Idiap News

Best Paper Award for the Dr Sylvain Calinon
research — Jul 12, 2017

Dr Sylvain Calinon received the 2017 Best Paper Award of the Intelligent Service Robotics (ISR) journal for his article "A Tutorial on Task-Parameterized Movement Learning and Retrieval".

Idiap Speaker Series : 'Multilingual speech recognition in under-resourced environments' (Webcast now available).
research — Jun 19, 2017

When speech processing systems are designed for use in multilingual environments, additional complexity is introduced. Identifying when language switching has occurred, predicting how cross-lingual terms will be pronounced, obtaining sufficient speech data from diverse language backgrounds: such factors all complicate the development of practical speech-oriented systems. In this talk, I will discuss our research group's experience in building speech recognition systems for the South African environment, one in which 11 official languages are recognised. I will also show how this relates to our participation in the BABEL project, a recent 5-year international collaborative project aimed at solving the spoken term detection task in under-resourced languages.

Idiap has a new opening for a Senior Researcher position
research — Jun 09, 2017

Domain: To strengthen and diversify its growth, the Idiap Research Institute invites applications for a permanent Senior Researcher position in the areas of high-performance computing for AI, visual analytics, or cyber-security and data privacy.

Idiap has a new opening for a Senior Researcher position in Energy Informatics
research — Jun 09, 2017

Domain: To strengthen and diversify its growth, the Idiap Research Institute invites applications for a permanent Senior Researcher position in the area of Energy Informatics (Energy ICT), covering at least one of the following domains: ICT applied to energy management, smart energy-saving systems, distributed systems, optimization processes, energy-related big data management, and smart grids.

Idiap Speaker Series : 'Charisma: Measurement and outcomes' (Webcast now available).
— May 15, 2017

Charisma has been devilishly difficult to measure; there has also been a dearth of studies estimating the causal impact of charisma on outcomes. In this seminar I will use a new definition of charisma to demonstrate how it can be manipulated, and will also show the economic impact of charisma on worker productivity. Moreover, I will discuss how charisma can be coded from archival data, and demonstrate its utility for predicting a range of outcomes including winning the U.S. presidential election, the amount of views on TED talks, and retweets of tweets.

Understanding how technology can revolutionize humanitarian work
education — May 12, 2017

A new EPFL course offers students the opportunity to learn more about how new technologies can be used by humanitarian organizations. The students critically assessed new information-sharing methods by conducting a real-life exercise using the app Civique, which was developed by the Idiap Research Institute, an EPFL partner institution.

A more secure biometric authentication system
research — Apr 25, 2017

Now EPFL's Security and Cryptography Laboratory and the startup Global ID have developed an even more secure identification system that processes data more safely than current standards and that leverages 3D vein imaging technology developed by the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny, the University of Applied Sciences in Sion (HES-SO Valais-Wallis) and Global ID.

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Biometrics and Privacy
research — Apr 04, 2017

Idiap created in collaboration with UniDistance a new Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) program. The goal of this program is to teach concepts and technologies in the area of Biometrics and Privacy and to provide students with a full understanding of data protection, privacy preservation, compliance with privacy regulations and potential privacy losses.

Maya glyph analysis on Horizons Magazine
research — Apr 03, 2017

The work by R. Hu, J.-M. Odobez, and D. Gatica-Perez on extraction of Maya hieroglyph strokes was covered by Horizons Magazine, the scientific magazine of the SNSF and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

Valais/Wallis AI Workshop - Reproducibility in research
research — Mar 28, 2017

The aim of Valais/Wallis Workshops on Artificial Intelligence is to bring together engineers and researchers, from the Idiap Research Institute, HES-SO Valais-Wallis, EPFL Valais and other institutions, active in pattern analysis and machine intelligence and related applications in Security, Health or Energy.

Sécurité biométrique: Martigny séduit les Etats-Unis
research — Mar 08, 2017

L’institut de recherche Idiap de Martigny et son Centre suisse de recherche et d’évaluation en sécurité biométrique ont intégré deux programmes phares du gouvernement américain. Odin et MediFor ont pour mission de lutter contre le "spoofing" et de démasquer la propagande. Les explications de Sébastien Marcel, directeur du centre, interrogé par Anne Baecher.

L’Idiap financé par les Américains pour ses travaux sur la biométrie
research — Mar 08, 2017

Nouvelle étape pour l’Idiap de Martigny: l’institut vient d’intégrer deux projets phare du gouvernement américain dédié à la sécurité biométrique, il fait partie d’un groupe de quatre équipes qui travailleront sur ODIN….un système contre ce qu’on appelle le spoofing.

Biowatch wins in Visa’s Everywhere Initiative
tech — Mar 06, 2017

Biowatch’s vein recognition technology won them € 25’000 in the Visa Everywhere Initiative, which was held for the first time in Europe. The pitch competition was kicked-off at the World Mobile Congress. Biowatch also qualified for the larger European competition which awards €50’000 and the opportunity to work with Visa.

Biowatch SA awarded first prize at the Swiss Fintech Convention 2017 in Geneva
tech — Feb 22, 2017

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 3rd, 2017 - Biowatch SA won the 1st prize at the 2017 Swiss Fintech Convention held in Geneva on February 2nd, pitching its disruptive vein based biometric solution. The Swiss startup outlined several ongoing projects in the banking industry and the upcoming functional pre-products for Spring 2017.

Pedro Pinheiro awarded the EPFL PhD degree
education — Feb 22, 2017

On February 17th, 2017, Pedro Pinheiro made the public defense of his PhD thesis entitled "Large-Scale Image Segmentation with Convolutional Networks"

Mise au concours d'un poste de "juriste contrats & propriété intellectuelle"
education — Feb 03, 2017

L’institut de recherche Idiap, situé à Martigny, est une fondation à but non lucratif et spécialisée dans la gestion de l’information multimédia et les interactions homme-machine. Passionnés par les nouvelles technologies ? Venez rejoindre l’institut et devenez un maillon essentiel de nos activités de transfert de technologie.

Biowatch SA raises CHF 1.2M seed round to finalise its disruptive wearable biometric authentication solution
tech — Jan 19, 2017

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 17, 2017 - Biowatch SA, a Swiss start-up, has successfully closed last December an oversubscribed first financing round at CHF 1.2 million to accelerate the development of its solution on biometric authentication for wearables. This seed round is following a CHF 800k grant from the CTI in last February and a CHF 100k loan from the FIT last June. It was led by serial entrepreneur and business angel Patrick Delarive with participation from the Venture Capital fund Polytech Ecosystem Ventures and SICPA Finance. Further investments from various business angels completed the investment.

Thesis award for Dario Azzimonti
education — Jan 09, 2017

Dr. Dario Azzimonti was awarded the C. Moser Award for outstanding Ph.D. or M.Sc. theses within the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science of the University of Bern.

Idiap has a new opening for an Internship position in Natural Language Processing on DNN-based coreference models
education — Dec 22, 2016

Co-reference is the relation between words or phrases in a text that refer to the same entity. DNNs have been successfully applied to a variety of NLP tasks, but for coreference resolution such approaches have shown limited improvement and a suitable model remains to be found. The goal of this internship is to go beyond classifiers that decide whether a pair of phrases is co-referent or not, and instead learn to represent, in the output layer, each of the entities of a text. In collaboration with a PhD student and a postdoc, the model will be applied to document-level machine translation. The work will thus relate to the EU SUMMA and SNSF MODERN projects.

Idiap Awards 2016
education — Dec 22, 2016

The 2016 Idiap awards have been granted to Darshan Santani and Cijo JOSE.

MAAYA project at EPFL Open Days 2016
— Dec 19, 2016

Idiap researchers presented tools for analysis and visualization of ancient Maya hieroglyphs at the EPFL Open Days 2016 in Lausanne.

Idiap has a new opening for a Senior Researcher position in Energy Informatics
education — Dec 15, 2016

The Idiap Research Institute is an independent, not-for-profit, research institute, affiliated with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). Building on strong signal processing and machine learning expertise, the Institute carries out advanced R&D activities in the field of human and media computing, including perceptual and cognitive systems, speech and language processing, computer vision, information interfaces and presentation, social/human behavior, biometric person recognition, robotics, and biological imaging.

Idiap has a new opening for a Senior Researcher position
education — Dec 15, 2016

The Idiap Research Institute is an independent, not-for-profit, research institute, affiliated with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). Building on strong signal processing and machine learning expertise, the Institute carries out advanced R&D activities in the field of human and media computing, including perceptual and cognitive systems, speech and language processing, computer vision, information interfaces and presentation, social/human behavior, biometric person recognition, robotics, and biological imaging.

DexROV holds first official review with European Commission
research — Nov 21, 2016

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
research — 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.

L'Idiap participe à la journée "Futur en tous genres"
institute — Nov 14, 2016

Chaque année, l’Office cantonal de l’égalité et de la famille organise la journée « Futur en tous genres », anciennement « Osez tous les métiers ». Le but est de faire découvrir aux enfants les différentes possibilités d’avenir professionnel en n’ayant aucun a priori sur ces dernières.

Idiap has a new opening for a Post-doctoral position in automatic speech recognition
education — Nov 08, 2016

The Idiap Research Institute invites applications for post-doctoral position in automatic speech recognition. The position is funded by a new industrial project with a leading credit card company in Switzerland. The research and development project will focus on combining technologies of speech recognition with speaker verification. The research will be carried out in a collaboration with other (i.e. European H2020) projects already running at the Idiap research institute.

Biometrics: for better or for worse?
research — 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?
research — 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.

Idiap has a new opening for 2 PhD positions in machine learning
education — Sep 26, 2016

The Idiap Research Institute, affiliated with École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, seeks two PhD students in machine learning to develop new techniques to speed up the training of deep architectures using importance sampling, and to learn automatically network architectures from data. The starting date is early 2017.

Idiap and Y@N at the Swiss Days of Official Statistics 2016
research — Sep 23, 2016

Prof. Daniel Gatica-Perez discussed the value of geo-localized social media as a new urban data source at the Swiss Days of Official Statistics, Neuchatel, Sep. 15-16, 2016. He illustrated this emerging trend with the Youth@Night project and other recent work.

Results of the International Create Challenge 2016
tech — Sep 21, 2016

On Tuesday, September 20th, after three weeks of hard work and networking, the ICC’2016 participants found out which teams the jury had selected among the winners of the challenge. The organizers of the ICC’2016 are proud to announce the following winning teams:

Recapp in the TOP 100 Swiss Startups of 2016
tech — Sep 15, 2016

Recapp, an Idiap spin-off and sponsored by The Ark Foundation, is part of the top 100 Swiss Startups 2016. It's a big success for Dr. David Imseng, founder of Recapp.

Idiap has a new opening for a PhD positions in Visual Sensing for Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)
education — Sep 07, 2016

The research will be conducted in the context of MuMMER (MultiModal Mall Entertainment Robot, www.mummer-project.eu). The project will develop a humanoid robot (based on Aldebaran's Pepper platform) able to engage and interact autonomously and naturally with individuals or groups or people. To support this behaviour, the project consortium will develop and integrate new methods from audiovisual scene processing, social-signal processing, high-level action selection, and human-aware robot navigation.

Keynote on Civic Multimedia at CBMI 2016
research — Jul 19, 2016

Prof. Daniel Gatica-Perez gave a keynote talk on "Civic Multimedia, Crowdsourcing, and the Public Good" at the 14th International Workshop on Content-Based Multimedia Indexing (CBMI) in Bucharest, June 16, 2016.

Ivana Chingovska received the PhD degree from EPFL
education — Jun 13, 2016

Ivana Chingovska received the PhD degree from EPFL on May 2nd 2016 after the public defense of her doctoral dissertation entitled: "Trustworthy Biometric Verification under Spoofing Attacks: Application to the Face Mode".

Two Idiap spin-off in the Swiss Top 100 !
tech — Jun 10, 2016

Two Idiap spin-off, Biowatch and Recapp, sponsored by The Ark Foundation, are part of Top 100 best Swiss start-ups 2015. The Valais is the 4th most prolific Swiss canton. Great success for these entrepreneurs.

Best Multimodal Paper Award to Nikolaos Pappas and co-authors at ICMR 2016
research — Jun 10, 2016

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.

Fin des projets étoiles mais continuation de Valais*Wallis Digital
institute — Jun 01, 2016

Le projet, Valais*Wallis Digital, mis sur pieds par l'Idiap avait été sélectionné comme projet étoile du bicentenaire de l'entrée du Valais dans la Confédération. L'année 2015 s'étant écoulée, un événement officiel réunissant tous les partenaires du projet a eu lieu pour présenter les résultats et se remémorer les bons moments autour de ce projet.

Eyeware, young Valaisan start-up and winner of the ICC’2015, featured in RTS’ radio show "Néophiles"
tech — May 09, 2016

Kenneth Funes, whose project “Eyeware” was amongst the winners of the ICC’2015, is currently founding the start-up Eyeware in Martigny (Valais). It develops gaze and interaction technologies based on his PhD work done in the Idiap Perception and Activity Understanding group. The EyewareAssit system allows interacting with a computer via the head and facial gestures, and is particularly aimed at people with paraplegia who are unable to use a standard keyboard or mouse.

Idiap has a new opening for a PhD position in Sign Language Technology
education — Apr 21, 2016

The Idiap Research Institute seeks qualified candidates for one PhD student position in the field of automatic sign language recognition. The research will be conducted in the framework of the SNSF funded Sinergia project SMILE (Scalable Multimodal sign language Technology for sIgn language Learning and assessmEnt). This is a consortium project that involves Idiap, Hochschule für Heilpädagogik (HfH, Zurich) and Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing at University of Surrey (UK).

Canal9 visits the Baxter robot at Idiap
research — 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.

The first Reproducible Research Survey in Face Recognition
research — Mar 11, 2016

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
research — 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.

Biometrics will make payments more secure
tech — Mar 02, 2016

Voice identification, facial recognition, fingerprint reading or heartbeat analysis: biometric identification methods will be used more and more this year on mobile phones and online payment platforms at the expense of the usual password.

Machines learn to speak Swiss-German
research — 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.

Idiap's DexROV project featured in RTS's CQFD radio show today
research — Feb 24, 2016

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)
research — 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
research — 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
research — 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.

License agreement signed between Idiap & EC’s Joint Research Center to experiment BEAT platform.
research — 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).

How do we create standards ISO ? Answers at Idiap Research Institute in Martigny Switzerland
research — 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.

The Swiss National Library (NL) archives the website of the star-projet Valais*Wallis Digital
institute — Jan 14, 2016

Within the framework of the project Swiss Web Archives, the NL – in collaboration with the cantonal libraries and specialized Swiss libraries – pursues for some time now the objective of documenting the evolution of Internet sites over the years and decades. The aim is to conserve these websites in order to make them available in the long run.

Idiap has a new opening for a Post-doctoral position on 3D finger-vein biometrics
education — Jan 14, 2016

The Idiap Research Institute invites applications for one post-doctoral position in biometrics. The position is funded by a new 18-month research project on 3D finger-vein sensing and recognition. The research will be carried out together with a Swiss consortium of one high-profile research institute and one company.

Idiap has a new opening for an internship position in wrist vein biometrics
education — Jan 06, 2016

The Idiap Research Institute invites applications for one internship position in biometrics. The position is funded by a new 18-month research project on wrist vein sensing and recognition. The work will be carried out together with a Swiss consortium of one high-profile research institute and one company.

Idiap has a new opening for a Post-doctoral position in Robust Automatic Speech Recognition
education — Dec 23, 2015

The Idiap Research Institute invites applications for post-doctoral position in robust automatic speech recognition. The position is funded by a new 2-year EU Horizon 2020 project MALORCA, a research project on long term unsupervised adaptation of the acoustic and the language models of a speech recognition system. The research will be carried out together with a European consortium of high-profile research institutes and companies.

Idiap Video amongst the 10 finalists of the Rethink Robotics Video Challenge
research — Dec 15, 2015

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.

On November 30, 2015, Maryam Habibi was awarded the EPFL doctorate for her dissertation on "Modeling Users' Information Needs in a Document Recommender for Meetings"
education — Dec 14, 2015

Maryam Habibi arrived at Idiap as a research assistant in September 2011, for the third phase of the IM2 NCCR, after an MSc at Sharif University of Technology, Iran (2010). She prepared her thesis in the EPFL Doctoral School in Electrical Engineering (EDEE), and was a member of Idiap's NLP group. Her thesis was supervised by Prof. Hervé Bourlard and by Dr. Andrei Popescu-Belis as a co-director.

Idiap is proud to collaborate with the "AISA company"
tech — Dec 07, 2015

Idiap is proud to collaborate with the "AISA company" (global Swiss-based company located in Vouvry Switzerland, leading supplier of equipment offering innovative laminate and seamless plastic tube packaging production solutions)" which has won on Dec. 3 the first place for the "prix sommet UBS (The Innovation Award of UBS)

Ten-Year Impact Award to AMI Corpus Paper
research — 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.

L'Idiap participe à la journée "Osez tous les métiers"
institute — Nov 17, 2015

Chaque année, l’Office cantonal de l’égalité et de la famille organise la journée « Osez tous les métiers ». Le but est de faire découvrir aux enfants les différentes possibilités d’avenir professionnel en n’ayant aucun apriori sur ces dernières.

On October 9th, 2015, Kenneth Funes was awarded the EPFL doctorate for his dissertation entitled “3D Gaze Estimation from Remote RGB-D sensors”.
education — Nov 13, 2015

Kenneth Funes successfully defended his private examination in front of a committee of experts, composed of Prof. Dan Witzner Hansen, Prof. Louis-Philippe Morency, Dr. Ronan Boulic, Prof. Kamiar Aminian and Dr. Jean-Marc Odobez on May 29th, 2015, whereas on October 9th, 2015, he presented his public defense at EPFL, as a final step towards the completion of his PhD.

BBC collaboration to build multilingual media monitoring system
research — Nov 05, 2015

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
research — 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.

Hunt down thugs via their voice
research — 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.

UBImpressed at the HR-Conference Romand 2015
research — Oct 06, 2015

The UBImpressed project took part in the HR-Conference Romand, organized at the University of Lausanne, September 8, 2015. Prof. Marianne Schmid Mast and Dr. Denise Frauendorfer co-organized the workshop "Novel technologies to measure verbal and non-verbal behavior", in which social sensing technologies were introduced and demonstrated.

New opening for a PhD student position in Document-level Machine Translation
education — Oct 02, 2015

The Idiap Research Institute invites applications for several PhD and post-doctoral positions in document-level machine translation and in multilingual speech recognition. These positions are funded by a new 3-year EU Horizon 2020 project in big data, which will develop solutions for monitoring a massive number of media streams through their automatic analysis and aggregation into a dynamic knowledge base.

SenseCityVity and MCSC presented at meeting on Observatories for Tourism in Mexico
research — Sep 18, 2015

The SenseCityVity and MCSC projects were presented by Salvador Ruiz-Correa (Co-PI of the projects) at the Third Meeting of Observatories for Tourism in Guanajuato City, Mexico, on September 7-8. The meeting was co-organized by the National Ministry of Tourism (SECTUR) and the State Ministry of Tourism of Guanajuato.

BEAT tour in Brazil
research — 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.

EU - Euresearch ROCKIT Workshop
research — 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.

New version of biometric tools for face and speaker recognition released
research — Jul 17, 2015

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.

Ashtosh Sapru received the PhD degree from EPFL
education — Jul 15, 2015

Ashtosh Sapru received the PhD degree from EPFL on June 29th 2015 after the public defense of his doctoral dissertation entitled: "Automatic social role recognition and its application in structuring multiparty interactions".

Laurent Nguyen receives PhD degree from EPFL
education — Jun 08, 2015

Laurent Nguyen received the PhD degree from EPFL on May 29th 2015 after the public defense of his doctoral dissertation entitled: "Computational Analysis of Behavior in Employment Interviews and Video Resumes".

Idiap Biometrics group participated to a Google ATAP research sprint
research — Jun 01, 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.

Best student paper award for Nikhil Chacko, UCSB student, at ISBI'15
research — May 06, 2015

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.

SenseCityVity program concludes its first year
research — Mar 23, 2015

After a year of work, the results of the SenseCityVity project were presented at the Don Quixote Iconographic Museum by the team lead by Dr. Salvador Ruiz Correa.

The card game Valais*Mania just arrived in Valais
institute — Mar 09, 2015

Last Friday, the cards and boxes of the Valais*Mania, card game of the star-project Valais*Wallis Digital (www.valais-digital.ch) that wants to celebrate Valais’ 2015 bicentenary by digitalizing the collective memory of the canton, have been delivered to the headquarters of Migros Valais in Martigny.

New opening position at Koemei
education — Mar 09, 2015

Koemei is looking for a creative, talented and driven individual, who shares our passion to improve lives and augment the way people and business systems interact. Join our team as a Full stack software engineer and participate in driving our company to the next level. You must be self starting, result oriented and passionate.

Collaboration between Idiap and E.S. Concept
tech — Mar 05, 2015

Taking control of a soccer game on a tablet? This concept is now tested by a company from the Western part of Switzerland, E.S. Concept, that has strong links with Idiap. The game is recorded in panoramic view and redistributed in streaming. The spectator can, on demand, walk on the soccer field or change the point of view of the game.

SenseCityVity+ starts today
research — Feb 17, 2015

SenseCityVity+, the new phase of the SenseCityVity project, has started today under the support of EPFL Cooperation and Development Center (CODEV).

The Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing goes European
institute — Feb 13, 2015

As a consequence of the successful Kick-off Workshop of the Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing, the European Association for Biometrics (EAB) and the Idiap Research Institute decided to elevate at a more European level the initiative of the Idiap Research Institute to create a cooperative research consortium towards the establishment of the European Cooperative Identification Technology Research Consortium (EAB-CITeR) In the process to establish EAB-CITeR, the resources of Idiap and the critical mass of over 160 current EAB members shall complement each other.

SenseCityVity at DigitalPolis, Paris
research — Feb 02, 2015

Daniel Gatica-Perez discussed the work done in the SenseCityVity project at the DigitalPolis Symposium in Paris, France, Jan 29-31, 2015. The symposium gathered a multidisciplinary audience developing theoretical and technical approaches to understand digital cities.

New opening for an internship position on "Inference of high level semantics from prosodic features".
education — Jan 28, 2015

The Idiap speech group works on many aspects of speech processing, including recognition and synthesis for the purpose of speech to speech translation. Recently, much of our work is in the area of speech prosody. Prosody is often ignored in speech recognition, but is vital for synthesis. To this end, we are developing models of prosody that lend themselves to automatic extraction, translation and synthesis of speech.

VALAIS*WALLIS DIGITAL – The collection of multimedia files in relation to Valais is officially launched
institute — Jan 20, 2015

On Monday January 19th 2015, the Idiap Research Institute, together with its partners, officially kicked off its star-project “Valais*Wallis Digital”. After 2 years of intensive work, Valais*Wallis Digital, which aims at celebrating the bicentenary of Valais’ entry into the Swiss Confederation in 2015, wants to motivate the population to get out their memories in relation to the « old country », to digitize and to share them on the platform or the mobile application especially developed for the project.

Cracking the code of the unspoken language
research — 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.

Best Biometrics Student Paper Award to L. El Shafey, E. Khoury, and S. Marcel
research — Oct 02, 2014

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).

Meet Baxter, Idiap’s new robot
research — 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.

Idiap launches crowd funding platform
institute — Aug 28, 2014

During a press conference on August 28, 2014 the Idiap Research Institute revealed and launched its new crowd funding platform funding.idiap.ch

New opening for an internship position on "Cross-lingual prosody modeling"
education — Jul 16, 2014

Speech to speech translation is able to translate speech from one language to another. Although the quality varies, we can expect to see the accuracy increase in the coming years. However, the speaking style and emotion in the speech is typically not translated. These aspects of speech are carried mainly by prosody, meaning features such as pitch, intensity and duration.

New research groups at Idiap
research — 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.

Can Biometrics Defeat Cyberterrorists?
research — 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
research — 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.

Biometric vein recognition under attack
research — 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.

Biometric identification: there is still progress to be made
tech — May 23, 2014

Today, accessing your computer with the help of facial recognition is possible. However, by wearing a particularly realistic mask, one can fool certain biometric identification systems and open a session through another person’s identity.

New opening for a permanent Senior Researcher position
education — May 19, 2014

Idiap invites applications for a permanent Senior Researcher position. The main focus of this search is for highly qualified candidates, with evidence of strong research, PhD student supervision, and project management capabilities.

SenseCityVity: Mobile sensing, urban awareness, and collective action in Mexico
research — Mar 28, 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).

Report on the workshop "Comment innover dans vos réunions"
institute — Mar 10, 2014

On February 27 2014, the workshop "Comment innover dans vos réunions" took place at the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny. François Foglia, Deputy Director of Idiap, presented the institute's activities to the workshop participants.

New opening for a PostDoc in Facial Feature Localization
education — Feb 27, 2014

In the context of a new funded project, Idiap is looking to explore more advanced facial analysis techniques that need a precise localization of facial key points (eye corners, eye centers, eyebrows, mouth corner, ...).

New opening for a Postdoc on "Video processing for surveillance"
education — Feb 11, 2014

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate for a postdoctoral position in computer vision for surveillance applications. The work will take place in the context of a project recently funded by the Swiss Governement, where the main goal is to design an intrusion detection system that can leverage on incremental learning techniques and automatic scene parameter adaptation. The project involves a Small company and another Technological university.

New opening for an internship position in the field of "Multi-player game building controlled using audio modality".
education — Feb 10, 2014

The Idiap research institute has joined D-BOX (http://www.idiap.ch/project/d-box/) project (funded by an EC Eureka Pan-European research and development funding and coordination organization). D-Box's main goal is to develop and test an innovative architecture for conversational agents whose purpose is to support multilingual collaboration between users on a common problem in an interactive application. The interactive agent will enable type-written and/or spoken collaboration in the users' native language by mediating communication: all user interactions will be transmitted through the D-Box multilingual agent.

SNSF Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowship awarded to Edgar Roman-Rangel
research — Jan 21, 2014

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).

inEvent, SILVER partner for the FRESH conference in Copenhagen, 26-28 January 2014
research — Jan 15, 2014

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.

inEvent, SILVER partner for the FRESH conference in Copenhagen, 26-28 January 2014
research — Jan 15, 2014

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.

New opening for a Postdoc in Vascular Biometrics
education — Jan 10, 2014

The successful candidate will be possibly working on the following topics in vascular biometrics: mobile vascular recognition, spoofing and anti-spoofing. The research will rely on previous knowledge and software developed at Idiap and in the biometrics team.

Idiap submission to MediaEval 2013 ranked first for the video hyperlinking task
research — Nov 26, 2013

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.

Idiap submission to MediaEval 2013 ranked first for the video hyperlinking task
research — Nov 26, 2013

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.

EU-FUNDED PROJECT TO TAKE BIOMETRIC SECURITY SYSTEMS TO THE NEXT LEVEL.
institute — Oct 22, 2013

The TABULA RASA consortium, which is supported by EU research and innovation investment, has set out to identify just how well this new software works, in particular against the growing phenomenon of “spoofing ” i.e. using everyday materials such as make-up, photographs and voice recordings to subvert or directly attack biometric systems.

Best Paper Award at IEEE MMSP 2013.
research — 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.

Best Paper Award at IEEE MMSP 2013.
research — 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.

Sébastien Marcel, head of Biometrics group at Idiap, interviewed by RTS, the Swiss radio.
research — 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?

ISWC/Ubicomp 2013 featured in Radio Television Switzerland.
research — Sep 16, 2013

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 Radio Television Switzerland (SRF, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen).

ISWC/Ubicomp 2013 featured in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
research — Sep 13, 2013

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.

Dinesh Babu Jayagopi to join IIIT Bangalore as Assistant Professor.
education — Aug 20, 2013

Idiap Research Institute would like to congratulate Dinesh Babu Jayagopi who will join end of this year as an Assistant Professor at IIIT Bangalore. Between 2007 and 2011 he finished his Phd at Idiap, specialized in the field of Social Computing. Currently, he is a post-doctoral researcher at Idiap.

La recherche évolue de manière très rapide.
institute — Jul 23, 2013

Le déferlement d’outils technologiques accélère la communication et bouleverse notre rapport au monde. Basé à Martigny, l’Idiap – qui mène des projets de recherche fondamentale au plus haut niveau – travaille à l’amélioration des relations personne-machine et à l’optimisation de la communication humaine. Ce prestigieux institut s’engage pour un progrès scientifique au service de l’homme. Interview de son directeur, Hervé Bourlard, expert mondial du traitement de la parole et également professeur à l’Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Joan-Isaac Biel Tres received EPFL PhD title
education — Jul 08, 2013

On June 28, 2013, Joan-Isaac Biel Tres made the public defense of his PhD thesis entitled "Mining Conversational Social Video". He received the EPFL diploma from his doctoral advisor (Daniel Gatica-Perez.)

On June 20, 2013, David Imseng successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Multilingual speech recognition - a posterior based approach"
education — Jun 21, 2013

Modern automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems are based on parametric statistical models such as hidden Markov models (HMMs), exploiting 1) acoustic-phonetic models, which need to be trained on large amount of acoustic data, 2) a language model, which needs to be trained on large amount of text data and, finally, 3) a lexicon with phonetic transcription which requires linguistic expertise. Developing multilingual ASR systems, or systems that are robust to accents and dialects, is therefore a very challenging task for current state-of-the-art ASR systems.

Social computing research featured in Swiss National TV
research — Jun 03, 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.

Social computing research featured in Swiss National TV
research — Jun 03, 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.

On April 26, 2013, Tatiana Tommasi successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Learning to Learn by Exploiting Prior Knowledge"
education — Apr 29, 2013

The work described in her thesis takes place in the context of visual recognition and category detection, in all scenarios where there is a need for learning a new category model but it is not possible or expensive, to obtain large amounts of annotated training data. The main contribution of the thesis of Tatiana Tommasi is to cast the problem of learning to learn from small samples into the max-margin classifiers framework, providing to the community principled algorithms for open ended learning of object categories from few samples. The power and generality of the results achieved in the thesis has further been demonstrated in other domains, such as control of prosthetic hands for amputees.

The Idiap Research Institute congratulates Mr Marc-André Berclaz, member of its Foundation Council, for his nomination as Operations Director of the new EPFL Valais Wallis
institute — Feb 26, 2013

Mr Marc-André Berclaz has been appointed as Operations Director of the new EPFL Valais Wallis academic cluster. Marc-André Berclaz is the current director of HES-SO and has an in-depth understanding of the academic and political environment in Valais and in Switzerland as well as in the fields of the future cluster. Starting from March 2013, he will gradually take up his functions within the project, and will work fulltime as from July 2013.

The Idiap Research Institute congratulates Prof. Philippe Gillet, Vice-President of Idiap’s Foundation Council, for his nomination as President ad interim of EPFL
institute — Feb 26, 2013

Professor Philippe Gillet will ensure the presidency of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) from August 2013 to January 2014. The Swiss Federal Council has named him on Wednesday, February 20 in order to replace Patrick Aebischer, who will benefit from a sabbatical leave in order to explore new forms of education.

2013-2016: 10 MCHF for Idiap within the framework of a strategic alliance with EPFL
institute — Feb 08, 2013

The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) expresses once again its faith in Idiap by according a subsidy of 10 MCHF Swiss francs for the period of 2013-2016. Concurrently, Idiap strengthens its ties with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) by renewing and reinforcing the joint development plan that unites the two institutions since 2008.

Idiap Awards 2012
research — Dec 21, 2012

Every year the Idiap Research Institute grants two awards to its students: the Idiap Paper Award and the Idiap Research Award.

Idiap Awards 2012
research — Dec 21, 2012

Every year the Idiap Research Institute grants two awards to its students: the Idiap Paper Award and the Idiap Research Award.

TABULA RASA Spoofing Challenge, June 4-7, 2013 Madrid Spain
research — Dec 05, 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.

IM2 and "La Journée : Oser tous les métiers"
education — Nov 12, 2012

Since couple years, each Swiss School is participating to the Day: “Oser tous les Métiers", an initiative to give the chance to children between 10-12 years old to discover different types of professions. The children are invited to follow one of their parents at work to discover their "working environment".

Jagan Varadarajan successfully defended his PhD thesis
education — Sep 07, 2012

On 30th August 2012, Jagan Varadarajan successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Sequential Topic Models for Mining Recurrent Activities and their Relationships: Application to long term video recordings ", supervised by Dr. Jean-Marc Odobez.

The Idiap Research Institute seeks qualified candidates for one PhD position in the area of acoustic data driven grapheme-to-subword unit conversion applied to automatic speech recognition (ASR).
education — Aug 31, 2012

In standard hidden Markov (HMM) based ASR systems or text-to-speech (TTS) systems, each word is modelled as a sequence of subword units. The subword units typically being phonemes/phones. The sequence of subword units is often referred to as pronunciation model of the word, e.g. CAT - /k/ /ae/ /t/. The lexicon of the ASR or TTS system contains the mapping between the word and its pronunciation model.

Un challenge pour start-up à Martigny
tech — Aug 10, 2012

Ils ont trois semaines pour transformer leurs idées en produit. 28 chercheurs ou entrepreneurs sont dans les starting-blocks d’un concours international inédit.

Un challenge pour start-up à Martigny
tech — Aug 10, 2012

Ils ont trois semaines pour transformer leurs idées en produit. 28 chercheurs ou entrepreneurs sont dans les starting-blocks d’un concours international inédit.

New opening for a Senior Researcher position in Spoken Language Technologies
education — Aug 06, 2012

The Idiap Research Institute is currently seeking candidates for one Senior Researcher position in the area of Spoken Language Technologies, covering speech processing, speech recognition and synthesis, dialog modelling, and related research areas. Idiap’s activities in speech processing currently cover all aspects of speaker adaptive, multilingual, large vocabulary, continuous speech recognition systems, including development/maintenance of large HMM and HMM/ANN-based speech recognition systems, speech enhancement and source localization (microphone arrays), speaker adaptation, segmentation and clustering, robust acoustic features, spoken term detection (keyword spotting), and multilingual speech recognition and synthesis.

New opening for an Assistant Education position.
education — Jul 03, 2012

The LIDIAP ( http://idiap.epfl.ch/ ) is looking for an assistant to support the preparation of new Doctoral courses at EPFL on "Fundamentals in Statistical Pattern Recognition" ( http://phd.epfl.ch/page-19691-en.html ). The assistant will help to consolidate traditional and possibly innovative teaching supports.

Multimodal Signal Processing: Human Interactions in Meetings
research — Jun 14, 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.

Multimodal Signal Processing: Human Interactions in Meetings
research — Jun 14, 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.

New opening for a Postdoc position in speaker recognition
education — May 21, 2012

The Idiap Research Institute seeks qualified candidates for one postdoctoral research position in speaker recognition. The research will be conducted in the context of a Swiss National Science Foundation project to support technology transfer.

BOB is born
research — 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.

New opening for a PhD position in machine learning and computer vision
education — Apr 05, 2012

The Idiap Research Institute, affiliated with École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, seeks one PhD student in statistical learning to develop original active-learning techniques to collect and leverage very large training sets for image classification and object detection.

The LASEC lab and Idiap beat to the rhythm of a new common project
research — Mar 29, 2012

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.

The LASEC lab and Idiap beat to the rhythm of a new common project
research — Mar 29, 2012

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.

New opening for a Postdoc position on Multilingual Speech Recognition
education — Mar 22, 2012

In the context of a recently granted EU project D-Box starting in November 2012, Idiap Research Institute is seeking a post-doctoral (or equivalent) researcher for application oriented research in multilingual speech recognition. D-Box's main goal is to develop and test an innovative architecture for conversational agents whose purpose is to support multilingual collaboration between users on a common problem in an interactive application.

BEAT: New FP7 project on Security coordinated by Idiap
research — Mar 07, 2012

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.

BEAT: New FP7 project on Security coordinated by Idiap
research — Mar 07, 2012

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.

New opening for a PhD position in speech processing and machine learning.
education — Apr 19, 2011

Applications are invited for a PhD position in speech processing and machine learning funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and supported by the the European Network of Excellence in Social Signal Processing SSPNet (see www.sspnet.eu). The duration of the appointment is for a maximum of 4 years with a competitive PhD salary. The position is available from November 2011 onwards. Starting date is negotiable.

The Idiap Research Institute Introduces the 'Virtual Secretary'
research — Feb 01, 2011

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.

New opening for a PhD position in Non Invasive Adaptive Hand Prosthetics
education — Jan 24, 2011

The state of the art in hand prosthetics, at the time of writing, does not o er more than 2-3 degrees of freedom and a very coarse control of the force, as there is no haptic feedback. Patients interface with the prosthesis via surface electromyography (sEMG), recorded using surface electrodes. Learning how to control the device through many input sEMG channels is a long and difficult process for most patients, that therefore settles for limited and very simplified movements (open/close). The goal of this project is to develop a family of algorithms able to significantly augment the dexterity, and reduce the training time, for sEMG controlled prosthesis. The research will be conducted within the context of a recently funded Swiss project including European partners.

New opening for a Postdoctoral position in Non Invasive Adaptive Hand Prosthetics.
education — Jan 24, 2011

The state of the art in hand prosthetics, at the time of writing, does not offer more than 2-3 degrees of freedom and a very coarse control of the force, as there is no haptic feedback. Patients interface with the prosthesis via surface electromyography (sEMG), recorded using surface electrodes. Learning how to control the device through many input sEMG channels is a long and difficult process for most patients, that therefore settles for limited and very simplified movements (open/close). The goal of this project is to develop a family of algorithms able to significantly augment the dexterity, and reduce the training time, for sEMG controlled prosthesis. The research will be conducted within the context of a recently funded Swiss project including European partners.

New opening for a position in our R&D development team.
education — Dec 21, 2010

Beyond its main mission, research, Idiap is very active in technology transfer. A dedicated team of software engineers is responsible for prototyping and transfering research results to industrial partners. In the framework of increasing technology transfer activities, we are looking for a talented C/C++ Development Engineer with a strong innovative and entrepreneurial character.

2010 IMD start-up competition winners - Koemei, Idiap Spin-off, selected
tech — Dec 17, 2010

Every year, IMD searches for the most promising startups it can find to work with the MBA students. Over the past 13 years over 180 early-stage ventures have profited from this collaboration. Today, IMD representatives (Jim Pulcrano and Benoit Leleux) announce the twenty startups that have been selected to work with our MBA and EMBA students in 2011. Among them, Koemei (Idiap Spin-off) will participate to the venture.

2010 IMD start-up competition winners - Koemei, Idiap Spin-off, selected
tech — Dec 17, 2010

Every year, IMD searches for the most promising startups it can find to work with the MBA students. Over the past 13 years over 180 early-stage ventures have profited from this collaboration. Today, IMD representatives (Jim Pulcrano and Benoit Leleux) announce the twenty startups that have been selected to work with our MBA and EMBA students in 2011. Among them, Koemei (Idiap Spin-off) will participate to the venture.

New opening for an Internship position: Stabilizing ranking in a just-in-time information retrieval system
education — Nov 26, 2010

The goal of this master project is to develop a model for stabilizing the ranking of the results in time, so that their variations are acceptable to a user, making a trade-off between conservatism and novelty, and maximizing relevance at every step. The work will use recent approaches to ranking in information retrieval known as learning-to-rank, and will include also the development of metrics for assessing the quality and usefulness of the proposed stabilized ranking model.

New opening for an Internship position: Comparing Topic Models and Concept Networks for measuring text similarity
education — Nov 26, 2010

The goal of the project is to compare two types of advanced methods for semantic similarity that make use of knowledge about relationships between words, learned from an initial set of documents. These methods are developed by the supervisors' research teams. The first method uses probabilities of word co-occurrences to infer "semantic topics", which are synonym-like relationships. The second method makes use of Wikipedia to determine conceptual relations between words or sets of words.

L'Idiap participe à la journée "Osez tous les métiers"
institute — Nov 16, 2010

La journée "Osez tous les métiers" est organisée chaque année par le Secrétariat Valaisan à l'égalité et à la famille et a pour objectif d’aider filles et garçons à choisir leur métier au-delà de préjugés liés au genre.

EURESEARCH Success Story
research — 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).

New opening for an Internship position: Weighted Finite State Transducer compression for Automatic Speech Recognition
education — Aug 12, 2010

WFSTs represent a means of pre-compiling the grammars used by ASR decoders. Such pre-compiled grammars tend to lead to both quicker decoding, because duplication of weights and paths is minimised, and simpler decoder implementations, because the composition process is offline. Pre-compiled grammars are quite large, sometimes limited only by the size of the memory on the host CPU.

Joel Pinto successfully defended his PhD thesis
education — Aug 05, 2010

On July 16 2010, Joel Pinto successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Multilayer Perceptron Based Hierarchical Acoustic Modeling for Automatic Speech Recognition".

New opening for a Doctoral research position in audio and speech processing
education — Jul 20, 2010

The PhD student will investigate novel methods for automatic analysis and indexing of audio archives from the cultural heritage, extremely heterogeneous in terms of contents and quality. Candidates should hold a master degree in engineering, physics, computer science, or applied mathematics. A strong mathematical background, excellent programming skills and aptitude for creative research are expected. The student will be enrolled in EPFL's doctoral program.

Idiap project CODICES broadcasted on euronews.net "Archaeology Mayan script"
research — Jun 24, 2010

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.”

L'Idiap se lie à l'EPFL. (Canal 9, L.E.D)
institute — Jun 15, 2010

L'Idiap se rapproche toujours plus de l'EPFL. Grâce à une alliance, les chercheurs de l'institut martignerain auront accès aux titres académiques. Cela permettra notamment à l'Idiap, qui emploie aujourd'hui une centaine de scientifiques, de conserver ses meilleurs chercheurs. Le directeur adjoint, Jean-Albert Ferrez, est l’invité de L’Emission en Direct de Canal 9.

Glyphes Maya, le logiciel qui a du caractère
research — 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.

MOBIO – 1st video of a MOBIO use case is out.
tech — May 27, 2010

The story follows the customer experience of a mobile wallet user. The level of security through biometric authentication increases with the amount of the transaction (no authentication for a soda, face authentication for a 40-Euros purchase, face and voice authentications for a cash withdrawal or a purchase above 100 Euros)

Web-Ifying the Real World
research — 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!
research — 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.

New opening for an Internship position on Automatic 3D Face Recognition
education — Mar 08, 2010

This project aims to address some of the issues of automatic 3D face recognition. Previous work to perform 3D face recognition has often relied on manually annotated features (such as the eyes and nose) to assist with the registration process. This project will examine the effect of using automatic methods for performing registration and normalisation on 3D face recognition

First prototypes of the new microphone array from Dev-Audio
tech — Feb 05, 2010

Idiap just received the new prototype of a microphone array device which includes the improvements developed during last year project (see previous news below). No more need of bulky cables (see comparison picture) which are now replaced by a simple USB connexion, but also no more need to carry an external soundcard with you; all you need is your Mac and the microphone array.

Automatic Video Captioning
tech — Jan 11, 2010

Klewel in partnership with the Idiap Research Institute has conducted an AMIDA mini-project on automatic captioning of video lectures.

New Book on Multimodal signal processing
research — 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

L’ordinateur médiateur
institute — Sep 28, 2009

The subject, ‘l'ordinateur médiateur’ will be broadcasted, October 6, on the TV channel TSR1 (~18h00) or TSR2 (~22h30)

IM2 Summer Institute 2009
research — 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.

Idiap Showroom
tech — Jul 09, 2009

Idiap has now a new showroom to demonstrate its technology

ICMI-MLMI 2009
research — Jun 16, 2009

November 02-06, 2009, The Workshop will take place in the Boston area, Cambridge, MA, USA