Applications for PRAIRIE Master fellowships 2022/23 are now open!

PRAIRIE Master’s fellowships are accepting applications for four attractive programs:

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

The Association 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!

Read the full paper here.


Big Science moment for Kayrros

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!

Read the article.

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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.

Congratulation on this success!

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ERC Proof of Concept for Karthik Bhargavan!

Karthikeyan Barghavan

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: info@cryspen.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.


Read more about the winner and his project here.


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.

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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.


More info: https://www.pasteur.fr/en/home/research-journal/news/covid-19-kamala-harris-vice-president-united-states-salutes-institut-pasteur-s-response-tackling


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.

Below are a few snapshots from the day:

Opening of PR[AI]RIE Day

El Mouhoub Mouhoud, Président de l’Université Paris Dauphine – PSL

Alain Fuchs, Président de l’Université PSL

Eric Brousseau, Professeur à l’Université Paris Dauphine – PSL


Round table “The Challenges of AI: Big Data”

Emmanuel Bacry, Directeur de recherche CNRS, directeur scientifique du Health Data Hub, chaire PR[AI]RIE

Vincent Bouatou, Deputy Director, Strategic Innovation, Public Security & Identity Division, Idemia

Nicolas Champetier, Senior Vice President in Advanced Engineering for Propulsion Systems, Stellantis

Simon Holmes, AI Project Director, Faurecia


Round table: “The Challenges of AI : Large Models”

Igor Carron, CEO, LightOn, Paris Machine Learning Applications Group Meetup co-founder

Kyunghyun Cho, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Data Science at New York University, Senior Director of Frontier Research at Genentech Research and Early Development (gRED)

Douglas Eck, Senior Research Director, Google Research

Cordelia Schmid, Research Director at Inria, member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, PR[AI]RIE chair


Round table “The Impact of AI on Society”

Justine Cassell, Senior researcher at Inria, member of the CNNUM, PR[AI]RIE chair

Christoph Lütge, Professor at Technische Universität München (TUM), Director of the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence

Hervé Moulin, D.J. Robertson Chair in Economics at the University of Glasgow, Chaire Blaise Pascal de la Region Île-de-France


Round table “AI and Health: Challenges and Opportunities”

Francis Bach, Directeur de Recherche Inria, Membre de l’Académie des Sciences, chaire PR[AI]RIE

Leo Grady, CEO, Paige.AI

Dominique Le Guludec, Présidente du collège de la Haute Autorité de Santé

Clara Nordon, Directrice de La Fondation MSF

Arnaud Rosier, CEO et co-fondateur d’Implicity, rythmologue et docteur en informatique médicale


Future of AI

Yann LeCun, VP & Chief AI Scientist at Facebook, Silver Professor at New York University (NYU), ACM Turing Award Laureate

Raj Reddy, University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics and Moza Bint Nasser Chair in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, ACM Turing Award Laureate



Round table “Robots : from Laboratory to Industry”

Geoffrey Bouquot, CTO & VP Strategy du groupe Valeo

Emmanuel Chiva, Directeur de l’Agence de l’innovation de défense

Martial Hebert, Pr., Doyen de la School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Jean-Paul Laumond, Directeur de recherche CNRS, membre de l’académie des sciences, membre de l’académie des technologies, chaire PR[AI]RIE

Alice Memang, Co-fondatrice & Directrice d’exploitation de Delfox


Round table “AI: an Innovation Lever for All Fields?”

Stéphanie Allassonnière, Pr. Université de Paris, Co-fondatrice de Sonio, chaire PR[AI]RIE

Jean-Michel Dalle, Directeur Général, Agoranov

Xavier Lazarus, Fondateur associé d’Elaia

Sophie Paturle-Guesnerot, Cofondatrice et Managing Partner de Demeter IM

Bernard-Louis Roques, Co-fondateur et Directeur Général, Truffle Capital



Jean-Luc Beylat, President Nokia Bell Labs France, représentant du club des mécènes de PRAIRIE

Jean Ponce, Directeur Scientifique de PR[AI]RIE

Isabelle Ryl, Directrice de PR[AI]RIE


This highly successful event was followed by a scientific workshop which gathered over 200 participants.

Happy anniversary PR[AI]RIE!!!