On February 13th French American Innovation Days (FAID) conference on Smart Manufacturing and AI for Industry 4.0 took place in College Station, TX.

What is so remarkable about this conference?- AFAM asked Audrey Stewart, Director of International and European Development and AFAM board member.

"Smart Manufacturing is a key topic for both the French and the American governments. This conference took place within the framework of the strategic partnership between Arts et Métiers and Texas AM entitled , « AM² Transatlantic Partnership  for Smart Manufacturing» and in collaboration with the French Consulate in Houston. The objective was to bring together academia, companies, start-ups and government  both sides of the Atlantic to address the challenges of Industry 4.0 in smart manufacturing.  More than 180 participants, including 15 French companies based in the US discussed the opportunities of smart manufacturing and AI for Industry 4.0. An excellent opportunity for AM² to promote its scientific excellence in this field with the strong support of the French Consulate in Houston."

3 gadzarts, exchange students, currently pursuing courses at Texas A&M attended the conference along with 2 Arts et Metiers researchers Sébastien Jégou et Mourad El Hadrouz.

One of the students Thomas Jeanneau (Cl 218) commented:

“What I liked the most about the event was the way it connected American and French researchers. It involved great speakers, experts in their fields and it covered crucial topics for Industry 4.0. As an exchange student, it was also a great opportunity for me to network and meet professionals here in the US”.

We are looking forward to next conferences and workshops co-organized by our school and Texas A&M both here in the US and in France.

During the conference: photo courtesy of Thomas

For more information about FAID: click here