Year 2: Advanced Training & Thinking Outside the Box

The M2 program in Advanced Communication Networks program offers a variety of modules, roughly classifiable into three groups:

  • Essential theoretical foundation courses, cementing the students’ understanding of formal tools for modeling and analyzing networks, information, processes, and protocols. This includes  graph theory, epidemics,  algorithm analysis and protocol verification.
  • Advanced networking technology courses, which bring the students’ competencies to match the edge of what is being deployed: in real IP networks, in both core and cellular networks, etc.
  • sensors-horizFuture networking courses, which tries to project students into the next decade, both by exploring avant-garde innovations and developments in autonomous wireless networks, radio access, resource management, traffic engineering, cloud and distributed edge computing – but also by daring to ask (and seek mathematical understandings of) how far we can go: what are the physical limits of communication? of information theory? of sending information backwards in time?


DocumentsAdditionally, the program includes an introductory program to research (scientific projects, research working groups, seminars, masters classes, etc).

The M2 program is structured into three periods: Period 1 and 2 are dedicated to courses, with Period 3 being a research or engineering internship, conducted in collaboration with industry or academia — in France or abroad.

Scientific Courses

Program Adaptations

In ACN, students come from all the world and have different background, skills and career objectives. Students are encouraged to work in groups (in projects and practical labs) so they can also learn from each other.

With this variety and richness of profiles in mind, it may be possible to replace a few courses with other advanced (M2) courses from Paris Saclay University. The demands need to be clearly justified w.r.t. the student career objectives (typically in preparation of a potential Ph.D thesis on a specific area for instance) and submitted to the ACN steering board, at least one month before the courses start.

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