[ROUND TABLE] Women in AI, March 8, 2021

Published on March 3, 2021 Updated on March 3, 2021

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Towards gender equality in AI?

Roundtable organized by the Interdisciplinary Institutes of Artificial Intelligence (3IA) on Equality in the Digital Sciences and AI

Women are 4 times less likely than men to have a degree in information science. It is estimated that 30% of women work in the artificial intelligence and digital sciences sector, and many more leave it. Only 14.8% of start-up founders are women. Wouldn’t the more massive integration of women in the field be a source of added value? Wouldn’t diversity in a digital world be a force for increasing inventive activity in the field?

In the continuity of these reflections, the interdisciplinary national institutes in Artificial Intelligence 3IA (MIAI@Grenoble Alpes, PRAIRIE, ANITI and 3IA Côte d'Azur) organize a round table on March 8th 2021 at 2pm entitled “Towards Gender Equality in AI: Tools and Devices”. This initiative is part of a series of events on parity and equality in the digital sciences in general and artificial intelligence in particular.

The event will be broadcast live on MIAI Youtube channel.



2pm - Towards equality Women/ Men in AI: tools and devices

Moderated by: Agnès Helme-Guizon (CERAG UGA, member of the MIAI and COMEX scientific bureau) and Manel Boumegoura (MIAI project leader)

3IA Grenoble guests: Violette Zechi (UGA Equality Mission Manager), Céline Ternon (Equality Mission Manager, INP-Grenoble Alpes)

3IA Toulouse guests: Marjorie Allain-Moulet (Head of ANITI Industrial Co-pilot and Mixed Commission, Chantal Soulé-Depuy (Director of the Graduate School ANITI and Vice-President Training and Student Life of Univ. Toulouse 1 Capitole)

3IA Paris guests: Stéphanie Allassonnière (Deputy Scientific Director of PRAIRIE)

3IA Côte d'Azur guests: Serena Villata (Deputy Scientific Director of 3IA Côte d'Azur)

During this round table, an overview of the place of women in AI and the devices deployed in the 3IA communities will be presented. To do this, we need you, the player in the AI ecosystem.

We invite you to participate in an online survey. This survey consists of a very short questionnaire in which you will be asked to express your opinion on diversity and inclusion in AI and if necessary share your practices. We will also ask you a few questions about yourself, such as your gender, age, etc. 

Please answer the questionnaire by following the link: Questionnaire Women in AI.


MIAI@Grenoble Alpes (Multidisciplinary Institute in Artificial Intelligence)

MIAI, the interdisciplinary Grenoble Institute in Artificial Intelligence run by Grenoble Alpes University, is developing the new generation of AI models and systems, from hardware and embedded architectures to software, with a particular focus on health, environment and energy, and industry 4.0. MIAI is also studying how AI is perceived by our society and what are the legal and ethical problems posed by the growing use of AI tools. With more than 60 industrial partners, more than 500 people, both industrial and academic, collaborate on these different aspects. A dedicated program also aims to create, each year, new startups in areas related to AI. MIAI also offers courses in AI, open to students of all levels and professionals, courses that may give rise to qualifications in AI and in its fields of application. Finally, MIAI wishes to engage in an ongoing dialogue with society on all aspects of AI.

ANITI, Artificial and Natural Intelligence Toulouse Institute

ANITI’s activities are based on three main pillars: scientific research, training and contribution to economic development. Its specificity is to develop a new generation of artificial intelligence called hybrid, combining in an integrated way machine learning techniques from data and models allowing to express constraints and to carry out logical reasoning. Bringing together about 200 researchers from universities, engineering schools and scientific and technological research organizations in Toulouse and its region, and some 30 industrial partners. The targeted strategic application areas are mobility and transport and robotics/cobotics for the industry of the future. The major challenge is to foster exchanges between industrialists who address their problems to scientists and academics to develop new markets, new technological applications. ANITI also includes a Graduate school: whether it is to train specialists or users of artificial intelligence, the objective of 3IA ANITI is to enrich this offer and double the number of AI trained in four years. A gender committee has been set up to address gender issues and increase the number of women in AI. It supports AI awareness-raising activities among school children and the general public, and coordinates a network of ambassadors.rice. s for gender diversity in AI.

3IA Côte d'Azur

3IA Côte d'Azur is one of the four "Interdisciplinary Institutes of Artificial Intelligence" that were created in France in 2019. Its ambition is to create an innovative and influential at the local, national and international levels. The institute is run by the Université Côte d'Azur in partnership with the main partners in higher education and research in the Nice and Sophia Antipolis region: CNRS, Inria, INSERM, EURECOM, ParisTech MINES and SKEMA Business School. 3IA Côte d'Azur is also supported by more than 62 companies and start-ups. The overall goal of the institute is to advance real-world AI, with applications for health and smart territories.

PRAIRIE, PaRis Artificial Intelligence Research Institute

Created in 2019 by CNRS, Inria, Institut Pasteur, PSL University, Université de Paris and a club of industrial partners, PaRis Artificial Intelligence Research InstitutE (PRAIRIE) is one of the 4 Interdisciplinary Institutes of Artificial Intelligence labeled as part of the national strategy for artificial intelligence announced by the President of the Republic in March 2018. It is supported by the National Research Agency under the Investments for the Future programme. The heart of the institute, which is highly interdisciplinary, is today made up of 43 researchers, specialists in AI with diverse fields of application, such as biology, health, transport or the environment, in collaboration with public and private actors in these sectors. The questions of ethics and the contribution of the social sciences feed the reflection on the impact of AI on society and the socio-economic environment. PRAIRIE has the ambitious goal of becoming a world leader in AI research and higher education, with a real impact on the economy and society driven by its founding members leading academic players worldwide, leading industrial partners in their field and a network of leading international partners.