Partnership between the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA) and CRIM

Partnership between the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA) and CRIM

Published August 1, 2014


Montréal, August 1, 2014 ― The Computer Research Institute of Montréal (CRIM) is proud to announce a partnership with the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA) taking the form of mutual memberships.

“In addition to expanding their respective reach across Canada, this partnership will allow researchers associated with both organizations to develop innovative and collaborative projects involving visualization and analytics.” says Dr. Fred Popowich, Director of VIVA, and Professor of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. “VIVA’s initiatives and its numerous collaborators in the field of visual analytics arrive at the right moment in regard to current and future projects at CRIM. It will allow us to accelerate some of our strategic initiatives. Several exciting project possibilities based on concrete use cases could benefit from our hardware and software infrastructure as well as our advanced analytical tools, particularly for unstructured data.” says Daniel Blanche, General Manager at CRIM.

VIVA and CRIM share a comparable positioning between industry and academia, relying on complementary expertise in both domains. CRIM provides advanced analytics solutions based on speech, image, text and geospatial data. It also possesses a solid expertise in Web architectures, including Big Data technologies. VIVA facilitates, promotes and transfer research in visual analytics and supports the development of interactive visualization tools and techniques that aid the interactive exploration of very large data sets.

In the coming months, CRIM and VIVA will facilitate collaborative scenarios and explore new project opportunities based on programs from relevant agencies such as Mitacs Inc., GRAND NCE, NSERC and CANARIE, as well as programs of the provincial governments of Québec and British Columbia.

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About CRIM:

CRIM is an IT applied research centre that develops innovative technologies and know-how in collaboration with its clients and partners. CRIM transfers these technologies to businesses and organizations, helping to increase their productivity and competitiveness, both locally and globally. Its expertise are articulated around three main axis, being advanced analytics, interaction and human-system interfaces as well as advanced architecture and technologies for software development and testing. CRIM’s major financial partner is the ministère de l'Économie, de l'Innovation et des Exportations.

Media contact: Françoys Labonté  |  Tel.: 514 840-1246 |

About VIVA:

VIVA is a joint Simon Fraser University (SFU) and University of British Columbia (UBC) research institute founded in 2010 to develop VA expertise in industry, government, and university organizations in Canada and to promote collaborative VA research. It provides researchers with access to a wide range of tools and techniques to aid members and students to derive insights and make decisions based on interactions with complex data sets.

Media contact: Jean-Sebastien Mercier  |  Tel.: 778 239-3337  |

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