AI News From France March, 5 2019

AI News From France March, 5 2019

Microsoft will open a global development center dedicated to AI and Digital Transformation on its Issy-les-Moulineaux Campus, in France. This center will help companies and startups from all over the world in their transition to the latest technologies.  (Full article in French)

LightOn: The future of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning relies on the light. LightOn is a French startup building Optical Processing Unit. Those components enable faster and greener AI computing thanks to random projection. OPU are currently the size of a rack and they are meant to be used in datacenters for AI computing, but it should in the future be embeddable in any computer as a single chip. LightOn’s technology is compatible with traditional Machine Learning tools and provided with a python library. (Full article and video interview in French)

Actu IA is 2 years old !
We published 1119 articles in two years and we are pleased to receive great support from the AI community. We now plan to raise funds in order to provide new services and an even greater experience. (Full article in French)

UNESCO’S Paris Call :
UNESCO, Inria and Software Heritage want to promote the importance of software source code as a cultural heritage. They invite you to sign their call. (Read in english and sign or Read our translation in French)

IRT St-Exupéry, a French World Class Excellence Centre in Aeronautics and Space, opens a new branch focusing on AI in Montréal. (Full article in French)

Systematic Paris-Region and OpticsValley merge to create a new Hub. This hub will be able to apply to H2020-ICT-2018-2020 call for projects. (Full article in French)

The Ramsay Générale de Santé Foundation and its partners launched on February, 12, a call for application to the 2nd year of the Prevent2Care Lab.
Prevent2Care Lab is the first incubator program dedicated to health prevention. Startups can apply until March, 29. (Full article in French)

While there are fears AI could make fake news easier, Vincent Couronne, founder of, a fact-checking website that evaluates the feasibility of political declarations according to the law, encourages the scientific community to join his initiative using Data and AI.  (Full video in French)

Focus on Bilberry, the Startup developing intelligent agriculture systems that can help farmers and the environment alike, won the “Young company” Cap’Tronic Trophy in 2018. (Read our focus in French)

Venture 5i has launched its Call for projects. The event, organized by Grenoble Alpes Metropole allows founders and investors to meet. Founders can apply until March, 22. (Full article in French)

6 startups from Systematic Paris-Region took part in the Mobile World Congress 2019: BRAINCITIES, UBBLE, COMSIS, NEXEDI, IP-LABEL, KAPPTIVATE.(Full article in French)

Not related to France but still awesome :

Uber has released Ludwig, a Machine Learning Toolbox relying on TensorFlow and Scikit-Learn, which doesn’t require coding skills. (Full article and tutorial in French)

Microsoft has published on GitHub a guide including code and good practices to build Recommender Systems. (Github)