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St Petersburg University has been visited by representatives of higher educational institutions and leading enterprises of France. They have talked about their research, shared best practices, and exchanged views with Russian colleagues.

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Among the participants of a round table discussion were: representatives of the University of Toulouse (Université de Toulouse); representatives of the European Research Centre for Virtual Reality (Centre Européen de Réalité Virtuelle) of the Brest National School of Engineering; experts from various institutions specialising in artificial intelligence, such as Quantmetry, Naver Labs Europe; as well as experts from such large international companies as Airbus and Renault.

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Aleksandr Tulupev, Deputy Vice-Rector for Research of St Petersburg University, said that there are more than 20 academic and research departments at St Petersburg University. Three of them – the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Control Processes, the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics, and the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science – are involved in studying artificial intelligence. However, this field of study also attracts representatives of other research areas, such as Management and International Relations. He also emphasised that St Petersburg University pays particular attention to supporting and developing research into artificial intelligence.

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The meeting at St Petersburg University was also attended by leading French experts working in different areas of this academic field: from interactive machine learning to the use of big data in designing self-driving cars. The French colleagues noted that the topic of artificial intelligence has great potential for strengthening scientific ties with Russia. St Petersburg University professors and students can also contribute to the development of fruitful interaction between researchers of the two countries.

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During the meeting, the French and Russian researchers made presentations. Then they discussed: potential areas of cooperation in the field of higher education, research, and innovation; as well as the possibility of creating scientific collaborations.

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