Hi! PARIS, a new Center with global ambitions in the fields of AI and Data Science: A Center designed to better serve the interests of Science, Economy, and Society
“The success of our project is based on the challenge of achieving multidisciplinarity at the very highest level, relying on the combination of complementary and recognized fields of expertise of HEC Paris and Institut Polytechnique de Paris, but also on the support of major actors in the economic world. We hope that many companies will join Hi! PARIS, thus fashioning a new AI at the service of a durable economy and a just society.” - Peter Todd, Dean of HEC Paris
Hi! PARIS: An Interdisciplinary Center
An Interdisciplinary Center Dedicated to AI and Data Science, for the Benefit of Science, the Economy, and Society
Exponential growth in the volume of data and Artificial Intelligence capabilities have created a new paradigm for scientific methods and are transforming all sectors of the economy. France is currently in need of world-class research that is both ethical and effective, as well as training and an innovative ecosystem in the field of AI and Data Science. This issue is crucial in developing technologies related to AI in France, especially given the institutions it is up against in the English-speaking world and Asia. If France is to be endowed with the means to meet the growing needs of companies and society and take up these major scientific challenges, then the time has come for companies and academic institutions to band together for the sake of progress.
A Dynamic Ecosystem Founded on the Alliance between HEC Paris and Institut Polytechnique de Paris
The alliance between HEC Paris and Institut Polytechnique de Paris (IP Paris) was formalized at the start of 2019 and is already offering many benefits, including the creation of a joint doctoral school to provide innovative and hybrid training for research professors. The excellence of students and faculty from both institutions combines basic science and its applications, mathematics and economics, computer science and management. This talent pool is developing within an established ecosystem featuring partnerships, open innovation, and growing start-ups. The creation of this new Center is a major milestone in this alliance. It will help expand scientific boundaries in the areas of AI and data science in order to establish tools to benefit the economy and society.
HEC Paris and IP Paris: Established Assets
Since 2018, HEC Paris and IP Paris have forged an alliance through numerous projects in the areas of teaching, research, and entrepreneurship. This alliance combines expertise in the economic world and in-depth knowledge of the technology that will shape our future. IP Paris and HEC Paris bring together hundreds of research professors and PhD students in science and management who are working on topics related to AI and data science. As both institutions develop high-level research and education, they are pursuing joint projects that embody the values of excellence, openness, and innovation. The creation of this Center marks a crucial step that will help to release the full potential of the combined expertise of HEC Paris and IP Paris in order to develop projects with high added value to benefit science, business, and society.
The training students receive in both institutions is based on the values of excellence, diversity, innovation, multidisciplinarity and the concept of serving the general interest. HEC Paris and IP Paris attract the world’s top students. The schools have been recognized for their expertise in key fields for business, AI and data science, as well as their ability to make the most of these issues and incorporate them into strategies for new industrial and economic models.
Interdisciplinarity is key. It is central to the training provided at HEC Paris and IP Paris. Mastering emerging technologies like AI and data science requires the combined mastery of several disciplines and the ability to combine these areas of expertise to develop innovations. These training programs also emphasize soft skills (leadership, sense of community, creativity) which enable students to not only solve complex problems, but manage the technical, human and strategic aspects of projects. This cross-disciplinary knowledge trains future leaders who are visionaries ready to lead and support the major transformations underway– ready to innovate.
A Global Impact
The goal of Hi! PARIS is to enhance research and training in AI, data science, and business. It will offer training programs backed by excellence in research and multidisciplinary courses (marketing, administration, management, applied mathematics). It aims to recruit top international talents, those who want to be involved in extensive studies on AI and data science. The Center also aims to increase the number of PhD students in these fields in order to encourage research in AI and its applications. It also seeks to support future researchers and foster exchanges within the international scientific community, including through large-scale scientific events.
It is a meeting place, where ideas come to fruition and exchanges occur between the private sector and the world of public research. The Center will bring about the creation of an engineering unit aimed at promoting open innovation and encouraging new methods. It will help researchers establish research codes according to the highest standards, promote them among the entire community, thus strengthening the impact and visibility of these disciplines in society.
The Center will be a unique space for disruptive technology, training and innovation, the developmentand transfer of technology. It will operate in key research areas, covering a wide range of disciplines: basic AI methods (machine learning, statistics, cybersecurity, AI applied to business–finance or marketing) and societal implications (ethics, health, climate, regulation). It will also help to establish attractive Master’s programs offering significant opportunities, develop innovation programs and organize Data challenges.
HI! PARIS’s Objectives
• Hire 30 world-class professors over the next 5 years in order to enhance our research and teaching capabilities and further the societal implications of AI
• Create a dedicated team: 150 PhD students in world-class international research, 30 post-doctoral students and guest professor programs through university partnerships
• Compete with the top European and global universities
• Co-create new programs featuring a unique combination of skills and mindsets involving science, technology, business, and societal challenges
• Triple the number of students in the Master’s program, reaching 500 students by 2025; double the number of PhD students working on AI and Data Science
• Increase our incubation and acceleration capacities in order to attract and encourage the development of the best start-ups
• Build a network by building bridges between the academic world, the ecosystem of entrepreneurs and economic leaders
About HEC Paris
Specializing in education and research in management sciences, HEC Paris offers a complete and unique range of academic programs for the leaders of tomorrow: the Grande Ecole program, Specialized Masters and MSc, Summer School programs, the MBA, Executive MBA and TRIUM Global Executive MBA programs, the Ph.D. program and a wide range of programs for executives and managers. Founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HEC Paris has a full‐time faculty of 140 professors, 4,500 students and 8,000 managers in executive education programs every year.