INO and CRIM Join Forces to Accelerate the Adoption of Artificial Intelligence in Business

April 22, 2024

Quebec City and Montreal, April 22, 2024 – INO, the largest centre of expertise in industrial optics/ photonics in Canada, and the Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montréal (CRIM), a cutting-edge centre of expertise in applied artificial intelligence, have entered into a collaboration agreement to accelerate the implementation of artificial intelligence in business, particularly through the use of synthetic data.

Training an artificial intelligence (AI)-based model to automate decision-making in an industrial context can be a complex exercise, especially for SMEs that are just starting to integrate AI into their operations. INO’s achievements in high-performance intelligent optical sensors for the collection of reliable and representative measurements, combined with the CRIM’s expertise in machine learning, and predictive data processing and generation will allow companies in multiple sectors (health, environment, transportation, aerospace, agrifood, information technologies, financial services, and manufacturing) to harness the power of artificial intelligence more easily.

Limitless potential for application
Among other applications, artificial intelligence models can carry out predictive maintenance and reduce interruptions on an assembly line, help a healthcare professional make a diagnosis, accelerate the discovery of medications, and—more broadly—achieve in a few days or minutes what would have taken years to accomplish with traditional means. Evolution is rapid and businesses will benefit from this partnership between INO and the CRIM to position themselves in the national market and on the international stage as large companies invest heavily in the development of AI-based technologies.

A first collaboration in the medical field
The recent pandemic and the supply difficulties that it caused have illustrated the importance of developing vaccines and various therapeutic and diagnostic tools quickly and on a large scale. The latter are often developed in bioreactors for which INO has developed an innovative intelligent optical monitoring technique to observe cell cultures and optimize the performance of manufacturing processes. Since it would be costly and difficult to build a database that would take all production contexts into account, the subject is ideal for the generation of synthetic data and analysis models based on artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence tools for improving drug production methods have a high potential for deployment in the Quebec and Canadian biomanufacturing markets.

“This collaboration will demonstrate the complementary roles of INO and the CRIM in accelerating the adoption of artificial intelligence in a growing number of companies operating in sectors of the future,” explained Alain Chandonnet, Chief Executive Officer of INO, and Françoys Labonté, Chief Executive Officer of the CRIM. “Our collaboration and the pooling of our expertise for the benefit of innovative companies should intensify,” they added.

About INO
Canada’s largest center of expertise in optics and photonics, INO creates and develops custom solutions to meet the needs of Quebec and Canadian companies in a wide range of industries. A leader in high technology, INO has implemented over 7,500 solutions, carried out 77 technology transfers, and contributed to the creation of 35 new companies employing over 2,000 people. INO’s activities are made possible through the ongoing partnerships with the Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et de l’Énergie, and Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions.

About CRIM
The Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal (CRIM) serves as a pivotal force for digital innovation, dedicated to enhancing the performance and competitiveness of businesses and organizations. By developing and integrating cutting-edge technologies, CRIM fosters the adoption and application of specialized knowledge, with a particular emphasis on artificial intelligence, to expedite organizational growth. CRIM’s multidisciplinary teams specialize in areas such as machine learning, computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing, data science, and trustworthy artificial intelligence. As a non-profit entity, CRIM aligns its operations with the strategic directions of the Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et de l’Énergie, which is its principal financial supporter.


Mathieu Bilodeau, Communications Manager
Cell: 418-580-7701

Mathieu Barreau, Director – Business, Communication, and Partnerships
Cell: 438-337-3655


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