Poetry and AI

"If you can't come to Oupoco, Oupoco will come to you".

Discover Oupoco – the Poetry box, a new project which allows to generate sonnets from poems of French authors. Oupoco incorporates several thousand poems by 19th century poets, which were analyzed automatically by natural language analysis techniques. The project is coordinated by PRAIRIE chair, Thierry Poibeau.

Watch the presentation video and read more about the project here.

CNRS silver medal for Gabriel Peyré

Congratulations to Gabriel Peyré, PRAIRIE chair, who has been awarded the prestigious CNRS silver medal!

The silver medal is presented to researchers for the originality, quality, and importance of their work, which is recognised at national and international level.
More information here.


Women in Computer Vision: interview with Stéphanie Allassonnière

"We should review the very abstract teachings that are taught at schools and show students that math and physics can be useful also to regulate traffic, pollution, ecology, endangered wildlife and help doctors in their diagnostics." Read an exclusive interview with Stéphanie Allassonnière, PRAIRIE chair, which appeared in "Computer Vision News".

Stéphanie Allassonnière is a Professor of Mathematics at the School of Medicine, University of Paris and associated Professor in the applied Mathematics department of Ecole Polytechnique. She also manages master programs and masterclasses in AI in healthcare. Stéphanie is also the co-founder of Sonio, an AI company developing a companion tool for gynecologists and sonographers to help detect rare fetal disorders.

In the interview she talks about her passions and research path. Don’t miss!


Justine Cassell nominated to the French National Digital Council

On 11 February the French National Digital Council (Conseil national du numérique) announced the list of its new members.

Justine Cassell

Justine Cassell, PRAIRIE chair, has been elected for a 2 year term. The French National Digital Council is composed of 17 members appointed by the Prime Minister and 4 parliamentarians appointed by the Presidents of the Senate and the National Assembly.

Formed in 2011, the French National Digital Council is an institution which is independent from the Government and whose mission is to formulate opinions on any question relative to the impact of digital technology on society and the economy.


When AI speaks out

The popular and impressive “automatic language processing” applications can generate so natural texts that they are often indistinguishable from human content. How do they work? What are the risks they may pose? Read the latest article (in French) in “The Conversation” by Thierry Poibeau, PRAIRIE chair.


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

Artificial Intelligence for the Sciences (AI4theSciences) is a doctoral program run by Université PSL, within which 26 PhD contracts at the interfaces of artificial intelligence or big data processing are offered.

The students will not only receive a training specific to each PhD project, but they will also take common courses and participate in numerous events. They will all be trained in AI and Machine Learning techniques, in writing articles for science popularization, in Open Science, in cross-disciplinary skills, etc.

The deadline for applications is 26 February. Students admitted will start their PhD work at the beginning of the 2021 academic year.

More information.

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


Humboldt Research Award for Jérôme Lang

Congratulations to Jérôme Lang , PRAIRIE Chair, who has been granted the Humboldt Research Award!

Jerome Lang

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards to internationally leading researchers from abroad, whose fundamental discoveries, new theories or findings  have had a lasting effect on their discipline beyond their immediate research area and who are expected to continue producing outstanding research in the future.

As this award comes with funding to spend some time in research departments in Germany, Jérôme Lang will work at the Universität Düsseldorf and Technische Universität Berlin.


5 gold medals at the Computer Olympiads!

Quentin Cohen-Solal (postdoc PRAIRIE since February 2020) and Tristan Cazenave (supervisor, PRAIRIE chair) won 5 gold medals at the Computer Olympiads in the following games: Othello 10x10, Breakthrough, Surakarta, Amazons, and Clobber.

The programs competing for each of these games use the same zero knowledge reinforcement learning algorithms (fundamentally different from the Alpha Zero algorithms), created by Quentin Cohen-Solal and then improved during the PRAIRIE postdoc. This is the first time that the same algorithms have made it possible to win 5 gold medals at the Computer Olympiads.


Missed the AI4Health Winter School?

Along with 3IA Côte d’Azur et MIAI Grenoble, PRAIRIE has been the co-organiser of the 1st edition of AI4Health Winter School, which covered the latest advances in the field of data science applied to health.

The presentations from the event are available here.

The AI4Health Winter School gathered more than 450 participants from 30 countries, representing a variety of profiles (60% of students, 20% academics and 20% of private sector professionals).

The General Chair of the event was Emmanuel Bacry, PRAIRIE Chair. Stéphanie Allassonnière, PRAIRIE Chair and Deputy Director, represented PRAIRIE at the opening ceremony.


The Royal Society Milner Award and Lecture for Cordelia Schmid

The Royal Society Milner Award and Lecture, supported by Microsoft Research, is the premier European award for outstanding achievement in computer science.

Cordelia Schmid

Dr Cordelia Schmid was awarded the Royal Society Milner Award and Lecture for her work in computer vision and her fundamental contributions to the representation of images and videos for visual recognition. Congratulations!

More information: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2020/11/milner-lecture/