A partnership with Fujitsu on artificial intelligence and the processing of big data is announced
Inria is on the verge of signing a partnership with Fujitsu, third provider of IT services in the world, concerning a long-term research programme on artificial intelligence and the processing of big data. This programme may result in the creation of a joint laboratory.
The analysis and understanding of data from connected objects (Internet of Things, IOT) raises major scientific challenges whilst offering numerous application opportunities: issues taken into account in Fujitsu and Inria's commitment to co-build a long-term research programme focusing on artificial intelligence and the processing of big data.
One of the first research directions chosen as part of this partnership will be based on topological data analysis (TDA) methods - a recent and fast-growing field aiming to understand and exploit the underlying topological and geometric structures of complex and/or large-scale data.
Inria already has considerable expertise in this field, as demonstrated by the ERC "Advanced Grant" awarded in 2013 to Jean-Daniel Boissonnat for his GUDHI project (Geometry Understanding in Higher Dimensions).
The results obtained from this collaboration will be incorporated into Fujitsu's artificial intelligence offering, the "Human Centric AI Zinrai" platform, and Inria software platforms.
The first commitments will be made during 2017, with the aim of creating - within two years - a joint laboratory in the field of artificial intelligence and the processing of big data.