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Cisco and École Polytechnique reinforce their partnership for developing the internet of tomorrow

Roland Acra, SVP Chief Technology Officer of Cisco, Eric Labaye, President of École Polytechnique and Institut Polytechnique de Paris, Laurent Degré, Managing Director of Cisco France, and Jean-Paul Cottet, Executive Director of the École Polytechnique Foundation signed an agreement to develop their academic and research partnership for the next five years. This agreement follows the “Internet of Everything” Chair, funded by Cisco between 2014 and 2019. This Memorandum of Understanding will allow both parties to jointly develop on the concept of the internet of tomorrow, taking into account ethical and societal issues. With this agreement, Cisco confirms its commitment to implementing digital strategies from which all French citizens can benefit.   
 
Following several years of fruitful collaboration, it is opportune for École Polytechnique, with its culture of multidisciplinary excellence and the reputation of its Computer Science Laboratory (LIX – CNRS/École Polytechnique), to strengthen its partnership with Cisco, world leader in information technology and networks.
 
The first five-year partnership, signed in 2014 in the form of an academic and research Chair, resulted in a number of successes:
 
  • 30 research internships of École Polytechnique students at Cisco
  • 15 joint publications between Cisco and École Polytechnique
  • 4 PhD students
  • The recruitment of a researcher and teacher-researcher at the École Polytecnique, which led to the creation of new Master’s courses on IoT (Internet of Things), as well as the expansion of courses offered in Networks, Network Security, and IoT courses for the Cycle Ingénieur Polytechnicien program.
 
For the next five years, the partnership between Cisco and École Polytechnique will focus on the theme “Internet Technologies and Engineering”. The current challenges revolving around internet development are scientific, technological and strategic, and result in an essential need for experts on diverse topics such as IoT, virtualization, MultiCloud architecture, artificial intelligence, Edge Computing, or 5G.
 
The updated partnership with Cisco, led by Thomas Clausen, professor and researcher at the Computer Science Laboratory at École Polytechnique, will consist of a teaching sponsorship and a research partnership that strengthens the ties created through the previous Chair by focusing the efforts of both entities on joint projects. The teaching sponsorship will be co-funded by the École Polytechnique Foundation.
 
We are pleased that Cisco, a global leader in the field, is renewing its confidence in École Polytechnique in the strategic field of internet technology and engineering. The evolution of this partnership will allow us to reinforce this committed collaboration and remain in line with our goal of integrating technological and societal issues at the core of our school’s programs and research. This partnership is an asset for advancing digital innovation and educating leaders and entrepreneurs so that they will be ready to respond to ever-changing technological challenges” said Eric Labaye, President of École polytechnique.
 
We are delighted by this partnership, which is above all a great opportunity to contribute to the training of tomorrow’s talents at the highest level of excellence in the field of information technology. We also participate in the professionalization of students at École polytechnique by involving our experts in the domain as well as through internships” says Laurent Degré, Managing Director of Cisco France.

About the École Polytechnique Foundation

Created in 1987 by twenty leading French companies at the request of Bernard Esambert (class of 1954), the Chairman of École Polytechnique Board of Directors at the time, and with the support of the Alumni Association, the École Polytechnique Foundation builds bridges between the business world and École Polytechnique, including its students and research professors. The Foundation is a recognized public-benefit organization that works to promote École Polytechnique. This status entitles it to receive gifts and bequests from both individuals and companies. The funds raised are directed to École Polytechnique programs, facilities, students, and research professors.

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