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In an interview with Dixit, the President of École Polytechnique and Institut Polytechnique de Paris reflects on the Covid-19 health crisis. He highlights the way the crisis has mobilized the entire École Polytechnique community and become a driver for transformation. He also outlines some prospects for the coming months.
École Polytechnique, via its Executive Education, has just launched regular webinars, "Les Minutes de l'X", to offer the perspectives of its best experts on the analysis of the Covid-19 health crisis and its consequences.
An international collaboration to which Marc Graille's team, CNRS Research Director at the Laboratory of Structural Biology of the Cell, is contributing has identified an important enzyme that acts on the ribosome and allows normal development of the animal brain and normal walking in Drosophila.
"Optimizing the shape of multiphysical systems" and "Understanding decision-making under risk and delay": these themes earned the young doctors Florian Feppon and Tomáš Jagelka the recognition of their peers. Their theses are awarded “best thesis” in applied mathematics and economics respectively.
L’X-EXED, which over the last five years has become one of the key players in Executive Education in France, is expanding its programs to meet the new training needs that have emerged since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A consortium of doctors and researchers developed ICUBAM, an application to monitor the availability of intensive care beds in the COVID-19 crisis. ICUBAM was quickly adopted by doctors in intensive care units in the Grand Est and then in 40 French departments.
Developed within the Leprince-Ringuet Laboratory, the PEPITES monitor can measure the parameters of charged particle beams without disturbing them. Designed using technologies used for solar sails, this prototype offers promising prospects for particle physics or proton therapy.
For the annual hackathon chair « Next Gen RetAIl » of the École Polytechnique, Carrefour, sponsor of the chair, let 132 data science students access part of its data. On the 8th of April 2020, the winners presented their algorithm designed to identify the most requested products and to optimise marketing strategies on a store scale.
Although school buildings have remained closed since March 16th in accordance with government regulations, 430 students have remained confined on campus and certain staff members have ensured a presence on site as well in order to contribute to the continuity of the School's daily tasks and to continually follow up with students.
The economic standstill caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the containment measures put in place to curb its spread has had a significant impact on the ecosystem of l'X start-ups. Many of them have nevertheless risen up to the occasion to help fight this unprecedented crisis.