Soph.I.A Summit 2022: 3 days at the heart of artificial intelligence research in Sophia Antipolis

Soph.I.A Summit 2022: 3 days at the heart of artificial intelligence research in Sophia Antipolis

The fifth edition of the Soph.I.A Summit, organized by the Université Côte d’Azur, the Communauté d’Agglomération de Sophia Antipolis and the Sophia Club Entreprises with the support of the Alpes Maritimes Department and the 3IA Côte d’Azur, was held from November 23 to 25 in a hybrid format. Nearly 400 people attended the event, both in person and digitally.

Institutions, experts and researchers from all over the world discussed the challenges of AI around the six main themes of the event:

  • “AI & Health”: AI applied to health
  • “AI & Biology”: AI applied to biology
  • “AI & Smart Territories”: AI applied to sustainable development
  • “Sustainable AI”: AI applied to sustainable development
  • “AI & management”: Relations between AI and management
  • “AI Fundamentals”: Fundamentals of AI

In total, nearly 50 conferences, keynotes, round tables and presentations were proposed by national and international researchers, doctoral students but also national and international public institutions.

Charles Bouveyron, Director of the 3IA Côte d’Azur and Chair Manager for the Soph.I.A Summit, presented the 2022 edition of the Soph.I.A Summit, reminding us of the challenges surrounding the event, which has been organized every year since 2018.

A rich program

A dozen internationally renowned AI specialists presented their research during these three days, complemented by 25 presentations selected by the event’s Scientific Committee.

The Soph.I.A Summit and its numerous scientific conferences, roundtables and posters are opportunities for researchers and companies to exchange around trends in innovation and research in artificial intelligence.

It is also an opportunity for elected officials and the Université de la Côte d’Azur to highlight the excellence of Sophia Antipolis, the leading technology park in France and Europe, founded in 1969 by Pierre Laffitte.

The event’s partners included national and international private and public organizations: 3IA Côte d’Azur, Accenture, Amadeus, CNRS, Eurecom, ICAIR, Median Technologies, Skema Business School and the start-up Videtics, as well as, since this year, the city of Quebec, as well as French, English, Israeli and Quebec scientific, technological and academic media.

The first day focused on AI and Health and AI and Biology. Daniel Rueckert, professor of visual information processing and former head of the computer science department at Imperial College London, spoke about the use of artificial intelligence to improve diagnosis in radiology. Gaëtan Desrues, researcher at INRIA, presented a coupled electromechanical model of the heart for cardiac resynchronization therapy. A round table, presented by Olivier Humbert from the Université Côte d’Azur, focused on AI and the issue of RGPD and data security.

The second day focused on the themes of intelligent territories and security. It began with the presence of Emmanuel Gobet, Professor at the École Polytechnique, spoke about his research work on estimating quantiles from heavy-tailed distributions with neural networks. Massimiliano Pronesti, from Amadeus, presented the state of his research on sentiment analysis based on quantum computing for the travel industry.

Finally, the last day of this fifth edition of the Soph.I.A Summit was dedicated to the fundamentals of artificial intelligence. Serena Villata, scientific director at 3IA Côte d’Azur, was the chairperson. Irina Gurevych, from the University of Darmstadt, presented her research on how to combat disinformation with a more realistic natural language.

Researchers rewarded for their promising research

For the first time this year, the Soph.I.A Summit offered prizes of several thousand euros for the best posters and demonstrations.

After a first selection by the scientific committee of the Soph.I.A Summit, researchers and doctoral students were able to exhibit their work (18 posters and 4 demos). They were selected in the framework of five prizes rewarding the perspectives of their research and the quality of their presentation. The winners were announced during the closing ceremony:

  • The Sophia Awards was given to the startup Neuropin, founded by Antonia Machlouzarides-Shalit. The prize is awarded by the Sophia Antipolis Agglomeration Community and the PACA-Est Incubator. The winner received a €5,000 check, the opportunity to be accompanied by the PACA-Est incubator, a place in the showroom of the Maison de l’Intelligence Artificielle and a badge for the next IA Cannes Festival.
  • SAP Sustainable Price, awarded to Mathieu Merian, CEO of the startup My3D. Their work aims to facilitate access to paper recycling technologies for the general public. This prize was awarded by Olena Kushakovska, General Manager of SAP Labs France.
  • Three prizes were awarded by the Université Côte d’Azur. Each winner received a €2,000 check to support their research work.

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