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IP Paris at the core of two European projects on AI and quantum communications

26 Jun. 2023
As part of the European Union's Horizon Europe program, two major collaborative projects involving laboratories from Institut Polytechnique de Paris have just been funded. ELIAS aims to put artificial intelligence (AI) research to the benefit of sustainable development, while promoting the sustainability of AI itself. QSNP seeks to create a European ecosystem for quantum cryptography and communications.
IP Paris at the core of two European projects on AI and quantum communications

ELIAS : European Lighthouse of AI for Sustainability

Recent developments in AI raise profound ethical and societal concerns that must be addressed. At the same time, we live in a crucial historical moment, with tremendous challenges ahead, from climate change to the energy crisis. ELIAS emerges from the belief that AI will be a key discipline to help us tackle these challenges. To this end, 32 partners across Europe are joining forces in this project coordinated by the University of Trento (Italy). Florence d'Alché-Buc, researcher at the Information Processing and Communications Laboratory (LTCI*) will lead this project on the IP Paris side. IP Paris is one of the main partners with a budget of 1.1 million euros for a total funding of 11 million euros. ELIAS builds on and expands the highly successful and internationally recognized European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS). In particular, ELIAS aims to build and lead a network of excellence around the twin themes of AI for sustainability and sustainable AI. As far as fundamental research is concerned, ELIAS will address key scientific questions on how AI itself can meet the requirements of frugality, ethics and responsibility while developing its applications for individuals and society (via fact-checking, for example) and the planet ( by reducing the carbon footprint, for instance).

QSNP: Quantum Secure Networks Partnership

Based on the laws of quantum physics, quantum cryptography offers the perspective to enhance the security of communications. In theory, it could guarantee security regardless of future technological advances or the resources of an attacker. However, many advances remain to be achieved to certify the applications in practice. As part of the European Quantum Flagship, the Quantum Secure Networks Partnership (QSNP) aims at creating a sustainable European ecosystem in quantum cryptography and communication. Among the 42 members of the project led by the Institute of Photonic Sciences (Spain) are academic groups, research and technology organizations, quantum component and system spin-offs, cybersecurity providers, integrators, and telecommunication operators. QSNP is structured around three main pillars : Next generation protocols, integration and use cases.  The research effort planned within IP Paris federates four teams from Télécom Paris and a team from Ecole Polytechnique, and is coordinated by Romain Alléaume, Professor at Télécom Paris. It covers the engineering of coherent quantum communication systems and their integration into quantum networks, the theory of quantum cryptography and the hybridization of quantum and classical cryptography.  The focus of this research is on the development of quantum communications technologies for critical European infrastructures, such as EuroQCI.


*LTCI: a research lab Télécom Paris, Institut Polytechnique de Paris, 91120 Palaiseau, France