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Dr Christophe Jouffrais awarded CHI 2020 Best Paper & Honourable Mention

20 Jul 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Christophe Jouffrais who was awarded CHI 2020 Best Paper & Honourable Mention!

In the paper titled "Robots for Inclusive Play: Co-designing an Educational Game With Visually Impaired and sighted Children,” (CHI’20 Best Paper), Dr. Jouffrais and his co-authors aim to make school education more inclusive for visually impaired children. In this paper, they presented their design and evaluation of a robot-based educational game that allows both visually impaired children and sighted children to play and learn together in mainstream schools.

In the paper "Review of Quantitative Empirical Evaluations of Technology for People with Visual Impairments,” (CHI’20 Honourable Mention), Dr. Jouffrais and his co-authors address the challenges faced by HCI researchers when designing quantitative empirical evaluation for visually impaired people. The paper presents an analysis of past research, a unified terminology, and a set of guidelines to address identified open issues, to help future research on this topic.

Please find below the details for the Best Paper and Honourable Mention :

Best Paper Award

Oussama Metatla, Sandra Bardot, Clare Cullen, Marcos Serrano, and Christophe Jouffrais. 2020. Robots for Inclusive Play: Co-designing an Educational Game With Visually Impaired and sighted Children. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–13. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376270

Honourable Mention

Emeline Brulé, Brianna J. Tomlinson, Oussama Metatla, Christophe Jouffrais, and Marcos Serrano. 2020. Review of Quantitative Empirical Evaluations of Technology for People with Visual Impairments. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–14. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376749

Source: CHI2020

SinFra Workshop 2019 - Artificial Intelligence : Thank you!

17 Dec 2019

In line with the successful Singaporean-French Symposiums, SinFra 2019 - the 4th edition, took place last week, 12 and 13 December. Focusing on Artificial Intelligence, ehe symposium proposed outstanding talks related to the shared interest in that research field.

It gathered 90 people from divers institutions such as :
- ASTAR I2R & BII,
- NUS School of Computing (SoC),
- CNRS,
- IPAL,
- AI.SG,
- ANITI,
- MIAI,
- ENS,
- UGA,
- ...,
HE Mr Marc Abensour, French embassador in Singapore emphasised on the crucial importance of AI, while Ms Ma Su SU, Head of Research Management of AI.SG detailed Singapore's national strategy concerning artificial intelligence.
Christophe Jouffrais, director of IPAL (IRL), concluded SinFra 2019 with a few words: "I am very satisfied and I thank, on behalf of IPAL, all the colleagues who presented their work on artificial intelligence at SinFra 2019. I also thank the many participants (90) who allowed the success of this edition. The symposium was rich scientifically with the presentation of many leading research on AI. It also allowed many meetings between French and Singaporean researchers, which should result in new collaborations and a new impetus for the IPAL laboratory in its project on AI, but also a good start for CNRS @ CREATE."
 

SinFra Workshop 2019 - Artificial Intelligence

12 Nov 2019

SinFra Workshop 2019 - Artificial Intelligence : 12 - 13 december @InFuse (Connexis South L14, FP1)

In line with the successful Singaporean-French Symposiums, SinFra’2019 is the 4th edition

and will take place in Singapore on 12-13 December 2019. The symposium proposes outstanding talks related to the shared interest in the research field of Artificial Intelligence. SinFra welcomes researchers, industrial and collaborators under IPAL International Research Lab and those who wish to collaborate with French and Singaporean institutions.

Check out the full Program for SinFra 2019 here

 

Inauguration of CNRS@Create & 80th anniversary of the CNRS

12 Nov 2019

IPAL Multidisciplinary Workshop, 4 June 2019

12 Nov 2019

IPAL is running a half-day multidisciplinary workshop with five talks on 4 June, 9:30am - 12noon in MR6.

This workshop will take place in the context of the kick-off of a IPAL

research project

on the simulation of a retinal implant based on asynchronous cameras, learning mechanisms, the presence of contextual information about the scene, and interactive functions.

Everybody is welcome to attend the talks from French and Singaporean colleagues (see attached PDF for details).

Keywords: blind, artificial vision, pedestrian navigation, unsupervised learning, stdp, event-based cameras, non-visual interaction, 3D models, virtual reality, streaming

 

SinFra Workshop 2019 - Artificial Intelligence

8 Nov 2019

SinFra Workshop 2019 - Artificial Intelligence : 12 - 13 december @InFuse (Connexis South L14, FP1)

In line with the successful Singaporean-French Symposiums, SinFra’2019 is the 4th edition and will take place in Singapore on 12-13 December 2019. The symposium proposes outstanding talks related to the shared interest in the research field of Artificial Intelligence. SinFra welcomes researchers, industrial and collaborators under IPAL International Research Lab and those who wish to collaborate with French and Singaporean institutions.

Check out the full Program for SinFra 2019 here

IPAL Multidisciplinary Workshop, 4 June

29 May 2019

IPAL is running a half-day multidisciplinary workshop with five talks on 4 June, 9:30am - 12noon in MR6.

This workshop will take place in the context of the kick-off of a IPAL

research project

on the simulation of a retinal implant based on asynchronous cameras, learning mechanisms, the presence of contextual information about the scene, and interactive functions.

Everybody is welcome to attend the talks from French and Singaporean colleagues (see attached PDF for details).

Keywords: blind, artificial vision, pedestrian navigation, unsupervised learning, stdp, event-based cameras, non-visual interaction, 3D models, virtual reality, streaming

Eldercare Smart Monitoring System

11 Jan 2019

UnaBiz, in collaboration with IPAL CNRS, Omate, and LITE-ON, introduces Family 4.0 Initiative at the Consumer Electronics Show, the world’s largest technology tradeshow, held this year in Las Vegas from 8 to 11 January 2019.

The first IoT dedicated network operator in Asia launched the “Family 4.0 Initiative” under ENGIE’s Innovation booth at Eureka Park. Dedicating the entire week to “Family”, UnaBiz announced 4 essential IoT Sigfox-Ready solutions to equip users with the latest and simplest technologies to ensure Health, Safety and Security of the most vulnerable members of their family – the young and the elderly.

UnaBiz and IPAL CNRS will showcase an Eldercare Smart Monitoring System that consists of lightweight, affordable sensors that can be easily deployed to track the living habits of elderly persons in their respective households. The system incorporates security and measures to alert caregivers to ensure the safety of these senior occupants without impeding on their privacy or independence.

The Eldercare Smart Monitoring System will significantly aid the process of maintaining the health, safety and security of the senior members of our society within their respective households.

Visit the Unabiz website : https://www.unabiz.com/solutions/eldercare-smart-monitoring-system/

See the brochure: https://www.unabiz.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Eldercare-Smart-Monitoring-System.pdf

France-Singapore Year of Innovation 2018 launched with French Minister visit

29 Jan 2018

The France-Singapore Year of Innovation officially kicked-off with French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal’s visit to Singapore (21-23 Jan)

aimed at strengthening ties between both countries’ innovation ecosystems through research, science and start-up collaborations.

Across the joint Year of Innovation, France and Singapore vows to highlight and enhance their scientific and research partnerships, bolster the research-business-start-up continuum and promote both countries’ attractiveness.

Accompanied by chairmen of top French research institutes and universities as well as industry key players, Minister Vidal delivered a speech at the Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS), one of the Year of Innovation key events attended by young researchers and world-renowned scientists, including French Physics Nobel laureate Claude Cohen-Tannoudji.

Minister Vidal also met with the Singapore Minister of Trade and Industry, S. Iswaran, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Senior Minister of State Janil Puthucheary, leading research institutions NRF and A*Star, and higher education institutes including the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University to lay the groundwork for greater bilateral cooperation in innovation.

During IPAL's visit on Monday morning, Prof. M. Mokhtari presenting on-going research on Ageing & Well-being to Minister Frédérique Vidal, H.E Marc Abensour and French delegation.

The on-going EU H2020 Project PULSE, Participatory Urban Living for Sustainable Environments, was also presented.
More info: http://ipal.cnrs.fr/news/smart-health-and-big-data-discover-pulse-project

 

IPAL Director, Prof. M. Mokhtari presenting on-going research on Ageing & Well-being to Minister @VidalFrederique, H.E Marc Abensour and French delegation at #StarHome @fusionopolis @City4AgeProject @IMTechfr @IMTFrance @FranceinSG @CNRSinASEAN pic.twitter.com/gGq4febkMR

— IPAL (@IPAL_SG) 23 janvier 2018

France-Singapore Innovation Year 2018 aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Deepen collaboration between the French and Singaporean innovation ecosystems by enlarging the pool of stakeholders;
  2. Foster events and activities held in France and Singapore that could mutually reinforce efforts to attain innovation goals, while focusing on priority sectors where there are substantial opportunities for synergy and partnerships;
  3. Lay the groundwork for greater bilateral cooperation in innovation beyond the Year of Innovation.


IPAL Director, Prof. M. Mokhtari presenting on-going research on Ageing & Well-being to Minister @VidalFrederique, H.E Marc Abensour and French delegation at #StarHome @fusionopolis @City4AgeProject @IMTechfr @IMTFrance @FranceinSG @CNRSinASEAN

I2R and IPAL host Workshop on "Inclusive Smart Cities & Digital Health"

6 Oct 2017

The "Inclusive Smart Cities & Digital Health" workshop was held on September 18th, 2017, at INFUSE Theatre, I2R (Institute for Infocomm Research), hosted by Prof. Dim-Lee Kwong, Executive Director of I2R, and Prof. Mounir Mokhtari, Director of IPAL.

The event had as Guests of Honour, Mr. Lim Chuan Poh,  A*STAR Chairman, and Laurence  Lochu,  Counsellor for Culture, Science and Education,  from the Institut Français, French Embassy in Singapore.  

The workshop brought together French and Singaporean Research Institutes and industry players in the area of Infocomm Technologies for Digital Health & Inclusive Smart Cities, with the aim of identifying key challenges and opportunities for collaboration in this area of increasing importance in Singapore. 
 
The event was launched by A*STAR Chairman, Mr. Lim Chuan Poh, emphasizing the importance of collaboration between I2R and IPAL, followed by a panel discussion chaired by Prof. Tan Sze Wee, Executive Director for the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) A*STAR on the topic <Infocomm Technologies for Health Care & Smart Cities>.

Invited participants from I2R, Systems X, PSA Group, Biorithm, Unabiz (SigFox), Axa Insurance, OgilvyRED, MoBike, Sanofi, Thales, EDF, among others, shared their views on the current challenges facing this area and their perspectives for the future on this topic.
 
The workshop included a technical poster session of ongoing research at I2R, finalized by a Technology Showcase conducted by IPAL in the StarHome, featuring IPAL’s live demo and a presentation of deployment of EU Projects in Singapore.  

Mr. Lim Chuan Poh,  A*STAR Chairman - Welcome speech

Laurence  Lochu,  Counsellor for Culture, Science and Education,  from the Institut Français, French Embassy in Singapore

Keynote: Eric Perrin-Pelletier, CEO Systems X,  sharing his views on how to valorise research into a thriving business venture  

Panel discussion chaired by Prof. Tan Sze Wee, Executive Director for the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) A*STAR on the topic <Infocomm Technologies for Health Care & Smart Cities

 

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