2018-2019 / INGE0012-1

Scientific research in engineering and its impact on innovation


26h Th, 26h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in biomedical engineering (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in chemical and materials engineering (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in data science (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in electrical engineering (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master of science in computer science and engineering (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in data science and engineering (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in computer science (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in geology and mining engineering (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in physical engineering (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Rodolphe Sepulchre

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The objective of the course is to study the mechanisms of innovation and research in engineering through case studies of major inventions or breakthroughs in the 20th century. 
  The topic of the course in 2018-2019 will be Deep learning. 
Deep learning is described by many as a revolution that is having a major impact on science and technology. The course will explore the history of this subject and aim at identifying what makes it a revolution and what accounts for tne deep craze.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Students will learn how to trace the history and the subsequent impact on innovation of an important scientific paper, as a way to understand the specificity of scientific esearch in engineering.
The outcome of the 2016-2017 edition is available on the following blog .
The outcome of the 2017-2018 edition is available on the following blog .

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

  The course is divided into four phases.

Phase 1 (week 1-2): Introduction and paper reading. Introduction to the three subthemes and papers by external speakers. Allocation of subthemes to the students.
 Phase 2 (week 3-7): Individual research. Each student will choose one of the three papers, and research the history and impact on innovation of that particular paper. An individual written report will be submitted in week 7, supported by two scientific papers, one related to the history, the other one related to the impact, of the selected foundation paper.
Phase 3 (week 8) : all students participate in a week seminar where individual reports are discussed. The objective of the seminar will be to integrate the individual contributions towards the preparation of a collective report.
Phase 4 (week 9-13): students work by groups to organize the seminar material into an integrated blog presentation of the history and impact on innovation of reserach on turbulence.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Second semester. Only few lectures. Several group meetings and individual or group presentations.

Recommended or required readings

The course will be organized around three major scientific contributions to the problem of turbulence.  

Assessment methods and criteria

Each student is evaluated individually on the following criteria:

  • Individual research and individual written report. 
  • Individual contribution on the final blog group report.
  • Active participation throughout the different phases of the course.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

The course will take the form of a seminar with active participation of the students throughout the semester. There will be only few ex cathedra lectures but students are required to participate in all planned activities as this is part of the evaluation. Week 8 is a particular week as it is hoped that the group can gather for five half-days, to be determined during week 1.


Rodolphe Sepulchre