Programme de Conférences 2021

HORAIRESSalle de Conférences 1Salle de Conférences 2
09:00 - 09:30KEYNOTE 1 - partie 1
Stratégies Française et Européenne pour l’Intelligence Artificielle

Renaud VEDEL
Préfét Coordinateur National pour l'IA

Directrice Scientifique, Hub France IA
09:30 - 10:15KEYNOTE 1 - partie 2
Stratégies Française et Européenne pour l’Intelligence Artificielle

Jean-Martin JASPERS
Délégué Ministériel pour l'Intelligence Artificielle, Ministère de l'Intérieur
10:15 - 11:15TABLE RONDE 1
Stratégies Française et Européenne pour l’Intelligence Artificielle

Président/PDG, NXU / U-Need / Hub France IA

Directrice Scientifique, Hub France IA

Vice-Présidente, Région Occitanie

Antoine COURET
Président/PDG, Hub France IA / Geo4Cast

Emmanuel SALIOT
Consultant, Commission Européenne

Bertrand SERP
Vice-Président - Transition Digitale, Toulouse Metropole

What French strategies have been implemented since the Villani mission on AI? How can Europe compete in the AI race largely led by China and the USA? Are there common interests on AI shared by member states? Can European data regulation become a castrating factor for innovation? How to reduce the drain of European talent to the big American digital players? At the national level, how should the AI industry be organized without locking itself from the inside? What are the avenues to help French AI startups become unicorns? How can we encourage the creation of startups based on laboratory-based research? Would the creation of a national AI agency be relevant in France?

11:15 - 12:00KEYNOTE 2
L’Intelligence Artificielle au Service de la Santé

Emmanuel BACRY
Directeur Scientifique, Health Data Hub
Cybersécurité et Intelligence Artificielle

Guillaume POUPARD
Directeur, ANSSI
12:00 - 13:00TABLE RONDE 2
L’Intelligence Artificielle au Service de la Santé

Jean-Louis FRAYSSE
Co-Fondateur, BOTdesign

Professeur de Mathématiques Appliquées,
Paris Descartes / Ecole Polytechnique

Fondateur, Ethik IA / Directeur du Programme Santé, Jouve

Dominique PON
Directeur, Clinique Pasteur Toulouse

Directeur de Recherche, INRAE

Président, The Future Society

Machine learning techniques applied to medical imaging provide highly effective solutions in the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or that of certain cancers. From the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, these techniques enabled China to map the genetic makeup of the coronavirus in just 14 days. AI and robotics have been omnipresent in Asia in addressing the health crisis. In France, the creation of the Health Data Hub should accelerate the implementation of the health data industry. How should this collective heritage be managed? What are the winning "data" synergies the major players in healthcare should enable to better handle the next health crisis? Can AI warn us about health risks and avoid unpleasant surprises?

Cybersécurité et Intelligence Artificielle

PDG, I-Trust

Avocate, Cabinet Juris Défense Avocats et Membre de la Chaire de Cyberdéfense et Cybersécurité Saint-Cyr

Sébastien JARDIN
Directeur Business Development,

Professeur Associé en Mathématiques Appliquées,
Ecole Polytechnique

Cyril BRAS
Vice-Président, IN.CRT

Directeur Sécurité et CTO Cybersecurity, Parrot

Cybersecurity solutions include machine learning components, particularly in the supervision of the information system and event management (SIEM UEBA). On the cyber attackers' side, machine learning is increasingly used in different types of attacks. Applications that use machine learning are confronted with new threats. AI is therefore involved in defense and attack, and can be attacked. The data used in statistical learning processes can be misused or distorted. How can the security and explainability of solutions be guaranteed? How can homomorphic encryption secure the machine learning process and maintain anonymity of the data? What are the major challenges at the intersection of information security and artificial intelligence?

13:00 - 13:30BREAK
13:30 - 14:15KEYNOTE 3
Robotique, Systèmes Autonomes et Intelligence Artificielle

Professeur en Intelligence Artificielle, LIMSI-CNRS
Intelligence Artificielle, Défense Nationale, Enjeux de Souveraineté

Emmanuel CHIVA
Directeur, Agence d'Innovation de la Défense (AID)
14:15 - 15:15PANEL DISCUSSION 3
Robotique, Systèmes Autonomes et Intelligence Artificielle

Responsable du Groupe Cybersécurité IA, Hub France IA et Chercheur, Chaire de Cyberdéfense et Cybersécurité Saint-Cyr

PDG, Shark Robotics

William ELDIN
Fondateur, XXII

Olivier PAGES
Fondateur, ffly4u

Senior Vice President - Head of Robotics & Automation, AIRBUS

Liviu NICU
Directeur, LAAS-CNRS

Building robots that work and that respond to a specific demand, keeping humans away from risk, going beyond the simple "gadget" use case that is too far away from economic realities to build a sustainable and profitable offer, these are the challenges for robotics companies in Europe. Speakers will explore successful use cases and will answer the following questions: How to strengthen the French industrial robotics market? How to avoid seeing the only two brilliant European startups of ground robotics be taken over by American or Chinese giants? What are the ways to create a strong and profitable national robotics industry?

Intelligence Artificielle, Défense Nationale, Enjeux de Souveraineté

Olivier KEMPF
Président, Truchements

Ingénieur Chercheur, CREC Saint-Cyr

Nicolas MALBEC
Chief Digital Officer, Marine Nationale

Directeur, Intelligence Campus

VP Marketing & Public Affairs, Preligens

Artificial intelligence is increasingly present in the defense ecosystem. Machine learning is used in predictive maintenance, in decision support, or in image and video analysis. Ground robots used for mine clearance, surveillance or medical evacuation are evolving towards greater autonomy. Radar systems integrate "by design" automatic threat recognition capabilities. China, Russia and the United States are racing for weapons system autonomy. What should be the role of France in this AI-arms race? What is its policy? Is there a European defense strategy shared by the member states?

15:15 - 15:40KEYNOTE 13
AI & l'Espace

Directeur du Numérique, de l'Exploitation et des Opérations, CNES
15:40 - 17:00TABLE RONDE 13
AI & l'Espace

Cheffe de Projet Big Data, CS Group

Christophe VALORGE
CTO, Thales Alenia Space

Executive AI Strategist, IRT AESE Saint-Exupery

Stéphanie LIMOUZIN
Directrice Générale Adjointe, CLS

Directeur Centre R&D, Loft Orbital Technologies

Architecture Systèmes et Logiciels Sols, Airbus Defence & Space

Pour faire face à l'augmentation annoncée, les satellites devront devenir intelligents : programmation des missions, traitement des images à bord, optimisation de la navigation et du trafic. Comment cela se fera-t-il ? Quels sont les enjeux clés auxquels l'IA devra répondre ?


Florence LAMBERT
Présidente, GENVIA
HORAIRESSalle de Conférences 1Salle de Conférences 2
09:00 - 09:30KEYNOTE
IA - Aperçu de l'IA en France et à l'International

Mathématicien et Député
09:30 - 10:15KEYNOTE 6
IA au Service de la Prévention des Risques / Prévention des Crises

Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section and Coordinator of the Research Chair on Accountable AI in a Global Context, University of Ottawa

Chercheuse Associée, University of Cambridge
IA & Robotique - Apprendre et Apprendre à Faire

Rachid ALAMI
Scientifique, LAAS-CNRS / ANITI
10:15 - 11:15TABLE RONDE 6
IA au Service de la Prévention des Risques / Prévention des Crises

Olivier FLEBUS
Data Architect, CONTINENTAL

Grégoire MERCIER
Fondateur et Directeur de l'Unité Data Science,

Chef de Projet, Enedis

Laurence ROUIL
Directrice Scientifique, INERIS

Jean-François GUEGAN
Directeur de Recherche de Classe Exceptionnelle, IRD-INRAE


We are faced with an acceleration of systemic and global health, ecological, economic and societal risks. Preventing these risks requires relevant analysis of massive amounts of data in order to contain and mitigate them. How far can we rely on AI techniques to do so, today and in the future?

IA & Robotique - Apprendre et Apprendre à Faire

Associé, SPOON.AI

Chercheur en Robotique, LAAS-CNRS

Jocelyne TROCCAZ
Directeur de Recherche, CNRS

Sébastien BORIA
Model Integrated Computing Architect, AIRBUS

Directeur de l'Usine de Toulouse (Montredon Usine 4.0 -T15), LATÉCOÈRE

Gregorio AMEYUGO
Directeur Adjoint, CEA List

Whether it’s the industrial or service sector, everyone is developing the use of robots for their operations. And it’s not just about how robots learn to perceive, it’s about learning to act. From the first successes of reinforcement learning, in what ways are we exploring this today?

11:15 - 12:00KEYNOTE 7
IA au Service de l'Efficacité Opérationnelle des Entreprises

Romaric REDON
Artificial Intelligence Fast Track Leader, AIRBUS
AI for Good

Directeur de la Chaire "Société Augmentée", ANITI
12:00 - 13:00TABLE RONDE 7
IA au Service de l'Efficacité Opérationnelle des Entreprises

Editeur Business, THE CONVERSATION

Christophe MERLE
Manager Big Data & Intelligence Artificielle, Vitesco Technologies and Coordinateur Industriel, ANITI

Head of Scientific Advanced Studies, DASSAULT

Doyen Associé à la Recherche, KEDGE Business School

Responsable Projet Innovation, DAHER

Ghislain De ROECK
Cost, quality, time and value: operational efficiency remains the foundation upon which business prosperity is built. How can enterprise best use AI techniques for automating cognitive tasks and supporting decision-making in processes?

AI for Good

Directeur du Centre de Recherche de Bordeaux-Sud-Ouest, INRIA

Jean-François BONNEFON
Directeur de Recherche, ANITI

Caroline LAIR
Foundatrice, THE GOOD AI


Laurent GARDES
Directeur de la Division IA, SNCF Research and Innovation

Catherine TESSIER
Directeur de Recherche, ONERA

AI is everywhere. AI invades our lives at home, at work and at play. We are choosing the uses and building the systems. Should we give meaning to its uses? And if so, what meaning do we want to give? And how?

13:00 - 13:30PAUSE
13:30 - 14:00KEYNOTE 10
IA pour les Services

Jean-Michel DARROY
Vice-President, Head of Strategic Partnerships Intelligence,
IA pour le Contrôle des Véhicules

Guillaume SOUDAIN
Senior Software Expert, EASA
14:00 - 15:15TABLE RONDE 10
IA pour les Services

Journaliste et Directrice des Projets Editoriaux, TOULOUSE IS AI

Thanh-Long HUYNH

Directrice, NUBBO

Mustapha DERRAS
Directeur Recherche & Innovation, BERGER-LEVRAULT


Directeur Innovation, Business & Decision (Orange Business Services)

Besides operational efficiency, AI opens up new possibilities in the field of services. We are used to being advised in what which services we choose to use, for example, and new services are in the making which will accompany us on a daily basis. What will these new services be?

IA pour le Contrôle des Véhicules

François-Marie LESAFFRE
Directeur de la Mission Data/IA, Aerospace Valley / ANITI

Jean-Jacques TOUMAZET
Technology Exploration, AIRBUS

Responsable Stratégie, ADAGOS

Ingénieur de Recherche, ONERA/ANITI

Directeur Grand Défi en Intelligence Artificielle, Conseil de l'Innovation / Secrétariat Général pour l'Investissement

Senior Expert in AI, THALES GROUP

Autonomous vehicles are (almost) part of our daily lives: unmanned planes can take off by themselves, flying taxis are flourishing, and automatic driving is shaping the design of the next generation of cars. To do this we need acceptable and certifiable AI. What progress have we made in this regard? And what are the present challenges and future difficulties to overcome?

15:15 - 16:00ATELIER
Améliorer sa Compétitivité grâce à la Confiance dans l'Usage de ses Données

Directeur Innovation & Transformation Digitale, Sopra Steria

Pauline ZORDAN
Cheffe de Projet Droit Numérique, Occitanie Data

Comment améliorer votre compétitivité en faisant confiance à l'utilisation et au croisement de vos données ? Votre entreprise est-elle digne de confiance ? Comment optimiser votre potentiel éthique ? Évaluez les avantages pour vous de participer à un cadre de confiance tel que celui que construit Occitanie Data depuis 1 an, et découvrez en avant-première notre évolution et nos nouvelles offres pour 2021.

IA & Formation

Data Scientist, AIRBUS
16:00 - 17:00ATELIER
IA & Perception

Chaire de recherche IA, ANITI
IA & Formation

Fondatrice, Datactik

Directrice de la Graduate School d'ANITI

Enseignant-Chercheur, ICAM

Président, Model RH

Inspecteur d'académie, Académie de Toulouse

According to the study "Training and skills in Artificial Intelligence in France" carried out in 2019, one of the key skills for the development of AI concerns the identification of new use cases. The need for AI training concerns all aspects of a business. How can companies achieve this? What are the challenges and how do we define the curriculum?

17:00 - 18:00KEYNOTE
IA & Robotique

Fondateur et PDG, Another Brain
horairesSalle de Conférences 1Salle de Conférences 2
10:00 - 10:30ATELIER
Funding programmes supporting AI with ARTTIC recommendations to identify relevant programme, to set-up the necessary partnerships and to submit a winning application to the funding authority

Consultant Sénior , ARTTIC

Programmes de financement soutenant l'IA avec les recommandations de l'ARTTIC pour identifier les programmes pertinents, mettre en place les partenariats nécessaires et soumettre une candidature gagnante à l'autorité de financement.

Supervised Graph Machine Learning now in Neo4j

Nicolas ROUYER
Senior Field Engineer, Neo4j

Join us to hear about new supervised machine learning (ML) capabilities in Neo4j and learn how to train and store ML models in Neo4j with the Graph Data Science (GDS) Library.

10:30 - 11:30ATELIER
Diagnostique et Maintenance : où et quand?

Directrice de Recherche, CNRS
Chaire Synergistic Transformations in Model-Based and Data-Based Diagnosis, ANITI

Directrice de Recherche, CNRS
Professeur Associée, INSA Toulouse
11:30 - 12:00ATELIER
Système d’aide à la décision pour l’amélioration du rendement d’un procédé industriel de traitement thermique

Responsable Digital Factory, LYNRED

Ronan LE HY
Directeur de Projets, PROBAYES

Le CYBERHACK est un projet développé par les étudiants de l’école l'AN21 dans le but de sensibiliser les personnes au dom aine de la cybersécurité, tout en testant ses capacités de hacking. Imaginer sous forme d’un concours qui s’articule autour de 4 activités, chacune abordant un thème de la cybersécurité et de niveaux de difficulté différents. Le CYBERHACK porté par les élèves de l’AN21 aura lieu le 29 mai 2021 à partir de 10h00, le but étant d'allier sensibilisation et amusement.
12:00 - 12:30ATELIER
AI-Aided Diagnosis of Medical Problems

Tien Zung NGUYEN
Fondateur, Torus Actions

A travers plusieurs exemples en dermatologie (analyse qualitative et quantitative des problèmes de peau), en chirurgie de la colonne vertébrale (analyse d'images RX/IRM/CT), etc., Je souhaite discuter de la manière dont l'IA peut aider les médecins, les patients et le système de santé à réaliser une analyse beaucoup plus rapide, plus précise et plus objective des problèmes médicaux.
12:00 - 13:00ATELIER
Les défis de l'apprentissage automatique dans les systèmes critiques

Executive AI Strategist - Directeur de Programme - Intelligence Artificielle et Systèmes Critiques, IRT AESE - Saint Exupéry


Future Intelligence a reçu sur scène plus de 70 leaders, experts scientifiques, innovateurs, responsables IA/IT issus d’une dizaine d’industries différentes.

Elodie Chanthery

INSA Toulouse

Jean-Martin Jaspers

Ministry of Interior

Renaud Vedel

Ministry of Interior

Cedric Villani is a French mathematician, having the Fields Medal and award winner of the Doob’s price in 2014. Professor at the Université of Lyon, he has been an Invited Lecturer of Berkeley’s University, Princeton’s University and GeorgiaTech, then chief executive of the Institut Henri Poincarré in Paris from 2009 to 2017. He resigned while he became member of the French Parliament. There, he chairs the parliamentary office for evaluating scientific and technological choices.

Indeed, Cedric Villani has always been involved in relations between Science and Society. He is a member of the Academy of Sciences and of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He gave lectures in more than 70 countries, published many volumes, of which the best seller Birth of a Theorem translated in 12 languages. He attends many scientific councils from public or private institutions as the European Commission, or Atos, Orange, BCG.

Cedric Villani is a former student from the Ecole Normale Supérieure Ulm, has a doctorate in Mathematics, and is authorized to oversee academic research. He is doctorate honoris causa from many universities of which HEC Paris. He has been decorated with the awards of « Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur » and vice president of Europa Nova.

Mathematician and Member of the French Parliament

Luc Marta de Andrade started his career as a business engineer and then an agency and regional manager for large digital services companies.  In 1997 he went out on his own and since that time has created several companies. He is now president of two digital consulting companies: U-need (150 employees) and Dragon.Trust (dedicated to cybersecurity).  He is a former regional delegate to the Syntec Numérique (professional branch), and is currently on the steering committee of the Medef de Haute Garonne (employer’s association). He is also the co-founder of AN21, a modern school offering work-linked training (Masters 1 and 2) in software development, AI and Cybersecurity. He is the founder and president of NXU, a think tank dedicated to studying the NBIC revolution and its impact on the future of society.

President of NXU, VP of IANP, President of U-Need

A graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Paris and holder of a DEA in AI, François-Marie is SopraSteria’s AI Technology Champion and in charge of the Data / IA mission at the Aerospace Valley cluster. He also leads the economic development section of the 3IA ANITI (

After starting his career in the first French AI company in the 80’s, he joined ArcelorMittal to develop AI systems for industrial processes. He leads the AI works of theSACHEM project for process control assistance, one of the largest civil AI projects of the 2000s. In 2004, he founded and manages his R&D Center dedicated to knowledge technologies.

His work mainly concerns the operational implementation of AI techniques from laboratories.

François-Marie LESAFFRE
Artificial Intelligence Technological Champion

  • Doctor in industrial pharmacy 
  • Co-founder of Botdesign  
  • NXU & Digital 113’s health commissions chairman  
  • Digital 113’s IA commission co-chairman  
  • Member of the « Numérique en santé » delegation (DNS)  

I actively support transparency and explanations on how AI make decisions, human’s supervision, ethics and digital & IA tools widest accessibility in the health industry.

Jean-Louis FRAYSSE

Thierry Berthier est un expert, consultant, chercheur reconnu en cybersécurité & cyberdéfense. Docteur en mathématiques (cryptographie et théorie des nombres), il enseigne la sécurité numérique à l’Université et est chercheur associé au CREC Saint-Cyr. Membre actif de la Chaire de cyberdéfense Saint-Cyr, de l’Institut Fredrik Bull et de plusieurs think tank français, il codirige le groupe « Sécurité – Intelligence Artificielle » du Hub national France IA qui travaille sur la sécurité de l’intelligence artificielle et les apports de l’IA en cybersécurité.

Ses recherches s’appliquent aux stratégies algorithmiques et à la détection automatique des architectures de données fictives utilisées en phase initiale de cyberattaque. Il étudie en particulier les solutions de lutte contre les attaques par HoaxCrash, arnaques au Président et faux ordres de virement, basées sur la construction de faux profils, de fausses données et de fake news.

Il participe à de nombreuses conférences, colloques et tables rondes dédiés à la cybersécurité et à l’intelligence artificielle s’appliquant à des contextes civils et militaires. Auteur du livre « From Digital Traces to Algorithmic Projections » publié aux éditions ISTE & Elsevier, il a défini les nouveaux concepts de projection algorithmique d’un individu, de niveau d’ubiquité et de consentement algorithmique.

Ses nombreuses publications dans des revues scientifiques et dans la plupart des grands médias nationaux (presse, radio) font de lui un expert capable de communiquer efficacement auprès de tout type de public et de « vulgariser » quand il le faut. Ses conférences s’adressent au grand public comme aux experts.

Thierry Berthier est cofondateur, CTO de la startup de cybersécurité Aletheion, cofondateur des sites EchoRadar, VeilleCyber, SécuritéIA, et fondateur du blog Cyberland.

Head of the Cybersecurity AI Group

Coming soon

Journalist – Editorial Project Director

JN Piotrowski is an entrepreneur, expert in computer security since 1999. He is certified CISSP, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor. Speaker expert in Cloud Security at the National Assembly since 2010. He is a shareholder and present on the board of several Startups.

He co-founded with Sigfox of the IoT Valley in 2011.

He is co-founder of Digital 113 cluster, which brings together 200 companies.

Founder of the FPTI, Federation of Intrusion Testing Professionals.

He is the founder and president of the ThinkTank PRISSM, at the request of the Occitanie region, bringing together 60 companies from the South of France, professionals in ISS; Think tank which becomes in 2018 the association Hexatrust Occitanie, bringing together the regional nuggets.

It is the leader and winner of the project of the 3rd national sovereign cloud « SVC » bringing together 10 companies and laboratories, a project of 13ME and bringing together 200 engineers and researchers.

Co-founder of the NXU (Next HUmanity) Thinktank: To make NXU the leading Think Tank in France in the field of NBICs, but also the most complete, intelligent and comprehensive reference site, so that citizens can find elements of reflection on the impact of NBICs, varied and easily available information.

Serial entrepreneur, he launches in 2018 a school: the AN21, the first version of which is created in Toulouse, which trains developers, security engineers and AI specialists.


After a PhD thesis in Computer Science at LRI and post-doctoral stays at GMD Sankt Augustin and the University of Fribourg, Nicolas Roussel worked as an associate professor (lecturer) at Paris-Sud University and a senior researcher (research director) at Inria Lille – Nord Europe. He has been the director of the Inria Bordeaux – Sud-Ouest research center since July 2017.

His research lies in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, with specific interests in computer-mediated communication and groupware, engineering of interactive systems, graphical interaction, tactile and gestural interaction, and human interactions with AI systems.

He has published and served as organizing or program committee member in conferences such as ACM CHI, ACM UIST, IHM, ACM CSCW, ECSCW or ACM Multimedia. He also co-organized four editions of the Forum on Tactile and Gestural Interaction and an Inria – Industry Meeting on « Interaction with digital objects and services ».

He serves on the administrative board of Aerospace Valley, Alpha-RLH, Digital Aquitaine, Unitec, CATIE and Cap Sciences. He presides the scientific board of GIS Albatros and serves on those of LyRE and Fondation de Recherche pour l’Aéronautique et l’Espace.

Nicolas Roussel
Director of Bordeaux-Sud-Ouest Inria Research Centre

Luc Truntzler is an expert in Human-To-Machine interface solutions, from chatbots where he led a pioneer company in that field for 10 years to social robots where he is now contributing to the business development of artificial creatures that can analyse and simulate emotions and face expressions (NLP, Speech recognition & synthesis, Computer vision, Multi-agent systems and IA Ethics).


Marjorie Allain-Moulet has been an AI and Big Data specialist in CS Group since 2014. Before that, she worked for 20 years successively in Dassault Data Services, Business & Decision and CS Group as a consultant in Information System, for various customers in Energy, Defense, Communication, Transport and Aeronautics.

Graduated in 1993 with a doctorate in Machine Learning from Orsay’s laboratory, she was a key actor in developping the Data Science and Big Data competence center at CS group. Since 2014 she has been in charge of developing R&D activities like the IKATS project dealing with Analysing Time Series upon a Big Data architecture.

In July 2019, Marjorie integrated ANITI as the industrial co-pilot, with Leila Amgoud, of the integrative program on Acceptable AI. Active member of the ‘Elles Bougent’ Association, she’s also in charge of animating the ANITI’s mixed commission along with Mohamed Kaaniche.

Big Data Project Manager

Eric Bruni is a General officer of the French Military Armament Corps. On November, 1st 2020, he was appointed chief of Intelligence Campus, the innovation branch of the French Ministry for the Armed Forces intelligence service, DRM. Previously, he was in charge of different activities in the armament procurement agency (DGA) mainly in the field of C4ISR, security, cooperation and export support.

Intelligence Campus has two main roles : the first is to experiment off-the-shelf technologies provided by startups, companies or research institutes for the direct benefit of the operational users and the second is to liaise with external experts and researchers in many fields in order to capture their knowledge and deliver it to intelligence analysts. For that purpose, AI is a key technology, already implemented in different applications used in military intelligence, and is a must in order to cope with the flow of data, either open or proprietary.


17 years of experience in large scale industrialization of automotive powertrain electronic devices.

Started as vision engineer and took successive positions as leading expert, manufacturing technologies manager, Industry 4.0 project leader.

Impulsed the big data (project MINDS) implementation at Continental Automotive France in 2016, then extending the (big) data valorization to the next level with AI.

Christophe MERLE

Olivier FLEBUS has 20+ years of experience with software development, enterprise architecture, technology consulting, business consulting and agile coaching in various roles and domains (science, finance, industry).

In the last 10 years, his main focus moved from code to data. In 2016 Olivier started a new challenge in the automotive industry, building data-driven and AI-powered services in the Cloud for connected vehicles. 

He’s also contributing to the AI and data experts community at the French Society of Automotive Engineers (SIA).

Olivier FLEBUS
Data Architect

A graduate of ESCP Europe and Grenoble Ecole de Management, Thibault Lieurade is a journalist and editorial consultant specialising in economics and management. Before joining The Conversation as Business editor, he worked for several national editorial offices, including M6 and France 24, as well as for the web TV Xerfi Canal (backed by the economic research firm Xerfi).

Business Editor

Expert in machine learning, Alexia Audevart, « Data & Enthusiast », is the founder of datactik.

Trainer and speaker, she works with professionals and universities. She is also a Google Developer Expert in machine learning.

She co-writes « Apprendre demain – Quand intelligence artificielle et neurosciences révolutionnent l’apprentissage » (Dunod – sept 2019).


Cyril Kabbara, co-founder of the French SME Shark Robotics, spent nine years working in intelligence in the French army before studying for a master’s degree in economic intelligence in Paris. The company he co-founded, Shark Robotics, has developed a robot named Colossus that has been successfully integrated into more than 10 fire brigades in Europe, and helped save Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral when flames engulfed its roof in 2019.


Emmanuel Bacry graduated from ENS (Ulm) and obtained in 1992 a PhD in Mathematics and in 1996 the Habilitation à diriger des recherches. He is currently Senior Research Fellow at CNRS at Paris-Dauphine University, Scientific Director of the french Health Data Hub and Director of Data / Health projects at the Ecole Polytechnique where he directed for more than 4 years the Big Data & Data Science.

He is one of the main organizers of the largest French summer school on AI (DS3) on the campus of the Ecole Polytechnique.

His research has always been guided by a constant concern for applications, particularly in statistical finance, sustainable development and health.

Since 2015, he has led a partnership between Ecole Polytechnique and the national institution CNAM to develop Big Data methodologies based on SNDS (one of the largest medico-administrative databases in the world).

AI expert, Emmanuel Bacry is a member of several scientific boards and committees including the AI board for the next Universal Exposition that will take place in Dubai.


Emmanuel BACRY
Scientific Director

Directeur de la clinique Pasteur à Toulouse et Responsable ministériel du numérique en santé auprès du ministre des solidarités et de la santé, Olivier Véran.

Dominique PON

Françoise Soulié Fogelman has over 40 years’ experience in AI (neural networks), machine learning, social network analysis and big data both in academia and industry. A former graduate from École Normale Supérieure, she holds a PhD from University of Grenoble. She was Professor at the University of Paris 11-Orsay, where she was advisor to 20 PhDs (neural networks, deep learning). She then funded a startup (Mimetics to develop a neural-network based OCR product) to later join Atos (as head of a data mining – data warehouse group) and Business & Decision (as Partner) where she created and headed the CRM business unit. At KXEN, she has been Vice President Innovation until the company was bought out by SAP. She then joined the School of Computer Software at Tianjin University (China), where she was a professor, head of the Data Science team. She is now Scientific Advisor for Hub France IA.

She has co-authored more than 150 scientific publications and 13 books. She is/has been an expert for the European Commission, ANR (French National Research Agency), French Competitivity cluster Cap Digital and CCF Big Data Task Force (China). She is a founding member and member of the board of Hub France IA (read AI). She was a member of the AI High Level Experts group for the European Commission and is co-chair of the working group “innovation & commercialization” for the GPAI (Global Partnership on AI).

Scientific Advisor

The idea of XXII in mind since forever, William Eldin defines his credo as: “let’s be simple, fast and transparent, look far and don’t be afraid! ». Serial entrepreneur, William is mostly a leader and visionary. He knows how to connect people with passion, and how to mix talent and skills to build big things. After a first experience as a radio host, William puts his energy and communication skills to benefit. He builds his first company at 19 by opening his first store dedicated to anti-radar detectors. He then joins Fabien Pierlot to create Coyote System, one of the top 10 companies in the 2000s. His creativity, his vision and passion for technologies as well as his wish to keep moving forward, brought him to build XXII, a deep technology company composed of more than sixty passionate collaborators. XXII creates computer vision solutions to optimise and secure infrastructures to manage large crowd flow. This innovative company provides scalable solutions in existing CCTV system to reduce costs and accelerate deployment. 

William ELDIN

Bertrand Monthubert is Regional Councillor of Occitanie in charge of Higher Education and Research and President of Occitanie Data and OPenIG. In addition to monitoring the Regional Plan for Higher Education and Research, he particularly follows the development of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. He thus contributed to the creation of Occitanie Data, which brings together 19 members (companies, clusters, public institutions) to develop the data economy in an ethical and sovereign framework. Professionally, he is a university professor in Mathematics and was President of the University Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier. 
He was the general rapporteur of the National Strategy for Higher Education and the White Paper on Higher Education and Research.

Bertrand Monthubert

Nicolas Miailhe co-founded The Future Society (TFS) in 2014 and originally incubated it at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. An independent think-and-do-tank, TFS specializes in questions of impact and governance of emerging technologies, starting with Artificial Intelligence through its « AI Initiative » launched in 2015. A recognized strategist, thought-leader, and implementer, Nicolas has lectured around the world, and advises governments, international organizations, philanthropists, and multinationals. He is the co-Convener of the AI Civic Forum (AICF) organized in partnership with University of Montreal (Algora Lab), Mila, and UNESCO; and of the Global Governance of AI Forum (GGAF) organized yearly during the World Government Summit in Dubai. He is also an appointed expert to the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI), to the AI Group of experts at OECD (ONE.AI & AIGO), and to the Global Council on Extended Intelligence (CXI). Nicolas teaches at the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po), and at the IE School of Global and Public Affairs in Madrid. He is also a member of three committees of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethically Aligned Design of Autonomous & Intelligent Systems, a Senior Research Associate with the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard, and a Fellow with the Center for the Governance of Change at IE Business School in Madrid.

Co-Founder & President

Laurence Devillers is a full Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Sorbonne University (PIV) and heads the Chair in Artificial Intelligence HUMAAINE : HUman-MAchine Affective INteraction & Ethics (2020-24) at CNRS. Her topics of research are Human-Machine Co-adaptation: from the modeling of emotions and human-robot dialogue to the ethical impacts for society and the risks and benefits of AI. She is member of board of DATAIA (Saclay) and of the HUB France IA. Since 2019, she is member of National Comity Pilot on Ethics of Numeric (CNPEN) working on conversational Agents and Ethics. She is also an expert member of the GPAI on « the future of work » since June 2020. In March 2020, she wrote the book “Les robots émotionnels” and « La souveraineté numérique dans l’après-crise » (Ed. L’Observatoire) and in March 2017 “Des Robots et des Hommes: mythes, fantasmes et réalité” (Ed. Plon). Her Publications (h-index : 37) are listed:

Professor of AI & Ethics

Sebastien Jardin is working in the Security & Safety sector since 2015. At the beginning focused on intelligent video analytics working with law enforcement & sensitive sites on key subjects (facial recognition, perimeter protection, access control, forensic enhancement…), he moved to cyber security in 2017 taking the lead of the IBM France Cyber Security Ecosystem team in 2018. He’s been awarded on these Security & Safety topics being invited as speaker in conferences and awarded two times at the French Security Trophy.

Sebastien is now the Business Development Director for IBM Security in France and works to promote towards C-Levels the necessity of adopting a cyber business reflex because « digital transformation is an unstoppable wave that will come back to us as backfire and will cost a lot to companies if cyber security is not considered in the projects from their very beginning ».

Sébastien Jardin
Business Development Director IBM Security France

Bruno joined ADAGOS in 2018 to support the development of the company and in particular, to promote and position its parsimonious neural network technology in the field of embedded systems and autonomous vehicles.
Doctor of Mathematics in 1992, he began his professional career at the CEA as a research engineer and then focused on the development and management of innovation projects. First within Bertin Technologies, where he created and led for more than 10 years a business unit dedicated to the design of diagnostic and decision support tools, then as an advisor to several start-ups and SME. In 2014, he led the creation of the first Mutual Innovation Platform labeled by the French state whose purpose was the development of decision support systems for the farmer. Robustness issues or even certification of these tools have always been a key factor in acceptability. This is especially the case for AI, considered as a « black box ».

Strategy Manager

Mustapha Derras holds a doctorate in IT and systems, is an engineer from the Ecole Polytechnique Clermont-Ferrand and holds an Executive MBA from the ESSEC business school. From 1990 to 2004, he used his technological and business skills to promote innovation in various areas: at CLAAS, for the full automation of agricultural equipment, at General Electric Healthcare in medical imaging processing, at Cadence Design Systems in the world of software simulation and at Dassault Systèmes in 3D CAD (CATIA).In 2005, he joined Berger-Levrault as Technical Director.Today, Mustapha Derras is the Research and Innovation Director. His mission is to develop research programs and ensure the integration of the latest technologies and innovations into the Group’s software solutions.

Mustapha DERRAS
Research & Innovation Director

Claire Pagetti is a senior research scientist at ONERA. She holds a research chair in the ANITI project on “New certification approaches of AI based systems for civil aeronautics”. Her fields of interest concern the safe implementation of safety critical applications on avionic platforms. She has contributed to several industrial, European and French projects that lead to several publications and industrial developments.

Senior Research Scientist

Thanh-Long HUYNH has more than 20 years of experience in the Investment Management Industry on setting up and implementing investment strategies within equity, commodity and credit markets. He held several senior investment positions within top leading investment banks and hedge funds, starting his career in 1998 for the equity derivatives trading division of Société Générale in New York. 

Thanh-Long HUYNH
Co-Founder & CEO

Emmanuel Saliot is a French senior civil servant (Inspection générale des finances) with 24 years of experience in the public sector. He is currently advisor on Security and Defense at the Council of the EU, leading on various security issues including cybersecurity and new technologies, counterfinancing of terrorism, Sub-Saharan Africa, CBRNe, and defense policy.


Since 2010, he was serving at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, where he participated and led some audit missions on various public policies for the Government. He was seconded as an expert on economic topics in the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Trade, and he hold the position of Chief of Operating Officer of the French-African Foundation for a shared growth, aimed at fostering economic partnerships through a network of African and French businessmen.


He served previously as a senior supply officer in the French Navy for almost 15 years. He served on board several warships, led Counter pollution and Maritime litigation at the Maritime Coastguard Agency for Channel and North Sea in Cherbourg, then joined the cabinet of the Chief of Defence in Paris before joining the cabinet of the President of the EU military Committee in Brussels.


Emmanuel Saliot is graduated in Politics (Sciences Po Paris) and in European Law (Free University of Brussels). He is observer at the High-Level Expert Group on AI and member of the security cluster of Hub France IA. He is an alumnus of the German Marshall Fund and lecturer at Sciences Po Paris in public policy management.


Emmanuel SALIOT
Advisor on Security and Defence at Council of the EU

Stéphanie Limouzin, an engineer in agronomics (food industry), graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). After heading up a business unit at ALCIMED, a company specializing in sectors driven by innovation, life sciences (biotech, healthcare, food), energy, environment, aeronautics, chemicals, cosmetics, materials, building, transportation, space and defence—she joined CLS as project coordination manager for space oceanography in 2009. CLS, a subsidiary of the French space agency CNES, is a global company and pioneering provider of Earth monitoring and surveillance solutions founded in 1986. Stéphanie Limouzin has since moved from head of space oceanography to Chief Business Development Officer. She is a committed woman who leads her team through concrete objectives, likes human challenges and makes innovation a key driver of everything CLS does.


Stéphanie LIMOUZIN
Chief Business Development Officer

Stéphanie Allassonnière is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Paris School of Medicine. She received her PhD degree in Applied Mathematics (2007), studied one year as postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Imaging Science at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. She joined the Applied Mathematics department of Ecole Polytechnique in Paris in 2008 as assistant professor and was recruited as Professor in the University of Paris school of medicine in 2016. She is also part time associate Professor at Ecole Polytechnique. She was granted a research Chair of the Pr[AI]rie Institute in 2019 and is deputy director for the health curriculum. Her researches focus on statistical modeling and analysis of medical databases in order to: understanding the common features of populations, designing classification, early prediction and decision support systems.

Professor of Applied Mathematics

Thomas Schiex is a computer scientist and a computational biologist. He obtained his PhD in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Toulouse in 1991, as a graduate of the « École Centrale de Paris ». His work has a strong emphasis on automated reasoning and its interactions with Machine Learning, especially probabilistic reasoning. Automated reasoning targets the resolution of complex puzzles: the algorithms developed in his lab can solve the most devilish Sudoku grids in less than a millisecond, can learn the rules of Sudoku from examples but also solve much harder and more serious puzzles (but many others are still too hard and cannot be solved).

On the computational biology side, Thomas initiated the development of computer programs that have been massively used in biology, in genetics and genomics. These tools have been used to analyze the genomes of many bacterial, animal and plant genomes (including his own favorite, cocoa). More recently, he started to use the AI algorithms developed in his lab to tackle a very serious puzzle: organizing atoms to design new molecules (proteins) that could then act as nano-agents in the real word. Through collaborations with biochemists and protein engineering specialists (from Belgium and Japan), this work led to the design of a new symmetric self assembling protein. He is now involved in collaborations with the Toulouse Biotechnology Institute (TBI), the Toulouse White Biotechnology (TWB) consortium, the Centre de recherche sur le Cancer de Toulouse (CRCT) and a few biotech startups in the design of new proteins, from improved antibodies to environmental friendly enzymes , e.g. for waste processing.

Thomas has a chair in the Artificial and Natural Intelligence Toulouse Institute (ANITI), he is associate editor of the Artificial Intelligence Journal and editor of the Award Winning paper track of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR). He is a fellow of the European Association for AI (EurAI), and of the Association for the Advancement of AI (AAAI) as well as a recipient of the ACP Distinguished Service Award. He is currently smiling internally at the idea of writing a text about himself at the third person while he should instead be writing the names of so many collaborators.

Research Director

Prof. Olga Battaïa holds the position of Associate Dean for Research at Kedge Business School where she is also a Full Professor at the Department of Operations Management and Information Systems. Her research and teaching activities are focused on the improvement of the performances of Manufacturing Systems and Supply Chains. She is involved in the development of new methodologies using Decision Support, Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence for design and optimisation in manufacturing and logistics. Olga Battaïa co-authored about 200 scientific publications, participated in several European research projects, coordinated research projects with industry and was involved in organizing several renowned international conferences across Europe and other countries. She has been invited to talk about her research by many internationally recognized universities and co-supervised 11 PhD students.

She serves as Associated Editor for several international peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Manufacturing Systems, IISE Transactions (Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers) and Omega-International Journal of Management Science. She is also an Associate member of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering) and a Member of IFAC Technical Committee 5.2. Manufacturing Modelling for Management and Control.

Associate Dean for Research

Maître Cécile DOUTRIAUX, Avocate, fondatrice du cabinet Juris Défense Avocats, est membre de la Chaire Cyberdéfense & Cybersécurité Saint-Cyr depuis 2012, avec les sociétés SOGETI & THALÈS, leaders mondiaux des hautes technologies pour la défense et la sécurité, auditeur de l’IHEDN et membre de l’ARCSI.

Elle est également membre du comité stratégique de Cythère, institut pour le développement de la cybersécurité et de la compétitivité économique des territoires. Elle enseigne le droit des technologies de l’informatique et de la communication au Conservatoire National des Arts & Métiers (formation labellisée par la CNIL) Maître DOUTRIAUX est régulièrement sollicitée en qualité de conférencière et a ainsi effectué de nombreuses interventions au profit de différents ministères, chambres de commerce, collectivités territoriales, entreprises et organismes publics et privés. Elle participe également à des groupes de travail et de réflexion avec de nombreux partenaires publics et privés. Elle participe à des publications, notamment : Revue de la Gendarmerie Nationale n° 248 décembre 2013 « La conduite des hostilités dans le cyberespace », « La cyberdéfense, Quel territoire, Quels droits ? » éditions Économica 2014, « Données personnelles et cybersurveillance » Revue Défense Nationale n°775 décembre 2014, « Cyber : la guerre a commencé » Sécurité Globale n°24 en 2015, « Droits et souveraineté numérique en Europe » Bruylant, 2016, Revue de la Gendarmerie Nationale n° 261 juin 2018 « Justice prédictive : mythe ou réalité ? », «  La gestion du risque numérique juridique des collectivités territoriales » février 2020, Chaire Cyberdéfense Saint Cyr.


Yann Ferguson is a Senior Research Scholar at Icam Toulouse, associated with the Research Centre on Work Organizations and Policie. His main interests focus on the relationships between Humans and tools they create to solve problems and to face to complexity. He is also an aid decisions tool maker for sustainable city and industry. He is the author of numerous articles, including “The Power of Computing, a Force of Control? A Critique of Enhanced Organization  » (Erès, 2020), “An AI at Work. 5 Human Stories » (L’Harmattan, 2020), “What artificial intelligence does to work. Sociological visit of a company » (La Découverte, 2019). He is an expert for the Global Patnership on AI Future of Work (OECD) Working Group and contributes to the Toulouse Think Tank NXU.

Expert, Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence

Gérard de Boisboissel is a research engineer at the Saint-Cyr Military Academy (CREC Saint-Cyr). He addresses the implication of new technologies in the changing nature of conflict and their impacts, especially in Military Robotics, Cyberdéfense, Artificial Intelligence and in the Enhancement of the Soldier.

Research Engineer

Romaric is a senior expert in Artificial Intelligence, he started in early days with LISP programming and had the chance to work with various symbolic and data driven AI technologies.
He went through various roles: software engineer in an Artificial Intelligence startup, Team leader of AIRBUS AI research team, DataLab manager in AIRBUS Defence and Space and he is currently the AIRBUS « Fast Track » Leader reporting directly to the AIRBUS CTO. He leads the AIRBUS Artificial Intelligence and computing technology roadmap for AIRBUS and partners with all relevant internal and external stakeholders to foster AI adoption inside AIRBUS.

Romaric REDON
Artificial Intelligence Fast Track Leader 

Frédéric Pradeilles became Director of the “Digital Solutions, Ground Segments and Operations” Directorate as of April 2018.

He joined CNES in January 2016 as Advisor of the Director of Innovation, Applications and science (DIA). He had become Deputy Director of DIA in November 2017

In 2010, he integrated CAPGEMINI as vice-president in charge of the Business Development Unit « Space, Navigation and Defense » for CAPGEMINI Technology Services, and then was “Cybersecurity” Business Unit Manager for SOGETI France in 2014 and 2015.

In 2007, he joined “CS-Systèmes d’Information” as head of the Homeland Security division and then CTO.

Associate professor at ISAE/SUPAERO in Mathematics until 1999, he spent 8 years with DGA (French Defense Procurement Agency) as a manager in the fields of Space, Observation, Intelligence, UAVS and of System of systems engineering.

Education: “École Polytechnique» (Palaiseau, X88), PhD in applied Mathematics, Armament Engineer, Post doc at the University of Maryland in College Park. Auditor of the 66th national session on « Defense Policy » (IHEDN) ; he has publications in , international conferences and books in the domains of mathematics, signal and image processing and system engineering.

Director of the “Digital Solutions, Ground Segments and Operations” Directorate

Patrick Séguéla holds a doctorate in AI, is an engineer from the National Institute of Applied Science (INSA). Patrick has been designing solutions around textual analysis and unstructured data for over 20 years.

Patrick strongly believes that Knowledge is conveyed by written documents and is passionate in knowledge transmission, from helping its generation to sharing it.

Today, he is the CEO of Synapse Development which, under his leadership, continues its growth while maintaining the level of excellence of these products.

Patrick is member of the board of Digital 113 (cluster of SME in Occitanie), member of the AI Think Tank NXU and founder of the Alliance for Open Chatbot.


Olivier Pagès is an engineer (ICAM of Lille) and also holds an MBA in Finance (HEC). For 5 years he worked for a business firm specialized in the takeover of companies in difficulty (JL BORLOO law firm).

At the end of 1990, he was Director of the European Development at LPR in Toulouse, a wooden pallets rental service for the food industry.

At the beginning of 2000, he became Deputy CEO of the group. He then created Pick-and-Go in the field of plastic pallet pooling and realized the need to track mobile assets.

It is then in June 2015 that he created ffly4u after having validated the approach by a first pilot in 2014 with the CASINO group.

Olivier PAGÈS

Erwan Le Pennec is associate professor at the applied math departement of Ecole Polytechnique. He is interested in Data Science and Statistical Learning. Besides research and industrial collaboration, he likes to teach in both initial and continuous education.

Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics

Caroline Lair is the founder of The Good AI, a go-to online resource aiming to help companies, policymakers, scholars and aspiring students harness the power of Artificial Intelligence for good and build responsible technologies. 

She’s also the co-founder of Women in AI, an international community of 4500+ members, working toward a gender-inclusive AI. 

Prior to this, Caroline did operate in various business positions, lately at Snips, building private by design AI Voice Assistant ( acquired by Sonos in November 2019) and at HCVC venture capital firm, as an investor and partner. 

She’s a regular speaker and adviser on AI ethics topics and was ranked « Top 50 Women Pioneers in Tech in France » in 2018.

Caroline holds two master’s degrees in business (EM Lyon) and international relations (Lyon III).

Caroline LAIR

Jean-Jacques Toumazet started his career in Thales as project manager on real time simulators. He has then been one the founder of the OKTAL Company where he developed several simulators for aircrafts, trains, and cars. He joined AIRBUS in 2001 and spent more than ten years managing research and technology for simulation, model based system engineering, and aircraft avionics. Jean-Jacques joined then as a technical architect the ATTOL (Autonomous Taxi, Take Off, and Landing) demonstrator that successfully flew an AIRBUS aircraft without any pilot interaction, only based on sensors and computer vision software.

Jean-Jacques has an engineering degree in Automatics and Electronics from INSA Toulouse, a Master degree in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics from Paul Sabatier University, and a DEA in Automatics. He has also spent one year in University of Pennsylvania as an Image Processing researcher.

Jean-Jacques TOUMAZET
Technology Exploration

After 20 years in local authorities, including 10 in the direction of economic action and research in the Midi-Pyrénées Region, I joined the Midi-Pyrénées Incubator in 2012, became Nubbo in 2018.

Nubbo Incubator hosts in Toulouse project holders for innovative business creation. It supports them from the stage of the proof of concept or first prototype up to the stage of the first business contracts and first fund raising. This support deals with all key aspects for business creation (strategy, intellectual property, legal analysis, market, marketing and communication, etc.).

Nubbo Incubator was created in September 2000 and is funded by the Occitanie regional council and the French minister of higher education, innovation and research. Nubbo offers 3 programs adapted to the stage of development of the project or the company: free pre-incubation and open to any innovative BtoB project to test the idea (1 month), incubation to validate the business model and acquire the 1st customers (12 months), acceleration to structure the business commercially and financially (6 months).

Director of NUBBO

Patrick Pleczon is Technical Lead of the Satellite Ground Systems Engineering at Airbus Defence and Space and a Senior Expert in Ground System technologies and software.

He has over 25 years of engineering experience in architectural design and development of complex systems and drives the Ground Systems research and technologies activities.

Before joining Airbus, Patrick started his career in an artificial intelligence startup and has been working on Artificial Intelligence topics and operator assistance systems.

Patrick has a PhD in Computer Science from ENSAE sup’Aéro Toulouse and an Engineering degree from INSA, Toulouse.

Technical Lead of the Satellite Ground Systems Engineering

Jean-Marie is Data Scientist at AIRBUS, member of AI & Analytics central team, representative at ANITI Education Council, focal point for « Recruiting and Training » at Aerospace Valley (E2 DIA) and member of the working group on « Attractivity and Training » part of the national « AI for Humanity » initiative. Experienced in Machine Learning, Reasoning and Real-Time Systems in international environments (17 years in USA & Canada), Jean-Marie is passionate about helping people find creative and simple solutions to challenging problems.

Data Scientist

In 1998, Fabien obtained both a Master Sciences in Engineering from CentraleSupelec and a Master Sciences in Research in Solid Physics from University Pierre et Marie Curie. He started his career developing physical models (granular media, thermodynamics, engine control, electromagnetics) for various industrial applications (automotive, aeronautics, space). He joined the corporate research center of Airbus in 2000. In 2007, he took the lead of the R&T department in applied mathematics to develop advanced methods in physical modelling, optimization, CAD/CAE, High Performance Computing, Probabilistic & Statistical Modelling and Model-based systems Engineering. When he left Airbus in 2017, he was in charge of the Roadmap in Applied Mathematics &numerical methods at Group level. He was involved in the screening and development of strategic partnerships in Europe and abroad (India/Russia).

In 2018, he joined Renault as an expert in statistics (durability/reliability, robust engineering, data analytics, V&V of autonomous vehicles) and leads the data roadmap for the quality department.

Since february 2020, he holds the position of Expert Leader in Artificial Intelligence and manages the world-wide network in this field with applications in all domains and functions (engineering, supply-chain & manufacturing, sales & after-sales, quality, support functions, …).

Fabien is also associate professor at CentraleSupelec and belongs to several scientific comittees (AMIES, Fondation Sciences & Maths à Paris,SIA, …).

Expert Leader

Fabien Bardinet is an aviation fan and a robotics enthusiast. Before joining Balyo, Fabien served as a vice president at Aldebaran Robotics, a specialized humanoid robotic firm, where he worked alongside its founder, Bruno Maisonnier. For six years, Fabien participated in the development of this world champion by managing Operations until the company got sold to a Japanese Industrial. In 2012, Fabien founded a start-up on connected objects.

Fabien Bardinet loves to travel and work hard where opportunities are. After graduating from ESCEM School of Business and Management, he started his career in auditing and joined Cora in Hungary as a Deputy Chief Financial Officer. He then joined the Sofinco Group and the international management team where he was in charge of developing the business in Hungary, Greece, Morocco and the Netherlands from 1998 to 2005.

Appointed CEO of Balyo in 2013, he managed the growth of this logistic automation leader. He launches Balyo’s IPO on Euronext Paris. Early 2020 Fabien joined Airbus as VP in charge of Robotics and Automation. With an highly talented team he is building the mid-term robotic roadmap. He succeeded in this role while launching on the side a family business in the hospitality management and touristic field.

Fabien is convinced that robotics is key to build a world in which people will be free from doing dull, dirty and dangerous task.

Senior Vice-President – Head of Robotics & Automation

Former student of the National School of Administration and the Graduate School of Public Health, David GRUSON, 41, is Director of the Health Program of the Jouve Group, specializing in digital transformation. He has held several positions of responsibility in the areas of public policy and health. He was, in particular, adviser to the Prime Minister in charge of health and autonomy (2010-2012) and director general of the University Hospital Center of La Réunion (2012-2016). He is Professor at the Sciences Po Paris Health Chair. His proposals on health AI inspired the artificial intelligence component of the revision of the bioethics law which has just been voted in Parliament. He is a member of the Task Force of the World Health Organization on the ethical regulation of AI in health.

Program Director

Grégoire Mercier, M.D., Ph.D., is the founder and current head of the Data Science Unit at Montpellier University Hospital and a researcher at the CEPEL (CNRS/Montpellier University), a social sciences team primarily focused on public policies. He was a 2018-19 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on equity in healthcare and on the assessment of healthcare coordination using real world data. Mercier has been the principal investigator on a research project supported by the French Ministry of Health on potentially avoidable hospitalizations. He has developed a new indicator which is now part of the national guidelines on healthcare coordination. He is the co-founder of KanopyMed, a company aimed at improving health care systems through data-driven and population-based decision-support tools. Mercier’s publications include 60 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Health Affairs, BMC Health Services Research, and Plos One. He completed his medical degree (Public Health) at Montpellier University. He also holds a Ph.D. in Management from Montpellier University and a M.Sc. in Health Economics, Policy and Management from the London School of Economics.

Grégoire MERCIER
Founder and Head of the Data Science Unit

Dr. Bonnefon is a Research Director at the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, affiliated to the Toulouse School of Economics, the Toulouse School of Management, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse. He holds the Moral AI chair at the Artificial and Natural Intelligence Toulouse Institute. He conducts research on decisions which have a moral component, especially in the context of machine ethics and human-AI cooperation. He is the author of 100+ scientific publications, including influential articles in outlets such as Nature, Science, and PNAS. He chaired the European Commission independent expert group on the ethics of driverless mobility whose report was released in September 2020.

Jean-François BONNEFON
Research Director

After several general management positions in Airbus subsidiaries (CEO Infoterra France, CEO Spot Image) and different VP positions within Airbus  in charge of  developing Innovative Digital Services based on satellite imagery for numerous vertical markets, Jean-Michel is now in charge of Strategic Partnerships for Airbus Defence & Space, Intelligence, from alliances with large companies up to startups scouting and building a digital ecosystem with the selected ones.

Jean-Michel DARROY
Vice-President, Head of Strategic Partnerships Intelligence

Cesar A. Hidalgo is a Chilean-Spanish-American scholar known for his contributions to economic complexity, data visualization, and applied artificial intelligence. 

Hidalgo currently holds a Chair at the Artificial and Natural Intelligence Institute (ANITI) at the University of Toulouse. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Manchester and a Visiting Professor at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Between 2010 and 2019 Hidalgo led MIT’s Collective Learning group, climbing through the ranks from Assistant to Associate Professor. Prior to working at MIT, Hidalgo was a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Hidalgo is also a founder of Datawheel, an award winning company specialized in the creation of data distribution and visualization systems. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor in Physics from Universidad Católica de Chile.

Hidalgo’s contributions have been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2018 Lagrange Prize and three Webby Awards. Hidalgo’s is also the author of three books: Why Information Grows (Basic Books, 2015),  The Atlas of Economic Complexity (MIT Press, 2014), and How Humans Judge Machines (MIT Press, Forthcoming 2020).

Founder of Datawheel
Chair at ANITI

Ghislain De Roeck is Director Information Systems at Liebherr-Aerospace and Transportation SAS.

Graduated as Electronic Engineer from the ENSEA – Cergy-Pontoise (1999), Ghislain wrote his Diplom Arbeit at the Technische Universität Berlin.

After 2 years working for Cooperation Training Programs in Bangui, he dedicated the following years working as a consultant on Information Systems for Engineering.

Since 2005 as at Liebherr, Ghislain works with multicultural Teams on the Digital Transformation journey.

A Key step in that Data valuation journey was the creation of a Digital Lab in 2017 and the support to the Toulouse 3IA dossier, successfully transformed into ANITI.

Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation SAS, Toulouse (France), is one of eleven divisional control companies within the Liebherr Group and coordinates all activities in the aerospace and transportation systems sectors.

Ghislain de ROECK
IT Systems Director

With a 15-year experience in HR Consulting industry, David has been running MODEL RH since 2016.

MODEL RH aims at strengthening links between strategy analysis, skills demand forecasting and training offers for players who build new national education and training strategies (e.g. government, unions)

David has led studies in several fields, such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Energy, Engineering, Public works, Safety, Airports or Water supply.

His suggestions are not only based on indicators, but on a strong day-by-day job contents’ forecasting, at a level companies and training players can make effective transformations.


Nicolas Dobigeon received the Ph.D. degree in Signal Processing from Toulouse INP, in 2004 and 2007, respectively.

From 2007 to 2008, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Since 2008, Nicolas Dobigeon has been with Toulouse INP (INP-ENSEEIHT, University of Toulouse) where he is currently a Professor. He conducts his research within the Signal and Communications (SC) group of IRIT and is an associate member of the Apprentissage Optimisation Complexité (AOC) project-team of CIMI.
He currently holds an AI Research Chair at the Artificial and Natural Intelligence Toulouse Institute (ANITI) and he is a Junior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF).

His recent research activities have been focused on machine learning and statistical signal and image processing, with a particular interest in Bayesian inverse problems and applications to remote sensing, biomedical imaging and microscopy.


Jocelyne Troccaz, Directrice de Recherche, CNRS – Laboratoire TIMC (Université de Grenoble Alpes). Doctorat en informatique en 1986 et HDR en 1993 à l’Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble. Enseignante-chercheuse de 1984 à 1988 à l’Université Joseph Fourier de Grenoble. Chercheuse au CNRS depuis 1988.

D’abord spécialisée dans la programmation automatique des robots pour des applications industrielles et spatiales. Depuis 1990 spécialisée dans les applications médicales de la robotique (nouveaux concepts d’interaction, nouvelles architectures de robots) et de l’imagerie (recalage et fusion de données). A ou a été responsable de projets de recherche à finalité clinique dans de nombreuses spécialités notamment urologie, radiothérapie, chirurgie cardiaque, orthopédie et traumatologie, neurochirurgie. Plusieurs de ses travaux ont été industrialisés et sont utilisés quotidiennement en clinique. Des centaines de milliers de patients en bénéficient à travers le monde. Très forte activité d’animation et de structuration de la recherche.

Responsable de l’équipe GMCAO (Gestes Médico-Chirurgicaux Assistés par Ordinateur) de 1996 à 2013 et directrice adjointe du laboratoire TIMC-IMAG de 2006 à 2016. Coordinatrice de l’axe Robotique Médicale de l’Equipex Robotex de 2011 à 2020. Coordinatrice du labex national CAMI depuis 2016. Co-porteuse de la chaire « CAMI Assistant » de l’Institut MIAI d’Intelligence Artificielle de Grenoble avec S.Voros depuis 2019.

MICCAI fellow (2013), IEEE Fellow (2018). Prix de l’Académie Nationale de Chirurgie (2013). Membre de l’Académie Nationale de Chirurgie (2014). Médaille d’argent du CNRS (2015). Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (2016).

Jocelyne TROCCAZ
Directrice de Recherche

Mick is Director of Business Innovation at Business & Decision (Orange Business Services Group). He is a committed player and an informed observer of the impacts of artificial intelligence as he has been advising organizations on their data strategy for 20 years. His sharp expertise and his unique vision have been developed through concrete projects conducted for organizations in all sectors of activity, in France and abroad.

Author and speaker, passionate about AI and its impact on society and organizations, he delivers exciting and inspiring insights that shed light on complex issues. His contagious passion makes those who know him tell that it is not blood but data flowing through his veins! 

His favorite keywords: #Data, #BigData, #AI, #DataScience, #DataGovernance, #DataProtection, #GPDR

Read his publications on the Business & Decision blog (


Business Innovation Director

Nicolas Mansard is Senior Researcher at Gepetto, LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France. He is one of the lead members of the Gepetto team, among 8 permanent researchers and about 25 post-docs and PhD students. Gepetto is recognized for its expertise in legged robotics, and developed the humanoid research platform, strong of 3 full-size humanoid robots and a family of smaller quadrupeds. Nicolas Mansard coordinates the EU project « Memory of Motion » and holds the chair « Artificial and Natural Movement » of the Toulouse AI Lab ANITI. He received the CNRS Bronze Medal and the award of the best computer-science project of the French research agency ANR. Before that, he was visiting researcher at U.Washington, post-doctoral researcher at AIST Japan and Stanford U. and received his PhD from U.Rennes in 2006.

Senior Researcher

Eleonore Fournier-Tombs is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and the Director of the Inclusive Technology Lab, within the Research Chair on Accountable AI in a Global Context. She lectures in data science at McGill University and Université de Montréal and consults as a data scientist at the World Bank. Her academic work has focused on automated methods for the measurement of political deliberation in the Canadian North and in social media, as well as the impacts of emerging technologies on women, migrants and other vulnerable populations. She is the recipient of the United Nation’s Secretary General Award and has contributed to a number of policy reports involving data and modelling at the United Nations. She is currently an Area Editor for Data & Policy Journal, published by Cambridge University Press.

Director and Adjunct Professor, Inclusive Technology Lab

Julien Chiaroni has been appointed Director of the great Challenges on Artificial Intelligence in the French Innovation Council. He was previously Director of Strategy and Programmes at List, the Institute for digital and artificial intelligence technologies. He implemented the strategy for AI for the institute and set partnerships between research and industry; in particular in regards to the thematic of trust in AI and its implementation in embedded systems. Before this, he had operational positions at scientific level as well as management level. From 2008 to 2010, he coordinated the nanosciences and nanotechnology programme at the National Research Agency.

Director of the Great Challenges on Artificial Intelligence

Liviu Nicu is currently senior scientist at the French National Scientific Research Center and is General Director of the CNRS Systems Analysis and Architecture Laboratory in Toulouse, France. After obtaining his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, he joined Thales Avionics Valence (France) where he took charge of the company’s inertial silicon microsensor projects from 2001 to 2003. He joined the Systems Analysis and Architecture Laboratory since 2003 where he conducted research in the fields of bioMEMS and MEMS for the physical and chemical characterization of advanced functional materials. Liviu Nicu is co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles, 2 books / book chapters and has co-invented 3 patents. The laboratory he is heading since January 2016 brings together more than 700 people working in the fields of automation, robotics, computing and micro-nanotechnologies.

Liviu NICU

Jean-François Guégan is a Senior Research Professor “de classe exceptionnelle” at the IRD, now hosted at INRAE, in Montpellier. He has also been an associate Professor and head of teaching units at the University of Montpellier on global change and health for almost 15 years, Professor at the School of Advanced Studies in Public Health (EHESP), Paris, Rennes, and (co-)head of a Masters track (260 hours) of international public health in English (Erasmus Mundus), where he teaches the issue of Advanced Planetary Health. An expert at both the WHO (Skin Neglected Tropical Diseases) and UNEP (Biodiversity and Health), he is also a member of the French National Committee on Global Change (CNFCG) and former member of the High Council for Public Health (HCSP) where he has been in charge of several official State reports, including one on emerging infectious diseases and national preparedness and another one on the consequences of climate change on health (as a President for the French national plan for Adaptation to Climate Change). He was a team leader of joint research unit for 15 years (2000-2015), former head of the Parasitology-Pathology-Microbiology specialty of the Montpellier Doctoral School SIBAGHE, former member of the Scientific Council of Doctoral School at Montpellier (ED 477) and current member of ED 393 Pierre Louis de Santé Publique, Paris. He was a member of the Scientific Committee in Biomathematics, biostatistics, public health and epidemiology (CSS7) at INSERM (2012-2016) and of the Scientific Council and of the Management Committee of the LabEx CEBA (2011-2019) in charge of biodiversity-health transversal research programs.

His fields of research are global change and infectious disease transmission, climate change and emerging infections, biodiversity and emerging infections, and biostatistics. He has been trained in artificial intelligence, and notably on artificial neuronal networks. He holds a PhD in parasitic ecology (1990), a post-doctorate in epidemiology in Great Britain (1990/1991) and an HDR in epidemiology and ecology of infectious disease transmission (2000).

With nearly two years of experience in the Agri-Food, he is involved in the transfer of scientific knowledge to public decision-makers and is a co-organiser of an annual Seminar of the Val-de-Grâce School on the societal, economic, health, political, media consequences of emerging infectious diseases ( He has directed and participated in many national, European and international research programs on animal/environment-to-human transmission and emerging infectious diseases, and as a member of the UNEP international program FutureEarth he participated to the writing of international reports and resolutions, in particular for the Convention on Biological Diversity and for the WHO. He has published over 182 scientific publications in international journals, has coproduced 11 books (1 in Artificial intelligence), including 5 for higher education, and gave 180 national and international conferences.

For the past 20 years, he has been interested in the consequences of environmental changes, climate change, loss of biological diversity and habitat changes on infectious disease transmission and emerging disease risks. His work has focused on the transmission of measles and whooping cough, cholera, meningitis, avian influenza and West Nile viruses. He is currently working on Buruli ulcer due to Mycobacterium ulcerans, in Western and Central Africa, and Southern America, and he is a co-leader of an US NSF-NIH research program on emerging infectious diseases. At INRAE, he is coordinating an international program on international agricultural transition and emerging disease threats for animals and humans and is a coeditor of the international initiative PREZODE on Prevention of new zoonotic disease threats. He has been recently nominated at the scientific council of the French national veterinary school in Toulouse, and elected as its President, and also at the international scientific council of Santé publique France, the main French public health agency on human safety.

Jean-François GUÉGAN
Exceptional Grade Research Director

Nicolas is a Sr. Field Engineer at Neo4j. Previously Big Data Expert and Senior Architect at Orange, he worked for 10 years on various projects, some of which used Neo4j. Before joining Orange, he spent several years as a software engineer and consultant for IS companies such as Sopra. Nicolas is a civil engineer from Mines de Nancy.

Nicolas ROUYER
Senior Field Engineer

Alexa Hagerty is an anthropologist and scholar of science, technology and society studies (STS) investigating societal impacts and human rights implications of AI/ML systems. Her research focuses on affected communities and utilises ethnographic and participatory methods. She is a research associate at the University of Cambridge Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. She is also a member of the Ada Lovelace Institute’s JUST AI network and a Fellow at the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Systemic Inequalities and Social Cohesion.  

Research Associate

 French serial entrepreneur and innovator, Bruno Maisonnier is founder and CEO of AnotherBrain, world category leader in 3rd generation AI, and the founder & ex-CEO of Aldebaran Robotics. Passionate about technology and the way it can improve people’s everyday lives, in 2017, Bruno founded AnotherBrain, a French company which brings new artificial intelligence using a singular approach. 

AnotherBrain develops a new generation of artificial intelligence: Organic AITM. Bio-inspired and close to how cortex works, our technology learns autonomously, can explain its decisions, work without big data, without cloud and in real time. AnotherBrain’s ambition is to become an European AI leader, on the world stage. 

In 2005, Bruno developed from scratch Aldebaran Robotics, which became the world leader in humanoid robotics with the creation of NAO, Romeo et Pepper. Prior to this, Bruno has been a CEO of banks and international finance companies in France and internationally. 

Founder and CEO

 Nominated May 2020, Christophe Valorge is Chief Technical Officer of Thales Alenia Space. 

A native of Lyon, Valorge graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris in 1987 and from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse two years later. 

Hired at CNES in 1989, he first worked on precise orbit determination on Topex-Poséidon. 

In 1993, Valorge moved to image quality and processing, first working for Helios military imagers then, in 1997, as manager of the service in charge of Helios, Spot and Pléiades families’ image quality. 

In 2005, he became Advisor for Scientific Payloads and Imagery, before being promoted as Assistant Director for Scientific Payloads and Imagery in 2007, managing more than 120 engineers in the domain of instrumentation, data quality and processing and Earth Observation Science. 

In 2011, he was appointed as Assistant Director in charge of the development and early operations of all satellites, platforms and payloads developed by CNES for Earth Observation, Science and Defence. 

He joined Thales Alenia Space in May 2016 as R&D and Product Policy director. 

Christophe VALORGE

Graduate of Telecom Paris, Laurent Gardès has a 20 years experience in the Digital Pay TV Industry where he covered many topics ranging from system architecture to UX and design. He has now shifted toward the transport industry thanks to his recent master degree in smart mobility. After a first experience as a data science project leader in the Lab Mass Transit of SNCF Transilien, he is now in charge of the AI team within the Research & Innovation department of SNCF where he conducts around 30 prospectives projects preparing the future of the group.

Laurent GARDES
Head of AI division @ Research & Innovation 

After some fifteen years of designing and implementing strategy in central headquarters in France and abroad, with a solid experience in transformation, particularly digital, and a good knowledge of the Army’s capability network, BRIG(R) advises senior managers on the strategic transformation of their organizations (Truchements consultants).  He is associate fellow to FRS and a member of Hub France IA.

Olivier KEMPF

Tien Zung Nguyen is a distinguished Professor of Mathematics, at the University of Toulouse.

In 1991 he obtained his Master of Science at Moscow University and in 1994 his PhD in Mathematics at Strasbourg. He did his Post-doc at SISSA (Italy) and Max-Planck Institute (Germany).
He was a CNRS Researcher for 6 years, before becoming a Professor at Toulouse University from 2002, until now. He is a distinguished Professor (classe exceptionelle) since 2015.

Zung Nguyen is the Founder in 2019 of the Artificial Intelligence company Torus Actions SAS. With this company, he wants to make Artificial Intelligence accessible to all.

Tien Zung NGUYEN

Professeur agrégé de mathématiques (1992), titulaire d’un doctorat en Mathématiques (Université de Bordeaux I) au laboratoire d’Algorithmique Arithmétique eXpérimentale (1996).

Inspecteur d’académie – inspecteur pédagogique régionale (IA-IPR) de Mathématiques à Toulouse depuis 2017 et inspecteur référent pour les enseignements de l’informatique au lycée : Sciences Numériques et Technologie (SNT – classe de seconde) et Numérique et Sciences Informatiques (NSI – enseignement de spécialité de la voie générale).

Co-pilote de la mission académique égalité Filles/Garçons au Rectorat de Toulouse.

Inspecteur d’académie

Dr. Guillaume Poupard graduated from the École polytechnique in 1992. Having completed a research degree in armament engineering, he started as a PhD candidate in cryptography under the supervision of Jacques Stern at the École normale supérieure in Paris. He received his PhD in 2000 and also holds a university diploma in psychology.
He began his career as a cryptography specialist, later progressing to become Head of the Cryptography Laboratory at the Central Network and Information Security Directorate (Direction Centrale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information, DCSSI) which evolved in 2009 into the French National Cybersecurity Agency(Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information, ANSSI).
In 2006, he joined the Ministry of Defence, continuing in the field of government cryptography before moving to cybersecurity.
In November 2010, he was appointed Head of the Cybersecurity Division within the Technical Branch of the National Defence Procurement Agency (Direction Générale de l’armement, DGA), responsible for expertise and technology policy in the field of cybersecurity.
On 27 March 2014, he was appointed Director-General of the French National Cybersecurity Agency.

Guillaume POUPARD
Executive Director

Sa carrière en informatique débute en 2000. Il occupe successivement des fonctions d’administrateur système et réseaux (France Telecom), de chargé d’études NTIC (CCI de Nîmes) puis intègre la fonction publique d’état au CNRS. Il y assure pendant 12 ans, les fonctions de responsable informatique et de chargé de sécurité des systèmes d’information dans deux laboratoires de recherche à Caen (GIP Cyceron) puis à Grenoble (CERMAV).

En 2018, à la faveur d’un détachement, il rejoint la fonction publique territoriale en qualité de RSSI auprès de Grenoble Alpes Metropole. Il constitue en 2020, un réseau de RSSI de collectivités territoriales afin de partager des informations et améliorer la résilience face aux cyberattaques.

Il apprécie particulièrement de partager ses connaissances, raison pour laquelle il est enseignant vacataire en Cybersécurité auprès de l’Université Grenoble Alpes. Il intervient aussi pour le CNFPT sur la région Auvergne Rhône Alpes afin de sensibiliser aux enjeux liés à la Cybersécurité les agents de différentes collectivités.

Enfin, il est auditeur IHEDN/INHESJ de la 2ème session nationale « Cybersécurité et Souveraineté numérique » et a intégré en octobre 2020 l’INCRT (Institut National de Cybersécurité et de Résilience des Territoires) en qualité de vice-président.

Cyril BRAS

Holding degrees in both business management and political sciences, Eve has accumulated more than 20 years of Marketing and Communication experience in the tech industry, especially in fast growing companies with an international scale. She first worked for several start-ups and medium size companies, growing their digital distribution of innovative products. After moving to Accor in 2016 where she developed the direct distribution of hotel rooms and services on all brand websites and mobile applications, she joined a French PHV company and launched their business in several european countries. Since 2020, she has been VP Marketing and Public Affairs at Preligens, supervising the overall marketing and communication strategy of the company and accompanying its international expansion.

VP Marketing & Public Affairs

Emmanuel Chiva a été nommé au poste de directeur de l’Agence de l’innovation de défense à compter du 1er septembre 2018, membre du comité exécutif de la DGA et rattaché au Délégué général pour l’Armement.

Agé de 51 ans, Emmanuel Chiva a travaillé depuis plus de 20 ans dans les domaines de l’intelligence artificielle et de la simulation militaire. Jusqu’au 31 août 2018, il était cofondateur et directeur général adjoint en charge de la stratégie et du développement de la société AGUERIS, filiale de John Cockerill Defence, société spécialisée dans la simulation opérationnelle et l’entraînement pour les opérateurs de systèmes d’armes.

Normalien, Emmanuel Chiva est docteur en biomathématiques avec une spécialisation en intelligence artificielle et dans le domaine des systèmes complexes et du biomimétisme. Auditeur de la 49e session nationale Armement & économie de défense de l’IHEDN, il a été pendant trois ans vice-président de l’association des auditeurs et cadres des hautes études de l’armement (AED-IHEDN). Il est également capitaine de vaisseau de réserve et a travaillé sur des sujets liés à l’innovation technologique (notamment l’intelligence artificielle) pour l’état-major de la Marine nationale. À ce titre, il a imaginé et organisé les deux premiers « Hackatons » de la Marine nationale en collaboration avec Thales et l’École 42.

Emmanuel Chiva a débuté sa carrière en 1997 chez MASA (Mathématiques appliquées SA) Technologies logicielles de simulation – systèmes adaptatifs, intelligence artificielle, et modélisation du comportement humain pour la défense et la sécurité globale où il a exercé les fonctions de directeur général adjoint puis de vice-président exécutif tout en fondant et développant la Business Unit Simulation militaire. MASA (aujourd’hui MASA Group) a notamment réalisé le système SCIPIO d’entraînement des postes de commandement de l’armée de Terre.

En 2007, il est cofondateur et associé de la société SILKAN spécialisée dans le calcul haute performance, les technologies embarquées et la simulation. Depuis 2014, il était en parallèle président de la commission recherche, technologie et innovation du GICAT (groupement des industriels de l’armement terrestre) et président du jury du programme GENERATE d’accompagnement des start-ups innovantes dans le domaine de la défense aéroterrestre et de la sécurité. Enfin, Emmanuel Chiva a créé et animait jusqu’il y a peu le blog VMF214 ( sur l’innovation technologique de défense.

Emmanuel Chiva est Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. Il est marié et père d’un enfant.

Emmanuel CHIVA

Nicolas Malbec is the French Navy chief digital officer. He is responsible for the Naval Data and AI policy which recently permitted to createy the Naval Data Services Center in Toulon and the Maritime AI Center in Brest.
Information system specialist and cybersecurity expert he worked both at sea (recently he was the commanding officer of the frigate Nivôse) and in the digital battlefields (he was in charge of the Navy cybersecurity between 2014 and 2016).

Nicolas MALBEC
Chief Digital Officer

Diplômé de TBS ( Toulouse Business School) et de l’université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III.

Cofondateur du magazine «In Toulouse»

Conseiller Délégué, Toulouse , en charge des TIC (Technologies de l’Information & Communication) et Président Sipyla ( Syndicat Intercommunal Pyrénées Languedoc Roussillon ) (2001-2008)

Entrepreneur (Public Partner) (2010)

Vice-Président de Toulouse Métropole à l’Innovation & Numérique (2014-2020)

Conseiller Municipal Délégué,Toulouse, à l’Innovation & Numérique (2014 -2017)

 Adjoint au Maire de Toulouse à l’Innovation & Numérique (2017-2020)

Président Open Data France (2014-2017)

Président de TME ( Toulouse Métropole Emploi ) et de la SPL RIN  ZEFIL ( Société Publique Locale  Réseaux d’Infrastructures Numériques )  (2014-2018)

Maire de Quartier à Toulouse ( Quartier 2.1 : Saint-Cyprien) (2015 -2020)

Maire de Quartier à Toulouse ( Quartiers 2.2 : Croix de Pierre & 2.3 Bagatelle Papus) ( Novembre 2019 – Juin 2020)

Vice-Président de Toulouse Métropole à la Transition Digitale 2020

1er Conseiller Municipal Délégué au Logement 2020

Président de Toulouse Métropole Habitat ( TMH) 2020

Maire de Quartier à Toulouse ( Quartier 2.4 : Casselardit- Fontaine Bayonne – Cartoucherie) 2020

Bertrand SERP
Vice Président

Florence Lambert a rejoint le CEA en février 2000 et a assumé différentes fonctions managériales liées aux systèmes de stockage d’énergies renouvelables. A partir de 2006, elle a fait partie des fondateurs de l’Institut National de l’Energie Solaire (CEA-INES) et a initié la première plateforme de recherche de stockage stationnaire en Europe.
A partir de 2009, elle a développé la division transport du CEA-LITEN, en se concentrant sur le développement et l’intégration de deux composants majeurs : les batteries lithium-ion et les piles à combustible et a joué un rôle clé dans différents développements de véhicules à faibles émissions de carbone en France.
Depuis 2013, en tant que Directeur de l’Institut CEA-LITEN (1000 chercheurs,, elle dirige une équipe couvrant différents domaines technologiques : solaire PV, transport décarboné, hydrogène, cycle du carbone et recyclage des matières.
Cet institut d’innovation focalisé sur les technologies de la Transition Energétique est le 3ème au monde en matière d’effectifs (après le NREL/US et le Fraunhofer-ISE/Allemagne) et le 1er en matière d’inventivité (plus de 210 brevets/an).
Cet institut est au coeur de nombreux projets industriels (SAFT, ACC, Symbio notamment) ou démonstrateurs ambitieux (Energy Observer).
En parallèle, sur le plan institutionnel, et ce dès 2013, elle a été en charge des plans industriels nationaux de stockage de l’énergie, sous la responsabilité du ministère de l’économie (« La nouvelle France Industrielle ») qui a donné lieu aux projets ambitieux actuels et à la feuille de route H2 française présentée en 2018.
En juin 2018, Florence Lambert a été nommée Présidente de la Commission Industrie, Emplois et Innovation lors du Conseil d’Administration du SER.
Genvia – Private
En février 2019, Florence Lambert est nommée présidente de la conférence mondiale de l’énergie solaire PV, EUPVSEC 2019, à la suite du processus de nomination et de vote du comité consultatif scientifique international, première femme à accéder à cette distinction en 35 ans.
En Mars 2021, elle est nommée « Femme de l’année 2020 » dans la catégorie Innovation par le média Green Univers.
Enfin, à la même date, elle prend la présidence de la société GENVIA visant l’industrialisation de la technologie d’électrolyse Haute Température du CEA en partenariat avec l’industrie (Schlumberger majoritaire, Vinci et Vicat).

Florence LAMBERT

Guillaume Soudain has been working since 2006 as a Software and Airborne Electronic Hardware Expert in the Certification Directorate of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). In 2014, he has been appointed Software Senior Expert and since then is in charge of the coordination of the Software aspects of certification within the Agency.

Guillaume was a member of the EUROCAE WG-71/RTCA SC-205 joint committee in charge of producing the Software standard ED-12C/DO-178C and its associated documents.

He is currently leading the EASA project team for Artificial Intelligence with the objective of implementing the EASA AI roadmap. He is also a member of the joint EUROCAE WG-114/SAE G-34 working group on Artificial Intelligence.

Prior to joining EASA, Guillaume worked for 5 years as Software Engineer in the development of Automatic Flight Control Systems in the European rotorcraft industry.

Guillaume SOUDAIN
Senior Software Expert

Patrick Fabiani leads the Dassault-Aviation Artificial Intelligence roadmap and acts as head of scientific advanced studies in the future concepts directorate of Dassault-Aviation since 2020.

Experienced Scientific Director with a demonstrated working history in managing research laboratories and projects, developing innovation and technology transfer to the aviation and aerospace industry. Carrying a 30 years project of developing and integrating safe and robust artificial intelligence functions in aeronautics for aircraft, drones, decision assistance, design and safety. Multidisciplinary skills including Artificial Intelligence, Drones (UAS), Nanosatellites, Autonomous Systems, Decision sciences, Systems engineering, Flight Dynamics, Robotics, Aeronautics and Astronautics. Strong research professional with a PhD from SUPAERO in Artificial Intelligence for decision aid, graduated « ingénieur » from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and SUPAERO (Toulouse).

Head of Scientific Advanced Studies

Victor Vuillard est responsable sécurité du groupe Parrot, premier constructeur européens de drones. En particulier, il a en charge l’intégration de fonctions de sécurité dans les drones afin de répondre aux usages les plus sensibles dans les domaines de la défense, la sécurité publique et plus largement les usages professionnels. Les efforts ainsi menés par Parrot lui permettent d’offrir des drones souverains et de confiance.

Avant de rejoindre Parrot en 2018, il a fait partie de l’ANSSI durant en tant que responsable du Bureau Audits et Inspections, responsable du Groupe d’Intervention Rapide et OSSI adjoint du SGDSN. Il a ensuite rejoint EDF pour créer et gérer l’équipe cybersécurité de l’ingénierie nucléaire où il a participé à la mise en place de la gouvernance cybersécurité pour ses systèmes industriels et défini les mesures visant à protéger les systèmes numériques des centrales nucléaires françaises.

Chief Security Officer, CTO Cybersecurity, DPO

Ana Brandusescu is a researcher, advisor, and facilitator who works on a more publicly accountable use of data and technology. Currently, as the 2019-2021 McConnell Professor of Practice at McGill University, Ana is examining public investments and policy in AI across Canada. She is co-leading “AI for the Rest of Us”, a research project to develop a new model of public (civic) engagement in government decision making processes that are being automated with AI. Ana serves on Canada’s Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Open Government. She is a member of @OpenHeroines and <A+> Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms.


During her time at the World Wide Web Foundation, Ana led research on the implementation and impact of open government data in 115 countries, co-chaired the Measurement and Accountability Group of the international Open Data Charter, and led gender equality research advocacy across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Ana authored blogs, reports, and book chapters on open data, open contracting, data measurement, AI policy, data protection, and gender equity.

McConnell Professor of Practice for CIRM

As the Director of R&D Center at Loft Orbital, Pierre is leading the development of key satellite technologies to serve Loft Orbital’s innovative business model. Loft Orbital enables its customers to fly their payload in orbit as a service through ridesharing on board Loft’s microsatellites.

Before joining Loft Orbital, Pierre was the project manager for the Assembly Line at OneWeb Satellites, where he drove the design and implementation of a fully digital production line outputting two satellites per day.

Pierre graduated from a dual master at MIT, in both aerospace engineering and technology & public policy. His research alongside Professor Dava Newman, former NASA Deputy Administrator, focused on spacesuit mobility and astronaut injury. Pierre has since maintained his passion of human spaceflight. He is the founder of the Space & Shake conferences, inviting keynote speakers of the space industry to inspire French students.

Long distance triathlete and passionate about mountaineering, Pierre enjoys exploration: hiking along the Via Francigena from Chamonix to Rome (1,252km), or flying a manual DR-400 plane from Toulouse to Senegal. He strongly believes that space and exploration are inspirational drivers enabling science and technology.

Director R&D Center

Diplômé de Supaero (en 1997) et docteur de INRIA (en 2001), Grégory Flandin a commencé sa carrière chez Airbus Defence & Space dans l’ingénierie des systèmes d’observation de la terre. Il a rejoint l’IRT Saint Exupéry en 2014 où il a monté le centre de compétences en Intelligence Artificielle, le programme de recherche transatlantique DEEL, puis pris la direction des programmes en Intelligence Artificielle pour les systèmes critiques. Il est également responsable du programme intégratif sur l’IA certifiable au sein d’ANITI.

Executive AI Strategist

Chantal Soulé-Dupuy  is full professor in computer science since 2001. She was director of the Toulouse Doctoral School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Telecommunications for 5 years and Dean of the Information Technology Faculty of the Toulouse Capitole University for 10 years. She is currently Director of the Graduate School of the Toulouse Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Vice-President of the Toulouse Capitole University. She is a specialist in information retrieval, integration and annotation of structured and unstructured information, recommendation systems and prediction explanation. Her research focuses on the consideration of the user in all actions of access and processing of information (contextualization, traces of use, recommendation). She also has a strong experience in managing large-scale heterogeneous information repositories in various application domains (including biology, health, aviation and space). She has supervised 25 PhDs and published more than 100 papers in leading journals, conferences or workshops in the field.

Director of the ANITI Graduate School

Odilon Faivre graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and holds an M.Sc. from ETSI Industriales in Madrid. Odilon started his carreer in EDF Group in the Energy Management field in Gas and Power. He then worked in the strategy department in London for EDF Energy. After joining Enedis, he had been in charge of smart grids projects management for Enedis in Ile de France.

After going back to university and completing a Master in statistics and data science, Odilon is currently Head of Data Analytics for Distribution in Enedis, a team of data scientists and developers elaborates and industrialize new solutions based on “big data” technologies for power distribution.

Head of Data Analytics for Distribution

Laurence Rouïl is the Director of the strategy, science policy and communication at Ineris (Institut National de l’Environnement Industriel et des Risques).
She received her Ph.D in 1995 in the field of applied mathematics. After a first experience of consultant on numerical systems, she joined Ineris in 1998 and for more than 20 years developed skills and experience in air quality modelling and management, being the leader of research activities closely linked to operational applications. In 2003, she developed with her team the French air pollution forecasting platform, PREV’AIR, a precursor system which is now a reference in Europe.  She participated actively to the air quality monitoring and management strategy in France providing technical expertise to the Ministry in charge of the Environment. She is mandated by the Ministry as national head of delegation or competent authority in several international bodies and participated to negotiations related to the definition and implementation of European legislation in the field of air pollution. Since September 2014, she chairs the EMEP Steering Body, the scientific program of the Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air pollution. She has been involved in several European research projects and was very active in the development of the EU Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring services. Development and implementation of machine-learning algorithms to support environmental risk analysis and assessment (and design) of mitigation strategies open new fields of interest for Ineris and will be part of its upcoming science strategy.

Laurence ROUIL
Scientific Director

Catherine Tessier est maître de recherche à l’ONERA à Toulouse et référente intégrité scientifique et éthique de la recherche de l’ONERA. Elle enseigne à l’ISAE-SUPAERO. Ses recherches portent sur la modélisation de cadres éthiques et sur les questions éthiques liées à l’« autonomie » des robots.
Elle est membre du Comité national pilote d’éthique du numérique et membre du Comité d’éthique de la défense. Elle a fait partie du Groupe d’experts ad hoc mis en place par l’UNESCO en 2020 en vue de l’élaboration d’un instrument sur l’éthique de l’Intelligence Artificielle.

Catherine TESSIER
Research Director

Après une Classe Préparatoire aux Grandes Ecoles en économie et deux Licences en Droit et sciences politique et en Philosophie, Pauline termine actuellement un Master 2 en Droit du numérique et intelligence artificielle à l’Université Toulouse 1 Capitole et en alternance chez Occitanie Data, où elle est chargée de projet droit du numérique.
Forte de ce parcours universitaire varié, elle s’intéresse particulièrement aux enjeux économiques, sociaux et éthiques dans le domaine du numérique.

Pauline ZORDAN
Project Coordinator – Digital Law

Dr. Rachid Alami is Senior Scientist (Directeur de Recherche) at  LAAS-CNRS.

He currently holds the the Academic Chair on Cognitive and Interactive Robotics at the Artificial and Natural Intelligence Toulouse Institute (ANITI)

He received an engineer diploma in computer science in 1978 from ENSEEIHT, a Ph.D in Robotics in 1983 from Institut National Polytechnique and an Habilitation HDR in 1996 from Université Paul Sabatier. He contributed and took important responsibilities in several national, European and international research and/or collaborative projects (EUREKA, ESPRIT, ECLA, IST FP5-FP6-FP7, H2020), France: ARA, VAP-RISP for planetary rovers, PROMIP,  and several ANR projects).

His main research contributions fall in the fields of Robot Decisional and Control Architectures, Task and motion planning, multi-robot cooperation, and human-robot interaction and collaboration.

Rachid ALAMI
Senior Scientist

Greg Ameyugo heads the Ambient Intelligence and Interactive Systems Division at CEA. With 250 researchers dedicated to AI, Robotics, digital twins, IoT and HMI technologies, Greg’s teams work on new intelligent, interactive robotics paradigms and provide state-of-the art digital technologies to over 100 companies worldwide.

An aerospace engineer by training, Greg holds an engineering doctorate in Aerospace propulsion and technology strategy. From Rolls-Royce to Indra, and Airbus Emerging Technologies and Concepts, Greg led disruptive projects in industry prior to joining CEA.

He has worked with over 300 companies to help bring innovations to market, launched and directed the Innovation Pillar at EIT Manufacturing (210m€), and serves in the board of various initiatives at national and European level. Greg also consults regularly on technology, innovation and business strategy and policy for companies and governments.

Gregorio AMEYUGO
Head of Ambient Intelligence and Interactive Systems Division

2004-2005 : Ingénieur Développement chez CCA- Corse Composites Aéronautiques

2005-2008 : Resp. Atelier composites de Développement chez LATECOERE Toulouse

2008- 2015 : Resp. du centre composites sur LATECOERE Prague

2015-2018 : Directeur pièces élémentaires sur LATECOERE Prague

2018-A ce jour : Directeur de site MONTREDON Usine 4.0

Toulouse Plant Director (Montredon Usine 4.0 -T15)

Graduated from ICAM (Toulouse), Enzo get a first experience in operational logistics as activity manager for a big agrobusiness company. Passionate by innovation and how they can leverage industry, he joined Daher as project manager in the DaherLab. From 2017 until 2020, he was in charge of PoC Together, call for projects at group scale that permit to collect business needs across all activities. He likes to be attentive to operations, understanding their problems and trying to solve them by implementing technologies such as AI, IoT and many others. In a logic of spreading innovation mindset, Enzo had also the mission to organize Innovation Days, events opened to a large public, going from operators to clients showing Daher’s Innovation strategy.

Since 2021 he has the position of innovation platform manager.

Innovation Project Manager