Modeling, Simulation & Interactions

Modeling, Simulation & Interactions

UCA intends to incorporate the digital approach at the highest level inside the Center of Modeling, Simulation and Interactions (MSI). Large-scale observation and in silico experimentation, such as the acquisition, processing and display of very big data, are conceptual approaches common to all of the Academies of Excellence research activities.

This approach, with a strong modeling component, calls for research methodologies in the site’s human sciences, giving it specificity and guaranteeing international visibility.
By opening new research into major challenges such as new coordination modes, the construction of social networks, protection of individuals, access to information, data sharing and storage etc, the MSI will generate relevant models that will all serve as decision-making tools for innovation:

  • for competitiveness of cooperations and management of economic risk
  • for the economic opportunity that comes with applications for the utilization of data
  • for guiding complex processes, especially in terms of preventing risk to the territory.

The development and control of modeling and simulation tools are a major issue in many scientific disciplines, in responding to current and future challenges in research and technological innovation. To respond to this challenge, there is a need to develop a transdisciplinary scientific and technical environment, and through specific funding and dedicated human resources, to support the federating projects. This is how the Center of Modeling, Simulation and Interactions (MSI) strives to be a center for the exchange of ideas, situated on the Sophia Antipolis site. Moreover, its ambition is to play a structuring role in transdisciplinary exchange; it will provide a language common to the various disciplines, characteristic of UCAJEDI.

The Center of Modeling, Simulation and Interactions (MSI) will encourage the emergence of multidisciplinary project teams, and the performance of transdisciplinary work. It will address all aspects of modeling (theoretical studies of «toy» models; design and theory of models; model (i.e. computational) calculation capacity; implementation of realistic models; interactive and iterative approaches to models; construction of experimental models etc). It will also concern scientific computation, starting with mathematical and numerical analysis all the way to intensive computation as well as the issues facing display and interaction with the simulation processes.

It will aim to :

  • build high-level training programs (initial, advanced and ongoing) for modeling and scientific computation, as well as participation in the curriculum (hosting students in professionalizing projects) and the creation of mooCs and sPoCs (Small Private Online Courses)
  • create scientific moderation in the framework of topical workshops, encounters between UCA players in modeling, simulation, calculation and display
  • create a strong link with the local industrial base around modeling and digital simulation