CNRS partners with four interdisciplinary institutes of artificial intelligence
The CNRS has partnered with four new interdisciplinary institutes of artificial intelligence—or 3IAs, to use the French abbreviation—whose creation was announced on 24 April 2019 by Frédérique Vidal, French minister of higher education, research, and innovation; and Cédric O, French junior minister for digital technology.
Numerous CNRS laboratories collaborate closely with these units on sponsored projects. Here the main contributions of the CNRS are in the fields of computer science and mathematics—both central to artificial intelligence—as well as the social sciences. It also cooperates on applications related to the environment, transportation, mobility, and health.
The four 3IAs, each operating for an initial four-year period, are:
• ANITI (Toulouse)—hosted by the Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées and specializing in aeronautics, transportation, the environment, and health—under the scientific direction of Nicholas Asher, from the Toulouse Institute of Computer Science Research (CNRS / University of Toulouse–Capitole / University of Toulouse–Jean Jaurès / University of Toulouse–Paul Sabatier / Toulouse INP);
• MIAI @ Grenoble Alpes (Grenoble)—hosted by the Université Grenoble Alpes and specializing in health, the environment, and energy—under the scientific direction of Éric Gaussier, from the Grenoble Informatics Laboratory (CNRS / INRIA / Université Grenoble Alpes / Grenoble INP);
• PRAIRIE (Paris)—hosted by INRIA and specializing in health, transportation, and the environment—under the scientific direction of Jean Ponce, from the ENS Department of Computer Science (CNRS / ENS / INRIA); and
• 3IA Côte d'Azur (Nice)—hosted by the Université Côte d’Azur and specializing in health and regional development—under the scientific direction of Nicholas Ayache, from the INRIA Sophia Antipolis–Méditerranée research centre.
To conduct their research, training, and innovation programmes, these four 3IAs will draw on funds totalling at least €225 million.