- Can you tell me a little more about Idiap?
Idiap Research Institute is a university level research institute affiliated with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of Geneva. Idiap is concentrating research and development in the fields of Machine Learning, Speech Processing, Computer Vision, Multimedia Information Retrieval, Biometric Authentication, and Multimodal Man-Machine Interaction. Idiap currently numbers around 80 scientists, including permanent senior scientists, postdocs, and PhD students (usually awarded an EPFL degree).
Idiap has been selected as the "Leading House" of a large Research Network (National Center of Competence in Research) on "Interactive Multimodal Information Management" (IM2), which has opened up new opportunities for long term positions at different levels. Although Idiap is located in the French part of Switzerland, English is the primary language used at Idiap. Salaries are competitive with respect to other Swiss universities.
- Can you tell me more about Switzerland?
Switzerland is situated in the central Alpine region of Europe and borders on Italy in the south, Austria and the Principality of Liechtenstein in the east, Germany in the north and France in the west. It is a landlocked country with no direct access to the sea. The total area of Switzerland is approximately 41,300 square kilometres. There are four national languages in Switzerland: German, French, Italian and Rhaeto-Romantic (Rumantsch Grischun). The unit of currency is the franc (CHF), which is divided into 100 Rappen or centimes. For more information on Switzerland you might like to visit the website of Switzerland Tourism.
Idiap is located in the town of Martigny in the Canton of Valais. Valais enjoys an exceptional and localized climate and holds the Swiss record for the number of hours of sunshine per year. (Valais has an average of 2000 hours of sunshine per year compared with 1500 for Zurich and 1600 for Geneva). The total population of Valais is approximately 291,000. 27,800 of those people live in Sion, the Cantonal Capital. Sion, which is found just 15 minutes by train from Martigny, has an average temperature of –1.1 °C in January and 18.8 °C in July. The average annual precipitation is 619mm. For weather related information go to:
Valais is a scenic region in the south of Switzerland, surrounded by the highest mountains of Europe, and offering exciting recreational activities, including hiking, climbing and skiing, as well as varied cultural activities. It is within close proximity to Montreux (Jazz Festival) and Lausanne (EPFL). For information on Martigny and the surrounding areas visit or Valais Tourism.
- Where exactly is Idiap within Martigny?
Idiap is located in Martigny on Rue Marconi 19. Most of the staff at Idiap walk or ride a bike to work, except those that live out of town who generally travel by train or car (5 minutes from train station). For a map of the town you can visit the address and location section of the Idiap web site or here