In a national and international context of competition in artificial intelligence, SCAI brings together a strategic range of disciplines of modern artificial intelligence in the heart of Paris and in Sorbonne Université Abu Dhabi.
The SCAI is a structure of the Sorbonne University Alliance able to federate the communities of the three faculties of Arts & Humanities, Science & Engineering and Medicine of Sorbonne University, as well as members of the Sorbonne University Alliance (UTC, MNHN, INSEAD).
Chairs of excellence
Collaborative responses to scientific calls
Innovative training programs
Campus Pierre et Marie Curie
4 place Jussieu
The offices of SCAI in Paris are located in the Esclangon building on the Pierre and Marie Curie campus of Sorbonne University. This collaborative space allows us to host students, researchers and companies.
Jazeerat Al Reem
Al Reem Island
Abu Dhabi - UAE
PO BOX 38044
In Abu Dhabi, the center is located in modern working spaces on the Sorbonne Abu Dhabi campus. This research space is dedicated to industrial research chairs and to initial and continuing education.
SCAI now operates a GPU computing cluster available to the whole community.
Coordinates and implements the centre's actions in liaison with the various stakeholders.
Director of SCAI
Professor at Sorbonne Université
Gérard Biau is a Full Professor at the Probability, Statistics and Modelling Laboratory (LPSM) of Sorbonne University. His research is mainly focused in developing new methodologies and rigorous mathematical theories in statistical learning and AI, whilst trying to find connections between statistics and algorithms. He is currently the Director of SCAI.
Deputy Director of SCAI
Research engineer at Sorbonne Université
After a PhD in musicology and digital humanities at Paris-Sorbonne, Xavier Fresquet joined UPMC, then Sorbonne University, in 2015 to support the development of the activities of the PLAS@PAR plasma physics laboratory of excellence. He has been accompanying the artificial intelligence community since 2019 within SCAI.
Director of Corporate Partnerships
SCAI Abu Dhabi
Trained at HEC Paris, Valerie Hawley has been working for over 10 years in the UAE on a variety of issues that combine innovation, technology, research and development and education. She coordinates the SCAI office at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi.
Administrative and Financial Manager
Scai - Paris
Recruited at the CNRS in 1991 as a manager, Nora Roger made several internal mobilities in different laboratories, including 7 years at LERMA. On February 1st 2021, she joined the Scai and ISCD teams as Administrative and Financial Manager (Sorbonne University).
Sorbonne.ai program manager
Agnès Dudych is Project Manager at SCAI in charge of Sorbonne.ai, an educational project that has received funding from the ANR. She joined SCAI in 2022 after working as a European Project Manager on various international research projects.
SOUND.AI program manager
Associate Professor at ISTeP, Sorbonne Université
Alain Rabaute is Associate Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics at the Geoscience Laboratory (ISTeP) of Sorbonne University since 2010, after 10 years as a research fellow at Ecole normale supérieure in Paris and IFPEN in Rueil-Malmaison. His research interests are the study of active tectonics and geodynamics of the Mediterranean region and associated geohazards (seismic, tsunami, landslides), and the use of multivariate statistics to investigate the physical properties of geological formations and their spatial variability (for underground energy such as hydrogen or geothermy, carbon and waste storage, mineral, oil and gas). He is also the founder and Managing Director of the R&D consultancy SME Geosubsight since 2006.
Scai - Paris
After defending her thesis in Astrophysics, Mélanie Venet devoted herself to communication in associations and then in research laboratories. She has been working with the Scai team since 2020.
Associate Professor in Mathematics in the Sciences and Engineering Department of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
SCAI Abu Dhabi
Omar El Dakkak is an Associate Professor in Mathematics in the Sciences and Engineering Department of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (SUAD). His Research interests lie at the intersection between Probability on Discrete Structures, Empirical Processes Theory and Nonparametric Statistics. He is currently SUAD’s Academic Advisor in Mathematics, Numerical Sciences and SCAI Affairs and the Programme Head of the Bachelor in Mathematics, specialization in Data Science for Artificial Intelligence.
Strategic Partnership Manager
Engineer studies at Sorbonne Université
Rakhee PATEL, with her scientific background, has been supporting UPMC and Sorbonne Université academics develop their international relations since 2009. In 2022 she joined the SCAI team to accompany the development of international and industrial partnerships.
Discusses and proposes the Institute's major scientific orientations, validates the quality of ongoing projects, advises the SCAI Management and initiates new interdisciplinary or intersectoral directions.
Supervises the life of the Institute at the local level, the smooth running of projects, the scientific programme of events, and educational innovation. It supports the Management as much as necessary.
Oversees the smooth running of the Institute within the Sorbonne University Alliance. It proposes short and medium term strategic orientations and ensures good communication within the community.
This committee is composed of a representative of each institution of the Sorbonne University Alliance, the deans of the three faculties of Sorbonne University, the directors of the doctoral schools, the directors of the departments concerned, the directors of the research units concerned. It meets at least once a year at the invitation of the Institute's Management team.