Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

The Université Pierre et Marie Curie, UPMC, or Pierre and Marie Curie University, is France's premiere scientific university, both by size and by reputation. It has an enrollment of 32000 students (21000 in the sciences and 11000 in medicine), including 6400 foreign students, and houses 125 research laboratories.

The UPMC is located in the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank of central Paris, and is a founding member of the group "Sorbonne Universités".

The SIGnal Processing and MAchine learning Laboratory, or SIGMA Lab, is one of some 20 laboratories run by the City of Paris at the "ÉcoleSupérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles" (ESPCI ParisTech) in central Paris. (The six Nobel Prize winners associated with the ESPCI ParisTech – 1) Pierre Curie, 2) Marie Curie (two nobels), 3) Frédéric Joliot-Curie, 4) Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, and 5) Georges Charpak - are emblematic of the exceptional ethos embodied in the permanent culture of excellence) and it is associated to the UPMC by signed convention.

Founded in 1983, SIGMA specializes in real-world applications of statistical learning techniques in domains including electronics, signal processing, telecommunications, industrial control, and prediction. The laboratory is currently composed of 2 professors, 3 associate professors, 4 postdoctoral fellows, and 6 doctoral students, as well as temporary research interns. At any given time, the laboratory is typically simultaneously engaged in 3 or 4 major national or international consortia (ANR, FUI, European Community, etc.) on a variety of topics.