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DESU Experimental Strategies and Information Processing (SETI)

  • A Diploma to specialize in experimental design

    The Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures Universitaires "Stratégies Expérimentales et Traitement de l'Information" is intended for all persons seeking a specialization in the field of experimental design.

    This DESU is unique in the regional and national offer: it is proposed by the only team (University of Aix-Marseille - IMBE) entirely dedicated to experimental design and whose competence is recognized nationally and internationally.

  • Persons responsible for the training

  • Design of experiments: an essential tool

    For many years, experimental designs have been a major help to experimenters and have become an essential tool for the development of experimental strategies. Indeed, the requirements at the industrial level as well as in the laboratories lead the R & D departments as well as the production units to carry out many experiments, the term of experiments being used in the broad sense (in experimental sciences or in numerical simulation). It is then necessary to propose to the experimenters tools allowing them to express at best their problematic in order to work out optimal experimental strategies guaranteeing the quality of the information resulting from the experiments. In addition, the development of highly sophisticated equipment leads to an accumulation of experimental results which requires the implementation of tools and methods adapted to facilitate and optimize the interpretation of these results.

    All of these needs highlight the need for specialized training to acquire skills in the planning of experiments. This diploma aims to bring a complementary expertise to students who already have an initial training in a scientific field to justify a double competence necessary on the current job market.

  • Skills - Opportunities

    This degree will enable candidates to enhance their knowledge in the innovative and growing field of experimental design, thereby increasing recruitment opportunities.

    The graduate will have the necessary skills to work in :

    • Control and analysis laboratories,
    • research and development centers,
    • industrial production centres,

    in the following fields: chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnologies, petrochemistry, pharmacy, health, cosmetics, environment, food industry, automobile, nuclear energy..., as well as in large groups as in small and medium-sized companies.

  • Program

    The duration of the DESU course is 11 months (760 hours) from October to September, including 4 months in a company.

    Contents :

    Statistics and quantitative techniques (17 hours of lectures, 17 hours of tutorials, 12 hours of practical work) To know the statistical tools necessary for the implementation and interpretation of statistical indicators and to know how to use them in industry, research, environment and safety, economy and quality. Univariate and multivariate descriptive statistics, random variables and probability laws; discrete probabilistic models, continuous probabilistic models, normal law, interference statistics, comparison tests, fit and independence tests).
    Design of Experiments (17 hours of lectures, 17 hours of tutorials, 12 hours of practical work) Master the Experimental Research Methodology to optimize, by the method of design of experiments, the experimental strategy (definitions and methodological approach, screening of a large number of factors, study of the influence of factors and interactions, optimization studies, formulation and mixtures).
    Data analysis / Modelling (17h classes, 17h tutorials, 12h practical work) To be able to extract information from data tables, to implement supervised or unsupervised regression and classification methods (linear regression, graphic presentation and analysis of results, principal component analysis, factorial correspondence analysis, multivariate regressions, PLS regressions).
    New approaches in experimental design (17h classes, 17h tutorials, 12h practical work) Construction and interpretation of designs dedicated to numerical simulation. Transposition of classical design of experiments tools to the field of numerical simulation (construction of designs of experiments such as Latin hypercubes, low-discrepancy sequences, WSP designs, uniformity criteria, interpretation, study of uncertainty propagation), Quality by Design...
    English (16 hours of classes) Scientific and technical English with work in the language laboratory on technical texts in the field.
    Internship (4 months or 560h) carried out in a company, the student is in charge of solving technical and scientific problems corresponding to his qualification.
    Tutored project given to the candidate at the beginning of the course, in order to allow him/her to apply the teachings in a concrete way. The best projects will be presented in the form of a poster at the French Chemometrics Congress which takes place every year.
  • Conditions of access

    This diploma can be taken as part of initial or continuing education and will be given at a distance via a dedicated platform with days for practical work with computer support, case studies and various questions. It is open to all candidates (students, employees or job seekers) with a scientific L3 or equivalent level (possibility of validation of prior learning). This training can be followed in its entirety or modulated according to needs.


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