2018 French Edition award recipients

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Congratulations to the winners of the French Edition of the Atos-Joseph Fourier Prize!
5 revolutionary projects in High Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing have been rewarded.

High-Performance Computing

1st Prize (10 000€)
Jean-Philip Piquemal, professor at Sorbonne Université,

as well as Félix Aviat, Luc-Henri Jolly, Louis Lagardère and Yvon Maday have been rewarded for their work on dynamic molecular simulation on Tinker-HP (High Performance). This software aims to organize dynamic molecular simulations using advanced force fields. The project could potentially impact a number of sectors, including health and biology.

2nd prize (200,000 hours of machine time on GENCI supercomputers) : Ludovic Berthier, first-class numerical simulation researcher

in amorphous substances, such as emulsions. The composition of these disorganized substances constitutes one of the most open and unresolved issue in today’s physics, with many potential impacts in biology and computing.

Quantum Computing

Quantum computing winner (10,000€): Jean-Charles Faugère, researcher at INRIA, and Ludovic Perret, professor at Sorbonne Université

For the past 15 years, this team has been working on cryptographic algorithms, which will be able to resist future quantum computing based decoding systems. The success of this project has led to the creation of the PQAT startup, which offers ‘quantum safe’ solutions.

Artificial Intelligence

1st prize (10 000 €): Igor Carron and Laurent Daudet, respectively co-founder and CEO & Technical Director of LightOn, a company which develops state-of-the-art optic based IT hardware, in collaboration with Kastler Brossel Laboratory,

for the creation of an innovative optic processor which allows to accelerate AI programs with unprecedented capabilities. The first results have already been seen in terms of visual and text recognition. Optic processors are a thousand times faster compared to standard processors, while consuming less energy. and “L’Ecole Normale Supérieure”

2nd prize (100,000 hours of machine time on GENCI supercomputers): Stephan Clémençon, applied mathematics professor at “Telecom ParisTech”,

who has developed Machine Learning based algorithms which can be applied to social networks, detection of fraud, and predictive maintenance means


GENCI is Atos – Joseph Fourier prize partner in France. Since its creation in 2007 by the French Public authorities, GENCI’s role is to implement the national strategy for equiping in HPC resources the three national computing centres and making the systems available for French researchers; to support the creation of an integrated European high performance computing ecosystem; to work to promote numerical simulation and high performance computing within the academic and industrial communities.

About the competition

The Atos – Joseph Fourier Prize is an annual competition for scientists across the globe, applying individually or in teams to their local competitions.

The Atos – Joseph Fourier Prize aims at rewarding the work of researchers, academics and industrial scientists in three strategic areas: High Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing.

In order to stay at the forefront of innovation and remain competitive, public organizations and enterprises will have to understand how to effectively harness these emerging technologies.
Through this competition, Atos is supporting innovation in Quantum, computer simulation and analysis that will lead to tangible industrial applications within our lifetime.

The Atos – Joseph Fourier Prize was first launched in France in 2009 by Bull, now being part of Atos, and by GENCI (Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif).

The prize pays tribute to mathematician Joseph Fourier whose work in the 18th century largely contributed to the mathematical modelization of physical phenomena.

More about Joseph Fourier

Jean-Baptiste Joseph Fourier (21 March 1768 – 16 May 1830) was a French mathematician and physicist and best known for initiating the investigation into Fourier series and their application to problems of heat transfer and vibrations. The Fourier transform and Fourier’s law are also named in his honor. Fourier is also generally credited with the discovery of the greenhouse effect.

Fourier accompanied Napoleon Bonaparte on his Egyptian expedition in 1798, as scientific adviser, and was appointed secretary of the Institut d’Égypte. He contributed several mathematical papers to the Egyptian Institute which Napoleon founded at Cairo.

In 1801, Napoleon appointed Fourier Governor of the Department of Isère in Grenoble, where he oversaw road construction and other projects. However, Fourier had previously returned home from the Napoleonic expedition to Egypt to resume his academic post as professor at the École Polytechnique.

It was while at Grenoble that he began to experiment on the propagation of heat. He presented his paper On the Propagation of Heat in Solid Bodies to the Paris Institute on December 21, 1807.

In 1822, Fourier was elected Permanent Secretary of the French Academy of Sciences. In 1830, he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble is named after him.


2018 French Edition – Best of

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