July 9, 2019

Axionable and IVADO inaugurate a partnership agreement

Located in Montreal, Axionable, the European expert in data and AI strategies for companies, becomes a member of IVADO

Montréal, 9 July 2019 – Axionable, a specialist in data strategies and artificial intelligence (AI) for companies, becomes a member of the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO).  IVADO aims to bring together industry professionals and university researchers to develop cutting-edge expertise in the field of data science.

With more than 1200 affiliated scientists, IVADO is now the largest group of data science researchers in the world, including its Scientific Director Yoshua Bengio, winner of the 2019 Turing Prize. With more than 220 fundamental and operational research projects, IVADO is a world reference in research, training, technology transfer and value creation around the exploitation of massive amounts of data.

Axionable helps companies to take full advantage of their data and artificial intelligence (AI) to have a real and sustainable impact on their business model and performance. It offers them an end-to-end support, from the definition of data & AI strategies to applied research and integration of the project in the company. Since April, its activities have been shared between Paris and Montreal where the company has opened its applied research laboratory. Axionable always strives to provide sustainable and responsible solutions that respect ethical and societal issues.

The company has strong ambitions in Quebec and aims to recruit some fifty AI talents (machine learning, deep learning, cyber security) over the next two years, including several PhD candidates.

By becoming a member of IVADO, Axionable’s experts benefit from a high-quality collaboration with the Institute’s renowned members and professors. Several research topics are already being explored, such as natural language processing, and complex handwritten documents analysis, but also in the long run the company also aims on applying deep learning and real-time AI in the banking, insurance, industry, media, video games and retail sectors.

“This collaboration allows us to launch very promising AI research projects on pragmatic issues for our clients. More specifically, topics such as the explainability of deep learning, the security of AI or the predictability of models, will quickly make it possible to go beyond the state of the art and create a technological differentiator for companies,” explains Laurent Wlodarczyk, Axionable’s technical and scientific director.

“Becoming a member of IVADO is a great pleasure for the company which has created merely 2 years ago and freshly set its footprint in Quebec. For one that we are entering an ecosystem of abundant resources with world-envied quality. This cooperation between researchers will significantly help us to meet our customers’ expectations and implement ever more relevant AIs,” says Gwendal Bihan, co-founder and CEO of Axionable.

“IVADO is very pleased to welcome Axionable, an international player recognized in AI, to its ecosystem. From data to decision-making, Axionable’s experts share our vision of valuing data as a key driver of AI innovation and our ethical values. This collaboration will lead to major collaborative research projects in several areas of the economy and the training of a new generation of data scientists” said Gilles Savard, Executive Director of IVADO.


The Institute for Data Valorization de valorisation des données (IVADO) was founded as a joint initiative of HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and Université de Montréal, which brings together more than a hundred industrial, academic and government partners. With more than 1200 scientists, IVADO is a center of advanced and multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of statistics, artificial intelligence and operational research. Its mission is to: 1) Help developing an economic sector via exploiting massive amount of data for decision-making; 2) Develop privileged partnerships between industry and administrative, social and academic circles; 3) Contribute to in-depth researches and rain new generations of data scientists; and 4) Promote knowledge-sharing protocols  between experts, partners, researchers and students. IVADO brings together six research centers: Canada Excellence Research Chair in Data Science for Decision Making, CIRRELT, CRM, GERAD, MILA and Tech3Lab.

About Axionable

Axionable is a data company offering data and AI services and solutions for businesses. Its versatile team combining technology and business strategy experts helps companies maximize the benefits of data and AI to truly and sustainably pose impact on their business models and performances. The firm provides end-to-end services in the bank & insurance, retail, media and industry sectors, and adopts an industrial approach, enabling it to carry out large-scale projects. On the other hand, Axionable adhere to a human and pragmatic approach. Founded in 2016 by 4 experts from consulting, digital marketing, and data, Axionable is growing strongly and has solid references (Crédit Agricole, Auchan, M6, Michelin …) permitting it to position itself among the leading independent companies in AI strategy.

Press Contact Axionable – Agence Raoul

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