Master in Control and Robotics in Embedded Real Time Systems (CORO ERTS)


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Program Description

Embedded Real-Time Systems (CORO ERTS)

Acquire theoretical and methodological knowledge for the modeling and the analysis of embedded and real-time systems and for the design of reliable solutions.

This program introduces the techniques currently used for the design and the verification of embedded systems, and more especially real-time embedded systems. The track relies on several courses covering various topics: the design of real-time systems and the architecture of a real-time operating system (OSEK/VDX standard is used); the real-time scheduling policies and the associated implementation; tools for the modelling and verification of real-time systems: Petri net, finite state automata and timed automata.

The program of study lasts two academic years - denoted by M1 and M2. Embedded Real-Time Systems is one of five specialisms available within the Control and Robotics stream. Some of the M1 courses are taught across the five specialisms whereas the M2 courses are specialism-specific.

The language of instruction is English across the two years.


Course Content - M1

30 ECTS Credits per semester
Language of instruction: English

M1 - Autumn Semester Courses


M1 - Spring Semester Courses


Signal Processing


Group Project


Classical Linear Control


Optimization Techniques


Artificial Intelligence


Mobile Robots


Embedded Electronics


Programming Real-Time Systems


Advanced and Robot Programming


Software Architecture for Robotics


Embedded Computing


Computer Vision


Modern Languages


Modern Languages


Course Content - M2

30 ECTS Credits per semester
Language of instruction: English

M2 - Autumn Semester Courses ECTS M2 - Spring Semester ECTS
Embedded Software Systems 4 Master Thesis / Internship 30
Embedded Systems Design 4
Automated Planning 4
Real-Time Scheduling 4
Formal Modelling and Verification 4
Petri Nets 4
Modern Languages 4
Project 2
Conferences -

NB Course content may be subject to minor changes


Examples of previous internships in Industry:

  • Design of Embedded Systems for Drone.
  • Internet of Things (IoT): connected Embedded System.
  • Modeling and validation of an aerial video tracking system.

Examples of previous internships in research labs:

  • Multicore Real-Time operating systems.
  • Formal verification of parametric systems.
  • Task Scheduling in Energy Harvesting Real-time Embedded Systems.

Skills Developed

  • Model and analyze embedded systems subjected to energy and real-time critical constraints.
  • Master the whole design and development cycle of embedded systems (from their specification to their implementation and certification).
  • Acquire knowledge of the specific characteristics of new generations of embedded systems (OS Autosar, multi-core targets, etc.).
  • In addition to the above specialism-specific skills, students will also develop more general skills:
    • Identify models, perform simulation and analyze results.
    • Communicate comprehensive results in a meaningful way.
    • Undertake bibliographic surveys of international research and professional literature.
    • Manage or be part of a project.

Prospects for employment or further study

  • Sectors: aeronautics, automotive, transportation, wind, and marine energy, material production, consulting.
  • Fields: mechanical engineering, design, materials, advanced processes, manufacturing, research, and innovation.
  • Positions: mechanical engineer, process engineer, design engineer, research and innovation engineer (post Ph.D.)

Faculty and Research Facilities

This Master relies on the Centrale Nantes’ faculty, staff and research facilities of the LS2N Institute.


Airbus, Thales, Smiles, Renault.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Founded in 1919, Centrale Nantes (ECN) is among the top higher education and research institutions in France in Science & Engineering. Its purpose is to develop top-level scientists & engineer ... Read More

Founded in 1919, Centrale Nantes (ECN) is among the top higher education and research institutions in France in Science & Engineering. Its purpose is to develop top-level scientists & engineers in multidisciplinary and specific fields from 2150 students per year in engineering track (5 years), Master Degrees and PhDs. International development is at the heart of the strategic policy of Centrale Nantes: 100% of its engineering students are going abroad and 30% of the campus population is international. Read less