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Online Café des Sciences Conference: In the World of Algorithms

Computational scientist Aurélie Jean, ©Géraldine Aresteanu

About this event

Café des Sciences is a monthly scientific conference organized by the Office for Science and Technology (OST) from the French Embassy in the United States. Every month, join us and discuss scientific and technological news with French scientists and experts.

For this new edition, the OST in Los Angeles and the Consule Generale of France in Los Angeles Julie Duhaut-Bedos, in partnership with l'Alliance Française de Los Angeles and Los Angeles Accueil, are happy to host together a Cafe des sciences with guest speaker Aurélie Jean Ph.D., computational scientist and entrepreneur, CEO and founder of In Silico Veritas - CAIO and co-founder of DPEEX.

In the World of Algorithms

Why we should all become power users of technologies

Nowadays, we interact on a daily basis with an increasing number of technologies that embed artificial intelligence components, materialized by algorithms and data. Understanding how those algorithms are built, trained and used, as well as how the data is collected and analyzed, is key to embracing the opportunities and avoiding any threats. To reach such a goal, the tech actors, as well as scientists and engineers, have to explain the underlying mechanisms, and consequently empower every single user. In this Café des Sciences, we will define what an algorithm is, what data is, as well as discuss some concrete examples of algorithms that are the base of common technologies such as social media or medical devices. This discussion will be the first step for every single attendee toward becoming a power user of AI-based technologies.

 

Aurélie JEAN

Ph.D., Computational Scientist and Entrepreneur, CEO and founder of In Silico Veritas - CAIO and co-founder of DPEEX

Aurélie Jean has been working for more than 15 years as a research scientist and an entrepreneur in computational sciences, applied to engineering, medicine, education, economy, finance and journalism. In the past, Aurélie worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Bloomberg. Today, Aurélie works and lives between the USA and France where she shares her time between consulting, research, and teaching in grad schools and executive education mainly at MIT.

Moderator

  • Maëlys Renaud, Deputy Attachée for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles

More about our partners

Los Angeles Accueil

Los Angeles Accueil is an organization part of the FIAFE (Fédération internationale des Accueils français et francophones d'expatriés, International Federation of French and French-speaking Expatriate) : an international network of 150 Accueils in 90 countries, including 16 in the United States. The "Accueil", run by volunteers, aims to welcome, inform and help French and French-speaking people to succeed in their expatriation by creating links. Through various activities (cultural, artistic, sports), they allow newcomers to discover their host city and country and facilitate their integration.

L'Alliance Française de Los Angeles

L'Alliance Française de Los Angeles is the LA Chapter of the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, founded in 1902. Alliance Française cultural events are showcased online; the public is invited to discover these offerings, which are in English and French. The organization offers top quality French classes for adults and children, in addition to cultural events. The classes are available on Zoom during the pandemic, and where possible, in person as well. Regardless of the format, Alliance Française classes are unique in featuring small numbers of students for plenty of individual attention. The teachers are highly qualified and experienced in teaching French, using a communicative approach. To find the AF chapter nearest you, visit afusa.org.

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