What is CRI?

The CRI is co-constructing and sharing new ways of learning, teaching, conducting research and mobilizing collective intelligence in the fields of life, learning and digital sciences, in order to face the world's sustainable development goals (SDGs).

CRI develops and hosts educational programs, from preschool to high school (Savanturiers - Ecole de la Recherche), and interdisciplinary Bachelor, Master, PhD as well as lifelong learning programs, of the Université de Paris.

At the heart of CRI are an INSERM-Université de Paris research Collaboratory Unit and an innovative maker and digital labs.

CRI co-organised the World Innovation Summit for Education in Paris (WISE@Paris) and hosted the first edition of the Learning Planet Assembly in partnership with AFD (Agence Française de Développement) and UNESCO. A wide range of partners accompanies CRI including Paris City Hall.

CRI was founded in 2006 by François Taddei and Ariel Lindner with the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation as an essential and key supporting partner.

  • 350 students each year, 1300 students since CRI's creation
  • +40 research fellows
  • +30 000 pupils involved in Savanturiers program since Savanturiers' creation in 2013
  • +100 talks by international scientific leaders
  • +100 000 subscriptions to CRI’s MOOCs since 2014
  • +50 nationalities
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Monday, July 13, 2020
11:30 AM
CRI Research Collaboratory seminar - Hélène Meunier and Chetan Velumurugan
Spotlight on the interns!

Featuring the research done by our bachelor and master interns

Live at the Learning Center Extension or via Zoom at this link.

![]() ![]() Tremor Watch

Hélène Meunier - CRI

I have been working on the "tremor watch" project which aims at using low cost wearable device for logging and quantifying pathology induced tremors (e.g parkinson disease). I began my internship by a state of the art gathering information about the wearables dedicated to monitor and even counterbalance tremors. The aim was to better understand what was already existing and what were the needs and the challenges for tomorrow. I worked on several scientific articles to better understand Parkinson tremors and other diseases involving tremors. The first challenge was to implement a real time data graph to visualize the accelerometery, angular position and magnetometry using Arduino and python. Then I programmed the associated transfer functions. Currently, my device is being tested on a Parkinson patient so that I can get data. Next step is adapting my device by filtering frequencies (noise reduction…) The intention of the filters is to find for each patient the exact pathology causing these tremors. There is still work that needs to be done after that, on counterbalancing tremors using haptic feedback.

![]() Low-cost and Portable Peritoneal Dialysis Machine

Chetan Velumurugan - CRI

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is an important public health challenge given its high prevalence, morbidity and mortality. The true burden of CKD in low and middle-income countries is not known due to the absence of national registries. South Asia suffers from a large and increasing burden of untreated end stage kidney disease (ESKD). India, one of the largest and most populous countries in South Asia has 1 million patients who require dialysis on a regular basis, out of which only around 10 percent can actually afford or access it. Large numbers of patients below the poverty line, low gross domestic product, and low monetary allocations for health care have limited the availability of renal replacement therapies (RRT) to large sections of the population. Most patients with ESKD in India die without receiving appropriate treatment due to the high costs of treatment. Hence, the cost of treatment becomes a deciding factor between the two modalities of dialysis, which are Hemodialysis (HD) and Peritoneal Dialysis (PD). Both HD and PD are shown to have comparable patient survival rates. Dialysis prescriptions are not optimized for patients and HD is the most common modality followed by transplantation, and PD stands a distant third in RRTs. Also, a majority of nephrology-related services are concentrated in expensive private sector hospitals in urban locations. This makes PD an attractive option for a majority of rural patients. Low-cost Peritoneal Dialysis Machines will play an important role in providing accessible and affordable dialysis treatments for people in low resource settings across India. Towards this goal, my research focuses on the design and development of a Low-cost and Portable Peritoneal Dialysis Machine.

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Monday, July 20, 2020
10:00 AM
Analysing dynamics and stochastic causality of social networks - brainstorming session

The focus of this session will be an open discussion around the topic of promising new approaches to the analysis of the dynamics and stochastic causality of social networks such as Twitter via a mix of machine learning and rewriting theory techniques. We will be joined by Reiko Heckel (University of Leicester), who recently introduced in joint work with Bello Shehu Bello et al. [1-3] rule-based strategies for the analysis of social networks. Some of the computational tools in rewriting theory of use for this type of method will then be highlighted later the same day in the Research Seminar at 11:30 (more info here)

Remote participation possible, details and links will be made availabe closer to the event time.


[1] Reverse Engineering the Behaviour of Twitter Bots, Bello Shehu Bello, Reiko Heckel and Leandro Minku, 2018

[2] Social Media Campaign Strategies: Analysis of the 2019 Nigerian Elections, Bello Shehu Bello, Isa Inuwa-Dutse and Reiko Heckel, 2019

[3] Analyzing the Behaviour of Twitter Bots in Post Brexit Politics, Bello Shehu Bello and Reiko Heckel, 2019

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Monday, July 20, 2020
11:30 AM
CRI Research Collaboratory seminar - Nicolas Behr
Tracelet Analysis for the Life Sciences

Nicolas Behr - CRI

Live at the Learning Center Extension or via Zoom at this link.

Reporting on recent progress made throughout my CRI Short-Term fellowship, I will present algorithmic advances and a first software prototype for the study of organo- and biochemical reaction systems (joint work with J.-L. Andersen, W. Fontana, R. Heckel, D. Merkle and M. G. Saadat). After providing a non-technical introduction to the key theoretical concept of rewriting theory, also touching briefly upon possible use scenarios within social network theory, the main focus of the talk will be a live demonstration of the prototype of our open-source algorithm collection for analyzing rewriting systems. Intuitively, the notion of pathways in chemical reaction systems is given a precise theoretical counterpart in the structure of so-called tracelets, which permits the development of a new approach to the static analysis of such pathways. The key purpose of our software project consists in rendering these category-theoretical algorithms accessible to practitioners in the applied sciences, concretely via providing a high-level API in the form of a Python package (and that relies upon the Microsoft Z3 SMT solver as key part of its computational core). Feedback on the live demonstration of the software prototype would thus be highly appreciated!

The seminar will be preceeded by a brainstorming session, more info here

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Monday, July 27, 2020
11:30 AM
CRI Research Collaboratory seminar - Cédrine Socquet, Ana Phelippeau, and Paul-Peter Arslan
Spotlight on the students!

Featuring the research by our PhD, master and bachelor students

Live at the Learning Center Extension or via Zoom at this link.

![]() ![]() Rewriting the evolution of handwriting gesture

Fundamental research hand in hand with new technologies

Cédrine Socquet, Ana Phelippeau, and Paul-Peter Arslan

Writing is studied in this open and interdisciplinary research as a unique ability, present in one animal species, Homo Sapiens, involving the development of the brain but also and especially the development of motor skills.

Humans share several skills with non-human primates. Grasping and manipulative abilities have evolved both in humans and non-human primates (but also in many other species such as arthropods, birds, mammals, amphibians). Studying the use of tools in non-human primates helps us to have a better understanding of the evolution of human grasping abilities. However, handwriting remains a human specificity and the study of its prerequisites allows us to have a better knowledge of the human hand. Thus, handwriting is one of the most complex and fastest movements of the human motor repertoire. It is the most complex language modality associated with a highly elaborate system of neurological and biomechanical integrations that change according to what the task demands. From the youngest age, most human infants are trained to learn how to write. Handwriting is an important issue for personal and scholar activities. However, the underlying mechanisms of the development of handwriting in children remains poorly investigated. Besides, a major issue with children is dealing with a huge variability and highlighting invariants in this variability. In this project, we are developing digital tools (e.g. sensors) to explore the development of handwriting in children.

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Monday, September 7, 2020
8:30 AM
Semaine d'introduction L1

Rentrée à distance pour nos étudiants de première année. L1S1 - Semaine d'introduction - Compétences transversales - 40h

Création d'une communauté d'apprentissage et introduction à l'implication personnelle des étudiants.

-> Événement réservé à nos étudiants.

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Friday, September 25, 2020
5:00 PM
Falling Walls Lab - Paris

Falling Walls is he one-day scientific conference which showcases the research work of international scientists from a wide range of fields

Before the general conference various onsite events (Falling Walls Labs) happen all around the world.

This year, Falling Walls Lab is coming to Paris!

Pitch your innovative idea in just 3 minutes, showcasing a breakthrough that creates a positive impact on science and society. Join the growing Falling Walls community and win a trip to the global Finale in Berlin this November!

Join the growing Falling Walls community & win a trip to the global Finale in Berlin this November!

Deadline for applications: 7 September 2020 Apply here:

Falling Walls is open to students, entrepreneurs, early-career researchers, & academics of all disciplines

For any questions, contact us at

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Thursday, October 1, 2020
6:30 PM
Biotech Start-up Series #2: Oncology Markets, implications for Product Development and Deal-Making

The Biotech Start-up Series of conferences focuses on entrepreneurship in healthcare, allowing American & European entrepreneurs, researchers and experts to gather and explore trends in the biotechnology field.

The second event will focus on Oncology and Markets. Research advances have given us many new options to fight cancer, and there are many new products in development. When should market considerations guide development? Is market access an issue that entrepreneurs need to think about? What data is available to guide the early development of oncology products?

How do large companies organize themselves to navigate this difficult process? How can entrepreneurs prepare to better interact with “big pharma” who have more data and resources? Come hear from entrepreneurs who have successfully brought products to patients.

BioLabs, the leading operator of co-working laboratory spaces in the US, in collaboration with Servier, a global pharmaceutical company governed by a Foundation, is pleased to invite you to this free event happening in the hub of research and innovation in Paris, the CRI.

The conference will start at 18:30 and will be followed by a cocktail and networking session.

We look forward to meeting with you at the CRI amphitheater on October 1st.

Free event. Open to everyone, limited seating.

More information:

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