Thanks to Idiap researchers, the Baxter robot is able to learn from its mistakes.
Nineteen months after the undersea-operations project was launched, DexROV has successfully completed its first funding review as part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.
Idiap is alongside American giants with a tool that allows the "photoshopping" of voices Nov 16, 2016
To speak Chinese without having to learn it or to being able to speak for yourself: these dreams may become reality thanks to the progress of speech synthesis. American informatics giants are working on it, with Adobe and its project VoCo. But they are not the only ones: the Idiap Research Institute of Martigny also specializes in this domain.
IEEE Life Sciences spoke with Michael Liebling from the Idiap Research Institute in Switzerland and the University of California Santa Barbara about current research and developments in biological imaging and analysis.
In October 2016, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA, has organized the Speaker Recognition (SRE) evaluation, as the one of ongoing series of speaker recognition system evaluations conducted by NIST since 1996.
The Eumssi team led by Idiap and comprising as well the LIUM partner ranked first out of 6 teams in the Person Discovery challenge of the MediaEval benchmarking initiative.
Best not left alone on the back of a bus
Biometrics: for better or for worse? Oct 10, 2016
It is supposedly one of the most promising solutions for protecting us from terrorist attacks. Biometrics allows identifying a person by their biological characteristics like finger prints, the iris or the face. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, technological solutions have known a fast progress: facial recognition software, “cerebral fingerprinting”, automatic control systems for moving crowds…But can we really trust biometrics with our security? And above all, what happens if these data fall into the wrong hands?
Can science solve an 80-year-old Indian mystery? Oct 10, 2016
Sébastien Marcel is an unlikely judge of beauty queens, but his face recognition expertise could finally solve the identity of an Indian woman on a precious Swiss watch.
The paper "Multilingual Visual Sentiment Concept Matching" by Nikolaos Pappas, Mercan Topkara, Miriam Redi, Brendan Jou, Tao Chen, Hongyi Liu, Shih-Fu Chang has received the Best Multimodal Paper Award at the Annual ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR), held on June 6-9 in New York.
For many years, the Idiap Research Institute has actively participated in numerous national and international research projects in the field of biometric cybersecurity and received total funding amounts of several tens of millions of Swiss francs.
The security of sensitive information: Prof. Hervé Bourlard interviewed for RTS’ radio show “CQFD” May 11, 2016
How is it possible for people with bad intentions to get access to data from our smartphone or our GPS?
eLearning Valais 3.0: Idiap, UniDistance & Klewel launch a pioneering project under the sign of Valais cooperation Apr 18, 2016
Developping innovative solutions to foster learning in education and to increase employability: this is the project of Unidistance, Idiap Research Institute and Klewel company, based in Brig and in Martigny. This project will strengthen the Valais leading position in the field of distance education and related technologies.
Canal9 visits the Baxter robot at Idiap Apr 14, 2016
Dr. Sylvain Calinon, head of Idiap’s Robot Learning & Interaction group, receives Romain Boisset, reporter for the Canap9 TV channel. They demonstrate how Idiap’s Baxter robot learns by demonstration.
Idiap published a book chapter entitled “Face Recognition in Challenging Environments: An Experimental and Reproducible Research Survey” appearing in the Springer book “Face Recognition Across the Imaging Spectrum”.
The BEAT platform goes Open Source Mar 04, 2016
After 4 years of development, the BEAT platform is now available for download as an open-source project, under the Affero GNU GPL version 3.
Machines learn to speak Swiss-German Feb 29, 2016
With regard to devices using voice control, the Swiss German population has so far been left out in the cold. At the best, smartphones, smart TVs and other tools of this kind understand High German, but have no chance when the Swiss German dialect is concerned. But this will change soon.
DexROV is a robot of a special kind. This underwater robot is destined to take the place of human divers for tasks in very deep water (up to 1’300 meters under the sea). The Idiap Research Institute in Martigny is in charge of developing the algorithms that will help teleoperating the two arms of this robot.
New patent on vein anti-spoofing (PAD) Feb 22, 2016
Idiap published on Feb 18 2016 a PCT patent on biometric vein anti-spoofing (also called presentation attack detection) under the reference WO/2016/023582.
The Idiap Research Institute is part of an EU project (TeSLA) to authenticate student identity online throughout the e-assessment process Feb 08, 2016
The project TeSLA, led by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), with a length of three years and a budget of seven million euros, involves universities, quality assurance agencies, research centres and technology companies from twelve countries. In total, there will be a team of around eighty professionals and eighteen months of largescale pilot tests with the participation of over 14,000 students from Europe.
SenseCityVity expands work in Mexico Feb 04, 2016
Collaborative research in Mexico by the Social Computing Group at Idiap engages citizens as factors of social change and expands to several cities.
Neurosciences: du laboratoire au lit du patient
Marzieh Razavi, Idiap/EPFL Ph.D. student was granted the LTC 2015 Best Student Paper Award for the paper entitled "Pronunciation Lexicon Development for Under-Resourced Languages Using Automatically Derived Subword Units: A Case Study on Scottish Gaelic".
License agreement signed between Idiap & EC’s Joint Research Center to experiment BEAT platform. Jan 25, 2016
The BEAT platform is an European computing e-infrastructure for Open Science proposing a solution for open access, scientific information sharing and re-use including data and source code while protecting privacy and confidentiality. It allows easy online access to experimentation and testing in computational science. The platform also provides an attestation mechanism for your reports (scientific papers, technical documents or certifications).
The Swiss Centre for Biometrics Research and Testing and the Biometric group at Idiap Research Institute organize the Speaker Anti-spoofing competition.
How do we create standards ISO ? Answers at Idiap Research Institute in Martigny Switzerland Jan 18, 2016
It is a Swiss premiere. The Idiap Research Institute in Martigny receives this week delegates from all around the world that have the task of creating the famous ISO standards. They will discuss about the standards in the domain of biometrics. The Idiap researcher Sébastien Marcel explains the procedure and the stakes of this scientific meeting.
Sébastien Marcel, head of the Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing at Idiap talks about Standards in Biometrics on local media rts.ch
Jan 19 2016 afternoon
The Idiap Research Institute makes available metadata and transcriptions for the mobile biometric database MOBIO Dec 18, 2015
The MOBIO database consists of bi-modal (audio and video) data taken from 152 people. The database has a female-male ratio or nearly 1:2 (100 males and 52 females) and was collected from August 2008 until July 2010 in six different sites from five different countries. This led to a diverse bi-modal database with both native and non-native English speakers.
In the summer of 2015, Rethink Robotics, the worldwide leader in collaborative robotics research and education launched the Rethink Robotics Video Challenge. The Challenge was created to highlight the amazing work being done by the research and education community with the Baxter robot. The Challenge attracted more than 90 total entries from 19 countries around the globe. The video of Dr. Sylvain Calinon’s Robot Learning & Interaction group of the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny was selected amongst the 10 finalists.
The Idiap Research Institute provides an European computing e-infrastructure for Open Science Nov 17, 2015
The BEAT platform is an European computing e-infrastructure for Open Science proposing a solution for open access, scientific information sharing and re-use including data and source code while protecting privacy and confidentiality.
Ten-Year Impact Award to AMI Corpus Paper Nov 17, 2015
The Ten-Year Technical Impact Award of the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) 2015 was given to Jean Carletta and the AMI team, for the paper that introduced the Augmented Multi-Party Interaction (AMI) Corpus, originally published in 2005.
2015 IET Biometrics Premium Best Paper Award Nov 09, 2015
Idiap Biometrics group was awarded the 2015 IET Biometrics Premium Best Paper Award for the paper:
Keeping up to date with the latest news and trends is a key aspect of any organization with a global reach and outlook. Language Technology Producer Susanne Weber explains the journey that led to a new partnership to investigate and create a new way to monitor this wealth of content.
The fight against identity theft Nov 04, 2015
A new research project will provide authentication and secure access to banking and other services over broadband and mobile networks by using biometric identifiers.
Towards a Google Translate for Maya writing Nov 03, 2015
Algorithms for recognition of Maya glyphs ease the job of deciphering these complex symbols.
Hunt down thugs via their voice Nov 02, 2015
During the RTS (Radio Télévision Suisse) television show CQDF, Hervé Bourlard (Director of the Idiap Research Institute) answers questions about the possibilities of voice-print verification, applied to the fight against international criminal activity.
Revealing the mysteries of the Maya script Nov 02, 2015
Rui Hu, researcher at the Idiap Research Institute has been highlighted on EPFL MEDIA NEWS for her work on Maya script
Social computing research on Bilan Magazine Oct 15, 2015
Research by the Social Computing Group on analysis of soft skills in job interviews was featured in Bilan, the premier Swiss business magazine.
ICIAP 2015 Best Paper Award goes to Ilja Kuzborskij, Idiap/EPFL Ph.D. student, Francesco Orabona, and Barbara Caputo Oct 07, 2015
Ilja Kuzborskij, Idiap/EPFL Ph.D. student, Francesco Orabona (Yahoo! Labs NY), and Barbara Caputo (Idiap / University of Rome La Sapienza) receive a Best Paper Award for the paper titled "Transfer Learning through Greedy Subset Selection".
Interspeech 2015 Best Student Paper Award for Raphael Ullmann, Ph.D. student at Idiap/EPFL Sep 18, 2015
Raphael Ullmann, Idiap/EPFL Ph.D. student was awarded a ISCA 2015 Best Student Paper Award for the paper entitled "Objective Intelligibility Assessment of Text-to-Speech Systems Through Utterance Verification"
Dr Sebastien Marcel was invited to give a lecture on Sep 14 2015 at the Lecture Series of the Computer Science and Engineering department of the Michigan State University.
Working group meetings of ISO/IEC JTC1 Sep 03, 2015
SC 37 Biometrics January 2016
An app to steer clear of Kenya's road hazards Aug 28, 2015
Driving in Nairobi is often akin to navigating an obstacle course. Residents can now do something about it thanks to an app developed with EPFL.
Idiap Research Institute received funding for a series of H2020 European projects amounting to a total budget of 22.4 million Euros Aug 21, 2015
In spite of difficult economic conditions, researchers are facing added pressure to perform at a top level. On top of this, the European requirements are becoming more and more complex as relations between Switzerland and the European Committee have heightened.
BEAT tour in Brazil Aug 11, 2015
From June 22 to July 3, André Anjos from the Biometrics group and one of the main architect of the BEAT platform, was invited to present the BEAT platform an online platform for reproducible research in computational science in various institutions such as the Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp), the Center for Research and Development (CPqD), the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF) and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Each year the IET awards a prize to the authors of the best paper published within the last two years in each of the IET’s journals.
EU - Euresearch ROCKIT Workshop Jul 29, 2015
In conjunction with Idiap Research Institute, the EU project Rockit has developed a first version of a research and technology transfer roadmap in multilingual and multimodal interaction.
The Biometric group at Idiap Research Institute is releasing MSspoof, a free spoofing database for multi-spectral face recognition. Jul 17, 2015
The Multispectral-Spoof face spoofing database is a spoofing attack database build at Idiap Research institute. It contains images of real accesses recorded in VIS and NIR spectra as well as VIS and NIR spoofing attacks to VIS and NIR systems.
The Biometric group at Idiap Research Institute is releasing AVspoof, a free spoofing database for automatic speaker verification (ASV). Jul 17, 2015
AVspoof is intended to provide stable, non-biased spoofing attacks for researchers to test both their ASV systems and anti-spoofing algorithms.
The Biometric group at Idiap Research Institute is releasing its new version of biometric tools for face and speaker recognition, including a number of state-of-the-art preprocessing, feature extraction, machine learning algorithms, evaluation metrics and database protocols.
Idiap's director, Prof Bourlard, co-organizer of the KITP 6 weeks workshop on "Physics of Hearing: From Neurobiology and Back" Jun 25, 2015
Prof. Hervé Bourlard is one of the co-organizer of the KITP (The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics - UC Santa Barbara) 6 weeks workshop on "Physics of Hearing: From Neurobiology and Back".
The ACM (Association for Computing Machinery, http://europe.acm.org/) is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society and delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession.
Idiap and the University of Southern California (USC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in view of future collaboration Jun 19, 2015
The Biometrics group was chosen by Google to participate to a confidential on-invitation-only research sprint on mobile biometrics along with more than 20 experts from 16 institutions worldwide. The group was able to carry out biometrics research on a 40 Tb dataset from 1500 data subjects.
Nikhil Chacko, graduate student in electrical and computer engineering at UCSB in Michael Liebling's lab (Idiap Research Institute and UCSB), received a Best Student Paper Award (sponsored by Amazon and the IEEE Journal on Biomedical and Health Informatics) at the IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI'15), held 16-19 April 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.
Idiap Social Computing group featured on Canal 9 Apr 13, 2015
Coverage of the activities of the Social Computing Group on Canal 9 Valais
EPFL Ph.D. Students Visit Idiap Mar 30, 2015
The Idiap Research Institute welcomed a group of Ph.D. students from EPFL on Friday, March 13.
The Idiap Research Institute and Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale, Switzerland, just released the VERA palm-vein and VERA spoofing palm-vein databases.
Idiap participates in a European H2020 project concerned with the teleoperation of a bimanual underwater robot Mar 11, 2015
In 2014, Idiap – together with 6 partners – submitted the DexROV project, which was awarded a grant of several millions francs, to the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission. The project was officially launched on March 1st 2015 and proposes to equip an underwater robot with two arms that will allow to manipulate tools and to repair infrastructure in the depths.
The Idiap research institute is organizing a tutorial on the BEAT platform during the Eleventh IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG 2015 http://www.fg2015.org ) that will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The Sparsity workshop is one-day event taking place on March 25, 2015 at EPFL.
New Idiap biometrics applications is born! Feb 13, 2015
A new prototype of mobile finger-vein sensor for portable or embedded biometrics applications is born!
Michael Liebling, Senior Researcher at Idiap, is co-recipient of the Northrop Grumman "Excellence in Teaching Award" Jan 16, 2015
Liebling is co-recipient with Chemical Engineering’s Matt Helgeson.
New agreement with Google ATAP for Idiap Jan 09, 2015
Idiap has signed a new research agreement with Google ATAP.
Award of the title of Professor
CPqD sponsors the Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing with a new mobile biometrics database Nov 11, 2014
Cracking the code of the unspoken language Oct 26, 2014
The NOVICOM project, led by Oya Aran as Marie Curie Research Fellow and Daniel Gatica-Perez as Scientist in Charge, was featured today as a Project Story on the European Commission Horizon 2020 website. Oya is currently a SNSF Ambizione Research Fellow at the Social Computing Group at Idiap.
Daniel Gatica-Perez, co-leader of SenseCityVity, gave a talk about the project for Telefonica Research (TID) in Barcelona, Spain on October 14.
Idiap and the Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing in the Swiss Analytics Magazine Oct 06, 2014
The last release of the Swiss Analytics Magazine features Idiap and the recently launched Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing with an article presenting Biometrics research project at Idiap and the missions of the Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing.
On 02 October 2014, the submitted paper by L. El Shafey, E. Khoury, and S. Marcel : "Audio-visual gender recognition in uncontrolled environment using variability modeling techniques" was awarded IAPR (International Association for Pattern Recognition) Best Biometrics Student Paper Award at the International Joint Conference on Biometrics 2014 (IJCB, 2014 29 September - 2 October 2014 at Clearwater, Florida, USA).
The video shows the importance of a secure enrolment process which must assure (i) the enrolled subject is properly authorised to use the system, and (ii) he/she uses the system in the proper manner and is not presenting a spoofed image for enrolment
On 10 September 2014 the jury of the 8th European Biometrics Research and Industry Award has selected the three laureates of the 2014 edition of this prestigious competition.
Meet Baxter, Idiap’s new robot Sep 04, 2014
Idiap pursues its development with new scientific research groups. Recently, the institute has acquired an American robot worth CHF 30’000.-. This investment opens new perspectives, in particular thanks to the interconnection between the different domains of competencies developed in Martigny.
On July 31 2014, the Idiap research institute was ranked 1st among 130+ participants to the NIST i-Vector Machine Learning challenge on Speaker Recognition (https://ivectorchallenge.nist.gov).
New research groups at Idiap Jul 09, 2014
The Idiap Research Institute is proud to announce that 2 new researchers have recently joined the research team. Sylvain Calinon and Michael Liebling will reinforce, complement and develop the Institute’s expertise and competencies in human-robot interaction and computational bioimaging.
Best Student Entry Award to Darshan Santani Jul 07, 2014
Darshan Santani (PhD student working with Daniel Gatica-Perez at the Social Computing Group) received the Best Student Entry Award at the Data Visualization Challenge of the ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci), in Bloomington, Indiana, Jun. 23-26, 2014.
Fighting crime through innovation in the field of speaker identification focus of expert meeting hosted by INTERPOL Jun 16, 2014
LYON, France – Developing a Privacy by Design solution in voice biometrics to combat all forms of transnational crime was the focus of the first Speaker Identification Integrated Project (SIIP) meeting hosted by INTERPOL.
Can Biometrics Defeat Cyberterrorists? Jun 11, 2014
At Switzerland's Idiap Research Institute, one man is on the front lines of the fight against cyberterrorism. He's an expert in biometrics. The more individual the biometric, the more difficult it is to attack.
Biometric vein recognition under attack Jun 04, 2014
Vein recognition is a biometric that has traditionally been seen as difficult to hack or spoof, as the biometric patterns created by the vein structure in a person’s finger are hidden from view.
Research by the Social Computing Group at Idiap and the AfroTech Lab at EPFL was discussed in Baobab, the blog of The Economist about African politics, economics, and culture.
Studying African cities with Twitter Apr 30, 2014
SenseCityVity is a Switzerland-Mexico collaborative project between Idiap Research Institute and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), and the National Center for Supercomputing of the Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica (CNS-IPICYT), supported by EPFL's Cooperation and Development Center (CODEV).
Behind the mask of biometric security Mar 18, 2014
How reliable is biometric security? Computers recognize us by our faces, voices and fingerprints, but can we trick them by pretending to be someone else? In this edition of Futuris Denis Loctier finds out just how easily this can be done.
Katayoun (Kate) Farrahi has joined the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK as a lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in North America).
Edgar Roman-Rangel (former PhD student at the Social Computing Group at Idiap and EPFL, and currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Geneva) has been awarded a SNSF Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowship. His project, on the area of computational archaeology, is entitled "Tepalcatl: Automatic Categorization of Potsherds". The project starts on April 1, 2014 and will be conducted at Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
Social Media: Personality Analysis in YouTube Jan 20, 2014
Research by Joan-Isaac Biel and Daniel Gatica-Perez (Social Computing Group) on analysis of Big-Five personality impressions in YouTube was featured in Computerworld.ch
FRESH is a two-day conference that refreshes conferences, meetings and events and increases their effectiveness. By introducing and demonstrating the latest tools and knowledge we provide meeting planners, meeting designers, meeting producers and meeting owners with applicable improvement. All presentations, room layouts, the venue, the staging, the processes, the food… everything is new or innovative or at least interesting enough to investigate.
The Social Computing group received a prototype of the new Kinect 2.0 for Windows as part of Microsoft's Developer Kit Program.
The Social Computing Group thanks Samsung Research America for donating a batch of state-of-the-art Tizen smartphones for teaching and research activities on Social Media at Idiap and EPFL.
The Idiap NLP group has participated in the search and hyperlinking task at the MediaEval 2013 evaluation campaign. The NLP group was ranked first out of eleven participants on the hyperlinking task (finding video segments related to a given one) and third out of seven on the keyword video search task.
Le projet "Tabula Rasa" (French only)
inEvent team led by Idiap wins ACM Multimedia Grand Challenge on video lecture annotation and search Nov 08, 2013
The MUST-VIS system proposed by a team led by Idiap and including members of the inEvent consortium, with additional support from the IM2 Aroles project, has been declared the winner of the MediaMixer/VideoLectures.NET Grand Challenge.
Best Paper Award at IEEE MMSP 2013. Oct 10, 2013
The paper "Alignment of Binocular-Binaural Data Using a Moving Audio-Visual Target" by Vasil Khalidov, Florence Forbes and Radu Horaud was nominated for the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Int. Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP) held in Pula (Sardinia, Italy) on September 30 - October 2, 2013.
Can Big Data Predict Events? Oct 03, 2013
Daniel Gatica-Perez interviewed by Les Echos (France) on Big Data for event prediction.
Sébastien Marcel, head of Biometrics group at Idiap, interviewed by RTS, the Swiss radio. Sep 24, 2013
L’iPhone 5S possède un lecteur à empreintes digitales qui permettra de sécuriser l’accès au téléphone. Si cette technique est déjà présente dans d’autres objets, il s’agit du premier produit de consommation de masse à intégrer la biométrie. Mais quelle est la partie du corps qui se prête le mieux à la reconnaissance d’une personne dans la vie quotidienne?
The International Symposium of Wearable Computers (ISWC) and the International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp) were held in Zurich, September 8-12 2013, and featured by NZZ, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
Social media: Switzerland writes in English Aug 12, 2013
Research by Darshan Santani and Daniel Gatica-Perez (Social Computing Group) on patterns of language use across Switzerland in Foursquare (the popular location-based social network) was featured in Computerworld.ch
The release 1.2.0 of the Bob signal-processing and machine learning toolbox is now available Jul 25, 2013
Bob provides both efficient implementations of several machine learning algorithms as well as a framework to help researchers to publish reproducible research.
The Idiap Perception and Activity Understanding group at the Festival de robotique 2013 Jul 10, 2013
StressSense featured in The Economist Jun 12, 2013
The collaboration between Idiap's Social Computing Group and the Institute of Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Neuchatel on analysis of nonverbal behavior in job interviews was featured in Radiotelevisione Svizzera (RSI) scientific program "Il giardino di Albert", aired on 26.05.2013.
The Idiap Research Institute will participate in the robotics festival organized this Saturday at EPFL! Apr 18, 2013
"Festival Robotique" Saturday April 20, 2013, EPFL Lausanne.
at the Workshop on Performance Evaluation of Tracking and Surveillance (PETS), 2013.
Emogen, winners of the IMD Startup Competition 2013 Dec 21, 2012
The venture EmoGen, participant of the ICC’2012 and new Idiap spin-off, has been selected amongst the winners of the IMD Startup Competition 2013.
Idiap Awards 2012 Dec 21, 2012
Every year the Idiap Research Institute grants two awards to its students: the Idiap Paper Award and the Idiap Research Award.
Best Paper Paper Award Nomination at MUM 2012 Dec 07, 2012
The paper "Checking In or Checked In: Comparing Large-Scale Manual and Automatic Location Disclosure Patterns,"
Jan 14-April 8, 2013
Jan 14-April 8, 2013
The 2nd competition on counter measures to 2D facial spoofing attacks, Jan 14-April 8, 2013 Dec 06, 2012
Following the first competition on counter measures to 2D spoofing attacks consisting of printed photographs,The TABULA RASA project organizes a second competition for comparison of the performance of spoofing counter measures, this time on a more diverse set of spoofing attacks (photos and videos replay on iPhone and iPad). The competition will be part of the 6th International Conference of Biometrics (ICB 2013 http://atvs.ii.uam.es/icb2013/ ).
Haking IT Security Magazine highlights Biometric technology in its issue "Hakin9 Extra Digest 11/12", on : Tuesday, 4 Dec, 2012.
The TABULA RASA project is organizing a Spoofing Challenge and is inviting researchers to develop ingenious attack plans and to deceive various biometric authentications systems of different modalities that will be demonstrated at the 6th International Conference of Biometrics (ICB 2013 ). The most brilliant attempt, which will be decided on its spoofing success and originality, will be awarded with the "Best Spoofing Attack Award", accompanied by an incentive prize.
Idiap and EPFL are organizing a joint Machine Learning Workshop (MLWS), Monday, Nov.19, 2012 Nov 08, 2012
The objective of this workshop is to improve the collaboration between researchers working on topics related to machine learning, from its theoretical aspects (learning theory, signal processing, compressed sensing, etc.) to applications (computer vision, speech processing, behavior analysis, etc.).
Daniel Gatica-Perez, Idiap senior researcher, head of the social computing group, on stage at TEDx.
Idiap - Samsung collaboration renewed Nov 06, 2012
Outstanding Paper Award at ICMI 2012 Oct 31, 2012
Credit: NewScientist, 14:55 03 October 2012 by Paul Marks
Anindya Roy: EAB Industry Award 2012 Sep 10, 2012
The 6th European Biometrics Industry Award 2012 has been given to Anindya Roy for his work conducted at the Idiap Research Institute (Switzerland) under the supervision of Sébastien Marcel and was awarded by Safran Morpho with a prize of 2,000€.
StressSense -- SONVB research in ACM TechNews Aug 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012 The StressSense system was featured in ACM TechNews.
StressSense a smartphone-based method to infer stress from speech signals was featured in New Scientist magazine.
VlogSense research featured in Spanish media Jul 11, 2012
Our research on video blogging analysis was recently discussed in radio interviews and online news:
Best student paper award for Kenneth Funes at the CVPR workshop on Gesture Recognition, 2012. Jul 16, 2012
Idiap Research Institute and Nokia Research Center Lausanne organize the Mobile Data Challenge 2012 with global success Jun 20, 2012
Two major European projects coordinated by Idiap are sponsoring the next International Conference on Biometrics Jun 15, 2012
A new book on multimodal signal processing for the analysis of human communication has been published by Cambridge University Press on June 7, 2012. The book was edited by Hervé Bourlard and Andrei Popescu-Belis, with colleagues from the University of Edinburgh, and five other Idiap researchers have contributed chapters to it.
Started in November 2011, Idiap leads a 3-year European-funded research project named inEvent.
BOB is born Apr 12, 2012
After a bit less than 2 years of intense development, we are proud to announce the immediate availability of Bob 1.0 as an open-source project.
Idiap announced the start this month of the Biometrics Evaluation and Testing (BEAT) project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) with the EPFL as a full partner, through the Security and Cryptography Laboratory (LASEC) of Prof. Vaudenay.
We are glad to announce the start this month of the Biometrics Evaluation and Testing (BEAT) project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) with Sébastien Marcel as the Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator at the Idiap research institute.
SONVB was featured in the Swiss National Science Foundation Research Magazine, March 2012. Mar 06, 2012
In december 2011, Idiap signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology at Guwahati (IITG) and the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Hyderhabad, India
2011 Idiap Awards Dec 23, 2011
Jie Luo successfully defended his PhD thesis. Dec 20, 2011
The workshop will be held in Martigny at Idiap, Wednesday 14th of December 2011, room 106.
International sports federations would like to be able to follow the movements of individual athletes more easily during televised matches, even when they’re hidden from view. Today, EPFL’s Computer Vision Laboratory announces an innovative system that accomplishes this task and the implications go far beyond sports.
Oya Aran funded by the SNSF Oct 28, 2011
Idiap celebrates its 20th anniversary! Sep 01, 2011
2011 is very special for our research institute as it celebrates its 20th anniversary!
New research project with Samsung Aug 30, 2011
LIDIAP and Idiap - in detail with Prof. Bourlard. Jul 19, 2011
A flying scooter, strawberry sweets and a humanoid robot... those were the objects at the centre of workshops run by NCCRs "IM2", "MaNEP" and "Affective Sciences" at the "Hérisson sous gazon" festival.
IEEE ICASSP'2011 Award for Afsanei Asaei Jun 07, 2011
The Workshop will take place in Alicante, Spain, 14-18 November 2011
Idiap researchers involved in the organisation of the next International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI2011). Apr 12, 2011
Afsaneh Asaei's paper was selected as the winner of the IEEE Spoken Language Processing Student Travel Grant.
What about a system able not only to recognize who is speaking during a meeting but to understand the conversation and propose relevant documents like past reports, web pages as well as summaries and analyses of past meetings ? Artificial Intelligence and Speech Recognition specialists at Idiap are developing that smart automated assistant.
VANAHEIM project in the latest issue of the European urban transport magazine, Mobility. Jan 31, 2011
2010 - Idiap PhD student awards Dec 03, 2010
The 2010 Idiap awards have been granted to:
For this competition we would like to measure the performance of algorithms that act as a counter-measure to spoofing.
TABULA RASA new EU FP7 project. Nov 11, 2010
We are glad to announce that Idiap coordinates a new EU FP7 project entitled Trusted Biometrics under Spoofing Attacks (TABULA RASA).
EU Project Coordinator Award Nov 09, 2010
Idiap researchers successfully implemented probably one of the first face recognition system on an iPhone4.
EURESEARCH Success Story Oct 01, 2010
Euresearch the Swiss guide to European research and support for European business and innovation highlights in its recent Success Stories Newsletter the EU FP7 project MOBIO (Mobile Biometry).
A New Hasler project called "CONTEXT" accepted Aug 11, 2010
Context modelling for object detection.
A new Hasler project called "SESAME" accepted Aug 10, 2010
SEarching Swiss Audio MEmories
Upcoming event, IM2 Summer Institute 2010 Aug 06, 2010
The IM2 Summer Institute 2010 will be held at the GOLFHOTEL Les Hauts de Gstaad, in Saanenmöser from September 13th to September 15th 2010.
Advancement of women in science Aug 05, 2010
Active participation of IM2 in a festival for children
Dr Daniel Gatica-Perez, (from the Idiap Research Institute, in Martigny, Switzerland): “People who are exploring ancient Maya culture – in order to try to find glyphs, they usually use catalogues and this is a classic catalogue. It’s like a telephone book. Instead of names what we have are essentially glyphs and this is a very large collection. And, essentially, if you don’t have computational means to find a glyph you don’t know or a glyph you are learning about, you probably have to parse all of these manually. And this can be time consuming.”
Glyphes Maya, le logiciel qui a du caractère Jun 10, 2010
En 2010, Indiana Jones troquerait certainement son fouet contre un ordinateur ou un rayon laser. Depuis quelques années, grâce à un arsenal de nouvelles technologies, les archéologues ont avancé à grands pas. Dans les inventions récentes, il y a ce moteur de recherche capable de déchiffrer l’écriture maya.
The Internet of Meetings May 04, 2010
Software created by European researchers is transforming business and education through the complete capture of the audio, video and textual record. It is the internet, for meetings.
Web-Ifying the Real World May 04, 2010
Web-fying real life is the vision of the AMI consortium, which stands for Augmented Multiparty Interaction. The consortium is the force behind two highly successful European projects, AMI and AMIDA
Idiap has a new robot platform -- Pippo! Apr 21, 2010
Pippo is a PeopleBot , i.e. a mobile robot able to move indoors on flat floors. It is 112 cm high and it is equipped with a gripper, a table-sensing IR's, a precise pan-tilt camera, lasers and microphones.
Project NOVICOM highlighted in the magazine "Projects" (Science, Technology and Innovation) Apr 19, 2010
Computational methods of analysing nonverbal cues
rsr.ch - Impatience: Les glyphes mayas Mar 23, 2010
The Swiss National Radio broadcasted an interview of Daniel Gatica-Perez et Jean-Marc Odobez, senior researchers at Idiap, about the The Mayan GLYPHs
MOBIO, Call for Use Case Scenarios 2010 Mar 15, 2010
The Swiss research magazine "Horizons" presents exciting aspects from the world of science and research. It is published four times per year. The articles are available only in French and German.
Hervé Bourlard is one of the Guest Editors of the upcoming IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Special Issue on Mobile Media Search.
The IEEE Signal Processing Society is initiating a new, technical series called IEEE-Thematic Meetings on Signal Processing (IEEE-THEMES) Feb 19, 2010
Alessandro Vinciarelli has been appointed Associate Editor for the Social Sciences Column of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. Jan 18, 2010
Next four-year period, 2010-2013, of IM2 approved Jan 13, 2010
Idiap is the coordinator of the European Project "Massive Sets of Heuristics for Machine Learning (MASH)". Dec 21, 2009
This project aims at developing new machine learning methods relying on very large number of hand designed heuristics, together with statistical tools to facilitate the design of these heuristics in an open and collaborative framework.
The presentation recordings of the Workshop on Foundations of Social Signals are now online. Rome, December 3-5, 2009.
The COMTIS project (Improving the Coherence of Machine Translation Output by Modeling Intersentential Relations) now has its own website. Dec 09, 2009
2009 Idiap PhD Awards Dec 02, 2009
SSPNet online newsletter Nov 23, 2009
We are happy to announce that the first issue of the SSPNet newsletter is now online.
rsr.ch - Impatience: La Voix de son maître Nov 19, 2009
On November 13, the Swiss National Radio has broadcast an interview of Prof. Hervé Bourlard, director of Idiap, and Dr. Andrei Popescu-Belis, senior researcher at Idiap, about the challenges of speech recognition, speaker identification, and meeting recording.
Workshop on Foundations of Social Signal Processing Nov 13, 2009
Rome, December 3-5, 2009.
Best Student Paper Award Nov 10, 2009
The Idiap Resarch Institute has been chosen to organise two contests during the ICPR 2010 Nov 09, 2009
Idiap involved in an EIT KIC proposal Nov 06, 2009
TransFICS, a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC)
NIPS Workshop, December 11 or 12, 2009, Whistler, BC, Canada
Call for papers on "Mobile Media Search", Special Issue of "IEEE Signal Processing Magazine" Nov 03, 2009
Call for papers on "Signal and Information Processing for Social Networks" for IEEE Thematic Meetings on Signal Processing Nov 02, 2009
New Book on Multimodal signal processing Oct 29, 2009
Multimodal signal processing: methods and techniques to build multimodal interactive systems by Jean-Philippe Thiran (Author), Herve Bourlard (Author), Ferran Marques (Author), Academic Press Inc (23 novembre 2009), 448 pages, ISBN-10: 0123748259
The MOBIO consortium is organizing a contest for the next International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR) Oct 15, 2009
It will be held in 2010 at Istanbul on August 23
A new partner joins the MOBIO project Oct 08, 2009
The MOBIO consortium is happy to welcome the new partner Visidon in his project.
Call for Papers IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Oct 07, 2009
Special Issue on Mobile Media Search
VANAHEIM: Video/Audio Networked Surveillance System Enhancement through Human
by T.Dutoit, L.Couvreur, H.Bourlard
HUMAVIPS: Humanoids with auditory and visual abilities in populated spaces
The SNSF funds Idiap for a Sinergia project as coordinator
IM2 Summer Institute 2009 Aug 26, 2009
This year, the IM2 Summer Institute will be held in Chavannes-de-Bogis (Best Western Hotel) from the 31st of August until the 2nd of September.
NCCR - A Swiss success story Jun 30, 2009
National Centres of Competence in Research
ICMI-MLMI 2009 Jun 16, 2009
November 02-06, 2009, The Workshop will take place in the Boston area, Cambridge, MA, USA
Smoovee, the software that corrects video vibrations May 15, 2009