The Metropole decided to support the application by the University Côte d'Azur (UCA) for its registration as part of a network of Inter-disciplinary Institutes of Artificial Intelligence (3IA) made by the INRIA centre Sophia-Antipolis.
The aim is to set up a genuine cluster specialising in AI, for the benefit of research and companies in the Alpes-Maritimes. The support of the Metropole strengthens the UCA's chance of hosting one of these centres, which will be intended to carry out cutting-edge research on AI, as well as to disseminate knowledge acquired to external agencies (students, entrepreneurs...).
The Côte d'Azur is among the French university metropoles with the biggest scientific populations in the country in digital science and mathematics along with Paris and Grenoble. It also has the largest and the oldest technopole in Europe, with almost 60% of the 36,000 jobs, focused on digital technologies and people of more than 60 different nationalities.
Véronique Paquis, Second Deputy Mayor of Nice with responsibility for the University and Research, and also a professor in genetics, enthuses, "The importance of this application is based on more than 100 researchers who are already working on artificial intelligence projects in our region and in many companies of all sizes, national and international, which have already set up here... The support of the Metropole has already enabled UCA (which brings together Nice Sophia Antipolis University, CNRS, the Observatory of the Côte d'Azur, Skema Business School and Edhec Business School, INRIA...) to succeed in other calls for projects as well as in receiving the IDEX award in 2016."
Already offering high-level education on artificial intelligence at degree level (Bachelor and Master in Computing and Mathematics, MSc Data Sciences, Engineering Studies, EIT European Digital Network) and in further education (Summer school on Deep Learning) the UCA intends to educate specialists from Bachelors to Doctorates to make a significant contribution to the forthcoming great world battle in this area. The aim is also to enable companies in this region to compete in this area, particularly for companies with which UCA already has structural partnerships like the agreement with the world leader of e-Tourism, Amadeus, on continuous training needed by its 5,000 engineers.
Article published on 08 October 2018