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Université Côte d'Azur shortlisted to receive an Interdisciplinary Institute of Artificial Intelligence

The application for an Interdisciplinary Institute of Artificial Intelligence (3IA) by the Université Côte d'Azur, CNRS and Inria was shortlised by an international jury on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, as part of the national program for artificial intelligence. A detailed project must now be submitted before January 15, 2019, in order to obtain the final 3IA label. The overall dedicated budget is €100 million.

Publication : 02/12/2018
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The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has just announced, by press release, that the 3IA Côte d'Azur project has been shortlisted to receive an Interdisciplinary Institute of Artificial Intelligence as part of a call for expressions of interest that was launched in July 2018. This 3IA project is driven by the Université Côte d'Azur and brings together the main actors in the region such as CNRS, Inria, EURECOM, MINES ParisTech with the support of CEA, CHU de Nice, CSTB, DSTI and INRA. The project has also been supported by more than 50 local companies such as Amadeus, SAP, Scalian, Qwant, inHEART, ARM, NXP, Renault, Blu Manta and Therapixel. The Toulouse, Grenoble and Paris sites were also recognized, from a total of 12 submitted applications.

As part of the National Program for Artificial Intelligence announced by the President of the Republic during the "AI for Humanity" day on March 29, the State has decided to support the creation of a network composed of a small number of 3IA institutes "with which all of the French potential in AI will be able to interact".

This announcement comes on the eve of the SophIA Summit, which will host the best artificial intelligence specialists at the Sophia Antipolis technopole from November 7 to 9.

For Jean-Marc Gambaudo, President of the Université Côte d'Azur, "this success is the result of an increasingly close collaboration between the principal local authorities, the major industrial actors in the region, startups and the academic world. We have all worked to strengthen this synergy, which positions us at the forefront of the national and international scene. It also recognizes the Université Côte d'Azur as a driving force behind the models for innovation and growth in our region”.

For David Simplot, Director of the Inria Sophia Antipolis - Mediterranean research centre and head of the 3IA Côte d'Azur project, "the intensity and excellence of academic research and companies in the Nice-Sophia Antipolis region made the idea of submitting a 3IA application immediately obvious to us all. The dynamics and enthusiasm of all the participants have enabled us to propose a beautiful project around health and digital biology and the smart city. This first step has been taken, and now we must collectively convert the try”.

For Jean Léonetti, Mayor of Antibes-Juan Les Pins, President of the Sophia Antipolis Urban Community, "this label shows once again that the Sophia Antipolis region is dynamic and attractive. On the eve of Sophia Antipolis’ 50th anniversary, this will be an opportunity to showcase the 3IA Institute, and show that now more than ever Sophia Antipolis is the leading technology park in Europe”.

For Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolitan Area, Deputy President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region: "The Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolitan Area has clearly supported this bid. By hosting the 3IA Institute, Nice Côte d'Azur, a globally recognized smart city and territory of innovation, will help France to maintain its position in terms of industrial attractiveness and mastery of what promises to be a major technological revolution”.