New "Mathematical and Electrical Engineering" department

Resulting from the merger of the Electronics (ELEC) and Signal & Communications (SC) departments, the new Mathematical and Electrical Engineering (MEE) department has been headed since 1 January 2021 by Professor Samir Saoudi and relies on the multidisciplinary expertise of its 37 permanent staff and faculty members.

Mathematical and Electrical Engineering

Involved in teaching as well as research, the MEE department brings together specialists in the fields of digital communications, data science and artificial intelligence, as well as in the design of embedded circuits and solutions.

The Mathematical and Electrical Engineering department is part of IMT Atlantique's commitment to constantly adapting teaching and research to the challenges and upheavals affecting society and industry.

Mathematical and Electrical Engineering department

Responding to the challenges posed by the digital transition and the climate

The MEE department's research activities cover scientific fields that respond to the major industrial and societal issues raised by the digital transition and climate challenges. The department specializes in Digital Communications, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence or Design of Embedded Circuits and Solutions. The MEE department's expertise is used in numerous academic and industrial partnerships, particularly in the fields of telecommunications (5G networks, submarine communications, IoT, etc.), the environment (environmental monitoring, satellite and airborne remote sensing, oceanography, marine ecology, etc.), defence (electronic warfare, cybersecurity) and health (diagnostic assistance, cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging).
These research activities are carried out within the framework of the Lab-STICC laboratory (UMR CNRS).

Bringing cutting-edge skills to future engineers

Its teams are involved at different levels, both in disciplinary teaching within the framework of engineering training courses (mathematics, signal processing, electronics, scientific calculation and applications, probability and statistics) and in cross-disciplinary teaching (courses of excellence through research or various development projects with rich learning situations).

They also play a major role in the teaching of four in-depth themes, alone or in collaboration with other departments of IMT Atlantique:

  • Mathematical and Computational Engineering (MCE)
  • Communication Systems Engineering (ISC)
  • Design of Communicating Objects (CoOC)
  • Heterogeneous Embedded Systems (SEH)

MEE also contributes to both the IMT Atlantique Master of Science Information Technologies and Research Masters degrees.


MEE department head Samir Saoudi

Appointed head of this new department, Samir Saoudi was head of the Signal & Communications department of IMT Atlantique from 2014 to 2020. Aged 57, this recognised specialist in digital communication systems holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineering, a Doctorate in Signal Processing from the University of Rennes 1 (as part of a CIFRE thesis with France Telecom) and an HDR (French habilitation à diriger des recherches) in science since 1997.

Dr. Saoudi has been Director of the "Digital Communication Systems" Master's Degree for about ten years, starting in 1995. He is the author or co-author of some 200 publications or scientific communications. He has supervised about thirty doctoral students. His publications and research have earned him international recognition.

Samir Saoudi was General Chairman of the Second International Symposium on Image/Video Communications on Fixed and Mobile Networks in 2004, then Co-Chairman of the MIMO Systems Symposium, IEEE International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference, IWCMC 2010. From 2008 to 2015, he led the digital communication research group of LabSticc (CNRS UMR N° 6385). He completed a 3-month research project at the Orange Labs international laboratory in Tokyo, Japan, in 2009. He has been a full member of the Board of Directors of the Institut Mines Telecom since 2006.

Published on 12.01.2021

by Pierre-Hervé VAILLANT