DSTI @ Sophia Antipolis – Our Campus
In the heart of the largest European Technology cluster!
- Preparing your mind: Applied Mathematics for Data Science course
- Opening your mind: Visual Journaling workshop
- Amazing your mind: Conference with Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro
- Widening your mind: Conference with Pr Robert Plana – GE Digital
- Disconnecting your mind: a night out at the Blue Lady Pub – Antibes
- Feeding your mind: Canteen at Data ScienceTech Institute – Les Templiers
- Resting your mind: the relaxation room
- Cleaning your mind: the gym
Our Sophia-Antipolis campus, which is also DSTI headquarters, sits in the largest European technology cluster, often called the “French Silicon Valley”. Colloquially called “Sophia”, the park hosts R&D units from multi-national companies (Amadeus, Thales Underwater Systems, Cisco Systems or HPE to name a few), global institutions (W3C, ETSI) and a thriving ecosystem of teaching (Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Skema Business School) and research (INRIA, CNRS, INRA).
Sophia is slightly inland from Antibes, its nearest costal city and is essentially a beautiful pine forest. Antibes is our recommended place to stay, as it’s so international that you may sometimes come across someone who speaks French! This is even more true during the spring and summer seasons, with all the boat crews coming from all over the world for a pint in the (in)famous Blue Lady Pub.
DSTI campus, called “Les Templiers”, breathes of IT history: the premises were built by and for Digital Equipment Corporation and after its merger with Compaq and then Hewlett-Packard, was known to be occupied by both HP and Amadeus. It was also the very first building in the whole park to have a dedicated optic fibre connection in the early 90’s. Bill Gates is known to have visited there a few times, arriving by helicopter from Nice Airport (the campus does have an heliport) during this golden era! Today, “Les Templiers” is a multi-tenant building, with DSTI of course but also quite a few IT companies working in the travel industry thanks to the dynamics of the Amadeus ecosystem.
A few perks:
The campus is right next to the Sophia Agrobiotech from INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique) and they have a pack of beautiful and cuddly donkeys that you can go and pat after a maths-heavy class! The campus has a large park with walking paths, sun lougers, hammocks and even a “pétanque” field!
DSTI as one!
Our two campuses are HD connected and classes are given to both campuses simultaneously! DSTI is one, of your geographical location! You can see Alain Bravo, Chairman of our Scientific Advisory Board, giving an inaugural speech from the Paris Campus and students from Sophia listening.
Look at the temperature “record highs” on Wikipedia: there’s always a day when we can lunch outside, listening to the wonderful water jet from the campus pond. Granted this one above was easy: it was taken on September 23rd 2016!