Summit Overview

Future Intelligence Summit will open with one full day of conferences under the patronage of IANP. A high-level and international group of government leaders with industry, research, academic, and civil society stakeholders will come to the stage to discuss, debate and examine the AI world order and whether Europe can be influential in the near future. It will tackle key questions about the future of AI European regulation and the technology’s implementation in highly critical sectors.

Days 2 and 3 of the event will gather even more industry experts to discuss the application of AI in various industries, such as mobility, manufacturing, and services, but also the role of AI in enhancing business activities.


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Summit Full Agenda

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Most of the presentations will be given in French with simultaneous interpretation in English.

  • Tuesday, June 1
  • Wednesday, June 2
  • Thursday, June 3
Start - EndConference Room 1Conference Room 2
09:00 - 09:30Opening Remarks

09:30 - 10:15KEYNOTE 1
French and EU Approach Towards Regulation and Development
of AI Technologies
10:15 - 11:15PANEL DISCUSSION 1
French and EU Approach Towards Regulation and Development
of AI Technologies

President/CEO, NXU / U-Need / Hub France IA

Scientific Advisor, Hub France IA

Vice-President, Occitanie Region

Antoine COURET
President/CEO, Hub France IA / Geo4Cast

Emmanuel SALIOT
Expert, European Council

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
Artificial Intelligence for Health

Emmanuel BACRY
Chief Scientific Director, Health Data Hub
Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence

12:00 - 13:00PANEL DISCUSSION 2
Artificial Intelligence for Health

Jean-Louis FRAYSSE
Co-Founder, BOTdesign

Professor of Applied Mathematics,
Paris Descartes / Ecole Polytechnique

Founder, Ethik IA / Health Program Director, Jouve

Dominique PON
Director, Clinique Pasteur Toulouse

Research Director, INRAE

President, 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?

Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence

CEO, I-Trust

Lawyer, Cabinet Juris Défense Avocats

Sébastien JARDIN
Business Development Director,

Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics,
Ecole Polytechnique

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
Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence

Professor of Ethics and AI, CNRS-Sorbonne Université
Artificial Intelligence, National Defence, Sovereignty Issues

Emmanuel CHIVA
Director, Agence d'Innovation de la Défense (AID)
14:15 - 15:15PANEL DISCUSSION 3
Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence

Head of the Cybersecurity AI Group, Hub France IA

CEO, Shark Robotics

William ELDIN
Founder, XXII

Olivier PAGES
Founder, ffly4u

Senior Vice President - Head of Robotics & Automation, AIRBUS

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?

Artificial Intelligence, National Defence, Sovereignty Issues

Research Fellow, FRAS

Research Engineer, CREC Saint-Cyr

Olivier KEMPF
Director, La Vigie

Nicolas MALBEC
Chief Digital Officer, Marine Nationale

Director, Intelligence Campus

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 - 16:00KEYNOTE 13
AI & Space

Director of the “Digital Solutions,
Ground Segments and Operations” Directorate, CNES
16:00 - 17:00PANEL DISCUSSION 13
AI & Space

Big Data Project Manager, CS Group

Christophe VALORGE
Chief Technical Officer, Thales Alenia Space

Executive AI Strategist, IRT AESE Saint Exupery

Stéphanie LIMOUZIN
Chief Business Development Officer, CLS

To cope with the announced increase in their numbers, satellites will have to become smart: programming missions, processing the images on board, and optimizing navigation and traffic. How will this be done? What are the key issues that AI will have to respond to?

Start - EndConference Room 1Conference Room 2
09:00 - 09:30KEYNOTE
AI - An Outlook in France and Worldwide

Mathematician and Member of the French Parliament
09:30 - 10:15KEYNOTE 6
AI for Risk and Crisis Prevention

Co-founder and Academic Director, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
AI Robotics – Learning and Decision-Making

10:15 - 11:15PANEL DISCUSSION 6
AI for Risk and Crisis Prevention

Olivier FLEBUS
Data Architect, CONTINENTAL

Grégoire MERCIER
Founder and Head of the Data Science Unit,

Laurence ROUIL
Scientific Director,INERIS

Jean-François GUEGAND
Exceptional Grade Research Director, 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?

AI Robotics – Learning and Decision-Making

Partner, SPOON.AI

Researcher in Robotics, LAAS-CNRS

Sébastien BORIA
Model Integrated Computing Architect, AIRBUS

Toulouse Plant Director, LATÉCOÈRE

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
AI for Operational Efficiency in Enterprise

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

12:00 - 13:00PANEL DISCUSSION 7
AI for Operational Efficiency in Enterprise


Christophe MERLE

Head of Scientific Advanced Studies, DASSAULT

Associate Dean of Research, KEDGE Business School

Head of DaherLab, 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

Director of Bordeaux-Sud-Ouest Inria Research Centre, INRIA

Jean-François BONNEFON
Research Director, ANITI

Caroline LAIR
Founder, THE GOOD AI


Laurent GARDES
Head of AI division, SNCF Research and Innovation

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 - 13:30BREAK
13:30 - 14:15KEYNOTE 10
AI for Services

Jean-Michel DARROY
Vice-President, Head of Strategic Partnerships Intelligence,
AI for Vehicle Control
14:15 - 15:15PANEL DISCUSSION 10
AI for Services

Journalist, TOULOUSE IS AI

Thanh-Long HUYNH

Ghizlaine AMRANI

Business Innovation Director, BUSINESS & DECISION

Director, NUBBO

Mustapha DERRAS
Research & Innovation Director, BERGER-LEVRAULT


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?

AI for Vehicle Control

François-Marie LESAFFRE
Artificial Intelligence Technological Champion,

Jean-Jacques TOUMAZET
Technology Exploration, AIRBUS

Strategy Manager, ADAGOS

Senior Research Scientist, ONERA/ANITI

Director Grand Défi en Intelligence Artificielle, 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 - 16:00WORKSHOP
Improving Competitiveness by Instilling Trust in the Use of your Data


How can you improve your competitiveness through trust in the use and cross-referencing of your data? Is your company trustworthy? How to optimize your ethical potential? Evaluate the benefits for you to participate in a trust framework such as the one Occitanie Data has been building for 1 year, and discover in preview our evolution and our new offers for 2021.

AI & Training

Data Scientist, AIRBUS
16:00 - 17:00WORKSHOP
AI & Training

Founder, Datactik

Director Graduate School, ANITI

Senior Research Scolar, ICAM

Operations Director, Pôle Emploi

President, Model RH

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
Start - EndConference Room 1Conference Room 2
09:30 - 10:00WORKSHOP
10:00 - 10:30WORKSHOP
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

Senior Consultant, ARTTIC
10:30 - 11:00WORKSHOP
11:00 - 11:30WORKSHOP
11:30 - 12:00WORKSHOP
12:00 - 12:30WORKSHOP
Cybersecurity Challenge
12:30 - 13:00WORKSHOP
Cybersecurity Challenge


Future Intelligence brings forward thought leaders, innovators and technology experts and will consider professionals from all backgrounds (academia, to startups to global companies) for speaking opportunities at the Summit.
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Summit – June 1-2, 2021
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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

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).

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

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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).

President of the Commission on AI and Cognition

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

Dr. Nicolas Mazzucchi is Research Fellow at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique in charge of cyber, energy and primary goods issues. He holds a PhD in Economic Geography from Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Dr. Mazzucchi wrote his PhD thesis on the influence cross relationship between states and companies in the energy sector. Before joining the FRS, he was in charge of energy analysis at the French Ministry of the Armed Forces. Nicolas Mazzucchi was also fellow “armaments and defense economics” at the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM) and associate-fellow at the Institut Français des Relations Internationales et Strategiques. He teaches international relations, energy geoeconomics and cyberstrategy at the Ecole militaire in Paris, Sciences po Paris and Polytechnique. Dr. Mazzucchi is also scientific advisor in foresight analysis for Futuribles International and auditor of the 25th session of the Ecole de Guerre.

Nicolas Mazzucchi
Research Fellow

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

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

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.

Senior Research Scolar

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

Graduate of the Nantes University in economics sciences with a specialisation in management budgetary control during the 90’s, I started my professional career in Pau (South-West of France) as a management accountant. I have held this position for 8 years, firstly in Pau and then in Toulouse.

In charge of various departments in Pôle emploi until 2013, I especially participated in the forward-looking work on the labour market by 2020 on behalf of Pôle emploi.

Appointed director of Strategy and External Relations in 2013, I contributed to the creation of Pole Emploi Occitanie, public institution ensued from the merger of the two former regions (Midi Pyrénées and Languedoc Roussillon).

Since September 2018, I manage the Operations Division at Pole Emploi in the Occitanie region. Pole Emploi aims to guide job seekers during their period of inactivity. My position makes me work in close collaboration with the Occitanie Regional Council on the areas of employment, professional training and economic development.

Operations Director

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 BONNEFOND
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

Right after my double diploma from GeorgiaTech and Arts et Métiers in 2014, I started working as an avionics engineer for a big company.  

Often hanging out with entrepreneurs I realized that I had the same mindset and decided to join an aerospace startup.

I understood there that I wanted to mix these two worlds, to work in open innovation, and that’s what I have been doing at Daher since 2018.

After two years as a innovation project manager and a CEDEP training in Business Excellence, I am now the head of the DaherLab.

We are a team of passionates who conduct and coordinate open innovation within the group.

Head of DaherLab

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.


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.


Ghizlaine Amrani has been leading the development and business growth of the company to create a leader in Economic Intelligence powered by AI. Her mission is to provide investors and institutions with predictive macro-economic and financial indicators to identify profitable investment opportunities and associated risks by analyzing alternative data such as satellite imagery, social networks, meteorological data, shipping, etc.

Ghizlaine’s focus today is to use the powerful technology that her team has developed in order to create a new generation of ESG indicators allowing a neutral, impartial and normalized assessment of the extra financial performance and its comparison between peers.
Prior to this, she held operational positions in strategic planning and marketing within the luxury industry for the European and North American markets. Also, during her first years, Ghizlaine has worked as psychotherapist for children with autism and childhood psychosis for the Red Cross.

Ghizlaine graduated from ISG Business School and St-John’s University with a MS in Finance and holds a MS in psychology. Ghizlaine also speaks fluently 5 languages, including Arabic, Italian, Spanish and is intermediate Chinese.

Ghizlaine AMRANI
Co-Founder & Chief Operating 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