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Google and l'X launch a new Chair in Artificial Intelligence

L'X and Google France announce the creation of an International Academic and Research Chair in the field of artificial intelligence. The Artificial Intelligence and Visual Computing Chair aims to strengthen the ecosystem of excellence in France in AI by attracting international talents and training researchers and innovators of tomorrow.

Artificial intelligence, a field of research at the convergence of computer science and applied mathematics, is a key issue for the economy and society of tomorrow and a challenge for researchers. Henceforth, this rise requires laboratories, companies and administrations to adapt and strengthen their skills on these subjects. This new Chair, funded by Google France, aims to support the training of a new generation of talents in artificial intelligence. This support is reflected in several aspects, in terms of training, research and international outreach.

Training

In terms of training, the new Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Visual Computing Master's program of École Polytechnique, offered in partnership with Inria, ENSTA ParisTech and Télécom ParisTech, will benefit from the support of the Chair as soon as it welcomes its first class in September 2018. The Chair will participate in the scholarship program which is being developed in order to make the program accessible to all promising candidates. Google France will also offer students from l’X opportunities in the framework of its research internship programs. Finally, sensitization actions (AI seminar: ethics and law, round tables, workshops) will be conducted to allow students to project themselves in the professional world and in scientific research in the field of artificial intelligence.

Research projects

École Polytechnique's research projects in artificial intelligence will be also supported by the Chair through the funding of a position of a young professor-researcher with very high potential to tackle the new challenges posed by AI: finding ways to best combine knowledge and reasoning modeling with learning methods to obtain outcome guarantees, and to use the generation of some visual data to avoid bias. An invitation program for world-renowned professors will also be funded by the Chair to support these research activities and to enrich the academic offer of the Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Visual Computing Master's program. Finally, the sponsorship of Google France will enable l’X and Google to organize seminars on artificial intelligence topics, as well on scientific, technical, ethical and societal themes

For Jacques Biot, President of École Polytechnique, "This 25th Chair reflects our institution’s ability to work in close interaction with the business world in order to advance knowledge for the benefit of society, and to foster the employability of our students. It is an additional piece in the powerful device deployed by l’X to support the development of artificial intelligence. We thank Google, which support demonstrates its interest in our training and research at the best international level."

According to Sébastien Missoffe, Director General of Google France, "France has long maintained a scientific culture of excellence and has contributed to the spread of knowledge around the world. It has all the assets to become a champion in the field of digital technologies, and we are determined to contribute by opening our research center in artificial intelligence in Paris, the 3rd in the world, and we wish to collaborate with the French scientific ecosystem. The creation of this Chair in collaboration with École Polytechnique will strengthen the French ecosystem and put artificial intelligence at the service of all."

Marie-Paule Cani, Professor at École Polytechnique and the Chairholder, said: "This Chair will allow us to take advantage of the French excellence in research-based training and of dual skills computer science - mathematics, to bring out a generation of young talents who will create the digital professions of tomorrow."

Olivier Bousquet, head of machine learning research at Google Research Europe, comments: "The Artificial Intelligence & Visual Computing Academic and Research Chair aims to combine the skills of Google's researchers with the culture of academic excellence of École Polytechnique in order to train the next generation of researchers in artificial intelligence and make France a leading country in this field."