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Sarah Alzieu - 22/06/2017

Artificial intelligence: Microsoft and Inria at Station F

Inria and Microsoft are joining forces as part of the Station F start-up campus, which will open its doors in Paris this summer. This collaboration follows on from the one initiated over ten years ago by the two digital technology actors, and which today is reinventing itself around the theme of artificial intelligence...

Led by Xavier Niel, Station F intends to be the biggest start-up incubator in the world. From this summer onwards, there should be around 100 young start-ups in this giant incubator in the heart of Paris. Five of them will benefit from the joint Microsoft-Inria programme focusing on artificial intelligence.

The aim: to encourage the emergence of true "French champions" in the field, capable of having an influence on the international stage. As a result, the businesses selected will be hosted for free on the campus for a year and will receive specific support provided by experts. They will also be offered on-site conferences and hackathons on the technical specificities relating to AI.

Inria and Microsoft's joint commitment to innovation does not stop there. Indeed, any start-up hosted by Station F will have the possibility of requesting a meeting with an expert in order to receive support for a project or the development of a technology.

This collaboration is in addition to the partnership that, in 2007, led to the creation of the Microsoft Research - Inria Joint Centre