Toulouse aims to become a hot spot for AI development

Monday, 15 October, 2018

Toulouse is home to the second largest concentration of researchers in France (6,800 in the public sector), and Université Fédérale Toulouse-Midi-Pyrénées is backing ANITI, a super-hub project dedicated to artificial intelligence and bringing together laboratories and businesses.

Following this summer’s opening of the B612 building which in particular houses the IRT Saint-Exupéry (Institute for technological research) with facilities spanning 11,000 m²; at the end of September Toulouse asserted its commitment to new technologies by submitting its candidacy to the Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR - French National Research Agency) to host one of the four or five French interdisciplinary institutes in this field. Named ANITI (Artificial and Natural Intelligence Toulouse Institute), this project, which aims to make Toulouse a world leader in the AI sector, draws on the tremendous wealth of the Toulouse ecosystem in terms of research and innovation in the fields of robotics, mathematics applied to artificial intelligence, as well as certification for complex aeronautics systems. For the Toulouse-based project, which will be examined by an international jury, six priority areas of application have been identified for collaboration between local businesses and laboratories: autonomy, man/machine collaboration, predictive maintenance in transport, preventive medicine and health, smart agriculture, environmental and climate prediction systems.