Conceived with the objective of interacting with the scientific community, the Lagrange Center is part of Huawei’s ongoing commitment in the field of Research & Development on a worldwide scale

Huawei announced the opening of the Lagrange Research Center in Mathematics and Computing. Under the responsibility of Professor Merouane Debbah, Director of R&D at Huawei France, this new research and development hub brings together around 30 scientists from around the world, who will have the opportunity to evolve in a unique ecosystem, that of the Ile de France, which, it should be mentioned, has the largest concentration of mathematicians in the world and the best universities in the area.

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Aiming at the exchange of knowledge, the work developed within the Lagrange Research Center will be shared with the academic world and the scientific community. In this spirit of openness, seminars are regularly organized there in collaboration with various research partners, such as the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, the École Normale Supérieure and other renowned international institutions.

Through a speech delivered on live stream, Valérie Pécresse, President of the Regional Council of Ile-de-France, stressed that, “with its 3000 researchers, the region represents the largest concentration of mathematicians in the world”, still recalling the fact that the Ile-de-France “counts three universities in the top 10 in the Shanghai ranking, including the first, Paris-Saclay”. In this sequence, the responsible, who assumed between 2007 and 2011 the position of Minister of Higher Education and Research, made a point of “congratulating Huawei for the choice, which, by the way, reflects the quality of our investigation”. In the words of Valérie Pécresse, “this center will undoubtedly help to bring to Ile-de-France the best talents in the world in mathematics”.

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As William Xu, CEO of Huawei France and head of Strategic Research underlined, the Lagrange Center “is an open platform for mathematicians from all over the world, whose fundamental objective is to carry out research work that will allow us to go beyond limits, and whose results will benefit the entire industry”.

It should be noted here that Huawei employs more than 200,000 employees worldwide, including around 90,000 exclusively dedicated to Research & Development, with the multinational having invested 15.3% of its 2019 revenue (US$15.9 billion) in this area – its total investment in R&D over the last decade already exceeds 84 billion dollars. For this reason, highlights Merouane Debbah, Director of R&D at Huawei France, “in view of the company’s concern to promote not only academic independence, but also its excellence, we hope to see this center evolve into a real base, in the sense of surpassing the fundamental limits of research, supporting revolutionary scientific and technological innovations, commitments that are actually necessary if we are to make significant progress, especially in the field of Artificial Intelligence”.

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The Lagrange Research Center intends to establish itself as an independent foundation coordinated by a scientific council, to be chaired by Pierre-Louis Lions, professor at the College de France and awarded, in 1994, the Fields Medal (officially known as the International Medal of Discoveries Prominent in Mathematics, and awarded by the International Congress of the International Mathematics Union, which takes place every four years). The mission of this future foundation will be to attract and retain the best international talent in France.

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