Two PR[AI]RIE start-ups selected by EIC Accelerator

Two start-ups co-founded by PR[AI]RIE chairs, Avatar Medical and Sonio, have been selected for funding through the EIC Accelerator.

EIC Accelerator stands for the European Innovation Council Accelerator, the leading fund in supporting European deep-tech companies. Among 1092 projects submitted in the current cohort, only 78 companies (including 9 French) were selected by the EIC Accelerator. The co-founder of Sonio is Stéphanie Allassonnière, the CSO of Avatar Medical is Jean-Baptiste Masson. Congratulations!

Founded in 2020, Sonio is the only SaaS platform that empowers healthcare professionals to secure prenatal care by combining technological innovation, medical expertise, and collective intelligence. It provides a unique AI software that associates the knowledge of prenatal medicine practitioners with all types of medical, imaging, genetic and environmental data to optimize prenatal screening and diagnosis.

AVATAR MEDICAL was founded in 2020 by a French and American team of entrepreneurs, physicists, engineers, and surgeons to enable shorter, safer, and less invasive surgeries. With AVATAR MEDICAL’s VR solution, surgeons can better prepare their procedures by interacting with an ultra-fluid, photo-realistic VR representation of their patients’ medical images.


Isabelle Ryl, PR[AI]RIE Director, among 100 digital shapers in France

Alliancy, the magazine focused on IT and business, has published a list of 100 personalities who shape the digital future in France. Isabelle Ryl, PR[AI]RIE Director has been recognised as one of them.

The list contains 100 names of innovators and outstanding minds who give meaning to digital technology and who, through their achievements, ideas, choices or actions, contribute to a more efficient, more resilient, fairer and more sustainable society.

We are very proud of this distinction for Isabelle Ryl! This is also an important recognition that research taking place within PR[AI]RIE Institute is a driver of innovation.

Read more here.


Great success of Dauphine Digital Days

Between 21 and 23 November 2022, the Université Paris Dauphine-PSL hosted three days of conferences and debates on the impact of artificial intelligence on society.

This event was labelled by La French Tech, and organised in partnership with PR[AI]RIE and the French daily Les Echos. This first edition of the Dauphine Digital Days brought together 40 international experts and nearly 1000 participants.

President of Dauphine-PSL El Mouhoub Mouhoud opened the first edition alongside Isabelle Ryl, Director of PRAIRIE and Jean-Noël Barrot, Minister Delegate for Digital Transition and Telecommunications.

If you missed the event, here are the replays from thematic sessions:

More on the event here.


Van Huy Vo defended PR[AI]RIE Cifre thesis

On November 28, Huy Vo defended his PhD thesis entitled “Annotation-efficient learning for object discovery and detection". Congratulations!

The Cifre thesis of Van Huy Vo was supervised by Patrick Perez from Valeo.ai and Jean Ponce, PR[AI]RIE Scientific Director and chair holder.

Here is a short abstract of the thesis: Object detectors are important components in many intelligent systems. They are typically obtained with fully-supervised training which require costly annotated data. This thesis considers annotation-efficient alternatives to fully-supervised object detection. In particular, we discuss several approaches to Unsupervised Object Discovery, which aims to link images containing similar objects and localize these without any supervision. We also introduce a framework which combines active learning and weakly-supervised object detection that demonstrates a better detection performance / annotation cost trade-off than both fully- and weakly-supervised object detection.


COFUND “Artificial Intelligence for the Sciences” : Call for PhD projects open!

Artificial Intelligence for the Sciences (AI4theSciences) is a doctoral program run by Université PSL, within which more than 20 PhD contracts at the interfaces of artificial intelligence or big data processing are offered.

Following this call, already a 3rd cohort of students will begin their PhD, starting in autumn 2023. The deadline for applications is 31 January. More information is available here.

AI4theSciences is supported and cofunded by the Horizon 2020-Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions-COFUND European program.


Laura Cantini wins Claude Paoletti Prize

Laura Cantini, Pr[AI]RIE chair and CNRS researcher at the Institute of Biology of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (IBENS) CNRS/ ENS/ Inserm received the Paoletti Prize for her research work.

The second laureate is Clément Charenton, CNRS researcher at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cell Biology (IGBMC) CNRS/Inserm/Université de Strasbourg. The award ceremony was held on 9 November 2022.

This prize, awarded in memory of Claude Paoletti, former director of the life sciences department of the CNRS, aims to support young researchers in biology. Read more here.



Justine Cassell at the 3rd Trilateral Symposium on AI

What does it take to use AI appropriately? Experts from France, Germany and Japan met last week in Tokio at the 3rd Trilateral Symposium to discuss strategies to prepare society for the major role that AI will play in the future.

Justine Cassell, PR[AI]RIE chair, was there representing French Digital Council as PR[AI]RIE and Inria.

In the beginning of November, Justine Cassell also took part in The AI Quorum Retreat in Abu Dhabi that met to discuss the future of AI. The AI Quorum is a series of high-level gatherings designed to stimulate cutting-edge AI research with leading scientists and share an understanding of the discipline as a force for good.

Florian Yger about “Arts & AI”

Launched in October 2021 by Dauphine Numérique, Ex Machina podcasts return with 10 new episodes, during which the researchers discuss the impact of AI in the fields of art, history, health, the environment and geopolitics.

How can an algorithm create art or compose music? Is AI a threat or an opportunity for the art market? Listen to the latest podcast on AI and art by Florian Yger, PR[AI]RIE chair.


Christian Robert receives ERC Synergy Grant

Christian Robert, PR[AI]RIE chair, has been awarded ERC Synergy Grant for the OCEAN project.

The OCEAN project stands for “On intelligenCE And Networks: Synergistic research in Bayesian Statistics, Microeconomics and Computer Sciences”. It is run by 4 teams, each led by a senior scientist.

One of them is coordinated by Christian Robert, who works together with another PR[AI]RIE chair Stéphanie Allassonniere. The team is based at the Centre de Recherche en Mathématiques de la Décision (CEREMADE).

Read more here. Congratulations!


SAVE THE DATE : Dauphine Digital Days

Les 21, 22 et 23 novembre 2022

Santé, finance, éthique, régulation, médias…
Comment l’intelligence artificielle transforme-t-elle
en profondeur notre société ?

L’Université Paris Dauphine – PSL, en partenariat avec l’institut 3IA PRAIRIE et Les Échos, vous invite à :
3 jours de conférences-débatssur les impacts de l’IA

Avec la participation de scientifiques de l’Université Paris Dauphine – PSL, d’expertes et d’experts internationaux du domaine (médaillés Fields et du CNRS, chercheurs de Berkeley, Washington University, membres de l’OMS, de l’Académie des Sciences, du Conseil d’État, journalistes de l’AFP, des Échos…) :


  • LA RÉGULATION DES PLATEFORMES – Lundi 21 nov. (09H-12H30)
  • ACCEPTABILITÉ & ÉTHIQUE DE L’IA – Lundi 21 nov. (14H-19H)
  • SANTÉ NUMÉRIQUE – Mardi 22 nov. (09H-12H)
  • FINANCE ET IA – Mardi 22 nov. (14H-18H)
  • L’IMPACT DE L’IA DANS LES MÉDIAS – Mercredi 23 nov. (09H-12H30)

– Mardi 22 nov. (18H-22H)

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