€8 million for the “Ecole Française de l'Intelligence Artificielle – EFELIA” project of Université Côte d'Azur

Published on September 29, 2022 Updated on December 20, 2022

The challenge of the EFELIA project is to increase the skills of all publics in using AI and, thus, to support the dissemination of this disruptive technology in the French economy and increase its competitiveness in strategic sectors.

The Université Côte d'Azur's "EFELIA Côte d'Azur" project was selected as part of the "Compétences et Métiers d'Avenir" (CMA) call for expressions of interest, jointly operated by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche and the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignation.

Université Côte d'Azur, the project coordinator, will receive €8M for a period of 5 years to implement the project in collaboration with the EFELIA Côte d'Azur consortium partners: Inria, CNRS, Inserm, Eurecom and SKEMA Business School.

The aim of this project, which is run locally by the 3IA Côte d'Azur Institute in collaboration with the 3IA network, is to create a French School of Artificial Intelligence, which aims to develop and expand AI training at all levels (specialist or interdisciplinary).

The EFELIA project will be implemented through several actions: the certification of training courses under the label "Ecole Française de l'IA", the development of the AI training offer, the implementation of calculation platforms and the creation of MOOCs in AI.

The creation of educational content will be coordinated with the other 3IAs, according to the disciplines of each Institute:
  • AI & Health and Deep Learning by the 3IA Côte d'Azur
  • Trusted AI by ANITI Toulouse
  • Frugal AI and automatic language processing by MIAI Grenoble
  • AI, Economics, Management, Finance by PRAIRIE Paris
These first actions represent the basis of the EFELIA project, which will be developed in a network with all the 3IA Institutes with the aim of sharing the expertise acquired within the institutes at national level, and attracting and training AI talent.

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