Areas of expertise and application
CRIM’s varied expertise allows us to value all types of data from our clients: speech/audio, text, image, video, structured data. CRIM’s strength lies in its ability to take into account all aspects of a project during its implementation: data science and best practices in AI, 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 scientific council contributes to and monitors the quality of scientific activities in collaboration with the scientific management. It participates in the definition of general orientations and in the overall evaluation of CRIM's 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, in particular by holding a workshop during which participants share their approaches to the proposed challenge as well as the results obtained. CRIM researchers have taken part in such campaigns for many years and have always ranked very well during these events bringing together teams from all over the planet.
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
En plus des projets réalisés pour des clients, les experts du CRIM prennent aussi part à certains projets de recherche à grande échelle impliquant plusieurs partenaires. These projects are deployed over the long term and often aim to respond to major societal challenges: education, climate change, smart cities, etc. The realization of these multi-partner projects contributes to CRIM’s national and international influence and to the multiplication of links between the organization and other research centers and organizations working in related fields.
Training the next generation of industrial research professsionnals
Training of highly qualified personnel is at the heart of the CRIM model. Indeed, interns and fellows participate in several CRIM projects, which demonstrates that graduates with a master’s or doctorate can aspire to careers other than those of university professors. CRIM also offers a stimulating environment for postdocs who aspire to industrial careers in high-tech companies.
CRIM also contributes to the practical training of technical personnel in companies with whom researchers interact. By favoring an agile approach where the client is involved in all stages of the project, a transfer of knowledge occurs naturally during the project.