AI fundamentals

Léon Bottou (Facebook)
Pierre Latouche (Université Paris Descartes)
François Laviolette (Université Laval)
Charles Bouveyron (Université Côte d’Azur)
T. Nagellen (Orange)
Frédéric Précioso (Université Côte d’Azur)

AI fundamentals

AI & Biology / Genetics

Jean-François Deleuze (Director of CNRGH d'Evry)
Fabian Theis (Institut Helmholtz Munich)
Yves Agid (Hôpital Pitié Salpêtrière)
Olivier Marre (Institut de la Vision)

AI & Biology / Genetics

AI & Health

Alexandre Le Bouthiller (IMAGIA)
Nicolas Padoy (Université de Strasbourg)
Michael Auffret (Median Technologies)
Marco Lorenzi (Inria)
Olivier Clatz (Therapixel)
Nicholas Ayache (Inria)

AI & Health

IA & Economy

Philippe Aghion (Collège de France)
Frédéric Marty (CNRS)
Gontran Puebez (Deloitte)
Erik Marcadé (SAP)

IA & Economy

AI & mobility

Laurent Pilati (NXP)
Rodrigo Acuna (Amadeus)
Jean-Marc David (Renault)
Vassilissa Lehoux-Lebacque (NAVER LABS)
Cyrille Bataller (Accenture)

AI & mobility

AI & Digital Humanities

Milad Doueihi (Université Paris Sorbonne)
Ludovic Lebart (Telecom Paritech)
Damon Mayaffre (Université Côte d’Azur)
Laurent Vanni (Université Côte d’Azur)
Bruno Bachimont (Université de technologie de Compiègne)

AI & Digital Humanities

AI & Space

Françoise Combes : Observatoire de Paris & Collège de France
Rémi Flamary : Laboratoire Lagrange - Université Côte d’Azur
Hugues Romain : Thales Alenia space & IRT St Exupéry, Toulouse
Elena Cuoco : ENS Pise & European Gravitational Observatory
Balazs Kégl (CNRS) : Université de Paris-Saclay

AI & Space

AI & Creativity

Show

AI & Creativity

AI & Vision

Patrick Perez (Valeo)
Diane Larlus (Naver Labs)
Adrien Bousseau (INRIA)
François Brémond (INRIA)
Valentin Vielzeuf (Orange)

AI & Vision

AI & Education

Baruch Schwarz (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Federica Minichiello (CIEP)
Nathalie Colombier (Educlever)
Catherine Faron (Université Côte d'Azur)

AI & Education

AI & Cognition

Xavier Vasques (IBM, Chief of staff du PDG d'IBM France, Laboratoire de Recherche en Neurosciences Cliniques)
Paul Smolensky (Johns Hopkins University)
José Luis Bermudez (University Texas A&M)

AI & Cognition

Impact of AI on enterprise

Erik Marcadé (SAP)
Charles de Sabran (Altedia)
Cyrille Bataller (Accenture)
Lionel Lapras (HPE)
Kamel Mekhnacha (ProbaYes)

Impact of AI on enterprise

AI & Society

Nicolas Bouzou

AI & Society

Sophia Antipolis

Europe's leading technopole, Sophia Antipolis has 2,300 companies and more than 36,000 employees, but above all, it is a remarkable ecosystem of large companies, a rich network of start-ups, state-of-the-art laboratories and academic excellence who are working within an exceptional 2400 hectare environment.

Today, it reaffirms the pioneering identity that characterized its creation in 1969 and is naturally positioned as a flagship of artificial intelligence, that supports the many key technologies on which Sophia has built its reputation.

Sophia Antipolis

Program

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
09:00AM to 10:00AM
Opening Official Ceremony
SophiaTech Campus, 930 Route des Colles, 06410 Biot Sophia Antipolis, France

Session details will be published soon.

09:00AM to 01:00PM
Master classes 1 (t.b.c.) Innovation contest
SophiaTech Campus, 930 Route des Colles, 06410 Biot Sophia Antipolis, France

Session details will be published soon.

10:00AM to 01:00PM
AI fundamentals Technical Session & Poster
SophiaTech Campus, 930 Route des Colles, 06410 Biot Sophia Antipolis, France

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has currently a high visibility thanks to its promising applications such as autonomous cars or personalized medicine. AI is in fact the convergence of decades of research in different scientific fields: Computer Science, Statistics, Optimization, …. This session will focus on the methods and algorithms that build the current and future AI. The current issues of AI, for which new research programs are necessary, will be also discussed.

Léon Bottou
Pierre Latouche
Charles Bouveyron
Frédéric Précioso
10:00AM to 01:00PM
AI & Biology / Génétics Technical Session
Espaces Antipolis, 300 Route des Crêtes, 06902 Sophia Antipolis, France

Sky-rocketing developments in biosciences is well illustrated by the sudden and profound out-pacing of Moore's Law which observed for DNA sequencing after 2008 with the advent of 'next-generation' technologies. The resulting deluge of data led to novel approaches to treat biological data, largely powered by artificial intelligence approaches. A very active period of investigation is now on, which will generate novel resources to observe the living, and will also represent a wonderful source of inspiration for other fields of sciences, including data science.

02:00PM to 05:00PM
AI & Economy Technical Session
SophiaTech Campus, 930 Route des Colles, 06410 Biot Sophia Antipolis, France

Session details will be published soon.

02:00PM to 05:00PM
AI & Health Technical Session & Demo
Espaces Antipolis, 300 Route des Crêtes, 06902 Sophia Antipolis, France

The « AI & Health » session has the objective to provide an overview of the current and future developments and applications of artificial intelligence in the context of Medicine. The models and algorithms of artificial intelligence have already revolutionized some fields of Medicine, such as Radiology. AI methods may be of significant help in Medicine where masses of heterogeneous and complex data are collected everyday in order to improve the patient diagnosis and treatment. AI methods can also be used efficiently to design hospital policies or avoid expensive and invasive exams. 

Alexandre Le Bouthiller
Olivier Clatz
02:00PM to 05:00PM
Master classes 2 (t.b.c.) Innovation contest
SophiaTech Campus, 930 Route des Colles, 06410 Biot Sophia Antipolis, France

Session details will be published soon.

08:00PM to 11:00PM
AI & Society Public event
Palais des Congrès de Juan les Pins, 60 Chemin des Sables, 06160 Antibes

This conference for the general public will be an opportunity to review the economic, societal and political impacts of the development of artificial intelligence (see N. Bouzou's book On entend l'arbre tomber mais pas la forêt pousser). The place of robots in society and in the world of work (should we be afraid of them, should we see an opportunity there?), the necessary induced mutations (cf. Work is man's future), these are some of the questions that will be addressed during this evening.

Thursday November 8, 2018
09:00AM to 12:00AM
AI & mobility Technical Session
Amadeus - 485 Route du Pin Montard, Sophia Antipolis

In the area of Mobility, the future emergence of connected, intelligent autonomous vehicles is a true game changer, in multiple areas such as worldwide energy management, quality of air ecology, as well as social models. Artificial Intelligence is one of the key enabling technologies leading this transition. What are the forces in presence? What is the current status of experiments in this complex domain? What are the potential showstoppers?

Attending this session, the audience will discover the future world of Mobility, and meet the best industrial and university specialists of AI applied to transportation.

Laurent Pilati
Rodrigo Acuna
Jean-Marc David
Cyrille Bataller
09:00AM to 12:00AM
AI & Digital Humanities Technical Session & Round Table
INRIA Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée, 2004 Route des Lucioles, 06902 Valbonne, France

Today, AI with neural networks presents a new way forward in the social sciences in the context of digital humanities. The ability of these AI methods to model and describe objects allows different interpretive schemas. In particular, the treatment of textual data by deep learning allows us to discover linguistic patterns which remain invisible by using conventional statistical methods. Yet the interaction is also two-way since the social sciences are used to explain the mechanisms involved in neural networks so as to open the black box of AI and find how it can so precisely learn to recognize and classify textual data automatically.

Milad Doueihi
Ludovic Lebart
Damon Mayaffre
Laurent Vanni
Bruno Bachimont
02:00PM to 05:00PM
AI & Space Technical Session
Amadeus - 485 Route du Pin Montard, Sophia Antipolis

The « Space & AI » session has the objective to give an overview of the current and future uses of artificial intelligence in astrophysics, remote Earth observation, and space exploration. The size of the data collected by satellite missions (Gaia, Euclid, Lisa to name a few) or ground observatories (such as the future radio interferometer SKA) unveils new computational challenges. In cosmology, machine learning algorithms have already proved their efficiency for automatic galaxy classification. The hunt for gravitational lenses through huge surveys, for unusual exoplanets, and even now for gravitational waves through noisy signals, are other examples of challenges for which AI, thanks to its outstanding performance in pattern recognition, will soon become essential. Exploiting satellite images for tasks such as risk detection and management or a better agricultural or urban use is another topic for which AI already plays a major role. We hope this session will contribute to unveil to the neophyte the benefits AI can bring in these fields.

02:00PM to 05:00PM
AI & Cognition Technical Session
INRIA Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée, 2004 Route des Lucioles, 06902 Valbonne, France

Artificial neural networks – artefacts or natural objects in a machine guise? 

In the mid-1980s, connectionism introduced the idea of a more "brain-style" computation into Cognitive Science. As a result, artificial neural networks implemented in machines tried to reproduce some properties known from the workings of biological neurons, namely connection weight and activation threshold. Today what is called Artificial Intelligence and especially Deep Learning are based on this architecture and produce spectacular results offering a wide array of applications.

The purpose of this session is to assess to which extend exactly the promise of bio-inspired technology is brought home:

  • are the machines that are currently running efficiency-hunting artefacts that have sacrificed the mimicking of biological workings, or are they still on the biological track?
  • what is the direction taken by the next generation of machines that are currently in the making in research labs? Are they only after output-oriented efficiency, or is increased bio-inspiration a promise for the future, even if this is at the cost of losing efficiency?
  • what (if anything) does "brain-style" computation tell us about the (human) cognitive system? Is what was advertised as being "brain-style" really any close to how computation works in the brain? And anyway do we expect the workings of the cognitive system to be in any way similar or identical to what the brain does? If not, how and where exactly do the brain and the mind meet?
08:00PM to 09:00PM
AI & Human Public event
Palais des Congrès de Juan les Pins, 60 Chemin des Sables, 06160 Antibes

Simulation of emotions by Robots
Establishing a social and emotional relationship with machines is no longer just a science fiction author's dream, but an emerging theme for many researchers, including Laurence Devillers' team at LIMSI-CNRS. These robots and chatbots will live in our homes and also share a story with us. Our empathy capacities can lead us to delude ourselves on the real capacities of robots, their irruption in our lives requires an ethical reflection. Manage portlets

09:00PM to 10:30PM
AI & Creativity Workshop & Performance
Palais des Congrès de Juan les Pins, 60 Chemin des Sables, 06160 Antibes

Are machines able to create art that humans would find beautiful? Can algorithms help us to be more creative? Is the creative process the last frontier between humanity and machines? How do artists react to the arrival of AI in our daily lives?

To address these questions, the audience will be invited to immersive AI artistic experiences over the course of the conference and to participate in a public round-table discussion with artists and researchers to focus on issues related to AI and creativity.

Friday, November 9, 2018
08:30AM to 11:30AM
AI & Vision technical Session
INRIA Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée, 2004 Route des Lucioles, 06902 Valbonne, France

The "AI & Vision" session will provide an overview of the current and future developments and applications of artificial intelligence in the context of Vision. The impressive advances in Computer Vision have yielded systems for recognizing objects in images, to autonomous cars recognizing pedestrians, road signs, traffic lights, or other vehicles, and advances in many other domains such as robotics, medical domain, or artistic creation.

Patrick Perez
Diane Larlus
Adrien Bousseau
François Brémond
08:30AM to 11:30AM
AI & Education Technical Session & Demo
SKEMA - 60 Rue Fedor Dostoïevski, 06902 Valbonne

During this session “AI & Education”, we will demystify the capabilities of artificial intelligence in education. We will differentiate human intelligence and its learning potential from computer programs assisting this human intelligence in its learning. The different presenters will offer concrete examples for the audience to experience so that they can reflect on the potential of artificial intelligence in education as well as future uses which could be developed. To deal with the risks of the mystification of artificial intelligence, we will develop a critical and creative approach regarding the digital world. Such an approach is necessary so that people – both children and adults – understand the techniques being used that attempt to simulate human intelligence.

01:00PM to 02:30PM
AI & Enterprises Round table
SKEMA - 60 Rue Fedor Dostoïevski, 06902 Valbonne

Topics :

  • What is the quantitative impact of AI on Worldwide GDP ?
  • Hat are the qualitative impact of the deployment of AI on innovative companies’ metiers
  • How AI transform the processes, the organizations of companies ?
  • Will there be an impact on employment (positive, negative), will there be an impact educationdisciplines (some becoming obsolete, some others requiring quick development)
  • How does AI impact the Future of Work ?
Lionel Lapras
Cyrille Bataller
Erik Marcadé
03:00PM to 04:00PM
Closure Official Ceremony
SKEMA - 60 Rue Fedor Dostoïevski, 06902 Valbonne

Session details will be published soon.

Committees

Scientific committee

Bouveyron Charles • Précioso Frédéric • Brisswalter Jeanick • Barbry Pascal • Delhaye Etienne • Descombes Stéphane • Flamand Pascal • Gaertner Julien • Mayaffre Damon • Musso Patrick • Passot Thierry • Pécou Elisabeth • Romero Margarida • Scheer Tobias • Simplot David • Vieville Thierry

Steering committee

Université Côte d'Azur • Inria • Communauté d'Agglomérations de Sophia Antipolis • Sophia Club Entreprises • Telecom Valley

Accommodation

Hôtel Tel Prestation Code Prix Contact Email
Beachcomber 04 92 96 68 78 Chambre Supérieure + Breakfast SOPHIA_SUMMIT_2018 125€ Sophie Mezemmeroune reservation@hotel-resort-frenchriviera.com
Golden Tulip Hotel 06 11 13 48 60 Chambre Standard + Breakfast Sophia Summit 120€ Yannick Trombone adjoint@goldentulipsophiaantipolis.com
Mercure 04 92 96 04 04 Chambre individuelle + Breakfast Sophia Summit 110€ (+1.30€) Réception H1122@accor.com
IBIS Hotel 04 93 65 30 60 Chambre individuelle + Breakfast Sophia Summit 87€ (+1€) Réception H0711@accor.com

Registration

We remind you that because of the “Vigipirate Attentat” system and of other regulations in effect at the university, registration is required for this event. Any person not present on the registration list will be refused entry to the meeting/conference/seminar/event. You must be ready to provide proof of your identity.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Thursday November 8, 2018
Friday, November 9, 2018
Sophia-Summit 2018 is a free event open to participants, funded by CASA, Université Côte d'Azur and the event's official partners.