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16 décembre 2021 | Confiance.ai

Confiance.ai dévoile les 12 start-up et PME innovantes lauréates de son appel à manifestation d’intérêt

Ces 12 start-up et PME Deep Tech rejoignent, au sein d’un programme conjoint d’innovation de rupture, un écosystème d’une trentaine de grands groupes, de PME et de laboratoires de recherche pour adresser ensemble les enjeux de l’intelligence artificielle (IA) de confiance au service des applications industrielles.

DSC 6256 Modifier 980x641CréditsGil Lefauconnier/Confiance.ai

À l’occasion d’un événement organisé ce 16 décembre 2021 en présence de son écosystème, le collectif d’industriels et d’académiques* Confiance.ai a annoncé les 12 start-up et PME lauréates de l’appel à manifestation d’intérêt lancé en juillet 2021. AI Redefined, AIvidence, AzurIA, Cervval, Datakalab, Golaem, Jolibrain, Kereval, Mydatamodels, OKTAL-SE, Quantmetry et Simsoft-Industry rejoindront le programme à compter de janvier 2022. Elles mettront leurs technologies de simulation, d’interactions homme-machine, de test et de d’explicabilité au service du développement d’une plateforme souveraine d’ingénierie de l’IA de confiance pour les systèmes critiques. Ce programme est financé à hauteur de 30M€ par le Programme d’investissements d’avenir (PIA).

« Confiance.ai est un programme unique, auquel nous sommes fiers de participer, car il s’inscrit dans une démarche véritablement intégrative et ouverte. Avec l’arrivée de ces 12 pépites, il fédère en moins d’une année d’existence un écosystème riche de plus de 40 partenaires industriels de toute taille (start-up, PME, grands groupes), d’académiques et de laboratoires de recherche autour de l’ambition commune de faire de la France un leader de l’IA de confiance », commente Mohammed Sijelmassi, CTO de Sopra Steria et membre du comité de direction de Confiance.ai.

« Confiance.ai donne une nouvelle preuve du collectif français à l’œuvre entre grands groupes, startups et PME innovantes. La French Tech est plus que jamais une opportunité pour accélérer la transition digitale de l’écosystème français et répondre aux enjeux de souveraineté numérique », précise Paul-François Fournier, Directeur Exécutif, Direction Innovation, BPI France.

Ces 12 start-up et PME innovantes ont été sélectionnées parmi 44 candidats par un comité composé de représentants des partenaires du programme sur les critères suivants :

  • La qualité de l’offre,
  • l’intérêt de la proposition,
  • la pertinence pour atteindre les objectifs du programme,
  • les contraintes de mise en œuvre,
  • les ressources mobilisées,
  • le financement demandé

Intégrées au sein d’un ou plusieurs des sept projets du programme, elles auront la possibilité de tester et d’améliorer leurs technologies et de les faire progresser sur des cas d’utilisation critiques, tout en contribuant à la résolution des verrous technologiques du programme. Elles seront soutenues par un investissement financier à hauteur de 1,2 million d’euros en cumulé.

Du fait de la richesse de l’écosystème de start-up et PME spécialisées en intelligence artificielle et de la pertinence des technologies existantes, le collectif Confiance.ai envisage le lancement d’un second Appel à Manifestation d’Intérêt dans les mois à venir.

« Nous sommes très heureux de l’arrivée de ces 12 start-up et PME innovantes au sein du programme, conformément à la feuille de route que nous nous étions fixée. L’adage « l’union fait la force » s’applique également dans le monde de la Recherche et de l’Innovation. Chez SystemX, nous l’avons éprouvé au travers de notre initiative START@SystemX qui a, à plusieurs reprises, donné l’opportunité aux start-up de rejoindre des grands comptes et fournisseurs de technologies pour bâtir les nouveaux services de demain. Nul doute que les technologies des start-up retenues dans le cadre de cet AMI contribueront à accélérer la résolution des verrous du programme », explique Paul Labrogère, Directeur général de l’IRT SystemX, pilote du programme Confiance.ai.

Les 12 start-up et PME lauréates de l’AMI :

AIR (AI-Redefined) : Basée à Montréal, AIR développe Cogment, plateforme logicielle open source (Human in the Loop Learning). Cogment favorise la collaboration et l’apprentissage continus, en temps réel, au sein d’écosystèmes d’intelligence mêlant humains et IAs de tout type.

AIvidence : Jeune structure innovante française dédiée à l’explicabilité et l’auditabilité des algorithmes. Dans confiance.ai, AIvidence développera à l’aide d’outils open source une approche d’explications « régionales », complémentaire des approches locale et globale, afin de faciliter le développement, entre experts métier et concepteurs de modèles, d’IA explicables par construction.

AzurIA : Avec l’ambition d’aider la planète et ses occupants, cette start-up, basée à Sophia-Antipolis, optimise pour chacun de ses clients une solution d’Intelligence Artificielle, embarquable sur cibles matérielles basse consommation, pour extraire au plus proche du capteur l’information utile en temps réel.

Cervval : Cervval utilise la simulation numérique en fusionnant la modélisation physique, l’apprentissage statistique et la 3D pour la création de datasets synthétiques permettant de s’assurer que tous les cas sont représentés d’une manière homogène au niveau statistique, même ceux qui sont rares et difficilement reproductifs dans la réalité.

Datakalab : Basée à Paris, Datakalab est spécialisée dans le développement d’algorithmes d’analyse de l’image par ordinateur afin de mesurer les flux dans l’espace public. Dans confiance.ai, elle travaillera sur l’amélioration de la performance du traitement d’images sur des applications embarquées. Les technologies Datakalab permettent de diviser par 6 en moyenne la puissance de calcul d’un réseau de neurones.

Golaem : Golaem, basée à Rennes, fournit des solutions de peuplement des environnements virtuels avec des personnages numériques pour alimenter les algorithmes d’apprentissage profond avec des données synthétiques précises sur le plan comportemental. Dans confiance.ai, Golaem contribuera notamment à un cas d’usage en conduite autonome.

Jolibrain : Société basée à Toulouse, Jolibrain propose le produit logiciel Open Source JoliGAN qui permet la transformation de données entre domaines avec conservation contrôlée de la sémantique. Ceci permet d’assurer la fiabilité des modèles en contexte réel, à partir de données simulées ou externes.

Kereval : Basée près de Rennes, cette PME est un laboratoire d’ingénierie de tests logiciels. Elle développe notamment des méthodologies de vérification et de validation de l’IA. Kereval contribuera à confiance.ai avec sa plate-forme de test et de vérification de systèmes basés machine learning en boîte noire, ce qui permet son applicabilité indépendamment du type de modèle.

MyDataModels : Spécialiste de l’IA frugale, start-up basée à Sophia Antipolis, MyDataModels a développé sa propre technologie d’intelligence artificielle, ZGP (Zoetrop Genetic Programing), particulièrement efficace sur les petits jeux de données (small Data). Les modèles prédictifs générés sont extrêmement légers, robustes et opérationnels sur tous types de capteurs ou de systèmes embarqués. L’IA développée par MyDataModels est également interprétable, compréhensible et transparente.

OKTAL-SE : PME basée en région toulousaine, OKTAL-SE est un éditeur de logiciel de simulation de capteurs Electro-Optique et Radiofréquence de pointe. Ses outils sont devenus une référence internationale pour le développement et l’évaluation d’applications critiques de détection, guidage et navigation. Dans le programme, OKTAL-SE travaillera sur la production de données capteurs synthétiques physiquement réalistes adaptées à l’apprentissage des algorithmes intelligents.

Quantmetry : Basé à Paris, Quantmetry est un cabinet de conseil de référence spécialisé en Intelligence Artificielle. Dans le programme, Quantmetry contribuera au développement d’une IA de confiance en France en accélérant le développement des méthodes et outils capables de mesurer l’incertitude liée à l’IA, de manière systématique et transparente (par ex : la librairie open source MAPIE).

Simsoft-Industry : Implantée à Labège, la start-up développe un Assistant Vocal intelligent, baptisé Spix. Dans le cadre de confiance.ai, Simsoft se propose de mettre au point une méthodologie outillée centrée sur SPix permettant l’établissement de la confiance entre un technicien et de nouveaux systèmes à base d’IA déployés à son poste de travail et participant à leur acceptabilité.

*Air Liquide, Airbus, Atos, CEA, Inria, Naval Group, Renault, Safran, IRT Saint Exupery, Sopra Steria, IRT SystemX, Thales, Valeo

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December 1st, 2021 | NUVIA & CEA-List

Signing of the framework contract for the renewal of the NUVIA – CEA-List joint laboratory

NUVIA CEA LIST 250Bruno Lancia, CEO of NUVIA, and Alexandre Bounouh, Director of CEA-List, signed on 1 December 2021 at the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE) the renewal until 2024 of their joint laboratory initiated in 2016. Dedicated to the development of new sensors in the field of radiation protection for the nuclear industry and security, this partnership aims to strengthen the development of these new technologies by NUVIATech Instruments and their global distribution.

In order to benefit from obvious synergies, NUVIA and the CEA initiated a close collaboration in 2016 under the form of a joint laboratory. This fruitful partnership, which has already been renewed in 2019 for a three-year period, focused on two major thematic fields: the detection of beta emitters in a gamma environment and the detection of radioactive neutron/gamma sources.

A tangible result of this collaboration is the industrial transfer of new formulations of plastic scintillators (sensors based on materials sensitive to ionising radiation), finalised in 2018. A second success is a beta contamination monitor suitable for use in high gamma background, currently in the pre-commercialisation phase. In addition, several other industrial transfers are already under discussion.

For NUVIA, which provides innovative engineering solutions, services and products for the nuclear environment, the devices currently used in the field of radiation protection, whilst efficient, suffer from several limitations. For instance, to detect a specific type of radioactive radiation in an environment that is heavily noisy due to other ionising radiation, or to analyse very large contaminated surfaces such as those in dismantling sites. The obsolescence of certain equipment is also a major concern.

The CEA, in particular through its CEA-List institute, a specialist in intelligent digital systems, has been developing an innovative approach to nuclear instrumentation for many years. Its originality lies in its duality, i.e. the functional modification of both the sensor (scintillator) and the associated detector (prototype device). CEA-List is one of the few institutes in the world with the capacity to develop this offer in the nuclear field, thanks to the recognised multidisciplinary skills of its teams in chemistry, physics and digital electronics.

These successes have encouraged the two partners to renew their joint laboratory for the second time, until 2024, to continue their developments in the service of radiation protection and the safety of nuclear operators.

“The joint laboratory with CEA-List is the driving force of innovation for our NUVIATech Instruments business and enables us to provide our customers with disruptive solutions in our markets. The skills of our respective teams are perfectly matched and when we optimise our own scintillators, develop new algorithms and combine them with state-of-the-art electronics, we come up with unique nuclear measurement products that are totally in line with our innovation strategy. I am therefore delighted to renew our confidence in CEA-List and extend our collaboration once again,” explains Bruno Lancia.

“The renewal of the joint laboratory with our partner NUVIA is a great mark of confidence in the skills of the CEA-List teams and its technologies. We are delighted with the duration of this partnership, which testifies to the CEA’s ability to support its industrial partners on a long-term basis,” enthuses Alexandre Bounouh.

About NUVIA

Drawing on its experience in the nuclear industry, NUVIA supports its industrial clients in sensitive and highly regulated environments throughout the life cycle of their installations. NUVIA operates in numerous business sectors, including nuclear energy, civil and military defence, health and the environment, offering its clients a full range of support services, engineering and the products necessary for the design, construction, operation and dismantling of their industrial installations. NUVIA works alongside its clients, guaranteeing the best levels of safety and performance to build a safer, cleaner and sustainable world.

NUVIA is a subsidiary of the specialty networks of VINCI Construction, a global leader in construction.

About the CEA

The CEA is a key player in research, development and innovation in four main areas: energy transition, digital transition, technology for the medicine of the future and defense and security.

As the only French public research institute listed among the Top 100 Global Innovators (Derwent 2018-19), the CEA acts as catalyst and driving force for innovation to boost French industry. We help businesses in all sectors be more competitive, creating high-performance products that stand out from the crowd and developing trail-blazing solutions that lead to changes in our society. We deploy this dynamic approach at sites all over France, aiding local partners to innovate themselves, thus helping to create sustainable value and jobs nationwide, tailored to meet actual industry needs.

Alongside this, the CEA provides more than just a kick-start to our 222 startups, agile vectors for transferring the disruptive technology and knowledge developed at our laboratories to industry.

 

 

 

December 1st, 2021 | Orano

Orano and its partners launch the Plants of Tomorrow project

logo udd defThe Orano group and its partners are launching a development project known as udd@Orano (for Usines De Demain (Plants of Tomorrow) on Orano industrial sites) in order to accelerate deployment of the plant of the future on the group’s industrial sites.

Coordinated by Orano, this project brings together 11 industrial partners for a period of 36 months: 6 VSB-SMEs (Aeraccess, Axionable, Diota, Ob'dO, Shark Robotics, Siléane), 2 large companies (Predict, Probayes) and 3 research organizations (CEA, Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne and Université Jean Monnet de Saint-Etienne).

For the duration of the project, Orano and its partners will be pooling their expertise to develop and implement new technological solutions. For example, their work will focus on the design of innovative miniaturized sensors for more efficient radiological measurement. New algorithms based on artificial intelligence (AI) will also be developed to facilitate decision-making support and anticipation of actions. Mixed reality platforms using 3D digital models and the dematerialization of flows will help operators working in constrained environments. And new robots will be developed to perform complex remote operations and automate simple tasks.

These new solutions, applicable both to the nuclear sector and industry as a whole, aim to ensure that Orano's industrial sites continue to operate at the highest technological levels in order to improve performance, production, plant competitiveness and operator safety. They will also support the development and growth of VSB-SME partners by promoting the disruptive technological solutions developed in the framework of the project. Lastly, they will facilitate the development of new knowledge and innovative technological building blocks, helping to strengthen the indThe udd@Orano project meets the criteria of the economic stimulus plan introduced by the French government. Under the plan, it benefits from a subsidy of €10.48m awarded by France Relance to all the partners involved.

The project offers the prospect of significant economic benefits, including additional turnover of more than €11m per year from 2025 for its VSB and SME partners, and the creation of more than 70 skilled direct jobs in France and a similar number of indirect ones.

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November 8, 2021 | EIT Manufacturing

EIT Manufacturing drives innovation in France

More than 100 members of the top French manufacturing corporations had a glimpse into the future at “Industrie du Futur”, organised in Paris today by EIT Manufacturing West and CEA List. With this event, EIT Manufacturing reinforced its extensive network in France composed by corporate leaders, academic and research institutions, startups, and SMEs – with the goal of driving innovation in the country.

The conference, held in the École Polytechnique, is in keeping with EIT Manufacturing's mission of making Europe the world leader in innovative manufacturing, with a more competitive and sustainable industry. EIT Manufacturing is an innovation community supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

Distinguished speakers included Thomas Courbe, head of France’s Directorate General of Entreprises, and Frédéric Sanchez, President of “Solutions Industrie du Futur”. Demonstrations of innovative projects in the field of automatisation and robotics were provided by outstanding companies such as FIVES, ESI Group, Tridimeo and COMAU, among others.

Frédéric Sanchez, Président Directeur Général Fives groupe, commented: “I welcome the excellent collaboration of the « Industry of the Future Solutions » Sector with EIT Manufacturing around this event. It should give more visibility to the French offer, in particular through our industry of the future showcases. I hope it will thus make it possible to strengthen the European partnerships on smart manufacturing that EIT Manufacturing promotes in the interest of a strong European industry.”

Antoni Pijoan, Managing Director EIT Manufacturing West, presented an overview of EIT Manufacturing, which has more than 65 members across Europe, saying: “France is among the Top 10 Manufacturing Countries in the World and therefore a key market for EIT Manufacturing, which is in fact headquartered in Paris-Saclay. We currently have eight active members in France from large corporations to RTOs and Universities. Our ambition is continue growing by adding more corporations, but also tech-based SMEs and Start-ups to our community, with an aim to turn Europe into a ’Global manufacturing innovation leader’”.

Joël Rosenberg, Head of Business Development for France, EIT Manufacturing West said“I am proud and happy to hold the EIT Manufacturing event on 8 November in Saclay. We brought together a community of manufacturers who are developing their production tools using new technologies. It was a great day for Industry.”

Alexandre Bounouh, Director of CEA-List, added: “The development of a network of technology suppliers plays a major role in the industrial value chain. A technological research institute such as CEA-List makes it possible to support technology transfer and to orchestrate the industrial ecosystem through innovative concepts such as FactoryLab. From 2022, we will also offer companies access to "Lab2Fab" experimental PRESS RELEASE Paris, 08 November 2021 2 platforms in order to validate technological solutions under conditions that are as close as possible to real conditions in an industrial setting.”

EIT Manufacturing in France

EIT Manufacturing West is based in San Sebastian (Spain) and manages the activities of the organisation in France, Spain and Portugal. The geographical region of Co-Location Centre (CLC) West is one of the most heavily industrialised sections of Europe, but it is also characterised by a high degree of diversity. France is the third largest manufacturer in the EU-27 after Germany and Italy. Together with those countries, France is part of the trilateral cooperation agreement “Industrie 4.0”, which is designed to promote the digitalisation of the manufacturing industry.

EIT Manufacturing West currently has 15 members, 8 of them in France: Arts et Métiers Paris Tech (ENSAM University), Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Grenoble INP (Grenoble Alpes University), CEA, CT-IPC, Fives Group, ESI Group and the industrial organisation Aerospace Valley, as well as several companies already participating in its activities. At the European level, EIT Manufacturing has four other CLCs, with offices in Germany, Sweden, Austria and Italy, and more than 65 Partner organisations, including universities, research institutes and businesses.

About the EIT and EIT Manufacturing

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) strengthens Europe’s ability to innovate by powering solutions to pressing global challenges and by nurturing entrepreneurial talent to create sustainable growth and skilled jobs in Europe. The EIT is an EU body which is an integral part of Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The Institute supports the development of dynamic pan-European partnerships – EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities – among leading companies, research labs and universities.

EIT Manufacturing is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. It is one of eight innovation communities within EIT. The others are EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Digital, EIT Food, EIT Health, EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Raw Materials, and EIT Urban Mobility. EIT Manufacturing’s main goal is to bring European stakeholders focused on manufacturing together in innovation ecosystems that add unique value to European products, processes and services and inspire the creation of globally competitive and sustainable manufacturing. EIT Manufacturing brings together more than 65 organisations (universities, research institutes and business).

About EIT Manufacturing West

EIT Manufacturing West, S.L. is one of the five Co-Location Centers (CLC) of EIT Manufacturing. Located in San Sebastian, in Northern Spain, CLC West serves three European countries: France, Portugal and Spain, with the latter two part of the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS). EIT Manufacturing CLC West works in close partnership with its 15 full members from industry, research and academia. These members include Arts et Métiers Paris Tech (ENSAM University), Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Grenoble INP (Grenoble Alpes University); RTOs: CEA, CT-IPC, INESCTEC, Tecnalia, Manufacturing Alliance; as well as industrial companies: Fives Group, ESI Group, Sonae, Aernnova and ITP Aero; and the industrial organisations Aerospace Valley and Mondragon Corporation. CLC West also works in collaboration with its network partners: EMC2 (France), Mobinov and Produtech (Portugal), Adegi, AFM and AIN (Spain), and its growing network of activity partners.

EIT Manufacturing — Making Innovation Happen!

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October 25, 2021 | STARLIGHT

Launch of EU-funded project STARLIGHT

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Press release – October 25, 2021

STARLIGHT, an innovation project backed by the European union that aims enhance the EU’s strategic autonomy in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) for law enforcement agencies (LEAs), started the 1st of October 2021.

The launch of STARLIGHT (Sustainable Autonomy and Resilience for LEAs using AI against High priority Threats) was officially marked the 6th and 7th October 2021 at a kick-off meeting held in Paris, France.

STARLIGHT is a four-year collaborative innovation project coordinated by CEA (The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) that aims to improve the widespread understanding of legal and ethical usage of AI across law enforcement agencies, reinforcing their investigative and cybersecurity operations and helping them to combat the misuse of AI-supported crime and terrorism.

For the next four years, 52 partners representing 18 European countries, including 15 LEAs from 13 countries, will be working together to develop a new sustainable community. They will build a cohesive and strategic landscape that delivers interoperable and trustworthy AI solutions that uphold ethical and societal values to tackle high priority threats for all LEAs across Europe.

The partners designed STARLIGHT to build capabilities and capacities in AI within LEAs, but also within research and industry organizations who support LEAs.

“Our main goal is to enhance the EU’s strategic autonomy in the field of AI for LEAs. To do so, we will create more effective and efficient collaboration channels between EU Agencies, LEA, research organizations, small and medium enterprises and other business actors. Thus, we will improve the global European response to criminal threats and contribute to the establishment of a strong EU AI-based security industry” says Dr Nizar Touleimat, from CEA.

The main outcomes expected from this ambitious project are:

  • the improvement and enrichment of LEAs’ knowledge and awareness of how AI can reinforce their operational and cybersecurity capabilities,
  • the development of a cybersecurity strategy and of the associated effective measures to proactively protect AI LEA solutions against cyber threats (including provision for trustworthy AI),
  • the delivery of a framework as environment for multi-stakeholder, collaborative AI analytics,
  • and the creation of the European AI hub for LEAs as the centre of gravity for the European AI for LEA vision.

STARLIGHT has a duration of 48 months, starting from the 1st of October 2021, and a total budget of 18.8 million euros, of which 17.0 million euros funded by the European Union.

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For more information about the STARLIGHT project, visit https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101021797 or @Starlight_H2020 on Twitter.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101021797

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