The fellowships are available for M1 or M2 years and are awarded on
academic criteria. Depending on the rules of each university, the
fellowship amount can be maximum 1000€ per month.
Please find here the forms which need to be attached to your application dossier.
Colloquium « Génération IA 2030 »
Several PRAIRIE chair holders participated in the colloquium « Génération IA 2030 » which took place on 17 November in Brussels.
The colloquium was organised by the French Embassy in Belgium and AI4Belgium with the objective to support the Belgian initiatives in the field of Artificial Intelligence. The event brought together political, scientific and economic actors playing a major role in the field of artificial intelligence.
Digital technology and Artificial Intelligence are one of the priority topics for the French Presidency of the EU Council.
Award at AAAI 2022
TheAssociation for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, AAAI-22, has just announced the winners of several awards. The Outstanding Paper Award was given to a team featuring PR[AI]RIE Deputy Scientific Director Jamal Atif and PR[AI]RIE PhD student Virginie Do for a paper entitled “Online certification of preference-based fairness for personalized recommender systems”. Congratulations!
A groundbraking study on methane emissions, based on Kayrros data, has been published in a top-tier scientific journal “Science”, and attracted extensive media coverage and recognition from the French President Emmanuel Macron.
The study provides first statistical characterisation of methane ultra-emitters from oil and gas. It is based on Kayrros data which provides the most comprehensive measure to date of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Methane emissions from oil and gas production and transmission represent a significant contribution to climate change. These emissions comprise sporadic releases of large amounts of methane during maintenance operations or equipment failures not accounted for in current inventory estimates. The study shows a direct relationship between ultra-emitters monitored and measured from space and smaller methane leaks detected by local sensors and aircraft surveys.
The study contributor, Kayrros co-founder and scientific director is Alexandre d’Aspremont, PR[A]IRIE chair. Congratulations!
Article by PR[AI]RIE chair Rayan Chikhi published in Nature and commented in Science
The article entitled « Petabase-scale sequence alignment catalyses viral discovery » by PR[AI]RIE chair Rayan Chikhi and a group of other researchers has been published in “Nature” and commented by “Science”. Both magazines are the world’s top academic journals and cover the full range of scientific disciplines. Papers are accepted from authors around the world and competition to publish is very intense!
The article presents a new cloud architecture for very large scale analysis of genomics data. The researchers mined petabytes of data with highly optimized DNA-to-protein alignment and discovered a new family of coronaviruses, as well as 10 times more viral species than previously known.
Big success of Karthik Bhargavan, PR[AI]RIE chair, who was awarded an ERC Proof of Concept Grant called Cryspen.
Cryptographic mechanisms are crucial to the security of our digital lives but their design and implementation remains notoriously difficult and error-prone. With the help of two ERC Grants, Karthikeyan Bhargavan and the Prosecco team at Inria have developed state-of-the-art formal verification techniques that can be applied to real-world cryptographic software.
In particular, they used these techniques to help design and analyze the TLS 1.3 protocol standard, as well to build the HACL* verified cryptographic library, code from which has been incorporated in mainstream software projects including Mozilla Firefox, the Linux Kernel, the Tezos Blockchain, the WireGuard VPN, and the ElectionGuard voting system.
The goal of this new ERC Proof of Concept grant is to build upon these landmark research results and to commercialise the associated know-how through a new company called Cryspen. Cryspen will build a verified cryptographic software stack and an associated verification toolchain that is well-documented and easy to use for security developers. The company will offer consulting and support contracts for this stack as well as software contracts for developing new cryptographic applications, ranging from secure messaging system to privacy-preserving machine learning.
Cryspen is co-founded by Franziskus Kiefer (CEO), Karthikeyan Bhargavan, and Jonathan Protzenko. Contact for more information: email@example.com.
Umut Simsekli, PR[AI]RIE awarded European Starting Grant
European ERC Starting Grant is a prestigious and highly selective grant awarded to young scientists (two to seven years after completing their PhD), which allows them to set up a research team around an original subject of major technological importance.
Umut Simsekli, PR[AI]RIE springboard researcher, will lead the ERC Dynasty project. His aim is to develop a mathematical theory to better understand the properties of deep-learning algorithms, one of the major challenges facing the AI community.
PR[AI]RIE chair Jean-Baptiste Masson presents a demo to Kamala Harris, the Vice President of the USA
As part of her trip to France for 4th Paris Peace Forum, Kamala Harris visited the Institut Pasteur on November 9, 2021. She met several scientists, including PRAIRIE chair Jean-Baptiste Masson, who is exploring the potential of new imaging technologies for facilitating and improving the diagnosis of some forms of cancer.
During this visit, Jean-Baptiste Masson, Principal investigator of the Decision and Bayesian Computation Laboratory (Pasteur – CNRS), AVATAR MEDICAL CSO and Co-founder, had the opportunity to showcase to Kamala Harris a demo of Diva- the technology behind AVATAR. He explained how this new imaging technology was facilitating the improvement of the diagnosis of some forms of cancer.
The Vice President was particularly impressed
by the Diva technology and commented how this project resonated with her on
account of her mother’s involvement in breast cancer research in partnership
with a team at the Institut Pasteur back in the 1980s.
On this trip to France, Kamala Harris leveraged the opportunity to reiterate how international collaboration is useful to foster innovation. AVATAR MEDICAL is a good example of how technology allows us to go beyond borders in the fight against cancer.
Young AI Woman Engineer prize for Chloé-Agathe Azencott
Chloé-Agathe Azencott was awarded the first Young AI Woman Engineer prize at the closing event of France is AI.
The prize was created by Tilder, Challenges and France Digitale and aims at highlighting French feminine talents in artificial intelligence and creating a gallery of role models for women in AI. It is awarded to a woman engineer in AI, living in France, who is recognized for her achievements throughout her career, her ability to inspire others, and her implication in the artificial intelligence ecosystem.
For this first edition, jury members were unanimous in their decision to give the award to Chloé-Agathe Azencott. Congratulations!
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PR[AI]RIE celebrates its 2nd anniversary!
Last Tuesday 9th November PR[AI]RIE Institute founded by CNRS, Inria, Institut Pasteur, Université de Paris and Université PSL celebrated its 2nd anniversary!
The event PR[AI]RIE Day was hosted by Université Paris Dauphine – PSL. Inspiring talks by top level researchers, including two Turing Award Laureates: Yann LeCun, VP & Chief AI Scientist at Facebook and Silver Professor at NYU and Raj Reddy, University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as PR[AI]RIE industry partners, attracted almost 500 attendees.
PR[AI]RIE Day offered a great opportunity to evaluate what has been achieved so far by the Institute but also to look into the future and possible new collaborations.