SKEMA's glocal character is reflected in the scope of its AI activities, notably through its presence via its 7 campuses and a research center.
Sophia Antipolis campus (FR)
SKEMA is a founding member of the 3IA Côte d’Azur.
In April 2019, the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation announced the accreditation of the Artificial Intelligence Interdisciplinary Institute (Institut Interdisciplinaire d’Intelligence Artificielle) - 3IA Côte d’Azur created by Université Côte d’Azur (UCA) – one of the three 3IAs in France.
SKEMA is a founding member of the 3IA Côte d’Azur, along with the other primary partners of UCA : CNRS, Inria, Inserm, EURECOM and MINES ParisTech. Charles Bouveyron, professor of statistics at UCA, head of the Chair on Artificial Intelligence and Scientific Director of the Institut 3IA Côte d’Azur, is a member of the steering committee of SKEMA AI Institute.
SKEMA will be involved in all aspects of education and training for 3IA Côte d’Azur, and in the creation of start-ups, thanks to the expertise of SKEMA Ventures. The SKEMA AI Institute will be involved in the scientific aspects of the 3IA project. The new 3IA Côte d’Azur will focus on applications for health and territorial development with four major scientific themes:
- Fundamental AI: statistics, machine and deep learning
- AI for computational medicine
- Computational biology and bio-inspired AI
- AI and smart, secure territories
3IA Côte d’Azur is located at the Sophia Tech campus in the heart of Europe’s leading science and technology park, Sophia Antipolis, where our Sophia Antipolis campus is also located.
SKEMA is a member of the Center of Modeling, Simulation and Interactions (MSI) and the Digital Humanities Lab: a data science centre supporting digital humanities.
Located in the Sophia Antipolis technopole, the Center of Modeling, Simulation and Interactions (MSI) was created in 2016 as part of the UCAJEDI French Initiative of Excellence (IDEX) project. The MSI aims to encourage and provide a structure for transdisciplinary exchanges in research, and to develop links between academic research and local industries in the French SUD Region. To maintain an emphasis on transdisciplinarity, which is the main focus of all actions carried out through the IDEX UCAJEDI project, the (MSI) has created a thematic expertise center: The Digital Humanities Lab (DHLab).
Francesco Castellaneta, SKEMA’s professor in strategy and entrepreneurship, and Ludovic Dibiaggio, SKEMA’s professor of strategy and innovation and director of the school’s Knowledge Technology and Organisation research center at SKEMA Business school, are members of the DHLal strategic committee.
Lille Campus (FR)
Diane de Saint-Affrique, Professor of law at SKEMA and legal advisor of SKEMA Ventures, participates in the work of the think tank “Ethics and AI” within La Cité de l’AI, created by Entreprise et Cité in partnership with the MEDEF, to develop synergies and cooperation on the strategic subject of artificial intelligence in the Hauts de France region. A white paper will be presented in April 2021 to the region’s leaders and politicians on this subject.
Belo Horizonte Campus (BR)
Our Brazil campus organised the 1st edition of the International Congress of Law and Artificial Intelligence.
The first edition of the International Congress of Law and Artificial Intelligence took place on July 2 and 3, 2020 in Belo Horizonte.
This congress was an important event for those who want to study the digital transformation in the field of law. During these two days, the relations between the legal world, artificial intelligence, the labour market and ethical issues were discussed.
Renowned guests in the field were present such as Manuel David Masseno, Professor and Data Protection Officer at the Polytechnic Institute of Beja (Portugal), Antonio Marino, from the Universities of Salvador (Argentina) and Pisa (Italy), and Wilson Benevides, Judge at the Court of Justice of the State of Minas Gerais, Bráulio Gabriel Gusmão, Assistant Judge for the Presidency of the National Council of Justice, Bruno Meyerhof Salama, Visiting Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Berkeley, etc.
Montreal Research & Resources centre (CA)
SKEMA Canada was established in Montreal in 2019 as the school began a strategic shift by putting artificial intelligence at the heart of its new SKY25 strategic plan. Global by nature with a strong international presence on 7 campuses and 5 continents, the school has made an obvious choice: Montreal.
Montreal has become in a few years one of the reference hubs of artificial intelligence. It brings together one of the largest academic communities in the world, attracts the largest technology companies and their research centres, and thus promotes the emergence of major innovations in data sciences. As the designated leader of Canada’s AI strategy, the metropolis has received more than $500 million in grants to boost the ecosystem by facilitating the linkage of research to the business world. The effervescence of start-ups and high-growth companies is also attracting private financial partners who have invested more than $1.4 billion in venture capital since 2016. The applications can be found in all sectors: commerce, finance, health, environment, transportation, culture and education.
Within SKEMA’s glocal network, SKEMA Canada serves as a resource and development center for all SKEMA campuses worldwide, and notably, focuses on the development of an open-source, open science platform.
Recently, in partnership with the department of economics at Université de Montréal, and under the supervision of Professor René Garcia, MITACS has recently brought its support to the research project developed by Magnim Farouh, who hold a PhD in portfolio choices, transcation costs, and machine learning. Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organisation that has designed and delivered research and training programmes in Canada for 20 years. Working with 70 universities, 6,000 companies, and both federal and provincial governments, it promotes partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.
Raleigh Campus (US)
It is no coincidence that SKEMA established a campus in Raleigh, the heart of the first American group of high-tech companies. In addition to the economic opportunities offered by the largest American technology park (Research Triangle Park), North Carolina has a large number of universities and offers an exceptional quality of life to students.
The campus team runs regular activities related to AI. Recently, in partnership with Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University Center for Ethics, Georgia Tech Ethics, Technology & Human Interaction Center and the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, SKEMA Business School and French Tech Raleigh — Research Triangle organised a large conference titled: “Ethical Management of AI : A French-American dialogue on privacy, trust and human oversight in health and well-being”. Mélanie Graham, Melanie Graham, a SKEMA professor at the Raleigh campus, moderated one of the debates on the ethical dimension in the development of AI.
The power of AI is such that it may jeopardise what it means to be human, impact people’s freedom of choice, and might reshape the relationship between humans and technology in society.
The ethical issues emerging from AI are complex and evolving quickly. Consequently, identifying and implementing appropriate solutions can be difficult.
The approaches taken by France, the European Union and the United States to address these ethical issues are currently being defined and the governments are, in 2020, still considering options to maximise the potential of AI and big data while mitigating potential ethical problems.
The Raleigh campus team has developed strong ties with IBM, is IBM-certified as AI practitioner and Data Science Practioner, and introduces WATSON solutions into the teaching and learning process. It has developed a dense network of partnerships with Pyron, Align Technology, InfiniaML, RedHat, SAS, and NetApp.