Environment and Digital Technologies Day

The April 20, 2021 - Online/Orléans

On Tuesday 20 April 2021, BRGM is organising a day of scientific presentations and debate on the subject of "Environment and Digital Technologies" from its offices in Orléans. The event will take place in digital format.
"Environment and Digital Technologies" webinar on 20 April 2021

"Environment and Digital Technologies" webinar on 20 April 2021.


The "Environment and Digital Technologies" webinar – being organised by BRGM on Tuesday 20 April 2021 – is open to the scientific community in the Centre-Val de Loire region.

Aimed at developing contacts and scientific exchanges, the event will bring together laboratory directors, scientific project managers and researchers from the universities of Orléans and Tours as well as from various organisations based in the Centre-Val de Loire region (BRGM, INRAE, CNRS, etc.). The participants will come from two scientific communities:

  • researchers working on digital developments (mathematicians, computer scientists),
  • scientists working on environmental issues (geologists, soil scientists, agronomists, hydrologists/hydrogeologists, biologists, physicists, etc.).

The aim is to reinforce existing links and encourage further collaboration between the two communities.

The event also seeks to consolidate the region's specialist expertise in the area of "Environment and Digital Technologies", notably in the field of artificial intelligence.


08:15: Start of the videoconference

08:30 - 08:40: Introduction
Christophe Poinssot (BRGM), Pascal Bonnet (University of Orléans)

08:40 - 09:00: Modelling complex environmental phenomena: a puzzle involving multiple variables, scales, data and stakeholders
Thomas Opitz (INRAE)

09:00 - 09:20: ARD 2020 PIVOTS programme: BRGM, CNR, University of Orléans, INRAE, Antea Group, DREAM Cluster, Le Studium. 
Water, soil, air: platforms for developing, promoting and optimising environmental technologies and innovations.
Christophe Mouvet (BRGM)

09:20 - 09:35: ANR theses on Artificial Intelligence in Orléans (AI.IO): University of Orléans (LIFO, IDP, PRISME), BRGM.
Artificial Intelligence in Orléans: Learning from heterogeneous data and expert knowledge. Applications in geological and environmental sciences. 
Christel Vrain (LIFO, University of Orléans)

09:35 - 09:45: AI projects at BRGM
Vincent Labbé (BRGM)

09:45 - 10:15: ATHENA European University, Porto Polytechnic Institute, Maribor University (Slovenia), Siegen University (Germany), Vilnius Gediminas University (Lithuania), N. Cusano University Rome, Hellenic Mediterranean University, University of Orléans.
Digital transformation, with a focus on the environment and the management of rare resources.
Anne Delouis (University of Orléans), Nuno Escudeiro, (Porto Polytechnic, ATHENA coordinator)

10:15 -10:30: break

10:32 - 10:38: LC/Q-TOF and environmental forensics
Jean-Philippe Ghestem (BRGM)

10:38 - 10:44: Monitoring the Earth's surface at variable time and space scales
Thomas Dewez (BRGM), Marcello de Michele (BRGM)

10:44 - 10:50: Sensors and image processing in the agricultural sector
Raphaël Canals (PRISME, University of Orléans)

10:50 - 11:35: ARD CVL JUNON: BRGM, CNRS, University of Orléans, INREA, Antea Group, ATOS, University of Tours, DREAM cluster, Le Studium.
Water, soil, air: predictive models and digital twins. Continuation of PIVOTS programme, extending to digital technologies and artificial intelligence.
Sébastien Dupraz (BRGM), Vincent Labbé (BRGM), Véronique Daële (CNRS), Nicolas Ragot (University of Tours)

11:35 - 11:45: CPER Conex: BRGM, CNRS, University of Orléans, INRAE.
Mobilising the PIVOTS platforms to produce and manage experimental and analytical digital data.
Sébastien Dupraz (BRGM), Valéry Catoire (University of Orléans)

11:45 - 12:10: CPER/ERDF Data Centre: BRGM, University of Orléans.
Based at BRGM, with active involvement of the Universities of Orléans and Tours, participation of INSA
Jean-Marc Trouillard (BRGM), Ali Ed-Dbali (University of Orléans), Jean-Louis Rouet (University of Orléans), Alexandre Guyot (University of Orléans)

12:10 - 13:20: lunch break

13:20 - 13:40: Lab'IA Loire Valley
Platform to help SMEs exploit their data via AI (managed by OVLT, located at Lab'O but with regional scope and PIA funding).
Frédéric Ros (Orléans Val-de-Loire Technopole)

13:40 - 14:00: European digital innovation hub (Edith) "Loire Valley Data Hub"
One-stop shop to help companies with their digital transformation, in partnership with 4 clusters. Validated at national level, assessment/decision at EU level expected by end 2021).
Mélodie Fourez (Dev’Up)

14:00 - 14:20: Graduate School Orléans Numérique (GSON)
Data scientist training in Orléans, open to 15 Master's programmes with a Data component, in order to provide additional training.
Gautier Laurent (University of Orléans)

14:20 - 14:40: GeoData: University of Orléans, BRGM
Update of the OSUC Master's programmes, with the introduction/consolidation of digital aspects.
Manuel Moreira (ISTO, University of Orléans), Johann Tuduri (BRGM)

14:40 - 15:00: Campus for digital professions and qualifications
Project set up by the Centre-Val de Loire Region and the Orléans-Tours Education Authority to develop the attractiveness of digital professions, particularly those linked to the environment (in partnership with the DREAM cluster and AgreenTech Valley).
Stéphane Cordier (DRARI), Laurent Neveu (Education Authority)

15:00 - 15:30: break

15:30 - 16:30: Workshops in sub-groups
e.g. How best to organise collaboration and exchanges? Meetings every 6 months? Structure to be put in place.

  • Workshop 1: Environmental data collection and storage (methods and resources)
  • Workshop 2: Rendering environmental data FAIR (easy to Find, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable)
  • Workshop 3: AI, models and processing of environmental data: needs and opportunities 
  • Workshop 4: Digital twins: objectives and approach
  • Workshop 5: Training: attractiveness and professional integration

16:30 - 17:00: Review of key points
Christophe Mouvet (BRGM), Thomas Opitz (INRAE)

17:00: End of the webinar