The ESEO engineering school opens a chair dedicated to AI with SNCF Voyageurs and Sopra Steria

Artificial intelligence is becoming unavoidable. “It is part of the engineer’s toolbox and leads to spectacular results in certain areas”specifies Ronan Costaouec, teacher-researcher holding the chair and responsible for the artificial intelligence option.

Partnership with SNCF Travelers and Sopra Steria

On the ESEO site in Paris Vélizy, the option dedicated to AI has existed for two years, but the signing of the chair will open up training to new speakers, in particular those with skills in natural language processing and in the themes linked to the robustness and certifiability of the AI.

“Our students will also have a privileged link with our partners to carry out projects, carry out internships which can serve as a springboard for them towards their first job. The chair will be a powerful lever to promote the professional integration of students.” In addition to educational collaborations, the signature of the chair between the ESEO, SNCF Voyageurs and Sopra Steria, recognized for its consulting and digital services activities, could initiate relations around R&D.

From theory to practice

Currently about fifteen students have opted for the artificial intelligence option, but it could accommodate up to ten additional students. “Through our speakers, we are looking for concrete case studies. We have the resources for the technical aspects, but the algorithms and methods must be put into practice to anchor know-how.”

ESEO students notably study models in image detection. To understand the software, they start with an academic case to understand the method. Once the basics have been assimilated, the industrial case study will confront them with a new difficulty and allow them to use the methods and algorithms studied. “Thanks to our partner Sopra Steria, certain case studies will be able to relate in particular to defence.”

Cutting-edge lessons

With more accessible libraries, an artificial intelligence that is becoming more democratic, hardware that has developed, Ronan Costaouec considers that AI will, in time, no longer be reserved for specialists. During their course, students follow different educational units that deal with the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, in particular deep learning technologies applied to object detection, image recognition or cybersecurity.

“They learn to use existing tools and learn to design them to implement an algorithm. They understand the models in depth, their logic to create new ones.” The training also introduces them to cloud & edge computing, an essential cross-disciplinary course to strengthen their knowledge of computing technologies.

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The ESEO engineering school opens a chair dedicated to AI with SNCF Voyageurs and Sopra Steria


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