2016 theme: Pattern Recognition and computer vision


University Jean Monnet / University of Lyon, the second largest academic and first scientific (engineering & technology) cluster in France, launches the first edition of a  2-weeks European Computer Science Summer School in July 2016. We offer graduates and postgraduates students the opportunity to spend 2 weeks at the heart of Europe, and benefit from a blend of scientific training in computer science (delivered in English and awarded by 3 ECTS credits) and exposure to French language and culture.

[15/06/2016 UPDATE] We regret to announce that due to unforeseen events, we’ve decided to cancel the 2016 edition of the summer school.

why should I join?

Embark in a unique academic, cultural and personal journey with international students from all over the world

> gain early insights into computer science research and PhD studies from an experienced team of European researchers

> international recognition: the summer school is an academic programme awarded by 3 ECTS that allows you to transfer credits back to your university of origin, with detailed transcripts

> peace of mind with a full package, from pick-up at the train station to accommodation, fieldtrips and insurance

> attractive pricing. This event is a non-profit academic endeavor, priced at real costs

> Follow a structured programme that fits in both learning and culture with the right blend of scientific and French language courses and cultural activities

> Saint-Etienne: a safe and innovative city, less than 1 hour from Lyon and less than 3 from Paris and Geneva


scientific module (3-hours sessions)
(Click on module name to see detailed syllabus)

# 1  Introduction to European education system / PhDs opportunities in Europe
# 2 Foundations of Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning I
# 3 Foundations of Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning II
# 4  Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
# 5  Foundation of Image analysis and understanding
# 6  Computer vision
# 7  Embedded systems
# 8  Final test and feedback on learning outcomes

French language & culture (3-hours sessions)

# 1 Introduce oneself and someone else. Ask questions and information
# 2 Discover the historical heritage of St-Etienne and Lyon
# 3 Discover the French Gastronomy
# 4 Discuss about Clichés regarding France and French People

Download a printer-friendly .pdf of the programme.

the team





Elisa Fromont is associate professor in Computer Science and Head of the Machine Learning project in the Data Intelligence team of the laboratory Hubert Curien. Her research focuses on data mining (pattern mining, graph mining, clustering under constraints, inductive databases) and computer vision (image classification, full semantic scene labelling, object tracking in videos). She defended her “Habilitation to supervise researches” (HDR) in December 2015.

She manages the first year of the French Master program “Web Intelligence”. She coordinates the ANR SOLSTICE (2014-2017) research project on design of new models and tools for representing and managing images and videos and is involved in the ANR LIVES (2016-2020) on learning with Interacting ViEwS.

Prof. Alain Trémeau

Scientific Module Instructor

Alain Trémeau is Professor in Computer Vision at the Université Jean Monnet – Saint-Etienne, France. He is member of the laboratory Hubert Curien, the largest CNRS research laboratory of this University. He is involved in many national and international research programs and research networks and wrote numerous scientific papers and book chapters.

He supervised many PhD thesis and MSc thesis done by foreign students. He is managing several international master programmes: the Erasmus + Joint Master Degree COSI / Colour in Science and Industry /, the Erasmus Mundus Master Degree CIMET / Color in Informatics and MEdia Technolgy / and the Franco-Norvegian master 3DMT / 3D Multimedia Technology /, international conferences in the field of image processing and computational color imaging and European Intensive School in Computer Vision and French Winter School in Color Imaging.

Prof. Marc Sebban

Scientific Module Instructor

Marc Sebban is Professor in Computer Science and of Head of the Computer Science, Cryptography and Image Processing Department of the laboratory Hubert Curien. His research focuses on machine learning (Metric Learning, Transfer Learning, Domain Adaptation, Theory of Boosting, Grammatical Inference, Sequence Mining, Feature and Prototype Selection) and computer vision (Perceptual Color Metric Learning, Feature Fusion, Subspace Alignment in Image Classification).

Marc Sebban manages the international Machine Learning and Data Mining master’s degree program. He is also involved in several research projects: ANR SOLSTICE (2014-2017) on design of new models and tools for representing and managing images and videos, ANR LIVES (2016-2020) on learning with Interacting ViEwS and the Joint ARC 6 project on New Theoretical Frameworks in Metric Learning: Application to Energy Management.


Hubert Konik is Assistant Professor (1st class) of University Jean Monnet, member of the laboratory Hubert Curien, the largest CNRS research laboratory of this University. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science and Image Processing in 1994 on pyramidal approaches for the segmentation of textured images. His research interests are focused on image processing and analysis, more particularly content aware image processing for new services and usages. In this field, he was co-director of manye PhD students, some in collaboration with companies.

He manages at Télécom Saint-Etienne (engineer school from this University and associated to Mines-Telecom Institute) a work-linked training in apprenticeship entitled “Image & Photonics, smart-industries”.


French Language and Culture Module Instructor

Finaritra Ramialison is a teacher of French as a Foreign Language teacher at Centre International de Langue et Civilisation Française.

She has extensive experience in teaching French language and culture to learners from different cultural backgrounds. Previous to working at University Jean Monnet, Finaritra Ramialison has held responsabilites at Magyar-Francia Ifjúsági Alapítvány (Fondation franco-hongroise pour la jeunesse), Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Universitas Hasanuddin and the French Consulate, Cultural Service, San Francisco.



Thomas Chaumont 2000px-Linkedin_icon.svg is in charge of international relations at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology at University Jean Monnet.

He’s the guy you are talking to when using the contact form 😉

culture / sport

museum of modern arts

Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole has one of the largest modern art collections in France. There are numerous modern art exhibitions throughout the year (iconic artists, up and coming artists etc.) … read more

international students parties

Have fun with international students in Saint Etienne and the SAVA association! … read more

via ferrata

The thrills and spills of via ferrata in a beautiful setting… read more


Beathe, feel, contemplate and listen to the silence in the natural regional park Pilat… read more

sailing / kayaking / canoeing

Saint Victor sur Loire overlooks the Gorges de la Loire in the heart of a protected natural area. Canoeing in the beautiful settings of the Loire river… read more

cooking classes

After a stroll to the morning market, time to cook yourself French food!

movie theater

Have a break and go to the movies … read more

wine testing

Discover a traditional French village and test wine with professionals / So French !…

Bouthéon castle

The impressive and daring staging design uses a combination of the atricals and multimedia. read more

Lyon city

Lyon, French Art of Living… read more

musée de la Mine

Puits Couriots was listed as a Monument Historique in January 2011 and is an incredible heritage site just minutes from Saint-Étienne city centre. Travel to the heart of the mining industry in one of the 20th century’s biggest mining sites… read more

French cuisine

Discover French food and way of life in traditional restaurants

key dates

Call for application opens 5th of January 2016
Early – bird registration ends 15th of April 2016
Registration ends 15st of June 2016
Payment deadline 10th of June 2016
Cancelation of registration 10th of June 2016
Summer school dates From 27th of June to the  9th of July 2016

participation fees

(application before 15th of April 2016)
1000 €
(students from partnering universities)
900   €

Participation fees include:

> administrative support for immigration process
> administration costs
> full health and accident insurance coverage during the stay and the international travel
> tuition fees and course material
18-hours scientific course module, awarded by a diploma and leading to acquisition of 3 ECTS credits
12-hours French language and culture course module
> accommodation for 15 nights in fully equipped residences, breakfasts & lunches
> cultural and sports activities every afternoon, including transportation

(see programme for more details)

Participation fees does not include:

> international or domestic travel costs;
> freight;
> cost related to visa application;
> dinner (excluding 2 evenings);
> or other ancillary costs arising out of participation in the summer school


To make the most of this summer school, students must preferably:

  • holder a bachelor degree (or equivalent) in the fields of computer science, IT, physics or mathematics
  • have an upper intermediate level of English or above. Tuition and communication language of the Summer School being English, participants are expected to have good command of written and oral English (at least B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, see this table for more detail and correspondance with other test scales)
  • (no French skills required)
  • contemplate the opportunity to purse into PhD studies in Europe
  • wish to discover France and its people!

A selection process is implemented to ensure that all participants find the courses modules academically stimulating and to allow achievement of learning outcomes.

Applicants are invited, at the time of the online registration, to enclose:

  • a short CV (2 pages max.)
  • transcripts of previous diplomas and courses taken up to the date of application
  • cover letter

A personalized feedback on academic eligibility will be given to applicants within 5 business-days. Eligibility check is performed by the summer school instructors. Eligible applicants are selected on a first-come, first served basis. Once applicants have been selected, a request for payement of participation costs will be sent. Payement deadline is 01/05/2016. Participation is only confirmed when this fee is received.



get in touch

+33 (0)4 77 91 57 30
International Masters– Bureau 121
Université Jean Monnet
Faculté des Sciences et Techniques
SITE CARNOT – Bâtiment B
18, rue du Professeur Benoît Lauras