Management

Prof. Hervé Bourlard

Prof. Hervé Bourlard

Director

 

 

Prof. Hervé Bourlard is Director of the Idiap Research Institute, Full Professor at EPFL, and External Fellow (and member of the Board of Trustees) of the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), Berkeley, CA (USA). He was also the founding Director of the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) on Interactive Multimodal Information Management (IM2, 2001-2013).

His current research interests mainly include statistical pattern classification, signal processing, multi-channel processing, artificial neural networks, and applied mathematics, with applications to a wide range of information and communication technologies, including spoken language processing, speech and speaker recognition, language modeling, multimodal interaction, augmented multi-party interaction, and distant group collaborative environments.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE and ISCA (International Speech Communication Association), a member of the ACM Europe Council, and elected member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is the recipient of several prestigious scientific and entrepreneurship awards.

 
Dr. François Foglia

Dr. François Foglia

Deputy Director

 

 

Dr. François Foglia has a PhD in Computational Chemistry (Molecular Dynamic Simulations Studies; Prof. André Merbach, EPFL) and an MBA from Barcelona Tech UPC, Spain . After having worked in Edipresse Publications SA as Technical Manager for its internet department (Edicom) and in SHR Technologies — a company specialized in the European development of Israeli tech start-ups — as Technical Director, he was involved in the conception of an e-health portal, as associate and CTO. He went on to work in Spain for Nortel Networks, in one of its R&D departments (3rd generation mobile telephony market), and later was involved — in a managerial role — in large IT and security projects in an Accenture company.

He joined Idiap Research Institute early in 2006 as program manager in charge of, among other matters, the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) IM2. In 2009, he became adjunct to the Director. In 2012, he was promoted, becoming Idiap Deputy Director and Director of Ideark SA, an incubator that builds bridges between research findings and tech industry.

 
Christophe Rossa

Christophe Rossa

Financial manager

 

 

Born in Martigny, Christophe Rossa has diploma in economy from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland. He also spent two years in Zurich to learn German. After his first professional experiences in the JM Rossa SA company and in the City of Martigny, he spent 10 years managing various casinos' finances, accounting and administration in Montreux, Fribourg and Chamonix.

He joined the institute in 2019 and formally integrated Idiap's management in 2021.