This Wednesday, July 6, the three winning teams presented the Atos Atos IT Challenge, an international student competition with the theme ” How data from space can advance humanity.. The company, in partnership with GENCI (Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif), has also announced the winners of the 2022 edition of its annual scientific competition, the Joseph Fourier Prize.
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Contributing to scientific and technological excellence, in particular, hosts the Atos IT Challenge and the Joseph Fourier Awards, the winners of which it has announced.
Atos IT Challenge
Since its creation in 2012, the Atos IT Challenge has been a major trend in the digital revolution for students around the world, such as AI, blockchain, smart mobility, connected cars, media interactive, connected life, the right to forget. The teams are overseen by the Atos Scientific Community which provides technical and practical support, advice and encouragement.
The awards ceremony for the 2022 edition of the IT Challenge took place in a virtual setting: the Atos Scientific Community gathered at the group’s headquarters in Bezons and the finalists online.
Hundreds of teams from 19 different countries competed around the theme: “Objective Moon … then Mars … and finally they”.
The contestants had a proposed challenge ” Think about how data from space can be integrated into a data-driven digital ecosystem to move mankind forward, both in space and on Earth. “. Focusing specifically on the Atos Mundi platform that hosts satellite imagery, students were encouraged to develop space-related applications. Copernicus Earth.
For their project, students can apply various technologies and techniques such as AI, Machine learningAnalysis, Image Analysis, API and Platform, with the goal of developing a space-themed mobile or web application that will greatly benefit society
Three finalists in the 11th edition of the IT Challenge
Out of the 19 teams selected to develop their projects under the supervision of member-managers of the Atos Scientific Community, 13 have qualified for the finals. The Atos IT Challenge Jury, made up of Atos experts and executives, selected three finalists, with the final ranking being:
- 1er IT Challenge Award and Winner: “Sargassum Detector” from Orleans University, France
This application makes it possible to manage a huge area of Sargassum seaweed. It uses satellite imagery to identify clusters of floating algae, then guess which shore they will land on. The aim is to promote rapid collection of algae and to be able to alert local authorities upstream to limit impact on the coast. The project also has an application that allows users to participate in algae collection by contacting partner associations or collection services. The team won 10,000 euros.
- 2e Prize: “Lumo”, from the National University of Singapore
This application, primarily for firefighters, provides a variety of descriptive data, such as GIS maps and dashboards containing graphs and reports that facilitate quick decision making in the event of a forest fire. In addition to the descriptive statistics provided on the situation at the moment, the application has two additional functionalities: a real-time analysis of the vulnerabilities of a space for a spontaneous forest fire, as well as a simulator that allows to create a dispersion model. Forest fires. The team won 5,000 euros.
- 3e Prize: “RiverI”, from the University of Sওo Paulo, Brazil
Protecting vegetation along the borders of rivers surrounding wildlife is crucial for the survival of the ecosystem and the well-being of human life. This web-based platform automatically inspects and identifies riverine vegetation areas using satellite images combined with machine learning and computer vision techniques. It has a tool that allows users to compare a region during different acquisitions. The team won 3,000 euros.
Each student in these three finalist teams will be able to do an internship or consider other opportunities within Atos.
Sophie Proust, Atos Group’s Chief Technology Officer, said:
“It is undeniable that the theme addressed this year has been a great success: using the power of satellite earth observation data to advance humanity. More than 100 teams have presented their projects covering areas of deforestation, agriculture, climate, energy and pollution.” The winners of the 2022 edition show real originality and creativity with their innovative solutions, which address the biggest challenges of our ecosystem, such as the destruction of natural habitats and the solutions to protect them. Congratulations to the winners and all participants!
Atos Joseph Fourier Award
Atos – The Joseph Fourier Award was launched in 2009 by Bull in France, now part of Atos and GENCI. It pays homage to the Jean-Baptiste Joseph Fourier (March 21, 1768 – May 16, 1830), a French mathematician and physicist whose work made a major contribution to the mathematical modeling of physical phenomena.
The goal of this award is to contribute to the positive acceleration of research and innovation through rewarding work in the fields.Advanced computing (Supercomputing, Quantum Computing, Edge Computing) and AI, with special emphasis on decarbonization.
A jury of independent personalities, consisting of representatives of the French scientific and industrial world, has chosen to reward a number of innovative projects:
- 1er The award in Advanced Computing was given to researcher Jean-Christophe HorauHe is currently pursuing a post-doctoral dissertation at ONERA (National Office for Aerospace Studies and Research) on the atomization of liquid jets.
The applications are numerous, especially: more economical dispersion of water in the fields, or better combustion of gasoline or hydrogen. The award-winning work has made it possible to create simulations up to 86,000 cores and generate huge amounts of simulated data on which other researchers can rely.
- 2n / a Ivan Duchemin Award for Advanced Computing Honor CEA’s Department of Basic Research.
His research focuses on the description of matter through so-called “ab-intio” calculations, that is, calculations based solely on the basic principles of quantum mechanics. His work makes it possible to develop fundamentally more efficient algorithms when applied to parallel machines up to 23,000 cores.
- 1er The Artificial Intelligence Award is jointly awarded to junior researcher Danilo Karastan-Santos and senior researcher Dennis Tristram. From the University of Grenoble Alps.
They are interested in improving the functioning of high-performance computing platforms, especially using machine learning to optimize the ordering, placement and configuration of applied applications. Energy optimization is a key parameter of this optimization.
The winning teams 1er Value in advanced calculations and 1er Each of the AI prizes will receive € 10,000 for their research while 2 will be the winnerse The Advanced Computing Award will benefit GENCI Supercomputers from 200,000 GPU hours of machine time.
GENCI CEO Philip Lavocat says:
“This 2022 edition of the Joseph Fourier Prize again highlights the importance of the contribution of basic research and science to solving social challenges, and today, in particular, of decarbonization. GENCI and Atos share the ambition to use computing power in the service of that scientific excellence. That is why we are collaborating within the EUHPC framework on the EUPEX project and the EPI initiative, with the aim of optimizing the architecture of future Exascale class machines. “