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Sabrina Ouazzani.

Sabrina Ouazzani, educated at Saint Joseph of the 6th to the terminal, has today joined the “lab” of Polytechnique. It is one of the 30 winners of the fellowships The l’oréal-Unesco for its works on the hyper-computer of the future.

The L’oréal Foundation has just unveiled, in Paris, the names of the 30 young researchers, winners of its program “The l’oréal-Unesco for women in science”.

Thirty young talents working in fields as sharp as varied (“Push the boundaries of medicine”, “From the infinitely large to the infinitely small”…) were awarded a research grant intended to help “break down more easily the glass ceiling”.

The Sete Sabrina Ouazzani, arrived in the Island’s unusual at the age of 11 years, is part of the winning 2018 for his work on “The abstract to infinite time, the hyper-computer of tomorrow”.

“A remarkable intelligence and a concern for the common good”

The headmaster of St. Joseph, Regis Laurent-Vauclare, remembers perfectly of Sabrina, collégienne then lycénenne, that it invites to the forum of the alumni of the institution : “It was a student both very intelligent and methodical. She had, very early, a consciousness of the student to very high levels. She had many questions and was very determined to find the answers. This is someone who, in addition, goes to the other, without pride, or in any case without pride moved. Sabrina also has this ability to bring them within the reach of his audience, very complex subjects, as well as a true concern for the common good…”

At what time, in our school, have you been taking passion for mathematics ?

I’ve always loved letters, but it is true that I have very soon had a special affinity with the math. I will always remember my teachers of mathematics, physics, and in particular my teachers are women. All, all have had a role in what has become my vocation. I could almost name them all, but I would not exclude. Then I will have just a special thought for my professor of physical terminal to Saint-Joseph, Cristina Gaillard, retired today.

You get your tray with high honors at Saint Joseph in 2008. And then ?

I joined Polytech Montpellier (école polytechnique universitaire engineer) for two years, the general practitioners, and then in computer science and management. It was very interesting, but it lacked a bit of math for my taste then, alongside my engineering course, I started in a Master 2 of mathematics and computer science, university of the sciences. After that, it was three fascinating years at the LIRMM of Montpellier (*). And at the end of my thesis, I joined the excellent Créteil university as a post-doctoral researcher.

And today ?

I work in the computer laboratory of the Ecole Polytechnique (called “LIX”), in Palaiseau, which also depends on the CNRS.

What is your job ?

I try to understand why some problems can’t be programmed. Why can’t we adjust some of the calculations via the computer. The questions that we asked ourselves, as humans, are much broader than the single treatment by a computer. The computer does a lot of things, but can not, for example, manipulate an infinite number. We are reduced to work with approximations when it is done, for example, fly a rocket. And so I work on another way to think of it, on the computer of the future. It is an area of research quite recent, which appeared in the years 2000.

How many researchers, around this issue ?

For my part, I was fortunate enough to have worked on the topic during my dissertation, and then for two years in Créteil. We call this domain “the abstract to infinite time”, which aims to learn how to count during an infinite time. We are not so many to work on this segment. The stock (20 000 €, ED) obtained this year will allow me to go to meet, everywhere in the world, colleagues who are moving this specialty.

But I also count myself to go to gatherings more general interest to women scientists, to give us a little visibility.

(*) The Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics and Microelectronics is a joint research unit, dependent of the University of Montpellier and the National Center of Scientific Research.

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