PhD joint programme: São Paulo International Research Centre integrates informatics

International Computer science

CNRS and University of São Paulo (USP) have jointly launched a call for research projects to develop collaborations between the two institutions in 2023. The call, open to all disciplines, selected 5 projects. Among them, TENDENCY project led by teams from Institut de recherche en informatique de Toulouse (IRIT - CNRS/Université Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier/INP Toulouse) and CRAN (CNRS/Université de Lorraine) will integrate informatics into the International Research Center (IRC) in São Paulo. The joint call is intended to finance two doctoral contracts and missions from September 2024.

Future technologies in diverse fields such as robotics, biomedical engineering, transports and infrastructure will require human-aware autonomous systems capable of seamlessly interacting with (and adapting to) humans and of operating at different levels of autonomy. Data-driven approaches are key towards meeting these challenging goals, for their ability to adapt to environment changes.


In this context, current data-driven methods are computationally expensive and lack effectiveness and safety guarantees. The multidisciplinary TENDENCY team composed of researchers Phillip Burt, professor at Polytechnic School of the University of São PauloMarie Chabert, professor at INP Toulouse and member of IRIT, Henrique Goulart, senior lecturer at INP Toulouse and member of IRIT, Oswaldo Luiz do Valle Costa, professor at Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, Cassio Guimaraes Lopes, professor at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, and Romain Postoyan, CNRS senior researcher at CRAN, will cooperate in the scope of the CNRS IRC at USP. The purpose is to develop scalable and interpretable deep learning models by leveraging tensor decompositions, and safe control strategies based on reinforcement learning with stability and robustness guarantees, notably via the preparation of two PhD thesis (one in Brazil, one in France).


Marie Chabert
Professor at INP Toulouse, member of IRIT
Romain Postoyan
CNRS senior researcher at CRAN