All Social Computing Group News

“Today’s challenges call for human-centered approaches”
research — Jan 20, 2023

Head of the Social Computing research group, Daniel Gatica-Perez has contributed to Idiap’s vision of Artificial Intelligence for Society since 2002. Last year, he received two awards recognizing his long-term impact at the interface between technology and society.

How Covid-19 taught researchers to engage and empower citizens
research — May 23, 2022

Researchers from Idiap, EPFL, Leuphana University Lüneburg, and UNIL published in Humanities and Social Sciences Communications results of their work conducted in the midst of the pandemic related lockdowns. Their paper highlights the potential for both theoretical and applied research.

Idiap is looking for its next director
institute — Jan 14, 2022

Idiap Research Institute and the School of Engineering at EPFL invite applications for the directorship of Idiap. The successful candidate will also hold a faculty position as full professor at EPFL School of Engineering.

AI and an app to understand drinking habits among young people
research — Apr 29, 2021

Idiap researchers published the results of a study showing that analyzing pictures and audio from voluntarily recorded videos thanks to an app helps to determine with more objectivity the context of alcohol drinking among young people.

Impact Paper Award to Social Computing Group
research — last modified Dec 09, 2020

The International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM) 2020 presented its 10-Year Impact Award to a paper on mobile data analysis by the Social Computing Group.

How the Swiss fared under partial lockdown
research — Sep 07, 2020

A joint study by Idiap Research Institute, EPFL, and the University of Lausanne’s Institute of Psychology has provided us with a unique snapshot of how Swiss residents experienced the partial lockdown measures resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The findings include gender disparities, doubts about the future and hopes for change.

AI for medias: less fake news, more ethics
research — Jul 01, 2020

The European project AI4MEDIA will start in September and gather 30 partners. Idiap and HES-SO Valais-Wallis are part of it. Researchers and media actors want to contribute to a more ethical artificial intelligence in the field of medias.

Citizen science explores the aftermaths of the COVID-19 lockdown
research — Apr 21, 2020

A nationwide study aims to understand the emotional effects of the lockdown on Swiss residents and what steps they are taking to cope with it. Thanks to an app developed at Idiap, this study will be able to gather the opinions of people over time.

Idiap among the representatives of Swiss innovation in Spain
institute — Jun 19, 2019

The Embassy of Switzerland in Spain is organizing each year a Swiss Innovation Night. This year was under the title "Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Society". Our institute was among the representatives to share its research.

Building a more inclusive Web supported by AI
research — Feb 14, 2019

How to empower communication among people through technology that is aware of diversity? To achieve this goal, the WeNet European project will develop a platform to connect people using ethical principles and artificial intelligence technology. Idiap is part of this project.

Using mobile data to model the drinking habits of Swiss youth
institute — Nov 27, 2018

Researchers from Idiap Research Institute have carried out a study using smartphone data from young Swiss people to better understand the circumstances in which they are most likely to drink. A computer model developed based on Artificial Intelligence can estimate, with over 75% accuracy, whether alcohol was consumed on a given weekend night.

Children education project supported by SenseCityVity at the World Water Forum 2018
education — Mar 15, 2018

Supported by the SenseCityVity research team in Mexico and Switzerland in 2017, the project "Education for Water Protection in Colombia" will participate at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia (March 2018), with additional support of the OEI (Organizacion de Estados Iberoamericanos para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura).

Modeling human behavior with Airbnb
research — Feb 09, 2018

Researchers at Idiap and EPFL have been working with psychologists to understand how people form first impressions from photos. They focused on how people respond to properties available on Airbnb. Better analysis of human behavior should allow scientists to program machines capable of making more “human” decisions.

Creating links between innovation in healthcare and customers
research — Nov 14, 2017

The SWISKO project, in which Idiap's Social Computing Group participates in collaboration with DomoSafety SA, the University of Bern, La Source School of Nursing Sciences, and the Home Care Association of the Canton of Neuchatel (NOMAD), was featured in the Magazine ASD (Aide et Soins a Domicile).

ACM ICMI Community Service Award to Daniel Gatica-Perez
research — Oct 16, 2017

The Steering Board of the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) has announced that the recipient of the 2017 Community Service Award is Prof. Daniel Gatica-Perez, Head of the Social Computing Group at Idiap.