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IPAL UMI CNRS - International joint research unit renewal

The French National Center for Scientific research ties up with Singapore's and French research agencies and universities to develop innovative healthcare tools in Singapore.

The IPAL international joint lab - Image, Pervasive Access Lab, CNRS international joint research unit (UMI CNRS) entered in its next development phase marked by the addition of Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) and Institut TELECOM (IT) as new parties to the agreement, beside the traditional partners, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Institute for Infocomm Research (I²R), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Université Joseph Fourier (UJF).

IPAL opens a window for French scientists and engineers to understand the dynamic and vibrant research culture and operations in a high-growth South-East Asia economy such as Singapore and to bridge to other South-East Asian nations. This, in turn, creates tremendous opportunities for both countries in the development of intellectual property related to infocomm, media and engineering in the form of high-quality international publications, innovative research prototypes, copyrights and patents.

A signing ceremony was held on 8 February 2011 to formalize the partnership. Under the agreement, I²R will work with their collaborators in the areas of Medical Image Understanding (MIU) and Pervasive Access & Wellbeing Management (PAWM) (more details below). These are leading edge infocomm technologies, which once developed, will benefit the healthcare industry in Singapore and France.

The Medical Image Understanding (MIU) team-project

The MIU team aims to develop technologies and tools for discovering meaningful biomedical knowledge from visual data by interactive visualization, ontological description, and statistical modeling. These computer-assisted observations will help biologists and clinicians to understand biological processes or pathologies in a more integrated way, and even at the genetic level, hence improving the decision making process in medical prognosis and treatment.

In the next three years, the MIU team will collaborate with THALES, AGFA Healthcare, Hopital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière, Tribvn (SME based in Châtillon, Paris), and the LIP6 laboratory (Université Pierre et Marie Curie), to develop a breast cancer grading system under the French ANR-funded TecSan programme.

The Pervasive Access & Wellbeing Management (PAWM) team-project

The elderly with deteriorating physical and mental functions, while desiring to keep their independence and safety, find it a challenge to remain connected to the community.

Ambient assisted living (AAL) technology holds much promise to help increase the autonomy in daily activities of older people. The research projects under PAWM focus on human-environment multi-modal interaction modeling and system reasoning with ambient intelligence to enrich user’s experiences.

The PAWM team is working closely with Alexandra Hospital and Peacehaven Nursing Home to design a strong reasoning engine and develop context-aware service-oriented AAL platform for elderly with mild dementia at home in the next two years, funded by the A*STAR Home2015 research program.


Picture : From left to right

Profs. Francis JUTAND (IT), Jean-Charles POMEROL (UPMC), Seeram RAMAKRISHNA (NUS), Pierre GUILLON (CNRS/INSIS), Yassine LAKHNECH (UJF) and LYE Kin Mun (A*STAR/I2R), in the company of His Excellency, Mr. Olivier CARON, the French Ambassador to Singapore (middle), at the occasion of the IPAL agreement signature.