The center's mission
In order to further support interdisciplinarity related to AI, a collective reflection was initiated, which led to the outlining of an interdisciplinary center for AI (AI for Sciences, Sciences for AI). This center has received strong support from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESRI) through the Investment for the Future Program (PIA).
As a visibility factor for the CNRS's positioning regarding AI, the center's vocation is to organize thematic programs and working groups on multidisciplinary subjects for which data science is important (related to cutting-edge subjects at the heart of AI), training related to AI for researchers from different communities, as well as events such as workshops, webinars, or hackathons.
The center will also function as an incubator for projects, with fellowships, researcher invitations, and personnel funding (possibly through calls from the Mission for Transversal and Interdisciplinary Initiatives). It will also aim at building links between AI and our society. This means supporting both the advancement of AI research and the integration of AI into research practices.
The exchanges that took place throughout 2021 have made it possible to organise an initial program structured around various themes in 2022 and 2023.
At the same time, a call for projects "AI for Sciences and Sciences for AI” has been launched by the Mission for Transversal and Interdisciplinary Initiatives in order to support projects on the theme of AI which expect to include multidisciplinary teams.