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Technological and Scientific Stakes for the years to come

  • "Intelligent" Interfaces for accessing and exchanging information
    • Improvements of Data Accessing and Querying Technologies using Natural Language,
    • Improvements of technologies relying on the cooperation of Communication Agents and Data Retrieval agents
      Agent Communication Language (FIPA's A.C.L Protocol, France Telecom R&D technology ARTIMIS),
    • Automatic Vocal Reading of Text (TextToSpeech software reaching a high quality prosody),
    • Automatic Dictation of Texts,
    • Text Parsing and Automatic Summarization,
    • Developments of multi-modal technologies (e.g able to process items of meaning coming from speech, vision (expression of faces, expressive gestures and designing gestures),
      implementation of Communication Agents having a basic perceptive capability).
  • Enhancement of Data Research Engines - Semantic Web
    • Improved integration and processing of the user's querying domain and profile:
      Better matching of the knowledge profile on the target domain, skills, domains of interest through successive "user-tuning" queries,
    • Extension of Multimedia Data Indexing Techniques,
    • Use of Semantic Retrieval Techniques based on knowledge templates and generation of formal semantic templates for creation of answers before the final export towards the target language (semantic templates could be exported to several languages via Automatic Translation Systems),
    • Use of flexible queries and Fuzzy Sets Techniques for Data Retrieval in Databases.
  • Data Discovery Advanced Techniques
    • Machine Learning Techniques,
    • Bio-inspired Systems, "Artificial Life", Genetic Algos,
    • Data Mining Techniques,
    • DBKR (DataBase Knowledge Retrieval),
    • Biocomputing.
  • Knowledge Management Systems

  • Techniques for Image Generation and Simulation of Interaction in complex (and/or risky) environments: V.R - Virtual Reality
    • Modeling/Representation of complex mathematical spaces difficult to conceptualize, geometrically speaking - Exploration through cuts by hyperplans and selected projections (Example: enabling advances in the understanding of mathematical multi-dimensional theories like the superstring theories developed in Quantum Physics (Quantum Gravitation Theory),
    • Remote Interventions in risky environments (through interacting with a V.R system simulating the real intervention space).
  • Nano-technologies - Quantum Computation
    • Enhanced knowledge of State Physics and of Complex Phenomena,
    • Production of new materials, new structures (see Bernard Sapoval, "Universality and Fractals", Condensed-State Physics Lab, Ecole Polytechnique)
    • Data Encoding and Computing at the electron or photon level:
      David Deutsch: Centre for Quantum Computation
      Neil Gerschenfeld and Isaac Chuang , Media Lab MIT, Center for Bits and Atoms
  • Advances of research works on genetic diseases, immunodeficiencies, cancer
    • Research advances on the Human Genome Knowledge
    • Biomaths, Non Linear Dynamic Systems: Computer-Aided Simulation of cellular dynamics, of pathological disorders of cell sets.
    • Through an advanced understanding of Systems Dynamics, implementation of preventive, palliative or curative means.
  • Advances of research works on Brain Diseases (Alzheimer, Parkinson, etc.) and on Brain Activity Modeling
    • Enhanced knowledge of the architecture and dynamics of Neural Information Networks (Resistance, Plasticity, set-up capacities, understanding of mechanisms which trigger the collapse of the information support network (Alzheimer), research on means of recovering an operational infrastructure).
    • Enhanced knowledge of Brain Chemistry (for instance, effects of long-term stress, better knowledge of neurotransmitters)

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Research Fields of Interest

  • see pdf document: "Research Projects and Labs (France, Etats-Unis, Canada)"
  • Computational Neurosciences, biomaths and biocomputing: modeling and simulation of the main functions of the human brain
    (see Alain Berthoz, CNRS Perception and Action Physiology Lab -UMR7124, Research Theme: Mental Functions - Integrative Neurosciences - Behaviours
    Michael Mackey, Mac Gill University, Montreal, Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics in Physiology and Medicine,
    Leon Glass
    , Mac Gill University, Montreal, Physiology Department
    Research Themes
    : Complex rythms in cardiac and respiratory systems, Theory of visual perception,neuromimetic networks.
    Project–CORTEX, LORIA NANCY, Frédéric Alexandre
    Arnaud DELORME, Scott Mackey 's research works (Swartz Center for Computational Sciences) : Software for Analysis and space-time representation of signals collected upon exploratory examinations of brain activity, especially for vision: EEGLab (EEG) et FRMLab (FRM) ,
    Simon Thorpe (CERCO: Brain and Cognition Research Center in Toulouse, Spikenet Technologies and Software)
  • Complex Adaptative Systems: « The Quark and the Jaguar », Murray Gell-Mann, Santa Fe Institute
  • Mathematics and Patterns in Nature: " Patterns in Nature ", Peter S. STEVENS, "On Growth anf FORM", D'Arcy THOMPSON.
  • Fractals, modeling and simulation of natural phenomena (Morphogenesis, growth in State Physics (Bernard Sapoval, « Universality and Fractals », condensed-state Physics Lab, Ecole Polytechnique)
  • Fractals and Art :applications in Graphical Art (Jean-François COLONNA, LACTAMME Lab, Ecole Polytechnique - Charles VASSALLO)
  • Cellular Automata applied to Art: Description of cellular entities and interaction rules between them and their environment. Description of exchanged messages : Areas involved : Object Programming, sound and graphical interfaces, A.I .
  • Rythms and Art : Vasarely , BUREN , CALDER (Mobiles, dynamic sculpture) , POLLOCK.
  • Transducers and Virtual Interfaces: Motions converted to sounds and conversely via an interpreting/conversion software coupled to sensors.

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