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Artificial intelligence: the Lille center at the cutting edge of machine learning


Of the 16 project teams at the Inria Lille - Nord Europe center, nine have research projects linked to artificial intelligence, either directly or indirectly. Here is an overview of the Inria Lille forces in AI.




10 years of Vekia: the success story of an Inria start-up


Just ten years ago, Manuel Davy, co-founder of the Sequel team from the Inria Lille - Nord Europe research centre, launched his start-up: Vekia At the time the small company, specialised in machine learning, proposed consulting services to the major retail groups in the Lille region. Today, Vekia is developing a supply chain solution for stock management. It employs approximately 50 people, works with around 20 major retail groups and, in 2017, raised 12 million Euros in order to expand. 




In Lille, Inria cultivates the start-up spirit !


The Inria Lille - Nord Europe centre's Technology Transfer, Innovation and Partnerships department (STIP) encourages the creation of start-ups by raising awareness among, and providing support to, scientists wishing to venture into entrepreneurship. Laurie Barbarin has been exclusively in charge of this mission since October 2017. Lille is the first Inria centre to have set up a post dedicated to this support.




Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence: when machines learn to forget


The work of Daniele Calandriello, a doctoral candidate on the Project Sequel team at the Inria Lille - Nord Europe research center, has just received an award from the French Association for Artificial Intelligence (AFIA). He has developed a method by which machines retain only the essential elements of very big datasets in order to make them more independent.



Collaborative project

Blockchain: Inria and the start-up Utocat push forward research on smart contracts and transaction management


For the last year, the Rmod* project team, from the Inria Lille - Nord Europe research center, has been working with the start-up Utocaton the blockchain. Through three recent publications, the two partners are demonstrating the dynamics of the research carried out as part of this collaboration. Moreover, several other publications are currently in the process of being prepared.  In parallel, theUtocat- Inria collaboration is intensifying with a new research agreement recently signed with another team from the center: the Inocs* team.



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Associate teams

LEGO: teaching natural language to machines

Sophie Timsit - 6/06/2018

Teaching machines to analyze language and words in a large volume of data in order to extract information and perform tasks... This is the objective of the LEGO associate team’s research: “LEarning GOod representations for automatic natural language processing.” Begun in January 2016 for a period of 3 years, LEGO brings together the Magnet project team* and the University of Southern California. It is a partnership which will soon come to an end but which promises further advances.



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Math is in the air this spring at Inria Lille – Nord Europe


In the spring of 2018, three math events clearly demonstrate that this dynamic discipline is not just for experts: the conference of the French Mathematics Society, the Mathematical Olympiads and TFJM² (the French tournament for young mathematicians). The winning TFJM² team at the national event is jointly coached by a doctorate researcher from the Inria Lille – Nord Europe research center.



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New appointment

Géry Casiez becomes a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France


Géry Casiez, Professor at Université de Lille and a member of the Loki* research team, has been made a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France in the 2018 selection.




Defrost : 2nd place award of RoboSoft Grand Challenge manipulation


Defrost* project-team has participated at the international IEEE-RAS Robosoft 2018 conference. Defrost manipulator received the second place award for the manipulation challenge.