Summary

One of the four French Institut of AI selected see the press release of the Ministry of Higher Education, of Research and Innovation.

 

President Macron announced on May 29, 2018, an ambitious national French initiative on Artificial Intelligence (AI), with a total budget of one billion Euros, including the creation of a small number of interdisciplinary AI research institutes (or “3IAs” for “Instituts Interdisciplinaires d’Intelligence Artificielle”). After an open call for participation in July 2018 and two rounds of review by an international scientific committee, the Grenoble, Nice, Paris and Toulouse projects have officially received the 3IA label on April 24, 2019, with a total budget of 75 million Euros. Prairie (PaRis AI Research InstitutE) is the Paris 3IA. It brings together five academic institutions, 16 major corporations and a network of international partners [et je mettrais un lien sur la page “Founding members”]. Its ambition is to become within five years a world leader in AI research and higher education, with an undeniable impact on economy and technology at the French, European and global levels. With academic members that… With academic members that excel at research and education in both the core methodological areas and the interdisciplinary aspects of AI, industrial members that are major actors in AI at the global level and a very strong group of international partners, we believe that this ambition is a realistic one.

Research. PRAIRIE will pursue fundamental research in core areas of AI as well as interdisciplinary work at its interface with sciences and applications. Our core methodological researchwill address some of the key issues, e.g. scale, reliability, and explainability, that stand in the way of widespread deployment of AI technology in everyday life by tackling scientific challenges such as large-scale nonconvex optimization, domain adaptation and personalization, or the ability to handle sparse and/or noisy annotations. Scientific advances in these areas have a tremendous potential for socio-economic impact, from autonomous vehicles to virtual assistants. Our interdisciplinary researchwill tackle crucial problems in cellular and molecular biology, cognitive science, and medicine, using a unique combination of large-scale datasets, novel machine learning approaches and expert scientific knowledge to address problems such as selecting the pertinent information in high-throughput genomic and imaging data, developing computer-aided clinical decision/diagnosis systems, and modeling human cognition. This will result in both radical advances in our understanding of living organisms and high-impact applications in drug discovery and personalized medicine for example. This foundational work will be complemented by collaborative researchwith our industrial partners, that are committed to open research for the advancement of AI science and will also offer new problems and sources of data, excellent opportunities for transfer and innovation in areas such as transportation and the environment, and a first-hand chance to confront the ethical, legal, and regulatory issues omnipresent in most applications of AI technology. Finally, we have established a network of international partnershipswith world-renowned institutions to facilitate the exchange of faculty, students and ideas necessary for true scientific impact at the global level.

Education.France and Europe need a new crop of AI and data engineers and scientists, and the objective of PRAIRIE is to be a clear leader in AI higher education, from lifelong training for professionals to masters and doctoral programs. Our ambitions are to scale up significantly the higher education offer in AI in Paris for both (1) future researchers, with a new multidisciplinary graduate school in AI and (2) professionals, with a radically new master’s degree program for lifelong learning that will be offered in both part-time and traditional formats; (3) tune class content in interdisciplinary AI studies to the corresponding scientific fields with crash courses for practitioners, and (4) ensure that important ethical and legal issues are addressed  throughout the offered programs.

Socio-economic impact.PRAIRIE’s dual mission of world-class research and education in collaboration with industry leaders will have a multiplying effect on the scientific and socio-economic impact of AI in France and Europe. In this context, we will also (1) promote close collaborations and exchanges between the public and private sectors, (2) provide access to the scientific and technological advances achieved in PRAIRIE to the SMEs and start-ups in the PRAIRIE ecosystem, and (3) play an active role the creation and growth of start-ups.