Areas of expertise and application
CRIM’s varied expertise allows us to leverage every type of client data: speech/audio, text, image, video and structured data. CRIM’s strength lies in its ability to factor in all aspects of an IT project throughout its realization: data science and AI best practices, software architecture and integration, data security and ethics.
A critical mass of experts to meet the industry's needs
CRIM is home to some 60 full-time employees, supplemented each year by part-time and contractual personnel, as well as students, interns, and grant holders.
In order for CRIM to fulfill its mission, our experts must remain connected to the research ecosystem, so that they are aware of the latest innovations and maintain a wide range of leading-edge expertise.
However, CRIM’s expertise must not become overly compartmentalised, in order to remain dynamic and responsive to market needs. To achieve this, our researchers attend and give lectures, publish articles in scientific papers and engage with universities, notably by hiring postdoctoral fellows.
CRIM’s active participation in the research community allows for the transfer of knowledge that CRIM can then tailor to its clients’ needs.
The scientific program is established by the scientific direction and ratified by the Scientists Advisory Board.
Scientists Advisory Board
The Scientists Advisory Board contributes to and monitors the quality of our scientific activities in collaboration with the scientific direction. The Board participates in the definition of CRIM's general scientific orientations and in the overall evaluation of its scientific activities.
At the heart of CRIM’s activities, applied research projects are carried out on behalf of organisations from all sectors, particularly SMBs. These projects are adapted to the needs and resources of each client and include concrete deliverables.
Each year, CRIM’s experts outstanding research work leads to some 50 scientific publications. In addition, several joint publications contribute to the recognition of Québec’s expertise around the world.
Contribution to scientific advancement
International Evaluation Campaigns
Unlike international competitions, evaluation campaigns are collaborative. Their goal is to advance a scientific or technological field, primarily by holding a workshop during which participants share their approaches to the proposed challenge and the achieved results. CRIM’s researchers have been taking part in such campaigns for many years and have always performed very well at these events that bring together teams from around the world.
Research platforms and services
The creation and development of research platforms is one of the key aspects of CRIM’s involvement within the research community. Platforms make it possible to share the tools developed during certain projects in order to make them accessible to others, thereby accelerating innovation and technological and economic advancement. Many of the tools refined for the platforms have subsequently been used to carry out applied research projects in collaboration with industrial clients.
Collaborations and partnerships with scientific and industrial stakeholders
In addition to projects carried out for specific clients, CRIM experts also take part in a number of large-scale research projects involving several partners. These projects are long-term in nature and are often aimed at addressing major societal issues such as education, climate change, smart cities, etc. The completion of these multi-partner projects contributes to CRIM’s national and international reputation and increases the number of links between our organization and other research centers and institutions working in related fields.
Training the next generation of industrial research professsionnals
Developing highly qualified personnel is at the heart of CRIM’s model. In fact, student interns and grant holders are involved in several CRIM projects, thereby demonstrating that Masters and PhD graduates can aspire to careers other than university professorships. CRIM also provides a dynamic environment for postdoctoral fellows who aspire to industrial careers in high-tech companies.
CRIM also plays an instrumental role in providing hands-on training to technical personnel in the companies with which researchers interact. By favouring an agile approach where the client is involved in all stages of a project, knowledge transfer occurs more naturally throughout the project.