CROSSING, a French-Australian laboratory #ST43 [fr]
CROSSING, a French-Australian laboratory working on the interface between humans, machines and autonomous systems
The International Research Laboratory (IRL) CROSSING was launched in Adelaide this Monday 22th of February. CROSSING, or frenCh austRalian labOratory for humanS / autonomouS agents teamING, is a French-Australian laboratory dedicated to Artificial Intelligence (AI)/ Humans teaming. It will aim to facilitate collaboration between humans and machines, in a context where AI is increasingly present in our society. For example, how can the work be optimally distributed in a team composed of both humans and intelligent and autonomous machines? The study of these human/machine interactions requires a multidisciplinary approach, which integrates not only computer science and robotics, but also psychology. This multidisciplinarity will be made possible thanks to the collaboration among Australian researchers from the Universities of Adelaide, Flinders and South Australia, and French researchers from the CNRS and IMT Atlantic. The collaboration also involves the French industrial partner Naval Group, specialised in naval defence.
Launch of the CROSSING laboratory in Adelaide. Picture from the University of Adelaide.
With more than 6,600 AI employees and 89% more cited scientific articles than the global average, Australia is very active and innovative in this field. The first bionic eye for example, whose technology relies on AI, was design by Australian researchers from the University of Monash.
France is also a strong player in the current digital revolution. It has a diverse research ecosystem that covers many AI-related topics. The Institute for Information Sciences (IS2I) of the CNRS counts more than 50 public laboratories related to AI in France. Among these laboratories, the Information Processing and Systems Team (ETIS) in Cergy-Pontoise has for example developed an AI that can learn to speak using the same learning process as a child.
The launch of the IRL CROSSING thus initiates an important cooperation between Australia and France, which will allow the two countries to combine their respective competitive advantages in order to improve our use of Artificial Intelligence.
The IRLs, of which the CROSSING laboratory is a part, are laboratories implanted by the CNRS in foreign research structures and for an initial period of 5 years. These laboratories are an important tool of scientific cooperation, as they bring together international and French researchers around a common research topic, for example AI in the case of IRL CROSSING. There are around 80 IRLs spread around the world, which cover a wide range of scientific fields such as climate in Argentina, astronomy in Chile and green chemistry in Shanghai. The CROSSING laboratory is the first IRL in Australia, and the fifth involving an industrial partner.
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