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The Innovator – Interview de Françoise Soulié

The Innovator – Interview de Françoise Soulié

Artificial intelligence expert Françoise Soulié has over 40 years’ experience working with neural networks, machine learning, social network analysis and Big Data in academia and in industry. She is a co-founder of Hub France Intelligence Artificielle, a French organization that aims — through a bottoms up approach — to help create an AI industrial sector in France and Europe . She is also a member of the AI High Level Experts Group that is currently working with the European Commission on an AI strategy for Europe.

A graduate of École Normale Supérieure, Soulié holds a PhD from University of Grenoble. She was a professor at the University of Paris 11-Orsay, where she was advisor to 20 PhDs working on neural networks and deep learning, including Yann LeCun, who later went on to become Facebook’s Chief AI Scientist. Soulié later funded a startup called Mimetics to develop a neural-network based optical-character product, joined Atos as head of a data mining in the data warehouse group and worked at Business & Décision as a Partner where she created and headed the Customer Relationship Management business unit. At KXEN, she was vice-president of Innovation until the company was acquired by SAP. She then joined Institut Mines Télécom where she worked for the Big Data platform TeraLab. Most recently she worked as a professor at the School of Computer Software at Tianjin University in China, where she headed the Data Science team. She is currently running a her consulting company in Data Mining and AI called Soulié Data Conseil (SDC). Soulié has co-authored more than 140 scientific publications and 13 books. She recently spoke to The Innovator about what Europe needs to do to be competitive in AI.

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