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[Symposium] Investing in sustainable development

On June 7, 2019, during the international symposium on sustainable development hosted by l'X, Bettina Laville, Gregory Labrousse and Emmanuel Bacry will discuss the availability and use of public data in the field of sustainable development.

Data platforms: future of the ecological transition

In the wake of Barack Obama’s Open Government Initiative in 2011, public data is now freely available in 94 countries, but its use is not yet being fully exploited in the realm of sustainable development. Although billions of bytes are freely available, the data cannot be used directly. It must first be organized, formatted and cross-referenced before being assigned a purpose, which varies according to the needs of each user. This is where specialized expertise comes in; both that of researchers and of those involved in the field. This type of processing and interpreting work is the main challenge of data platforms, where interdisciplinarity is key. Like these platforms, the pursuit of sustainable development also involves an interdisciplinary, environmental, social, societal, economic and cultural dimension.

Covering all fields of research, the laboratories of École Polytechnique have the potential to contribute to the entire value chain produced by data platforms.

Initial experiments have demonstrated that private-public partnerships, including within the academic sector, provide the perfect ecosystem to set up platforms with a scope adapted to the complexity of the issues at hand, and to achieve the massive quantity of data required for the successful transformation of our models. With the help of data platforms, the oft-cited mystical “paradigm shift” becomes a reality and the most revolutionary technology of our era finds renewed meaning and purpose: to repair the planet and serve humanity.

Friday, June 7, 2019 - from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

>Find out more on the symposium, here

Bettina Laville
Honorary State Councilor and Founding President of Comité 21
Bettina Laville is an honorary State Councilor, Doctor of Letters, Sciences Po laureate and alum of ENA. She formerly held positions as Cabinet Director for several ministers, and as an advisor on environmental issues to two prime ministers, Pierre Bérégovoy and Lionel Jospin, and to former French president, François Mitterrand. As associate lawyer, she created the Sustainable Development department of Landwell-PwC in 2008, and subsequently returned to the Council of State in 2014 to work in the Finance Section. Bettina Laville is a member of the Scientific Council of Institut Mines-Télécom and the Founding President of Comité 21, and she co-founded the Festival des Nouvelles Explorations in 2016. She also founded the magazine Vraiment Durable and is the author of around ten books and reports on the environment, sustainable development and adaptation to climate change.

Gregory Labrousse
Founder and Chairman of nam.R
Gregory Labrousse began his career as an entrepreneur and innovator early on, founding numerous companies while still relatively young. Since 2013, he has been passionate about the major revolution of open data and data science, which he has taken advantage of to support the ecological transition and the transformation of our current economic models. In 2017, he decided to create nam.R alongside Emmanuel Bacry, then professor and head of the «Data Science» initiative at École Polytechnique, and Lila Tretikov, CEO of Terrawatt Initiative. nam.R produces original and actionable data on public-private platforms to help the decision-makers and actors of the ecological transition (ministries, territories, companies and citizens). Following his initiative, nam.R created a Chair with École Polytechnique on the Trend-X «Artificial Intelligence and Energy Sobriety» project, and a research initiative with the Collège de France and the Louis Bachelier Institute on «Industrial Economics of the Ecological Transition Applied to Territories».

Emmanuel Bacry
Emmanuel Bacry graduated from ENS (Ulm) and obtained in 1992 a PhD in Mathematics. He is currently Senior Researcher at CNRS at Paris-Dauphine University and Scientific Director of Health Data Hub. He is one of the main organizers of the largest French summer school on the AI (DS3) at École Polytechnique where he directed for more than 4 years the Data Science Initiative. His research has always been guided by a constant concern for applications, particularly in statistical finance, health and more recently in sustainable development. Since 2015, he has led a partnership between École Polytechnique and CNAM to develop «Big Data» methodologies based on SNIIRAM (one of the largest medico-administrative databases in the world). AI expert, Emmanuel Bacry is a member of several scientific boards and committees and is co-founder of the startup nam.R.