First French Congress on AI in Biomedical Imaging – IABM 2023

On March 30-31, more than 200 participants from all over France attended the 1st French Congress on AI in Biomedical Imaging (IABM 2023).

The IABM Congress was co-organized by three 3IA Institutes: 3IA Côte d’Azur (Marco Lorenzi, Ellen Van Obberghen-Schilling), MIAI (Florence Forbes, Benjamin Lemasson) and PR[AI]RIE (Olivier Colliot, Laure Fournier, Thomas Walter).

The event was honoured by the participation of Cédric Villani who moderated the session on the future of AI in biomedicine.

The Congress gathered attendees from all over the country: from Rennes to Bordeaux, from Reims to Marseille, from Brest to Strabourg, from Tours to Dijon, from Nantes to Toulouse and many more… The conference was already full just 10 days after the registration opened. This highlights the strength of the French community in this field. Future editions will need more space!


New tool in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease

Don’t miss the latest article by the team of PR[AI]RIE chair, Stanley Durrlemann, published in the Nature Communications. It presents a new powerful tool in the fight against Alzheimer's disease: AD Course Map.

This statistical model forecasts the progression of Alzheimer’s disease several years in advance, using only the current medical data of a patient at an early stage of the disease. With testing on over 96,000 cases from 4,600 patients in 4 continents, the accuracy of this model is unmatched.

Not only is AD Course Map unbiased with regard to sex and geographical origin, but it is also robust to missing data. This allows us to make more informed and timely decisions about the best time to test new treatments in patients. In fact, the team has shown that using AD Course Map can decrease the required sample size by up to 50% in clinical trials!

At its core, AD Course Map will help us care for patients earlier and better, by anticipating disease progression and empowering both patients and care teams with the information they need to make the best decisions.

Read full article here.


COFUND “Artificial Intelligence for the Sciences” : Third 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 March.

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


ERC Consolidator Grant for Rayan Chikhi

Rayan Chikhi, PR[AI]RIE chair, has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for the project called "Planetary scale indexing of sequencing data".

Christian Robert

This ERC aims to create a search engine of all sequencing data that has been produced by biology labs worldwide. The data exists and currently resides in a public repository called Sequence Read Archive, hosted jointly at two large biological institutes in Europe and USA: NCBI and EBI. However this mass of data is relatively inaccessible, as it is too big to be downloaded by any single lab. It consists of tens of petabytes of sequences, from millions of organisms, and of course lots of human sequences.

The project run by Rayan Chikhi aims to solve this accessibility problem, using new data structures and compression schemes, enabling global biological analyses to be performed over all of this data in short time. Such a global analysis has been recently performed, at a great time and computational cost, which enabled the discovery of new coronavirus species.

Read more here. Congratulations!


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)

Infos & Inscriptions

Innovators Award 2022 for Jean-Baptiste Masson

Jean-Baptiste Masson, Principal investigator of the Decision and Bayesian Computation Laboratory (Pasteur – CNRS), AVATAR MEDICAL CSO and Co-founder, and PR[AI]RIE chair, is among the three researchers who have been awarded “Prix des Innovateurs 2022” / Innovators Award 2022 by the Île-de-France Region.

Jean-Baptiste Masson

Since 2020, the Innovators’ Prize created by the Île-de-France Region, aims to encourage, support and promote research, technology transfer and innovation in the medical field.

Each year, the Innovators’ Prize rewards three researchers under 45 years of age and their teams for the quality of their work in the field of health. A total of €100,000 award aims to help them advance their research work. Read more here.



New PR[AI]RIE PhD thesis defended

On September 23, Luca Ganassali defended his doctoral thesis entitled “The graph alignment problem: fundamental limits and efficient algorithms ". Congratulations!

His supervisors were two PR[AI]RIE chairs: Laurent Massoulié and Marc Lelarge.

The thesis studies the graph alignment problem, the noisy version of the graph isomorphism problem, which aims to find a matching between the nodes of two graphs which preserves most of the edges. Focusing on the planted version where the graphs are random, we are interested in understanding the fundamental information-theoretical limits for this problem, as well as designing and analyzing algorithms that are able to recover the underlying alignment in the data. For these algorithms, we give some theoretical high probability guarantees of the regime in which they succeed or fail. 

For further info, and the manuscript, please visit https://lganassali.github.io/


PSL University is running a recruitement campaign for AI – related positions

Through the campaign PSL University aims to hire 6 AI Affiliate Professors and 1 Junior Fellow in AI applied to the humanities.

You can find the announcements describing the requirements and the application process here :

  1. Junior fellow IA
  2. AI Affiliate professor


Bodies and AI, deeper links than we think: interview with Justine Cassell

For Justine Cassell, an expert in human-machine interaction, AI embodied in machines is an effective tool for developing communication between humans, through the body.

We interact with robots unconsciously in the same way that we interact with humans using our bodies. For example, we unknowingly monitor eye movements, hand gesture and smile, and draw conclusions about the trustworthiness of the person in front of us and about their engagement in the conversation. This ability to use the body to engage in getting to know the other person begins at birth and lasts throughout life. It’s exciting to realise that you do the same thing with a robot!

Read an exclusive interview with Justine Cassell, PR[AI]RIE Chair, which appeared in “La Vie” on 19 August.


Participate in Dauphine Digital Days

Dauphine Numérique, a programme whose ambition is to promote a world-class research and training ecosystem and to produce interdisciplinary work on digital transformation, invites you to participate in the Dauphine Digital Days, a series of conferences on AI.

Three days of talks and roundtables clustered around 5 main themes will take place on 21, 22 and 23 November 2022 at the University of Paris Dauphine – PSL. The themes proposed are: Digital Plateform Regulation, Justice and Fairness Issues, Digital Health, AI and Finance, and Digital and Information.

More info here. Don’t miss information on registration coming up early September!


Best Paper Award for Umut Simsekli

Congratulations to Umut Simsekli, PR[AI]RIE chair, who won Best Paper Award for the article "Generalized Sliced Probability Metrics" at the IEEE ICASSP conference held in May 2022.

The International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing is the flagship event of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Read the winning article here.