Gendarmerie organized the first hackathon on the theme of artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is, for Gendarmerie, a major issue that is part of the various pillars of the GEND 20.24 strategy. The sentence is written in the present, since it is no longer a distant fiction, but a reality. It has already been used by gendarmes to better understand crime, thanks to predictive analysis, but in the context of authentication using a dedicated chatbot to “deepfax” or even in the case of human resources.

But this prediction is only a precursor to the potential use of AI. Some view its emergence as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the effects of which have yet to be identified in various parts of our society.

Nonetheless, for Gendarmerie, the integration of AI into its technological expansion process is already underway. And this development requires a better understanding of the mathematical concepts of artificial intelligence, in order to prevent any black box effects and to exploit the proposed opportunities for accountability.

A programming marathon

It was in this mood of AI transparency and democratization that the organization organized a hackathon service of artificial intelligence, de la Transformation (ST), from 13 to 15 May. For neophytes, hackathon is an event where a team of volunteer developers meet for a period of time to work collaboratively on a computer programming project.

And this time, 24 hours, participants had to work on two challenges of their choice. In fact, gendarmerie has joined forces with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the French Development Agency (AFD) to challenge automated transcripts of speeches and rank second in the automatic ranking near 17 SDGs. Sustainable Development Goals). Opportunity, if need be, for gender equality between citizens and environmental protection issues, to testify to the similarity.

Copy as an operational tool

So it was for the candidates of the Floor Gendermary Challenge in the automated transcript of the speech. Indeed, this work is particularly time-consuming and raises various concerns, such as transcripts of telephone tapping, recordings from GenderMary Operations and Intelligence Center (CORG) or even hearings. An application that can be a great service for the police.

The purpose of the competition was to evaluate the relevance of using an automated transcription system, called speech-to-text, applied to a variety of recording sources (radio, television, telephone, etc.).

“It’s obviously a question of converting waves into text,” summarizes Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel Camara, a member of the Gendarmerie team for the hackathon and a director of the PJGN (Pôle Judiciary of the Pôle Judiciary’s) research project “INSPECTr”. National Gendermary). But automatic transcripts of speeches were not the only purpose of the challenge. All participants had to face a real challenge in a very limited time that the work had to be done.
Thus, the head of the Gendarmerie group called it a question of “dividing speakers, determining their gender, automatically identifying spoken language, summarizing mechanically copied text, analyzing feelings, and finally, identifying hate speech.”

A third place for the gendarmerie team

A hackathon, as its name implies, requires 24 to 48 hours of work, and recovery requires sleep, for both the team and the organizer, as underlined by Lieutenant-Colonel Mikel de Miras, who, at night, had to build the platform. Evaluation method.

The weekend ended with the announcement of a jury for the gendarmerie of France’s Mrs. Essence (ST), Mr. Mike Gavadamasi (ST), Lieutenant-Colonel de Miras (PJGN) and General Patrick Perrot (ST).

The Gendarmerie team did rather well, as they came in a respectable third place with a satisfactory performance.
For General Patrick Perrot, Gendarmery’s AI coordinator, “The PJGN team has demonstrated our inherent talent pool and ability to develop systems we understand. A

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The event took place on the premises of ISEP, a school of digital engineers, Gendarmery’s partner for the “AI and Security” chair, with the support of its student association, Garage ISEP, focusing on innovation. 3DS Outscale has also joined the challenge, particularly for the provision of data storage and computing infrastructure. General Perrot, the initiator of the initiative, spoke at the opening ceremony during a roundtable discussion on AI’s challenges to security. This was before a conference on French AI strategy presented by Renaud Weidel, National Coordinator of Artificial Intelligence.


“INSPECTr” is a European research project aimed at creating a common intelligence platform between different entities. It also aims to create a new mechanism for collecting, analyzing, prioritizing and presenting key information to assist in crime prediction, identification and management. gendarmerie participates in this project as a technical partner. PJGN is responsible for the natural language processing part. “It is not uncommon for European law enforcement to participate as a technical partner for research projects,” explains Lt. Col. Camara. The fully automated language processing (TALN) component that has been entrusted to us demonstrates the project’s confidence in Gendarmerie’s ability to provide innovative solutions in this area. A

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