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President of l'X Eric Labaye visited Tsinghua during his trip to China

On December 3rd, 2018, President of École Polytechnique Eric Labaye met with Vice President and Provost of Tsinghua University Professor Bin Yang. Eric Labaye visited Tsinghua University accompanied by a delegation of researchers and members of École Polytechnique's administration.

L’X and Tsinghua University, the 14th best university in the world and the 2nd in Asia according to the Times Higher Education ranking, have been partners for more than 10 years, with a cooperation agreement signed in 2004 and renewed in 2014. After the renewal of the agreement in 2014, the collaboration between École Polytechnique and Tsinghua University has been strengthened with a new cooperation agreement on Artificial Intelligence and Innovation. This agreement aims at developing educational programs and joint research projects in Artificial Intelligence, as well as encouraging students and entrepreneurs exchange in the field of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Today, École Polytechnique's Research Center and Tsinghua University have developed several scientific collaborations, mainly in Data Science, Life Sciences and Renewable Energy. In terms of research, the two leading universities have developed a strong collaboration between the Data Science and Mining Team of l’X, which is part of the Computer Science Laboratory and the Department of Computer Science and Technology of Tsinghua University through joint projects and articles, visiting professor programs and co-organization of events such as academic workshops or the AXA Data Science winter school in Beijing. During the meeting that took place on December 3rd, Eric Labaye and Bin Yang discussed opportunities for new potential collaborations.

Moreover, École Polytechnique's delegation visited the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences of Tsinghua University and had an overview on the quantum computing and AI research development at Tsinghua University. Eric Goubault, President of Computer Science Laboratory of l'X, Michalis Vazirgiannis and Yanlei Diao, Professors in the Computer Science Laboratory spoke on Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science at l'X.

Before leaving Tsinghua campus, the delegation visited Tsinghua X-Lab, Innovation and Entrepreneurship center that provides courses, workshops and training programs to students in cooperation with alumni and companies in such fields like Bioscience, Robotics, Automotive Manufacturing or AI, among others. Students, well informed of the technical side of launching a company, often lack the business side, Tsinghua X-Lab aims at giving them the necessary support. Partners discussed potentiel collaboration between Tsinghua X-Lab and Drahi-X Novation Center, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center of École Polytechnique.