Franco-British conference on artificial intelligence

Franco-British conference on artificial intelligence (AI) held by the Alan Turing Institute and the French Tech London on Tuesday 16 January 2018.
Venue: The Alan Turing Institute, 96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2DB
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WELCOMING REMARKS (9.00 – 9.10 a.m.)

  • Adrian Weller, Turing Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute
  • Alex Margot-Duclot, Board member French Tech London

KEYNOTE - A VISION OF AI IN FRANCE (9.10 – 9.30 a.m.)

  • Cédric Villani, French MP, Fields Medal Winner

KEYNOTE - A VISION OF AI IN THE UK (9.30 – 9.50 a.m.)

  • Jérôme Pesenti, CEO of BenevolentTech

INTERACTIVE PLENARY SESSION ONE - Creating a skilled AI workforce: towards a better academic and research ecosystem in France and the UK (10.00 – 10.50 a.m.)

France and the UK are facing the same challenges: improving the AI workforce pipeline and retaining the best talents. The British industrial strategy contains the following announcements: developing an industry-funded master’s programmes for AI, transforming the Alan Turing Institute in a national research centre, and investing 45M£ to support additional PhDs in AI. With the Mission Villani, France is trying to develop new guidelines and to take advantage of its excellence in mathematics. This session will seek to explore different streams of collaboration between the academic institutes and the private sector and between French and British universities.

  • Jérôme Pesenti, CEO of BenevolentTech
  • David Barber, Turing Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute, Reader in Computational Statistics and Machine Learning, UCL
  • Nozha Boujemaa, Senior Research Scientist at Inria, Director of the DATAIA Institute
  • Guillaume Bouchard, CEO of Bloomsbury AI, Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL
  • Chair: Adrian Weller, Turing Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute

INTERACTIVE PLENARY SESSION TWO - Creating new business opportunities: overview and potential streams of collaboration between France and the UK (11.00 – 11.50 a.m.)

This session will give an overview of the business ecosystems in France and the UK: current uses of AI, key sectors, main applications, successful startups and high-value acquisitions. It will also introduce key French and British actors supporting AI businesses and the most efficient tools. This debate will aim to identify potential complementarities between the two markets and to foster new partnerships such as connecting AI startup programmes between the UK and France.

  • Sue Daley, Head of programme I Cloud, data, analytics & AI, Tech Uk
  • Anne-Valérie Bach, Partner at Serena Capital
  • Wendy Tan White, Partner at BGF Ventures, Board of Tech City UK
  • Nicolas Brien, Managing Director, France Digitale
  • Chair: Olivier Thereaux, Head of Technology, Open Data Institute

Closing remarks (11.50 – 12.00 a.m.)

About the organisers

The Alan Turing Institute is the national institute for data science, headquartered at the British Library. The institute was founded in 2015 in order to answer a national need for investment in data science research and in 2017 welcomed its expanded role as national research centre for artificial intelligence to respond growing needs in the AI sector. We are named in honour of Alan Turing whose pioneering work in theoretical and applied mathematics, engineering and computing are considered to be the key disciplines comprising data science. Our researchers collaborate across discplines. We are fuelled by the desire to innovate and add value. Further information on the Insitute’s work can be found at

French Tech London
Some 300,000 to 400,000 French people live in the Greater London area. Many work in tech and start-ups as entrepreneurs, engineers and senior executives for large corporations, others in more junior roles or in other sectors of the tech ecosystem. This vast French diaspora has come together to create the London French Tech Hub in order to network, grow stronger and build better bridges with France and the rest of the world. Ran by volunteers and professionals in the Tech industry, the French Tech Hub is a non-profit organisation now supported by Accel Partners, Balderton Capital, Business France, Devialet, Kantox, Lewis Silkin, Leyton,, and many more. The Hub organises events and other activities to contribute to the dynamism of this ecosystem.

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Published in January 2018.

Published on 03/10/2018

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