CNRS is increasing its presence in Canada with the creation of two new laboratories

The scientific cooperation between Canada and France is well established, CNRS is a stakeholder. On April 25, he announced the creation of two new French-Canadian laboratories in addition to the four already established in Canada. These two “international research laboratories” are ” International Laboratory for Learning Systems » in partnership with McGill University, ETS, Mila, Paris-Saclay University and CentraleSupélec and ” Quantum Frontiers Lab » with the University of Sherbrooke.

Earlier this year, CNRS opened its 9th overseas office in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Previously, CNRS scientific cooperation in Canada was managed from its North American office based in Washington. In January 2019, a joint department was established between CNRS and the University of Lyon, which hosts the University of Ottawa, with the aim of strengthening and developing French-Canadian partnership actions in all areas of knowledge. This creation thus enabled the CNRS to reaffirm the high level of its commitment to Canada, one of its very first international partners.

The creation of the new CNRS office in Canada thus aims to reinforce these efforts made over several years and to create new bridges with universities, research organizations and funding bodies.

When we ask Jean Matas, Director of the CNRS, about the reasons for opening this office, he assures us:

“This new office should enable the CNRS to build a more diversified and targeted partnership approach with research stakeholders. Canada, 4th country in intensity of co-publications with more than 2,400 scientific articles each year is a major partner of the CNRS. We share several major scientific strategies such as artificial intelligence, quantum science or even marine and polar science, where Canada has significant research and innovation forces spread across the various provinces and territories. Through partnerships with stakeholders, we also want to take advantage of the complementary approaches from North American research in order to better respond to the various social challenges at the global level. »

CNRS research in Canada involves each of its thematic institutes.

Antoine Petit, CEO of CNRS, points out:

“Thanks to its long history of collaboration, its interdisciplinary roots and its role in coordinating several French national strategies, CNRS enjoys strong recognition in Canada from government decision – makers, Canadian donors and universities. With these two new international laboratories, CNRS is strengthening its presence in Canada, where it set up a representative office in early 2022. »

IRL International Laboratory on Learning Systems (ILLS)

This laboratory brings together CNRS, McGill University, the Ecole de technologie supérieure (ETS) in Montreal, the Quebec Institute of Artificial Intelligence (Mila), the University of Paris-Saclay and the CentraleSupélec.

The work that will be done there will deal with the development of mathematical tools to improve the algorithms for machine learning and ensure its use. These algorithms can be used for natural language and speech processing, for computer vision and signal processing applications.

ILLS will encourage international mobility between Canadian and French teams to increase the chances of long-term collaborations between researchers, professors, post-docs, PhD students and master’s students.

Quantum Frontiers Lab

France and Quebec collaborated for forty years on quantum before the international research project “Laboratory circuits and quantum materials » (LCMQ) was born in 2017 in collaboration with the Department of Physics at the University of Sherbrooke, National Laboratory of Intense Magnetic Fields of CNRS (located in Grenoble and Toulouse) and Solid State Physics Laboratory (CNRS / Paris-Saclay University).

This IRP is therefore today an IRL, whose two research axes are quantum materials, quantum circuits and devices for the purpose of the scientific resources for quantum technologies. Its aim is to carry out pioneering collaborative international research, to facilitate the exchange of researchers and students between the University of Sherbrooke and France, and to promote innovative projects between the French and Quebec communities.

Researchers will be able to rely on the complementarity of experimental units of measurement between the University of Sherbrooke and French laboratories, sharing of computer resources, major research infrastructures in France as well as at the Quantum Fab Lab of the Institute Sherbrooke quantum.

The creation of this IRL together with IRL LN2, created in 2012, dedicated to nanotechnology and nanosystems and also carried out with the University of Sherbrooke, represents a strategic development for the two partners around quantum technologies.

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