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5th of June, 2019: The French Ambassador in Kenya and the Vice-Chancellor of DeKUT visit us.


The Ambassador of France based in Kenya, H. E. Mm Aline Kuster-Menager, and the Vice-Chancellor of the DeKUT, Professor Kioni, visited FEMTO-ST Institute, the Université de Franche-Comté and the Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté on the 5th of June.

This visiting is to re-inforce collaboration between Kenya and France. Note that the GREEM international MSc of the Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté is in dual-degree with a program on Mechatronics and Control at DeKUT. This dual-degree collaboratin has been pointed out to be the most advanced educational collaboration between Kenya and France.

Among the presentation given during the visiting, Francis and Morris, two students from DeKUT and in dual-degree at UBFC, presented their research works.

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Visiting of H. E. Ambassador of France based in Kenya and of the Vice-Chancellor of DeKUT.


End of February, 2019: Micky Rakotondrabe visited UANL (Monterrey Mexico) and CIO (Leon Mexico).


Micky Rakotondrabe, visited the FIME faculty (Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica) of the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL) (Monterrey Mexico) within the ongoing collaboration between FEMTO-ST / UBFC and UANL, in particular regarding Phd co-advising. Furthermore, Micky Rakotondrabe met some students who are finalizing their Bachelor thesis this 2019 and who were interested in being enrolled within the GREEM international Master for next year. Discussions with colleagues at UANL also included future Phd co-advisory.

Then Micky Rakotondrabe went to Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO) in Leon (Mexico), a graduate school institute with which UBFC has dual-degree for the GREEM international Master since 2018. Three students of GREEM are doing their internship between March and August 2019 at CIO. On the other hand, some students are involved in dual-degree program between CIO and UBFC. Micky Rakotondrabe gave a seminar as well to all CIO faculties and fellows.


Laboratory of Dr Gerardo Flores at CIO, where three students of GREEM are doing their internship.


Seminar of Micky Rakotondrabe at CIO.


End of February, March, 2019: all 2nd year level students of GREEM Msc start their internships.


All 2nd year level students of the GREEM Msc start their internships for 6 month (end of February to August). The locations of internships are listed below:

- Naji Khodor, Uchenna Nwokenkwo and Mohamed Oumarou Boubacar do their internship at the Perception and Robotics Laboratory of Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO) in Leon (Mexico) under the supervision of Dr Gerardo Flores,

- Diego Delgado does his internship at the Laboratory of Mechatronics, department of Mechanical Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland under the supervision of Dr Mohammad Al Janaideh,

- Octavio Marquez Reyes does his internship at the Precision Mechatronics laboratory, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Newcastle, Callaghan Australia, under the supervision of Dr Andrew J Fleming,

- Stanley Obilikpa does his internship at the Laboratory for Dynamics and Control of Nanosystems (LDCN), Department of Systems Engineering, of the University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas TX USA, under the supervision of Professor Reza moheimani,

- Nesrine Harbaoui does her internship at the Biorobotic laboratory of the Institut des Sciences du Mouvement (ISM), Aix-Marseille University, Marseille France, under the supervision of Dr Franck Ruffier,

- Josiah Nwafor does his internship at the Biorobotic laboratory of the Institut des Sciences du Mouvement (ISM), Aix-Marseille University, Marseille France, under the supervision of Dr Thibaut Raharijaona,

- Francis Maina does his internship at the Biorobotic laboratory of the Institut des Sciences du Mouvement (ISM), Aix-Marseille University, Marseille France, under the supervision of Dr Franck Ruffier,

- Juliio Iglesias does his internship at the Phononics and Microscopy team of the FEMTO-ST institute (CNRS / UBFC), Besancon France, under the supervision of Dr Sarah Benchabane Gaiffe,

- Morris Mwangi does his internship at the MACS team of the FEMTO-ST institute (CNRS / UBFC), Besancon France, under the supervision of Dr Abdenbi Mohand-Ousaid.


Some of the 2nd year level students of GREEM Msc, and Micky Rakotondrabe (left).


The 17th of December, 2018: Dr Mickael Lallart from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Lyon France gave a lecture on Energy Harvesting: global electrical interface.


Dr Mickael Lallart, from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA Lyon France) gave a lecture on "Energy harvesting: global electrical interface" to the 2nd year level of the GREEM international Master.


Announcement of the invited lecture.


4th and 5th of December, 2018: GREEM students participate to the French Robafis competition.


Some of the 1st year level of the GREEM students participated to the Robafis 2018 competition which took place on the 4th and the 5th of December in Nancy.

The Robafis challenge is a French competition on mobile Robotics and of which participants are teams of students from Universities and French Engineering Schools. This 2018, the competition takes place in Nancy. The competition includes preparation (a report of approx. 20pages on the preliminary design of the robot, approx. 60pages of detailed design, integrated system, interviews) and the challenge itself where the robot must effectuate some tasks (operational validation).

The GREEM-UBFC team obtained very promising results: B+ as mark for the design and development (B+ being the highest mark this year), 46 over 60 marks on the operational validation. The team was ranked 5th among the 14 competing teams. Congratulations to the team and the accompanying lecturer (Dr Redwan Dahmouche).




During the competition.


From the 3rd to the 7th of December, 2018: Dr Mohammad Al Janaideh from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada as invited lecturer/researcher.


Dr Mohammad Al Janaideh, from the Memorial University of Newfoundland gave an invited lecture on "Mechatronics (Modeling of Mechatronic Systems: the accelerometers case)" to the 1st year level and the 2nd year level of the GREEM international Master.


Announcement of the invited lecture.


During a lecture.


5th of November, 2018: Dr Jean Bosco Byiringiro from DKUT University at Kenya as EIPHI-Graduate School invited lecturer/researcher.


Dr Jean Bosco Byiringiro, director of the SIEMENS Mechatronics Certification Center of the DKUT University is EIPHI-Graduate School invited lecturer/researcher of GREEM from November 3 to December 2, 2018. He will teach level-2 of the SIEMENS Mechatronic Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) for the 1st year level and the 2nd year level of GREEM international master. During his stay, he is affiliated to the MACS research team of FEMTO-ST and to the GAP teaching department of the faculty of Sciences and Techniques.


Announcement of the SMSCP course.


During a lecture.


Visiting some benchmarks on production units of the University.


28th of September, 2018: Invited lecture by Dr Yasser Al Hamidi from TEXAS A&M Qatar.


Dr Yasser Al Hamidi, lab manager and staff at the TEXAS A&M University at Qatar, gave an invited lecture on "Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing" to the 1st year level and the 2nd year level of the GREEM international Master. Dr Yasser Al Hamidi obtained his MSc on Mechatronics and Control from the University of Franche-Comté in 2013 and his Phd on Control Systems from the Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté with research affiliation at FEMTO-ST institute in 2017, all in Besançon.


Announcement of the invited lecture.


During the lecture.


4th of September, 2018: Official starting of the year for the GREEM master.


The official starting of the 2018/2019 academic year for the international GREEM master took place this 4th of September.

The international GREEM master is a highly selective training in the fields of mechatronics, robotics and control. The selection passes through three processes: 1) eligibility, 2) pre-selection based on scholastic records and recommendation, 3) and final selection by interview. This 2018/2019 academic year, the rate of selection for the 1st year level (M1 GREEM) is 12% among 107 candidatures.

The end of the day was followed by a visiting of Besançon with some of the students.


Visiting Besançon with some GREEM students.


Visiting Besançon with some GREEM students.


July, 2018: Meeting the University of Sarh and the new University Charles Lwanga at Sarh, Tchad.


Micky Rakotondrabe met some responsibles at the University of Sarh and the heads of the Charles Lwanga University, Tchad, in end of July 2018. The target was to present them the international masters at the Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC), including the GREEM international master. Discussions result in the fact that receiving assistant lecturers from both Universities to do specialization at the GREEM master could of great interests.

During this trip, Micky Rakotondrabe attended as well the American Control Conference (Milwaukee MI USA) where he met colleagues with whom he collaborates in research. The GREEM international master was among the centers of discussions with them. As outcome, it is expected that internships exchanges start in 2019 by sending at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada) GREEM students for some months for internhips.


Visiting the University of Sarh.


Visiting the University of Sarh (a staff, the director of the Agri-Food institute of the University, the dean of the Management and Political college).


Meeting the president and vice-president of the Charles Lwanga University.


June, 2018: Visiting the Centro de Investigaciones en Optica in Leon (Mexico) and dual-degree agreement signature.


Micky Rakotondrabe went to Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO) in Leon (Mexico) in order to finalize the dual-degree agreement relative to the GREEM international master and between the CIO and the UBFC. The CIO has signed the agreement and Micky Rakotondrabe brought the signed document in France for signature by the UBFC and by the UFC. He also gave a seminar on introduction to the feedforward control of mechatronic systems.

During this trip, Micky Rakotondrabe attended as well the American Control Conference (Milwaukee MI USA) where he met colleagues with whom he collaborates in research. The GREEM international master was among the centers of discussions with them. As outcome, it is expected that internships exchanges start in 2019 by sending at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada) GREEM students for some months for internhips.


Photo session after the CIO-side signature of the dual-degree agreement.


Photo session.


April 16-20, 2018: Visiting the Université de Yaoundé 1 in Cameroon and reinforcing collaboration.


Micky Rakotondrabe visited the Laboratory of Modelling and Simulation in Engineering, Biomimetics and Prototypes (LAMSEBP) of the Université de Yaoundé 1 in Cameroon. The LAMSEBP was founded and is directed by Professor Paul Woafo, who is the president of the Cameroon physical Society.

During his visiting, Micky Rakotondrabe gave two seminars: a seminar on the GREEM international master with introduction on feedforward control of mechatronic systems, and a seminar on piezoelectric mechatronic systems: development, design methodologies, modeling, control, sensing, energy harvesting. The visiting aimed also to discuss on future collaboration in term of both teaching and research.


First seminar with the students on Physics and students on Mechatronics at the Université de Yaoundé 1.


Photos with the students and Professor Paul Woafo.


Photos with the students, Professor Paul Woafo and Dr Nana Nbendjo (right).


December 17-23, 2017: Launching a collaboration with the DKUT, Nyeri Kenya.


Micky Rakotondrabe visited the DKUT University based in Nyeri (Kenya) where he presented the GREEM international master and gave a seminar on feedforward control of mechatronic systems to master students.

The visiting was very successful: meeting the vice-Chancellor of DKUT, agreement to launch a dual-degree between DKUT and UBFC through this GREEM international master, possibility of pursuing in phd for the involved students, visiting KENGEN company (geothermal producer of Kenya) where former students of DKUT work, meeting the campusfrance of the French embassy...

Seel also the article "the future is green": HERE.


Meeting with the vice-chancellor (middle right), Professor Jean Bosco (the head of the SIEMENS program, left), and the dean of the school of engineering (right), all of the DKUT.


Agreement to launch a dual-degree program between DKUT and UBFC within this GREEM international master.


Visiting the KENGEN company (geothermal energy producer of Kenya).


Meeting with Mr Antoine Voisin, campusfrance, French embassy in Kenya.


December 11-14, 2017: Labs at ENILBIO in Poligny


GREEM students do the labs on Technologies for control at ENILBIO school in Poligny city. A bus picks up the students in front of the UFR-ST/UFC on Monday the 11th of December and drop them to Poligny. The same bus picks up them at Poligny on Thursday the 14th. They are housed at ENILBIO during the 4-days labs.

November 16, 2017: visiting of the AS2M department of FEMTO-ST institute


GREEM students visit the Automatic control and MicroMechatronic Systems (AS2M) department of the FEMTO-ST research institute.

November 14, 2017: The COBOTICS day


The GREEM students attend the COBOTICS day organized by the S.Mart institute.

October 20-27, 2017: presentation of the GREEM master at the UANL University in Mexico


Micky Rakotondrabe, head of the GREEM master, was invited by the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL) (Monterrey Mexico) to present this master during the one-week celebration of the 70th anniversary of the The Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica (FIME).


October 17, 2017: ceremony to officially start the year for UBFC international masters in Besançon


The official ceremony of year start for the international masters of UBFC located in Besançon takes place on October 17.

September 4, 2017: official start of the year for the Master-1 of GREEM


The Master-1 (M1) of the international master on control for green mechatronics (GREEM) starts the year on September 4, 2017. This is the first class of this new and high-quality educational training of the UBFC.

Time: 15h30
Place: room 201B,
building-B,
UFR-ST of the UFC
16, Route de Gray
Campus "La Bouloie"
25030 Besançon cedex - France.

Prior to September, 2017: promotion of the GREEM master program


A series of presentation of the GREEM international master was given in various Universities and partners abroad by Micky Rakotondrabe, head of this program, and also by an UBFC team. The Universities and partners include: CIO (Leon, Mexico), UANL (Monterrey, Mexico), UNI (Lima, Peru), SIEMENS (Nuremberg, Germany)...

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