This period of activity (January – December 2020) was shaken up by the health crisis still underway. This situation, combined with the early moving to our new premises, led to the establishment of a mixed occupation of the offices (telework and in person) and the cancellation of many events. In this period, priority was given to on-site work for residents with poor working conditions at home.

Despite this tedious context, the ISCD team-projects affiliates continued to carry out their missions with significant progress in research, and community animation activity that could be carried out despite the pandemic. ISCD affiliates participated in research efforts around the pandemic by collaborating or steering several research projects and services on this topic.

There was, however, a decrease in meetings, seminars and conferences, amplified by the on-going construction work of the premises in Esclangon building, which took place during the deconfinement period.


Members of the Scientific Advisory Council are invited to join the session via Zoom application
(Why is it called a zoom meeting when it should be called a co-vid ?…)

Zoom Connection link:
Meeting ID: 885 0162 6993
Access Code: 447172

For connection problems, please contact Pascal FREY: (+33) 6 43 35 47 38

Activity report – January to November 2020

Thursday, 3 December 2020 – 1 pm – 5:30 pm

Documents (ISCD semestrial report, activity report of research teams, slides) are available in the ISCD DropSU repository.


  • Welcome words by Claude Le Bris, president of the Scientific Advisory Council.
  • ISCD is pleased to welcome the newly elected members of its Scientific Advisory Council.
  • The current composition of the Council includes 10 members. It has been approved by the Steering Committee of ASU.
  • Current members (2020-23)
  • Pascal Frey appointed director by the Board of ASU (2020-24) ;
  • Moving to new premises (july), building Esclangon, shared floor with SCAI (time lapse);
  • Meetings with vice-president for Research, Innovation and Open Science, and with General Secretary of ASU ;
  • Meetings with dean and vice-dean for Research of the Faculty of Sciences and Engineering ;
  • Participation in 4EU+ Alliance, representative of SU withing FS3: transforming the science and society by advancing information, scientific computing and communication ;
  • Establishing connections with the new service unit SACADO for HPC and with the Center for Technological Development (ex. Carnot tremplins) ;
  • Educational video game co-designed with Ikigaï (SU), a police investigation in the Roman theater of Orange (seq1, seq2);
  • Facial reconstruction: participation to a short film (summer 2021) ;
  • Human Resources
    • -1,5 FTE: A. Miskiewicz (executive secretary, july), M. Kammoun (administrative assistant, oct.) ;
    • +1 FTE: Chloé Guennou, (research engineer, scientific visualization) ;
    • Recruitements to support research teams: 5 postdocs (2 Formal, 2 Maestro, 1 Origins of speech), 2 engineers / personalized medicine, 5 master internships
  • NB: the COS has decided to defer by one year the evaluation of the junior team-projects (end of 2022) ;
  • Start of junior-teams activities, Welcome Meeting (Jan. 17) ;
  • Meetings with junior teams and steering committee ;
  • 1st edition of the Workshop “From ObseRving to Modelling oceAn Life”, team-project FORMAL, 15 May ;
  • 3 days workshop on Generalized Langevin equations in classical and quantum simulations, team-project Maestro, 22-24 April ;
  • P. Monmarché, PI of ANR JCJC “SWIDIMS” Diffusions modulées : métastabilité et algorithmes stochastiques ;
  • M. Casula, ERC call INFRAEDI, coordinator of “TREX” project, Stochastic methods for exascale calculations ;
  • R. Vuilleumier, PI of the ANR PRC“MoMaVSC”, Modeling and Manipulating Vibrational Strong Coupling ;
  • 3 proposals have been submitted to ANR (National Research Agency): digital humanities and personalized medicine ;
  • 2 proposals submitted to Emergence 2021 call (SU), Personalized Medicine (Pr. L. Mesnard), Origins of Speech (Dr. A. Viallet) ;
  • Automatic indexation of the research papers in HAL (open access).
  • PhD thesis call: 5 candidates selected after hearings
    • Committee members: Dr. F. Charles (LJLL), Pr. F. Datchi (ED 397), Pr. MC. Jaulent (LIMICS), Pr. L. Le Pourhiet (iSTEP), Pr. P. Viot (LPTMC), Pr. S. Zaleski (d’Alembert) ;
    • Quo vadis, hydrogenium?, Fabio FINOCCHI (SU, INSP), Riccardo SPEZZIA (SU, LCT), ED397, Niccolò Avallone
    • Développement de méthodes numériques pour le calcul de l’entropie de Rényi par intégrales de chemin, Rodolphe VUILLEUMIER (ENS, PASTEUR), Michele CASULA (SU, IMPMC), ED388, Miha Srdinšek
    • Nonlinear reduced models and machine learning in forward modeling and inverse problems, Albert COHEN (SU, LJLL), Olga MULA (Dauphine, Ceremade), ED386, Agustin Somacal
    • Réseaux bayésiens, analyse de survie et prédisposition génétique au cancer bronchopulmonaire Gregory NUEL (SU, LPSM), Patrick BENUSIGLIO (SU, CRSA), ED386, Lucas Ducrot
    • Simplification multi-échelles de maillages 3D, applications à la visualisation en histoire de l’art et en archéologie, Didier SMETS (SU, LJLL), Philippe WALTER (SU, LAMS), ED386, Rui Li
  • Shared doctoral program with SCAI, “International Doctoral Programme in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science at Sorbonne University” H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2020, 17 PhDs, 19 partners.
  • Summer School 2020 cancelled, a new school proposal is under scrutiny ;
  • Training and research collaboration with ISART Digital (school of video games and animation 3D)
  • Completion of labex Calsimab (PIA 2012-19), 5 M€ ;
  • Liquidation of the remainder of the platform (software license) ;
  • Budget IDEX 2021
    • “Axe 3. Comprendre, apprendre et entreprendre dans un monde en transformation”,
    • “Programme 3.1 Porter une stratégie au cœur des disciplines”
    • 733 333€ (total = 792 k€, i.e. HR: 612k€, Operating costs: 180k€, Management fees: 8%)
    • Operating costs: 150k€, PhDs: 315k€, Post-docs: 195k€, Invitations: 30k€, Environment: 37k€, Engineer: 65k€
  • Budget 2020 (all accounts)
  • Budget 2020-21 (team-projects)
  • 2 senior teams (2019-22) and 4 junior teams (2020-22)
  • Activities of the team-projects presented by the team leaders (20′ each).
  • [1:30 – 1:50] Personalised Medicine, Pr. Pierre-Yves Boëlle
  • [1:50 – 2:10] Digital Humanities, Dr. Alexandre Guilbaud
  • [2:10 – 2:30] From ObseRving to Modelling oceAn Life (Formal), Dr. Benoît Sarel, Dr. Sakina-Dr. Dorothée Ayata
  • [2:30 – 2:50] MAterials for Energy through STochastic sampling and high peRformance cOmputing (Maestro), Pr. Marco Saitta
  • [2:50 – 3:10] Analysing Numerical DIffusion to Advance Models of the Ocean (ANDIAMO), Dr. Julie Deshayes
  • [3:10 – 3:30] Origins of Speech, Dr. Amélie Viallet
  • Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI) brings together, a strategic range of disciplines of modern artificial intelligence in Paris and Abu Dhabi.
  • The ambition of SCAI is to contribute significantly to the excellence of interdisciplinary research and education in artificial intelligence by promoting exchanges between researchers, students and industry.
  • Its mission is to become the showcase of Sorbonne University’s know-how in the field of AI and to be a gateway for both academic and industrial partners.
  • [3:30 – 4:00] Director: Gérard Biau (LPSM, SU)
  • [4:00 – 5:00] Discussions led by Claude Le Bris.
  • Open questions
    • positioning of ISCD regarding SCAI ;
    • future of senior research teams (existing and expected) ;
    • junior teams: model, selection, next application call
  • Calendar of major deadlines
    • Dec, 31, 2020: end of senior team in Digital Humanities
    • COS Nov 2021: Possible selection of new junior teams (to be decided today; if yes, then application call in February 2021)
    • COS Nov 2022: Selection of new junior/senior teams (to be decided today; if yes, then application call in February 2022) Dec, 31, 2022: End of the current 4 junior teams and the one senior team in Medicine
    • Dec, 31, 2023: End of the term of this COS, and end of the two terms of C. Le Bris as COS chair
    • Dec, 31, 2024: End of the term of P. Frey (possible overlap 2022-24 with future director)