Informations M2 – 2020/2021

General Outline

The Master 2 in Computer Science is composed of research courses (CR)  from September 7, 2020 to January 29, 2021, followed by an internship from February 1 to June 25, 2021. An extended set of 19 courses will open. Each course corresponds to 32 hours (typically 4 hours per week during 8 weeks). Here is a tentative calendar:
– Monday, September 7, 2020: pre-course meeting at 9:30am. Attendance to this meeting is mandatory for all students.
– Wave 1 : weeks starting on 07/09, 14/09, 21/09, 28/09, 05/10, 12/10, 19/10, 02/11 and 09/11, with a vacation week starting on 26/10 (Toussaint). 9 courses will take place during wave 1.
– Wave 2 : weeks starting on 16/11, 23/11, 30/11, 07/12, 14/12, 04/01, 11/01, 18/01 et 25/01, with two vacation weeks starting on 21/12 et 28/12 (Christmas). 10 courses will take place during wave 2.
– Full-time internship from 01/02 to 25/06, 2021.

Latest Information

Updated schedule and latest info will be available on the read-only password-protected pad :

passwd: m2info20

List of Courses (for full description follow the link CRxx — some links to be updated soon):

  • CR01: Virtualization technologies: design and implementation, Alain Tchana (ENS Lyon)
  • CR02: Selected topics in Information Theory, Jean-Marie Gorce (INSA Lyon) and Samir Perlaza (INRIA)
  • CR03: Graph-based knowledge representation (for complex systems and graph databases), Angela Bonifati and Russ Harmer (Lyon 1, ENS Lyon)
  • CR04: Hidden Markov models for time series classification and filtering, Stéphane Derrode (Centrale Lyon)
  • CR05: Data aware algorithms, Loris Marchal (ENS Lyon)
  • CR06: Modern algorithms for symbolic summation and integration, Bruno Salvy, Gilles Villard and Alin Bostan (ENS Lyon, Inria Saclay)
  • CR07: Parameterized and exact algorithms, Édouard Bonnet and Rémi Watrigant (ENS Lyon)
  • CR08: Quantum information and computation, Guillaume Aubrun, Andre Chailloux and Omar Fawzi (ENS Lyon) (Lyon 1, Inria Paris, ENS Lyon)
  • CR09: Numerical methods for computer graphics, Julie Digne and Nicolas Bonneel (Lyon 1)
  • CR10: Advanced Topics in Cryptography, Alain Passelègue (ENS Lyon)
  • CR11: Molecular programming, Nicolas Schabanel (ENS Lyon)
  • CR12Numerical Mechanics: from Lagrangian mechanics to simulation tools for computer graphics, Florence Bertails-Descoubes, Mélina Skouras, Mickaël Ly (Inria Grenoble) — this course takes place on Thursday for the whole day
  • CR13: Approximation Theory and Proof Assistants: Certified Computations, Nicolas Brisebarre and Damien Pous (ENS Lyon)
  • CR14Hardware Compilation and Simulation, Christophe Alias and Mathieu Moy (ENS Lyon)
  • CR15: Concentration of measure in probability and large-scale machine learning, Guillaume Aubrun, Aurélien Garivier and Rémi Gribonval (ENS Lyon) — this course is joint with the Master of Advanced Mathematics
  • CR16: The structure of graphs of high chromatic number, Marthe Bonamy,  Stephan Thomassé (Bordeaux, ENS Lyon)
  • CR17: Logical Foundations of Programming Languages, Olivier Laurent and Colin Riba (ENS Lyon),
  • CR18: Mathematical aspects of automata theory, Denis Kuperberg and Matteo Mio (ENS Lyon)
  • CR19Floating-point arithmetic and beyond, Sylvie Boldo, Claude-Pierre Jeannerod,  Guillaume Melquiond and Jean-Michel Muller  (LRI Orsay, ENS Lyon)

Pre-course Meeting: A pre-course meeting will take place on Monday, September 7, 2020 at 9.30am, Amphi B. Attendance to this meeting is mandatory for all students. The general organization of the year and a description of the courses will be provided. Courses start on Monday, September 7, at 1:30pm.

Training Period: A mandatory full-time training period takes place from Monday, January 25 up to Friday, June 25. An information session about topics and locations for the training period will be organized in September. Basically, the goal is to research in a laboratory (anywhere on earth), write a report and make an oral presentation in the end. Training periods will be defended on June 28 and 29, 2021.

Schedule: Courses start on September 7 at 1:30pm. Autumn holidays are October 24-November 1. Winter holidays are December 26-January 3. Exams will be held at the end of each wave (for those courses with a final). Again, the detailed weekly schedule will be available on the Inria pad mentioned above. This pad will be updated on a regular basis, check it often.

Rules of the Game: To obtain their degree, CS Master students must complete 60 credits including the internship (30 credits) and four courses (5 credits each) in the above list of CR1 to CR19. To summarize, there are 50 mandatory credits out of 60 and 10 remaining credits that can be picked elsewhere. While a typical choice by many students is 6 CR courses and the internship, the extra courses for the 10 remaining credits can be chosen in other masters,  e.g.:
– CS courses in the M2 offered by Univ. Lyon 1
– courses from other ENS departments, often Mathematics ( or Complex Systems (

The diploma delivered by ENS Lyon is M2 Informatique Fondamentale, and computer science must remain at the heart of the curriculum. In particular, the training period must be oriented towards research in core computer science (possibly applied to other disciplines).

Formal Validation: To meet the quality requirements of our program, all course choices must be approved by the academic tutor and the head of the Master 2 program. Administrative registration to chosen courses is mandatory and takes place in late September, after a trial period.

Course validation: At the end of each course, there is an evaluation based upon a research presentation, or a written exam, or both. Many professors also give exercises during the span of the course. The research presentation consists of reviewing and synthesizing a research paper, and usually involves writing  a short report in addition to the oral presentation. Research presentations are time-consuming, hence it is expected that students have a balanced set of courses per each wave. Indeed, the main motivation for the waves is to help students organize their schedules and avoid having 6 research presentations to defend on the same week; instead, having 3 presentations in the first wave and 3 in the second wave is much more likely to succeed!

Please refer to the rules of the Master here and to the grading algorithm for each course here.

Contact: Zoe Michal-Sihalath (admin) or Yves Robert (head of M2)