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France is AI Talks: monthly events by the PRAIRIE Institute with France Digitale

Changed on 13/04/2021
France Digitale and the PRAIRIE Institute are launching France is AI Talks, a monthly event with the best French artificial intelligence (AI) researchers living abroad. The year’s programme will begin with Yann Le Cun, Director of Facebook AI Research (FAIR) and winner of the 2018 Turing Prize, and Martial Hebert, Professor of Robotics and Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon University.
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PRAIRIE, the institute that puts France on the artificial intelligence map

The PRAIRIE institute was created by the CNRS, Inria, Pasteur InstituteUniversité PSL and Université de Paris, with support from 15 industrial partners. This institute focuses on the fields of health, transport and the environment, and fosters exchanges between academic and industrial research. 16 researchers and 6 teams from the Inria Paris Centre currently hold a chair.

Exclusive conferences every month

The France is AI Talks event, organised by France Digitale and the PRAIRIE Institute, will offer exclusive online talks by renowned researchers every month. The aim? To bring together the whole of the French AI ecosystem – researchers, CTOs (Chiefs Technical Officer), start-ups and major groups – around a given research topic for an hour.


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Martial Hebert, Professor of Robotics, will set the ball rolling

The spin-off of the France is AI Conference, which has united the French AI diaspora in Paris for the past five years, will begin on 27 January with a talk by Martial Hebert.

A Frenchman based in the USA, Martial Hebert is a Professor of Robotics and Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon University. His research is in the area of computer vision and robotics, including image perception, video data and image recognition, the construction of object recognition models using 3D data and perception for autonomous robots and smart vehicles. More recently, his work has focused on minimising supervision in machine learning.

Sign up for the Conference with Martial Hebert on 27 January, 5PM

Yann Le Cun to host the March event

On 3 March 2021, France is AI Talks will receive the iconic Yann Le Cun, Professor at New York University and Vice President and Chief AI Scientist at Facebook. He was awarded the Turing Prize in 2018.

About the organizers

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France Digitale

Founded in 2012, France Digitale is the largest start-up association in Europe, with over 1,800 French start-ups and investors in the digital sector. The association’s aim is to create European digital champions and coordinate the start-up ecosystem in France.

France Digitale is co-chaired by Frédéric Mazzella, founder of BlablaCar, and Benoist Grossmann, Managing Partner of Idinvest

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Created in 2019 by the CNRS, Inria, the Pasteur Institute, Université PSL, Université de Paris and 15 or so industrial partners, PRAIRIE is one of the four accredited Interdisciplinary Institutes for Artificial Intelligence in the framework of the national strategy for artificial intelligence announced by the President of the Republic during the "AI for Humanity” day on 29 March 2018. It is supported by the French National Research Agency as part of the Future Investments programme.