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Ecosystem of Excellence

DS4H is part of a unique ecosystem, which stakeholders are entirely geared to a common, consistent, innovation-oriented vision.

All together, DS4H academic, industrial and institutional partners aim at:

  • developing a training offer in IT and digital systems fitting both Université Côte d'Azur excellence standards and business needs
  • fostering the structuring of the sector at local, national and international levels
  • building an innovative and forward-looking education and research policy
This disruptive research and education program is strenghened by the "Networks, Information and Digital Society" Academy of Excellence of Université Côte d'Azur.


Université Côte d'Azur and its Initiative of Excellence

Université Côte d’Azur is a cluster of higher education establishments on the French Riviera that brings together all of the well-known, internationally visible higher education and research public and private entities on the Côte d'Azur. Université Côte d’Azur aims to develop a new, 21st-century model for French universities, based on increased interactions between disciplines, a new form of coordination between research, teaching, and innovation, and strong partnerships with the private sector and local authorities. In January 2016, Université Côte d’Azur won a prestigious “IDEX” award from the French government for its UCAJEDI project, placing it among the top 10 Universities in France.

The UCA education and international directorates have put in place several services that are strong assets for DS4H: the Center for Pedagogical Innovation, the Welcome Center for foreigners, the house of Modeling, Simulation and Interactions, and the Digital Challenge Reference Center that develops digital innovation projects and liaise with industry.

Laboratory of Excellence UCN@Sophia

DS4H has been built around the expertise of the Labex UCN@Sophia. The Labex is a key coordination body on the SophiaTech campus that was created in 2012 to gather all ICT education and research actors in Sophia Antipolis on a single site.
At the heart of DS4H, UCN@Sophia is recognized as a flagship project in the domain of computer networks. It delivers the core expertise and the internationally recognized excellence in research needed to build a successful, visible and attractive projects.


Researchers, professors and students from DS4H have access to several outstanding research equipment and platforms.

Sophia Antipolis, a world class science park

DS4H benefits from a very rich industrial and innovation ecosystem developed more than 40 years ago in Nice Sophia Antipolis. Sophia Antipolis is a world-class digital science park (2200 companies and 35,000 employees); furthermore, the Nice metropolitan area is one of the world’s pioneering smart cities.

DS4H will leverage this internationally recognized excellence and benefit from its rich innovation environment, including world-class companies, SME, start-ups and competitiveness clusters.

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Ecosystem of Excellence

DS4H is supported by local and regional authorities


  Community of towns of Sophia-Antipolis            Nice Côte d'Azur metropolis      Team Côte d'Azur     PACA county Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur