Pierre Senellart elected to the Institut universitaire de France

Pierre Senellart, PRAIRIE chair, is among 110 laureates appointed by the Institut universitaire de France.

Pierre Senellart dav

The mission of the Institut universitaire de France is to promote the development of high-level research at universities and to strengthen interdisciplinarity. Each year it distinguishes a small number of university professors, junior and senior, for their research excellence, as evidenced by their international recognition. The members are appointed for a period of 5 years.

More information (in French): http://www.iufrance.fr


Call for Applicants: The Postdoctoral Networking Tour in Artificial Intelligence

You are a postdoctoral researcher in the field of artificial intelligence and you want to connect with Germany's leading research groups?

The Postdoctoral Networking Tour in Artificial Intelligence (Postdoc-NeT-AI) is a Project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Its goal is to connect international early career researchers with the research community in artificial intelligence in Germany.

The Postdoc-NeT-AI offers you the opportunity to participate in one week of on-site visits to leading universities, research institutes and companies; including in depth discussions and networking opportunities.

Here you can find the program of the 11/2020 Tour. Deadline to apply to this year’s Tour is 16 August (midnight CET).

Please find more information on how to apply here.


Face Au Virus initiative

Face Au Virus is an open scientific initiative launched by researchers from Université PSL (Dauphine - PSL, ENS - PSL , MINES Paris Tech - PSL), CNRS and Inria, accompanied by a sponsorship from the company Emerton Data, with the objectives to contribute to general information on the Covid-19 outbreak as well as to help defining public policies for crisis management.

A key issue addressed by Face Au Virus is how to leverage mobility data in the modeling of the outbreak dynamics.  To complement the health data provided by public authorities, the Initiative gathers additional data, provided by private companies (including Facebook and Roofstreet), which enable the monitoring of the evolution of mobility according to its various characteristics.

Face Au Virus pays great attention to ensure that the use of data is carried out with respect for fundamental rights and freedoms and in no way aims to identify individual behavior.  The initiative does not collect any personal data and only processes statistical summaries of mobility data.

More information (in French): https://www.psl.eu/initiative-scientifique-covid-19-face-au-virus

Reduction of movement between departments, compared to the reference level of each department
Number of trips between departments recorded daily
Evolution of the sedentary index in Paris and in the provinces
Variations in departmental populations,
focus on departments where the largest decreases have been recorded
Evolution of co-location between different French departments
Evolution of the sedentary index in certain European countries


Jean Ponce receives Longuet-Higgins Prize 2020

Jean Ponce has been honoured with the Longuet-Higgins Prize 2020 for the paper "Accurate, Dense and Robust Multi-View Stereopsis", published in 2007.

Jean Ponce

The Longuet-Higgins Prize is presented annually by the IEEE Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI) Technical Committee at each year’s Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition for fundamental contributions in computer vision. The award recognizes CVPR papers from ten years ago with significant impact on computer vision research.

The prize is named after theoretical chemist and cognitive scientist H. Christopher Longuet-Higgins.

More information (in French): https://www.inria.fr/fr/jean-ponce-recoit-le-prix-longuet-higgins


Applications for PRAIRIE Master fellowships are open!

PRAIRIE Master’s fellowships are accepting applications for four attractive programs: MASH | PSL, IASD | PSL, Bioentrepreneur Program | Paris Descartes, and MVA | Paris Descartes (Health track).

The fellowships are available for M1 or M2 years and are awarded on academic criteria. Please find more information here.


Participate in Challenge Data 2020 !

Stephane Mallat, PRAIRIE chair, invites you to participate in Challenge Data 2020.
Data science challenges are organized by the Data team at ENS in order to put companies in contact with excellent students, engineers and researchers in data science.

The web platform challengedata.ens.fr includes the presentation of problems, and ensures exchanges of data and automatic evaluation of the results of participants. Lecturers can set up an account to select challenges adapted to their course and get access to a dashboard which monitors student activity during the course. The students can upload a report, which is downloadable by the pedagogical supervisor.

Have a look at the videos presenting the challenges: http://www.college-de-france.fr/site/stephane-mallat/Challenges-2020.htm

More information about Challenge Data (in French) here

In order to participate take a look at general documentation and FAQ.


Follow online course on deep learning by Marc Lelarge!

For the duration of the confinement, Marc Lelarge, PRAIRIE chair, is offering the new version of his Deep Learning course online.

Marc Lelarge is the co-founder at Pluton AI and Deep Learning lecturer at Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Normale Supérieure.

The course is designed with a wide target audience in mind: software developers who want to delve deeper in AI, scientists who want to want to acquire practical experience, or entrepreneurs who seek state-of-the-art technology to power their next idea.

More information: https://pluton.ai/course/


Two PRAIRIE chairs elected to the Academy of Sciences

Congratulations to PRAIRIE chairs, Olivier Gascuel and Francis Bach, who have been elected to the Academy of Sciences.

Olivier Gascuel is Research Director at CNRS and Head of the Department of Computational Biology at Institut Pasteur.

Francis Bach

Francis Bach is Inria Research Director and member of the computer science department of the École Normale Supérieure, Professeur attaché at ENS/PSL, head of the Sierra project-team.

More information:

The call for innovations for the Nokia Bell Labs Prize 2020 is open

Do you have an innovative game-changing idea? Are you interested in developing it with leading Nokia Bell Labs researchers?

The Nokia Bell Labs Prize is waiting for your submission till April 27, 2020!

The Nokia Bell Labs Prize is a competition for innovators from participating countries around the globe. It seeks to recognize innovations that solve the key challenges facing humanity  and provides selected innovators the unique opportunity to collaborate with Nokia Bell Labs researchers to help realize their vision.

More information: https://www.bell-labs.com/prize/


PRAIRIE and MIAI AI Summer School postponed

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we regret to inform you that PAISS Summer School, originally scheduled for July 2020 in Grenoble, is postponed.

Watch out for new dates to be announced soon: https://project.inria.fr/paiss/

Revisit some of the presentations from PAISS 2019:

Yann LeCun: Self-Supervised Learning

Alejandrina Cristià: Baby steps to language