31 OCT 2019

In response to the major scientific challenges of today and tomorrow, the Sorbonne University Alliance, in partnership with AP-HP and CEA, launched the Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI) on June 18, 2019. A major event for the entire university community and its partners brought together in support of this project.

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The SCAI team at Sorbonne University with representatives of some partners, including Ali Charara from CNRS, Bruno Sportisse from Inria and Christine Welty from APH-HP. © Sorbonne University - P. Kitmacher

In the presence of Martin Hirsch, General Director of the Paris Public Assistance Hospital Network was present for the signature of an agreement with the AP-HP by president of the Sorbonne University Alliance, Jean Chambaz, which will enable the exchange of expertise and the establishment of simplified access to the Health Data Warehouse.

Martin Hirsch, Executive Director of AP-HP, with Sorbonne University President Jean Chambaz © Sorbonne University - Pierre Kitmacher

In front of a full auditorium, the president of the Sorbonne University Alliance also received the support of Thierry Breton, CEO of Atos, to develop a partnership on the theme of precision medicine.

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Thierry Breton, CEO of Atos and Chairman of the Strategic Committee of the Sorbonne University Foundation © Sorbonne University - P. Kitmacher

During the launching ceremony, Nathalie Drach-Temam, Vice-President Research, Innovation and Open Science, and Gérard Biau, Director of SCAI, presented the main orientations of this center, which has been designed as a place to shared space to promote research and interdisciplinary training around AI.

Four areas of research have been announced:

  • Mathematics and computer-robotics,
  • Health-Medicine
  • Climate-environment-the Universe
  • Digital humanities
Gérard Biau, director of SCAI © Sorbonne University - P. Kitmacher

Several researchers, academic-researchers and doctoral students came to testify to the diverse strengths that the Sorbonne University Alliance and the wealth of AI projects planned by the faculties of Arts and Humanities, Medicine and Sciences and Engineering at Sorbonne University and its partners.

To attain the national goal of doubling the number of AI-trained students by 2022, SCAI will play a leading role in the development of adapted programs, both in initial training and in continuing education.

Finally, at the European level, the Artificial Intelligence Center will contribute to one of the major challenges of Horizon Europe's research framework program and will participate actively in one of the strategic areas of the 4EU+ European University Alliance, which combines Sorbonne University with the universities of Copenhagen, Heidelberg, Milan, Prague and Warsaw.

Read the interview of Gérard Biau, director of SCAI

More pictures from the launch:

SCAI Personnalités
At the ceremony © Sorbonne University

From left to right and top to bottom:

Jean Chambaz, President at Sorbonne University Alliance; Nathalie Drach-Temam, Vice-President Research, Innovation and Open Science; Gérard Biau, Director of SCAI; Christine Welty, Executive Director of AP-HP.6; Thierry Breton, CEO of Atos and Chairman of the Strategic Committee of the Sorbonne University Foundation; Martin Hirsch, Director General of the AP-HP with Jean Chambaz; Bruno Sportisse, President of Inria; Véronique Berge-Cherfaoui, Professor at UTC; Ali Charara, Director of INS2I-CNRS.