The Doctoral Studies at CRIStAL Laboratory - UMR 9189

The structure of doctoral studies at CRIStAL laboratory

PhD students are registered in the Graduate School MADIS directed by Pr. Ludovic Macaire and in an academic institution accredited to award the doctoral degree (University of Lille, Ecole Centrale de Lille).

The GS MADIS includes three domains including Computer Science and AGITSI (Automatic, Computer Engineering, Signal and Image Processing), which are the areas of the CRIStAL Laboratory. Both domains are respectively under the responsibility of a Director of Doctoral Studies (DED):
 Lotfi Belkoura for the Automatic, Computer Engineering, Signal and Image Processing domain
 Laetitia Jourdan for the Computer Science domain.
 Bénédicte Fiévet ( S1.40-bât. ESPRIT) is in charge of the Secretariat for CRIStAL PhD students.

Two contact persons for “Professional Insertion” are there to help PhD students in choosing their training and their professional orientation:
 Chaabane Djeraba and Sylvain Salvatifor the Computer Science domain
 Jean-Yves Dieulot for the Automatic, Computer Engineering, Signal and Image Processing domain.

Obtaining a grant to pursue a PhD in the CRIStAL laboratory

Several types of funding for a PhD student are possible.
  The PhD positions at University of Lille and Ecole Centrale de Lille. These funds are granted to pairs (subject, candidate) selected by an ad-hoc committee of the CRIStAL laboratory and the Graduate School ED SPI. Applications are open between April and May of each year and ranking is validated in June for a start of the thesis in October. Some positions may be called half-contract “Région” (funded by the Nord-Pas de Calais région) associated with a half-contract given by the President of the University, a classic half-contract, or a half-contract from a collaborative research project. See .

  Join supervision between two universities. This is a double degree validated by two universities, the University of Lille on one side, and a foreign university on the other. The thesis takes place in both countries and the student must spend at least 12 months in each country. Funding must be secured at registration for three years.
  Some PhD Students may also be awarded a grant by their home country. In this case, the grant must be of at least SMIC and the PhD must be supervised by a supervisor who holds a Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR or Tenure).

Registering as a PhD in the CRIStAL laboratory

Once a person has obtained the agreement of a PhD Supervisor and has secured funding for three years, she/he can start the process to register at the Graduate School MADIS and at the University.

Academic registration
1- For the first registration request, send an email to Béné
2- Follow the process at
3. Fill out the forms with all fields as accurately as possible.
4- Get signature(s) from your supervisor(s)
5- For PhD students funded by Inria, the form has to be signed by the Director of the Inria Center
6- All PhD students bring their completed form to Bénédicte Fiévet with:
 1st year and 4th year and beyond, the certificate of funding (a copy of your contract),
 2nd year and 3rd year, the report of the Thesis Committee (CT)
 4th year and beyond, an assessment of the thesis and the expected agenda for completing the thesis, signed by the PHD student, the Supervisor(s) and the DED.
7- Bénédicte Fievet gives the form to the Director of the CRIStAL Laboratory (except for PhD students funded by Inria) and the DED (L. Jourdan/L. Macaire) for advice and signature.
8- Bénédicte Fievet notifies the student that her/his form is signed and can be retrieved from Bénédicte Fievet’s letter box
9- The student brings her/his form to the Secretariat of the Graduate School MADIS,
10. The Director of the Graduate School, Prof. Ludovic Macaire gives advice and signs the form.

Administrative registration
14- The PhD student follows the Administrative registration procedure of Lille 1, Lille 3, Ecole Centrale de Lille (according to the affiliation of her/his supervisor), with her/his form signed by the Supervisor, the laboratory Director, DED and the director of the graduate school ED SPI.
15. The last step is to send a copy of the student card or administrative certificate of registration to Bénédicte Fievet by email before the end of December of the year of registration.
It is recalled that PhD students must be registered every year for the preparation of their PhD and this before the end of December of the academic year.

Thesis Committee at CRIStAL Laboratory

For all PhD students of the CRIStAL laboratory, regardless of the University registration (Lille 1, Lille 3, Ecole Centrale de Lille), a Thesis Committee (TC) is set up. See .

The doctoral training in the CRIStAL laboratory

Each PhD student must collect a number of credits following its participation in doctoral training in the three areas listed below, which depends on the thesis:
 60 credits including at least 20credits on professional training for a PhD student funded by a doctoral contract;
 30 credits in three training areas for a PhD student with a joint supervision between two universities;
 40 credits distributed in the area of thematic training and research methodology for CIFRE PhD Student.

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