there is usually a minimum amount of between €7 and €15). For cash, you will find cash-points on just about every street corner (24 hours a day).
Bank branches, exchange bureaux and some post offices handle currency exchange transactions and traveller's cheques. Whatever you are buying, prices are net.

Emergency phone numbers 
Dial the following numbers (toll-free)
SAMU (medical emergencies): 15
Police emergency: 17
Fire-brigade: 18
European emergency call: 112

To call France in France: 0 + area number + number
To call France from abroad: 00 + 33 + number
To call abroad: 00 + country exchange number + number

Electric standards
220 Volts - 380 Volts / 50 Hertz

A few tips for a pleasant trouble-free holiday
- You are strongly recommended to respect smoking/no smoking signs in public places.
- It is always useful to have a little cash on you at all times for little out-of-pocket expenses like taxi fares to the airport, drinks, etc.
- A service charge is included in the price of each item on the menu in any cafe or restaurant as required by French law. In theory, no further tipping is expected.
However, it is pretty common to leave something after a bite to eat or drink. But it’s never expected and is only given for good or attentive service, or at a place you habituate frequently. Extra generosity will never hurt.
- If you are driving, park only where authorised and respect speed limits on highways and motorways.

Useful link
Official tourism portal for the Riviera Côte d’Azur

Mediterranean Students Days 2015 > Selected Students

List of Selected Students


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UOA Athens
Ivi Dimopoulou
Emmanouil Angelis
Ergys Dona
Altin Cipi

University of Patras
Konstantina POULIDA
Christina KOZIA


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University of Bologna
Luca Parisi
Massimo Neri

University of Bari
Francesco Barone
Vito Papapicco

University of L’Aquila
Andrea Tomassilli
Stefanio PONZANI

University of Verona


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University of Madrid
Alejandro Fernandez Carrera
Tania Escudero Fernandez


Algeria Flag

Zaidi Fares
Bourahla Omar Farouk*
Bouksani Abir*
Selma Zamoun*

ESI Alger


Tunisia Flag

ENIT Tunis
Guitouni Marwa
Selmi Yassine*

Marwa AFFES*
DAOUD Mohamed*


Morocco Flag

ENSAT Tanger
Ahmed Amine Loukili

INPT Rabat
El Mensoum Imane
Anas Iguer


Lebanon Flag

Lebanese University
Ali Atoui
Ali Zeineddine


Egypt Flag

Eslam Hossam M


Turkey Flag

Sabanci University
Arman Galioglu
Baran Usta

* Students that were unfortunately unable to assist the Meddays 2015...

Mediterranean Students Days 2015 > Past Issues

Past Issues

Mediterranean Students Days 2014
Mediterranean Students Days 2013

Mediterranean Students Days 2015 > Pictures


Pictures from Mediterranean Students Days 2014 and 2013 can be found here.

Mediterranean Students Days 2015 > Sponsors


The Mediterranean Students Days could not exist without the support of the following sponsors...

LABEX UCN The UCN@Sophia Labex is a research program over 8 years (2012-2019). It has been selected by the French Ministry for Higher Education and Scientific Research through a highly competitive call Labex « Laboratory of Excellence ».
Inria A public science and technology institution dedicated to computational sciences.
I3S A laboratory dedicated to computational sciences, signals and systems.
LEAT A laboratory dedicated to Electronics, Antennas and Telecommunications.
ED STIC The Doctoral School of Information and Communication Sciences (Ecole Doctorale STIC) offers a Ph.D. program in the areas of Computer Sciences, Digital communications, Networks, Signal processing, Automatic control, and Electronics.
French Embassy in Greece French Embassy in Greece.
Mediterranean Students Days 2015 > Contact


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Mediterranean Students Days 2015 > Venue


1. Your arrival

The two students of Verona (Enrico Fraccaroli and Residori Nicola) are coming by car and are not concerned by this message. One student of Algeria (in Lyon) Ahmed BOUBRIMA is arriving by train in Antibes (instructions in a separate mail). One Tunisian Marwa Guitouni is arriving at 10h20 and should use public transportation (see private mail).

All the others arrive between 16h55 and 18h00 and we have planned taxis to pick you up at the airport.
You are 22 in this case (see listing enclosed) in particular 14 on the flight Al Italia Roma Nice (it will be good if you already meet together in Roma).
The taxi driver will wait for you with a sign written Meddays (see the panel) and has for instructions to wait for all of you.

So do not disappear at the arrival, do not take another private taxi or shuttle and try to be grouped as much as possible.
In case of problem the phone number of the taxi is Transfert service +33 (0)6 09 50 92 53.

If you have any problem and for some unexpected reasons miss the plane please inform us as soon as possible by e-mail or by phone:
Magali +33 (0)6 61 87 92 41
or myself +33 (0)6 85 67 54 45

For some of you, it might be your first travel abroad. Look at the restrictions on what you can take with you (no liquid no scissors etc …) and be aware that nowadays controls to embark are long and tedious; so arrive widely in advance (tickets are not changeable …) and do not forget your passport.
Have a safe journey and looking forward to welcoming you on Wednesday.

PS: For the return we have also booked taxis (see listing) to take you back from CIV to Nice airport.
For those travelling later in the day or staying in Nice you can reach Nice downtown easily from the airport (advices can be given during the meddays).

2. Your accommodation at CIV

A bedroom and a dinner have been booked for you along with the breakfast at CIV.

Except special cases it is booked from Tuesday February 17th till Saturday 21st.
The reception desk has a list with your name on and will give you your room keys at your arrival and will explain where to go to for dinner.
Dinner is served between 18h30 and 20h30.
Last dinner served at 20h30.

3. How to reach the Campus SophiaTech from CIV

On Wednesday all the presentations will be held at the building FORUM at campus SophiaTech (see the map).
You have to be there at 9h30 the latest (registrations).

You can come by walking 25 minutes.
We advice you to take one of the buses 1, 12, 22 or 100 leaving Gare Routière near CIV (called GR and sometimes called "Les Messugues").
Be careful the buses are not always on time. You have all timetables on the site.
You have to exit at the bus stop "LES TEMPLIERS".

For Wednesday it is advised to take either the bus 1 at 8h45 (arrival at 9h02)
or bus 22 at 8h54 (arrival at 9h05)
or bus 12 at at 8H45 (arrival at 8h58)
or bus 100 express at 8H50 (arrival at 8h59)
Magali or some body else will wait for you with the sign Meddays till 9h15.

For Thursday the presentations will be again at building FORUM at campus SophiaTech (see the map).
Bus stop Les Templiers (and then you will visit the LEAT).

For Friday the presentations are in Inria Building (Euler Violet in the morning, Kahn’s buiding in the afternoon) : bus stop Inria.
In both cases the presentations start at 9h00.
We advice you to take either: the bus 1 at 8h15 or latest 8h30
or bus 12 at at 8h45 (might be too late)
or bus 100 express at 8h35 (for Friday but stop at Templiers and go by foot to Inria)