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International partnerships

Ludovic Noblet, Hypermedia and Promotion Director and b‹›com Licensing Director, explained that the IRT’s international dimension was planned from the outset for bcom on its 3 key topics – security, media and health networks – with a deliberate strategy to recapture and accelerate progress with respect to standardisation, obtaining international prizes at exhibitions and attracting doctoral candidates from many different countries. bcom joined the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (Germany) initiative on AI and health, as illustrated by Thomas Wiegand, Executive Director at Fraunhofer HHI.

Grégory Flandin, head of the Intelligent Systems and Data Cluster at IRT Saint Exupéry, presented the collaboration effort with Montreal (Quebec) on the DEEL project for certifying artificial intelligence in aeronautics. Gilles Savart, general manager of IVADO, pointed out that this 1,000-researcher institute is part of a Montreal ecosystem focused on AI with many high-tech companies, including Google, Facebook, and Samsung, and on aeronautics (Bombardier…) with CRIAQ, as explained by its CEO, Denis Faubert. The model for the DEEL project (30 million euros) is unique because it is an upstream topic with 40 researchers who are returning to the roots of machine learning fundamentals, supported by computer specialists to set up software suites to explain and certify algorithms. This team is supported by engineers from the industry.

IRT SystemX opened a representative office in Singapore, thus positioning France at the heart of the smart nation concept, a national initiative launched by Singapore to become one of the world’s most advanced countries in the digital field. Singapore is a major research and innovation hub in Asia. François-Xavier Lannuzel, Director of the Singapore office, explained IRT SystemX’s vision with this project in collaboration with NTU, Renault and Nissan to establish internationally-recognized standards for certifying autonomous transportation.

For Carole Magniez, coordinator of the Shift2Rail European Rail Initiative for Railenium, the IRT has always sought to be present both in European clusters such as ERCI (European Railway Clusters Initiative) and the Shift2Rail initiative, the equivalent of the CleanSky initiative for aeronautics. From the outset, Railenium has been associated with two programmes, one dedicated to control systems and the other to the development of tomorrow’s infrastructure. This proximity strengthens links with European partners and broadens the scope to other sectors such as aeronautics and the automotive industry, via technological building blocks such as cold spray.