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.
Nevertheless, the Idiap Research Institute has been awarded three new projects with the European H2020. These three projects include:
SUMMA – Scalable Understanding of Multilingual Media (2016-2018) (Total budget 9.8 million with 1.8 million for Idiap).
MUMMER – MultiModal Mall Entertainment Robot (2016-2019) (Total budget 5.3 million with 1 million for Idiap).
TESLA – An Adaptive Trust‐based e‐assessment System for Learning (2016-2018) (Total budget 7.4 million with 800,000 for Idiap).
The Idiap Research Institute, based in Martigny (Valais/Switzerland), is a non-profit foundation that conducts basic research and development in the area of multimedia information management. Idiap’s activities can be divided into five complementary research themes and ten application areas.
Idiap was founded in 1991 by the Town of Martigny, the State of Valais, EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), the University of Geneva and Swisscom. Since 2008, Idiap has reinforced its connection with Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne through a joint development plan and a strategic alliance with the “ETH Domain”. Several of Idiap’s scientists hold an EPFL academic title and are teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. They also supervise students who pursue their doctoral thesis research at Idiap.