The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation recently announced the accreditation of the 3IA Côte d'Azur project to host an Interdisciplinary Institute of Artificial Intelligence. This Institute project, taken forward by the University of the Côte d'Azur, brings together the main stakeholders of the site, such as CNRS, Inria, Inserm, EURECOM, MINES ParisTech, SKEMA Business School with the support of CEA, Nice CHU, CSTB, CNES, Data Science Tech Institute and INRA. The project was also supported by more than 60 local companies such as Accenture, Amadeus, ARM, Blu Manta, Doriane, inHEART, NXP, Renault, SAP, Thales and Therapixel, as well as local authorities and in particular the Sophia Antipolis Conurbation Community.
This accreditation is part of a site dynamic led by the University of the Côte d'Azur since 2012 and the accreditation of its first laboratories of excellence (Labex), confirmed by obtaining the Initiative of Excellence accreditation in 2016 which put it among the top 10 World-class French universities.
The 3IA Côte d'Azur project will be based on 4 scientific areas:
- Basic Artificial Intelligence: Statistics, Machine and Deep Learning
- Artificial Intelligence in Computational Medicine
- Computational Biology and Bio-Inspired AI
- AI and Intelligent and Safe Territories
The 3IA Côte d'Azur will be focused on applications concerning health and digital biology and intelligent territories.
An ambitious programme with 25 chairs to start with, then five additional chairs a year, will help establish the Institute's scientific nucleus and increase the attractiveness of the site. The project's innovation programme involves 62 major companies, SMEs and start-ups, mainly located in the Région Sud.
3IA Côte d'Azur will be located on the Sophia Tech Campus in Europe's top technopole, Sophia Antipolis. Through this creative process, a new vision of Sophia Antipolis is being built, where companies, universities and local communities work in a horizontal way.
Beyond Sophia-Antipolis, all the stakeholders in the Alpes-Maritimes Department will benefit from this initiative, particularly the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropole with its very active positioning on the smart city theme.
Published on 07/06/19