About CRIM


Serving Québec enterprises for 30 years, CRIM develops emerging technologies and cutting edge know-how. Ever since its inception, CRIM has continuously pursued its economic leveraging role by developing specialized tools, delivering structuring technologies to its customers and proactively disseminating the best practices and latest innovations in IT. 30 years of sharing with local enterprises our foremost expertise: IT.

1983 to 1985 – The founding of le CRIM

  • CRIM receives its Letters Patent
  • The Ministry of Higher Education, Science, and Technology (MHEST) of Québec provides a 250 000$ start-up grant
  • The Secretary of State of the Federal Government awards a 1 million dollar grant for the acquisition of a high-end computer and the creation of an inter-university communication network that will become the RISQ
  • The MHEST supports CRIM’s work on large scale integration circuits, numerical analysis and telecommunications

1985 to 1990 – The CRIM beginnings

  • CRIM is officially born.  CRIM becomes a liaison and transfer centre that acts as a bridge between university research and business needs
  • CRIM consists of eight members
  • Creation of the Quebec Scientific Information Network (RISQ)
  • Creation of the CHIQ (Chercheurs en informatique du Québec) database
  • In a joint project with CAE, development of speech recognition systems for air traffic control surveillance
  • Development of an expert systems prototype for evaluating information systems, in collaboration with DMR and Banque Nationale
  • In collaboration with Bell-Northern Research and Université de Montréal, development of an object-oriented language specification with database support
  • Member of the Industrial Liaison Program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technologies (MIT)

From 1990 to 1995 – CRIM expands

  • CRIM counts 41 members
  • The training program gains immediate success with 1 200 participants
  • Contribution to the development of the DMR Macroscope methodology
  • Beginning of collaboration with CANARIE
  • Creation of the Centre d’expertise et de services en applications multimédias (CESAM)
  • In a joint collaboration with Hydro-Québec, development of expert systems for monitoring hydroelectric dams
  • Collaboration with IBM for industrial applications of speech recognition
  • Creation of the Centre de génie logiciel appliqué (CGLA)
  • Joint agreement with two German laboratories – the German National Research Center for Computer Science and  FORWISS
  • Collaboration with Paprican on project PITCH EXPERT, ranked among the top sixteen artificial intelligence applications worldwide by the American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
  • Participation to project ATREF, aimed at forestry equipment applications of robotic technology

From 1995 to 2000 CRIM asserts itself

  • CRIM continues to evolve. It now counts 81 members and is on its way of playing a prominent leveraging role in the development of IT in Québec
  • Training courses are followed by over 5 700 applicants during the year
  • Organization of the INET’96 international event
  • Creation of Locus Dialogue
  • Implementation of  Francoroute, an inventory of francophone Internet resources
  • Project ASAGE-ISO: support systems for managing and exploring quality-related information with respect to ISO 9000
  • Launching of the Software Testing Center (STC)
  • Project VAI: Development of tools for analyzing biochemical images with emphasis on ophthalmology
  • CRIM represents Canada in the international MIAMI (Mobile Intelligent Agents for Managing the Information Infrastructure) project
  • PRISE program: In response to the shortage of qualified IT professionals, CRIM’s training centre puts into place, in 1996, a project aimed at redirecting bachelor’s degree candidates towards the information technology sector. An agreement is reached with the Quebec Order of Engineers and PRISE, the reorientation program for under-employed engineers, is instituted

From 2000 to 2005 – CRIM goes full throttle

  • CRIM counts 115 members
  • Training courses are followed by close to 5 000 people yearly
  • Conception of a real-time closed-captioning system for Groupe TVA
  • Project MILLE (Modèle d’infrastructure de logiciels libres en éducation)
  • Overhauling of the Canadian arm simulator interface of the Canadian Space Agency
  • The University Manuela Beltran of Bogota, in Colombia, becomes the first foreign university member
  • Transfer of Vision and Imaging technologies for the commercialization of industrial inspection and video surveillance products
  • The real-time closed-captioning project, in collaboration with Groupe TVA and the RQST, receives four prestigious awards
  • STDirect supplies real-time closed-captioning of live news and public interest broadcasts in French Québécois using a speech recognition system installed at a television network. On air since 2004 on the TVA network
  • First edition of La Boule de Cristal, an event organized by CRIM that showcases the current IT trends, and brings together 550 decision makers, managers and programmers at Montreal’s Palais des congrès
  • CRIM counts 136 members
  • Headed by CRIM and supported by fifteen or so private companies and organizations, the Institut de sécurité de l’information du Québec (ISIQ) launches its activities
  • The Alliance Precarn-CRIM program aims at assisting Québec SMEs in developing new services and products that integrate intelligent systems (integrated data collection, reasoning, decision making, action and human interactions). Precarn Incorporated supplies funding for joint research projects aimed at innovative and commercially viable projects

From 2006 to 2010 – CRIM at your service

  • CRIM’s Testing and Interoperability Centre supplies the ICT community with LaboAgile, a virtual and sharable laboratory for the development, testing and deployment of software developed at CRIM
  • Creation of Le project E-Inclusion:, a CRIM initiative that aims at providing visually and hearing impaired persons with access to audiovisual products with cultural content
  • CRIM develops Le Solutionneur, the first automatic scheduling program adapted to Québec high schools
  • Creation of SOVO Technologies, a CRIM spin-off that specializes in the real-time closed-captioning of television broadcasts using the speech recognition technology developed at CRIM
  • The Institut de sécurité de l’information du Québec (ISIQ) becomes an autonomous organization of CRIM 

From 2011 to present day CRIM looks towards the future

  • The Quebec Office for Disabled Persons (OPHQ) funded the testing phase of CRIM-DVDPlayer, a DVD reader with accessibility features for visually impaired persons
  • PODIUM: a cutting-edge technological tool for assisting the training of elite athletes, in collaboration with Speed Skating Canada
  • Research and development strategic alliance between CRIM and Voice Trust, who recently has increased its presence in the North American market by acquiring Perceive Solutions Inc., a Montreal-based company exploiting CRIM’s biometric vocal technology platform. This platform is used for authenticating speakers of any language and accent. Voice Trust joins forces with CRIM in order to optimize its biometric vocal technology

Did you know that CRIM is…

  • Improving the accessibility of television and film productions for individuals with visual disabilities
  • Contributing to more effective monitoring of our territory and natural resources using various tools (satellite imaging analysis and geospace datamanagement)
  • Involved in athletic training through the development of experimental video technologies used to monitor and analyze athletes’ performance
  • Using natural language processing techniques to automate product coding in accordance with the international harmonized system
  • Developing a platform enabling television and event producers to receive audience reactions in real time
  • Developing a platform for constructing interactive portraits
  • Working, with the assistance of “Le Solutionneur”, to find the best timetable for a complex school in less than one hour
  • Helping to automate the code testing for the hundreds of onboard processers in an automobile
  • Proud to have redesigned the process of creating more than 7,500 hours of film
  • Helping, with the assistance of voice biometrics, to reduce the billions paid in pension benefits to deceased individuals, including 884 Japanese who are reportedly more than 150 years old!
  • Able to evaluate software development processes and practices to help your company improve continuously
  • Helping to improve healthcare services by certifying the applications used in Quebec hospitals

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Recent Publications

  • An end-to-end approach for the verification problem: learning the right distance

  • The Indigenous Languages Technology Project at NRC Canada: an empowerment-oriented approach to developing language software