While artificial intelligence is a global issue, the Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI) is one of the French references in terms of research. The center brings together a strategic range of modern AI disciplines in one location in the heart of Paris and recently announced that it will house a dedicated computing machine. This acquisition, scheduled for next January, benefited from the support of the Sorbonne University Foundation and the support of DATA4.
SCAI is the structure of the Sorbonne University Alliance that brings together the communities of the three Faculties of Arts, Humanities, Sciences and Engineering as well as Medicine of the Sorbonne University, as well as the members of the Sorbonne University Alliance (UTC, MNHN, INSEAD).
This center dedicated to artificial intelligence aspires to significantly contribute to excellence in interdisciplinary research and teaching in artificial intelligence by promoting exchanges between researchers, students and industry. For this purpose, it welcomes students, researchers and companies in its offices in Paris, located in the Esclangon building on the Pierre and Marie Curie campus of Sorbonne University, but also in Abu Dhabi, on the Sorbonne Abu Dhabi campus. This final research space is for industrial research chairs and initial and continuing training.
Artificial intelligence at the service of all disciplines
Modern artificial intelligence requires computing power to test and propagate deep learning algorithms on large blocks of data. Educators, researchers, and researchers do not always have sufficient equipment to meet the scientific challenges of tomorrow.
This new equipment ordered by SCAI, at the forefront of technology, will benefit the entire scientific community in the three faculties of the Sorbonne, in terms of research and training. It can be used notably by the Institut de la Mer de Villefranche for the analysis of marine biodiversity, by the Faculty of Medicine for forecasting from patient files, and by the Faculty of Arts for the automatic analysis of places in 18th-century French literature.
SCAI plans to use this additional computing power to expand the programming education platform, a project that will see the light of day in early 2022.
The center can acquire this computing machine for artificial intelligence thanks to the support of DATA4 through the Sorbonne University Foundation and through internal co-funding. Thus, DATA4, a French company that specializes in data center campuses in Europe, is committed together with the university, enabling it to enhance its innovation capacity. Dr Xavier Fresquet, Deputy Director of SCAI says:
This machine, made up of the latest generation of graphics processors, will allow SCAI to make resources available to researchers and laboratories at the Sorbonne and the Alliance to test and validate their machine learning models. It is an essential tool that DATA4 allows us to have today that will allow us to develop the work of colleagues in all disciplines, but also to support lifelong education and training activities. “
Dedicated equipment (GPU, processor, RAM, SSD) will be installed on the Pierre & Marie Curie campus.