Internships in the City by the Lake

Sylvie Charbonnier is a GIPSA lab researcher whose field of research is signal processing and automatic control. In her job, she’s had many opportunities to work with foreigners, through scientific conventions or article peer reviews. And for many years, Ms Charbonnier has sent TIS students to the US, thanks to a fellow researcher who supervised their work at Chicago University. Thanks to this contact, many TIS students have got to hone their skills in digital signal processing while working on sleep analysis.

Have a lot of TIS students got the opportunity to do their internships in Chicago? Or students from other programs?

My contact used to supervise one student a year. He also did welcome one of my PhD students, who worked there for an entire year. IESE or RICM students could have done their internship in his lab, since the subject revolved around signal processing, but only TIS students were sent over there.

Bird’s eye view of Chicacgo © Alex Qian

This opportunity for TIS students to do research abroad started from around 2008 for about seven years. Unfortunately, the relation started to abate five years ago, as Ms Charbonnier explains: “When I stopped working on sleep analysis, it just happened, and after a while [our relation petered out].”

Would you be willing to find another contact abroad?

You don’t make relations to send students abroad, but, when you see an opportunity you may use it to help students who are looking for an international experience.

For this reason, students from any program in Polytech Grenoble should be aware that their teachers can help them find a research internship. Ms Charbonnier is used to going to China to give lectures to students at the university with which Polytech Grenoble has an agreement. Furthermore, many of her colleagues work in collective research projects with funding from the EU. Our teachers get to travel and meet a lot people: that’s why you should be on the lookout!

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