Atos launches its 2020 IT Challenge on Cooperative Artificial Intelligence

October 3, 2019

For the 9th consecutive year, Atos invites university students from all around the world to participate to its IT Challenge. The contest offers students the opportunity to turn their ideas into working concepts and a €10,000 prize for the winning team. Teams of 2 to 4 members can participate. Online registration is possible until November 30, 2019.

Over the past two years, the IT Challenge has been centered on Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI is indeed everywhere and used in medical diagnosis, fraud detection, driverless vehicles, security surveillance and video gaming.

This year, the theme of the Atos IT Challenge is Cooperative Artificial Intelligence.

Cooperative Artificial Intelligence, for its part, brings together separate AI solutions, and enables them to work together to make joint decisions. It refers to the concept of « Swarm Intelligence », which describes the collective behaviour of decentralised, self-organising systems, whether they be natural or artificial.

Concrete applications include, for example, implementing communication between driverless cars and road infrastructure to avoid accidents. Another example: using a family of robots for a collective project like the building of a road or a bridge. Finally, we could imagine interactions between different chatbots, like an insurance bot and a banking bot to simplify customer experience.

This theme, thus, gives free rein to the students’ imagination and creativity, in order for them to take part in the major evolution of intelligent computing.

The best 15 concepts from all entries will be selected and announced mid-December. Then, these remaining teams will start the second stage of the competition - app development. The final winner will be announced in Paris in July 2020.

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