Sophia Antipolis’ key technology

Designated in April 2019, the French Riviera and Sophia Antipolis are home to one of France’s four Interdisciplinary Artificial Intelligence Institutes (« 3IA »). 3IA Côte d’Azur is concerned with the creation of an innovative ecosystem, with an influential presence at a local, national and international level, and a centre of excellence for research, teaching and the world of AI.

Goals & Missions

The main aim of 3IA Côte d’Azuris to provide universities, companiesand the community with knowledge, algorithms and AI tools,in order to make a meaningful impact in terms of economic value and people’s everyday lives

Supported by Université Côte d’Azur,the French National Centre for Scientific Research [CNRS] and the French National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology [Inria], 3IA Côte d’Azur brings together local players. It is located in the heartof the technology park, on the Inria site.

Soph.I.A Summit​

The 1st international summit dedicated to artificial intelligence

A rendezvous for academic and industrial partners, the Soph.I.A.Summitis a major event whose task is tobring together all the players who help build, grow andmake AI attractive on the French Riviera, hot on the heels of 3IA Côte d’Azur.

Soph.I.AWeek was organisedfollowing on from the success of the first two editions of the Soph.I.A Summit. . During the week-long event dedicated to Artificial Intelligence, meetings are held between companies, researchers, students and local people, who are allco-creators of innovation and new uses of A.I. The Soph.I.AWeek explores the major scientific issues addressed by 3IA Côte d’Azur,in the presence of prominent international experts.

Partners dedicated to artificial intelligence in Sophia Antipolis

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data moove

Data-Moove is a start-up located in Sophia-Antipolis. The project was created out of a desire to respond to the difficulties for tourists to find updated information during their stay on the Riviera. As a result of this analysis, the idea for Data-Moove was to develop a unique and innovative solution to bring relevant data to tourists and local people “at the right moment and in the right place”.


Educlever, is a start-up active in the EdTech and adaptive learning sector and is also committed to transforming education and training through educational quality and innovation.

global trading labs

Global Trading Labs provides a site and an educational application enabling users to learn to trade in shares and to find out more about stock market indexes.

hi my data

Himydata is a unique and intuitive integration platform for data and application management. Thanks to the application, Business and IT teams have 360° visibility and control of the processes and can see results in real time


KINAXIA develops online software solutions in the field of town planning and more generally speaking, environmental reporting for partners in the real estate chain.


Since 2002, Median has been pushing back the boundaries of identification, analysis and sharing of imaging data in the medical field, focusing in particular on cancer and chronic diseases.

my data models

Designed for domain experts, TADA by MyDataModels helps professionals to use their data to improve their company with a light tool which is easy to set up. It provides quick and usable results, integrating a predictive modelling solution.


ONHYS has developed a virtual human model, natively designed to simulate flows and pedestrian behaviour, using Artificial Intelligence and cognitive science. All of its technologies are based on more than fifteen years of research and development on the topic.


Quantificare offers and analyses 3D medical imaging, mainly for skin imaging in clinical trials, as well as gathering images of skin to prove the efficacy of drugs.

sensoria analytics

This company provides technology capable of screening for the cardiovascular risk of each individual patient, thanks to the CardioSensys system – analysis software based on Artificial Intelligence techniques.

teach on mars

Teach on Mars is the next generation learning platform connecting people to training courses and to communities, which are essential for improving their work – and better managing their lives.



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Large companies


Accenture is an international company which specialises in consulting and strategy services in the fields of digital transformation and technologies.


ACRI-ST is one of the two members of the Sophia Antipolis ACRI group, providing services the scope of which spans from remote sensing space systems, fluid dynamics, physical and digital modelling and data processing to environmental services.

air france

The French national airline was one of the first companies to open offices in Sophia Antipolis. The technology park’s IT centre is also the group’s largest data centre.


Arm is a world-renowned company specialised in developing processors, which are used today in embedded systems such as telephones and tablets.


The American company brings to the table a variety of services which it offers to companies, especially digital transformation solutions linked to security, networks and data storage.


The French telecommunications company is also one of the main operators in Europe. Orange continues to expand its activity with the sale of content and online advertising.


The R&D centre which opened in 2017 in Sophia Antipolis develops software architecture and embedded systems for connected, electric and autonomous vehicles.


The trademark is also an intelligent software for Entreprise Resource Planning companies, enabling the optimisation of processes in different company functions. On the Sophia site, the teams are at the cutting-edge of cybersecurity and smart energy issues.

tas group

TAS Group offers hosting and cloud computing solutions in its Datacentres in France and Italy.

thalès service

Thalès supports governments, international organisations and armed forces by offering solutions helping to protect states — from designing radar systems to advanced sonar technology.

A network of partners

Associations & Clusters


ICAIR (Industrial Council of Artificial Intelligence Research) was officially launched on 20 June 2019 to enable researchers working in industrial fields to exchange views about issues related to the use of AI in their respective industries. There were initially 8 members (ACRI-ST, Amadeus, Arm, IBM, NXP Semiconductors, Orange, SAP Labs France and Thales Alenia Space) which have since been joined by Renault Software Labs, Accenture and Air France KLM.

institut europia

Institut EuropIA aims to support the cultural adaptation of the general public to AI by making humans central to the subject. Conferences and events are organised throughout the year.


Wishing to support responsible and ethical Artificial Intelligence, in which humans are central to considerations, in November 2019, the Alpes-Maritimes Department, Université Côte d’Azur, the Sophia Antipolis Urban Community [CASA] and Nice Côte d’Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, set up an observatory where the various impacts of AI on our world and society can be analysed: OTESIA, The Observatory of the Technological, Economic and Social Impacts of Artificial Intelligence.

cluster ia

Cluster IA is an association bringing together all the AI start-ups on the French Riviera which are needed to constitute a full ecosystem. Articles showcasing Cluster IA’s initiatives in the field of artificial intelligence.


EducAzur is a professional non-profit association, bringing together the main digital education players to stimulate technological innovation in the area and accelerate the up-take and use of digital technology by all.

It constitutes a cluster of large groups, SMEs, start-ups, research bodies, training organisations, and public and private education institutions, which is helping to give rise to a local population and workforce with a level of education which meets the demands of the digital world. The EducAzur Cluster chairs the French national “Ed’Tech/Entertainment” thematic network.

la maison de l'intelligence artificielle

– A unique institution in France, La Maison de l’Intelligence Artificielle provides demonstrations, sharing and convergence of interests around Artificial Intelligence. It also fosters cooperation in order to increase innovation through territorial data. The 700 m² surface area includes an exhibition area, a training zone and a collaboration area known as the AI Lab.


A regional hub located in the PACA region with 304 members, who support the Secured Communicating Solutions sector in the Sophia Antipolis technology park. This sector witnesses many innovations and technological breakthroughs; it focuses on 4 key areas (Microelectronics, Digital Security, the Internet of Objects, Big Data & AI), serving 5 rapidly growing application markets (Industry 4.0, Smart Cities, Logistics & Transport, E-health & Wellbeing and Connected Vehicles).

SCS also intends to promote the set-up and engineering of local collaborative FUI projects or other regional/European systems in the sector, generate industry first technological developments in the hub’s 4 strategic fields, work on microelectronics, collaborate in SAFE-Booster – EducAzur – Inriatech projects and finally coordinate the sector in synergy with the local ecosystem.

telecom valley

Telecom Valley is a professional non-profit association which brings together Sophia Antipolis’ key players in Information Technologies and Communication. It constitutes a network of large groups, SMEs, research and training organisations, institutional partners and standardisation bodies.

With its 160 members, representing 18,000 employees and 40,000 students, Telecom Valley has coordinated the Riviera’s digital ecosystem in the French Tech Côte d’Azur territory for the last 28 years. Telecom Valley intends to revitalise the digital industry in the region, supported by the network of expertise represented by the members of the association and its partners.


A host of courses and opportunities


DSTI is a private higher education institution, with dual status of a vocational training institution and a private higher education institution. DSTI trains Data Scientists and data engineers, offering Artificial Intelligence and Big Data courses. The school also enables its students to obtain two industrial degrees

polytech nice sophia antipolis

UCS Engineering School, Polytech Nice Sophia is part of the French national network of Polytechnic engineering schools (Polytechnic University). Located on the SophiaTech campus, its innovative and world-class courses cover the following domains: Buildings, Electronics and Industrial Computing, Biological Engineering, Water Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Computer Modelling and Science.


An Initiative of Excellence (IDEX) accredited institution and an intensive research university, UCA is one of the 10 leading universities in France and offers various multi-disciplinary courses on its Sophia Antipolis campus. UCA offers short courses at the IUT (University Institute of Technology), Master’s courses in business and management at the IAE (Institute of Business Administration) and Master’s and PhD courses at its 8 University Research Institutions. The courses are supported by the research undertaken in the university’s laboratories. Students therefore become aware of the university’s research themes while completing their undergraduate degree course.

La Maison de l’Intelligence Artificielle

In partnership with Sophia Antipolis, on 10th March 2020, the Alpes-Maritimes Departmental Council inaugurated la Maison de l’Intelligence Artificielle (MIA), a place which makes humans central to Artificial Intelligence considerations. Across a surface area of almost 700m², Alpes-Maritimes residents can learn about issues and challenges stemming from Artificial Intelligence.

3IA Côte d'Azur


Getting to know the 3IA research chairs, obtaining 3IA Côte d’Azur accreditation, reading up on Artificial Intelligence courses, joining the 3IA galaxy and getting to know the 3IA team.