Inria and the Chinese Academy of Sciences sign a memorandum of understanding on AI
François Sillon et Ju Zhang - © Inria / Photo G .Scagnelli
Inria and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) signed a memorandum of understanding on Artificial Intelligence in Paris on 5 April 2018. The aim is to promote the development of joint research projects on subjects of common interest in the field of Artificial Intelligence and to encourage the mobility of scientists. This partnership strengthens existing cooperation between Inria and China, particularly through the LIAMA laboratory.
Shared research subjects
This memorandum of understanding adds to the existing agreement between CAS and Inria, which finances two new projects each year for LIAMA. Priority will therefore be given to Artificial Intelligence in future calls for projects.
In particular, Inria and the CAS intend to work on neural networks and the different fields of application for Artificial Intelligence technologies in industrial transformation. They plan to promote pilot demonstrations of Artificial Intelligence applications in key sectors such as the manufacturing industry, agriculture, culture and logistics. Workshops will be organised by LIAMA on these themes.
Working with China since 1997
Inria is a truly international institute, working across all continents. It has been developing ties with China since 1997, when the LIAMA laboratory was created in Beijing. These ties are becoming increasingly structured in mainland China through the international laboratory, which has been organised under a Sino-European Consortium since 2008.
LIAMA is hosted by the Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIA). It has taken the form of a consortium since 2008 and its members include European and Chinese partners (research institutions, universities, industrialists). The evolving nature of the laboratory’s structure allows the addition of new partners to the Consortium.
Around one hundred French and Chinese scientists have worked together on research projects focusing on software reliability, safety, multimedia interpretation and interaction, medical imaging and the modelling of environmental issues. LIAMA therefore provides a platform for the intake of researchers and interns.
This next step in our partnership will strengthen scientific exchange by targeting Artificial Intelligence and its industrial applications. This is a field with significant investment and training requirements in both China and France.
Christine Morin, Director of European and International Partnerships at Inria