History

Funded in 1991, Idiap has celebrated its 25 years of activity in 2016. From its foundation to its silver jubilee, we present here several events that make up the history of an institute that has attained its majority.

 

2017 Launch of the new Idiap Website

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2016 To celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary, Idiap organizes an "Idiap Innovation Day" to present its activities to companies in the region.

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2015 Idiap participates in the festivities organized to mark the bicentennial of Valais joining the Swiss Confederation; its contribution—the project Valais*Wallis Digital.

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2014 The Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing—the first European center for biometrics—opens its doors; hosted by Idiap.

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2014 At the instigation of the institute’s director, seven leading figures from the world of science carry out an in-depth audit of Idiap’s activities.

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2013 Idiap’s first patents validated.

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2012 The first International Create Challenge—ICC'2012—is launched.

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2012 Creation of the Association Interactive Multimodal Information Management (AIM2)—the continuation of the NCCR IM2.

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2012 The project MediaParl begins, with the support of the Loterie Romande and Valais’ cantonal parliament.

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2012 For the first time, Idiap’s operating accounts exceed the symbolic 10 million franc mark.

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2011 First EPFL academic posts awarded to three of Idiap’s permanent researchers.

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2011 Idiap signs a collaboration agreement with the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) and the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT).

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2010 Idiap unveils the first version of its technology portfolio.

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2009 Opening of a showroom at the institute.

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2008 Signing of a strategic alliance with the ETH domain.

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2007 Idiap moves into new premises at the Centre du Parc, Martigny.

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2007 Launch of Klewel, Idiap’s first spin-off.

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2005 IdeArk SA—the start-up incubator whose mission is to develop Idiap technologies—is created.

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2004 The funding of a new round of 16px-scale European projects (AMI/AMIDA) has a significant international impact.

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2003 First project with the United States government.

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2002 The 12th IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) conference on the subject of “Neural Networks for Signal Processing” becomes the first international conference organized by Idiap in Martigny.

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2002 Idiap expands, building the Dalle Molle Pavilion in Martigny.

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2002 Idiap creates a stir—analyzing the Osama bin Laden recordings.

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2001 Coordinated by Idiap, the National Centre for Competence in Research (NCCR) Interactive Multimodal Information Management (IM2) is launched.

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1996 A new director—Professor Hervé Bourlard—comes on board.

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1991 With the support of the Dalle Molle Foundation for Quality of Life, Idiap first sees the light of day, taking up residence in Villa Tissières, Martigny.

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