IPAL renews its commitment for 4 more years and welcomes two new partners : Institut Télécom and Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)
Photo credits : GOH Han Lin
From left to right : F. Jutand (Institut Télécom), J-C Pomerol (UPMC), S. Ramakrishna (NUS), H.E. O. Caron (Embassy of France), P. Guillon (CNRS), Y. Lakhnech (UJF), K. M. Lye (I2R).
IPAL (Image Pervasive Access Lab) is a well established joint research lab in Singapore. It was created twelve years ago, as a small core unit of French and Singaporean sharing a common vision : working on signal treatment. Since becoming a Joint International Unit (UMI) in 2007, IPAL has reached the highest level in research as well as bilateral collaboration between France and Singapore.
On Tuesday, February 8, 2011, was celebrated the renewal of this bilateral commitment for the next four years. Inking in the success story that IPAL has become, two prestigious partners are joining in this fruitful journey : University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC) and Institut Télécom.
Under the agreement, IPAL will work with their collaborators in the areas of Medical Image Understanding (MIU) and Pervasive Access & Wellbeing Management (PAWM).
MIU aims to create tools for computer-assisted diagnosis and prognosis in biomedicine. In the next three years, the MIU team will develop a breast cancer image analysis under the French ANR-funded TecSan programme.
The PAWM research team focuses on ambient assisted living, an issue of particular importance for France and Singapore, with an increasing aging population. The aim is to help increase the autonomy in daily activities of older people through domestic computer system specially tailored for their needs.
About Institut Télécom
The Institut Télécom is the culmination of a long history going back more than a century, that of French public telecommunications teaching and research. It is a consortium of 6 major schools of communication, namely Télécom ParisTech, Télécom Bretagne, Télécom SudParis, Télécom Business School, Télécom Lille1 and EURECOM. A few facts about Institut Télécom :
* 5,400 students in all and 1,500 graduates per year
* An annual budget of €140 M, €48 M of own resources
* A research force of 1,700 people, comprising 290 research engineers
* Around 1700 publications per year
* Over €32 million of own funds generated by research
About UPMC, Université Pierre et Marie Curie
UPMC was founded 900 years ago. The most famous names of science and medicine have studied in these walls. Twenty Nobel laureates are alumni from UPMC, most recently Nobel Prize of medicine in 2008, F. Barré-Sinoussi, and Nobel Prize of Physics in 1997, C. Cohen-Tannoudji. A few facts about UPMC
* 18 campuses
* 125 laboratories partnered with the CNRS, INSERM (French national institute for health and medical research), INRA (French national institute for agricultural research), IRD (French institute of research for development) and IFREMER (French research institute for exploitation of the sea)
* 400 million euros allocated to scientific research projects
* 10,640 staff and 5,820 teacher-researchers and clinical teachers
* 31,000 students including 3,400 doctoral students and 6,400 international students
About IPAL, Image Pervasive Access Lab
Image Pervasive Access Lab or IPAL started in 1998. It is a joint lab between four partners : two French (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS, and University of Joseph Fourier, UJF) and two Singaporean (Institute for Infocomm Research, I²R, and the National University of Singapore, NUS). It has become a Joint International Unit (UMI) in 2007. In 2011, two new French partners (Institut Télécom and Université Pierre et Marie Curie) have joined this joint laboratory.