The Idiap Research Institute is an independent, nonprofit, research foundation affiliated with Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Its activities encompass basic research, training (graduate and post-graduate levels), and technology transfer in the areas of multimedia information management, perceptual and cognitive systems, social media, biometric person recognition, multimodal information interfaces, and large scale machine learning.
The recent travel restrictions announced by the US government have had a direct and immediate effect on Idiap researchers. Plans to present work at international meetings and conferences have had to be abandoned, depriving individuals of a chance to advance their careers, and the institute of a chance to advance its international outreach.
The travel ban is incompatible with Idiap's values as an inclusive employer. We express our solidarity with staff and alumni affected by the present situation, and with the international academic community in general. We hope that the situation will be normalised as soon as possible.