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.
For CRIM to fulfill its mission, our experts must remain connected to the research ecosystem to learn of the latest innovations and maintain a wide range of leading-edge expertise.
However, CRIM’s expertise must not become overly compartmentalized 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 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.
Applied research projects are at the heart of CRIM’s research activities. They 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 leads to some 50 scientific publications. In addition, several joint publications contribute to the recognition of Québec’s expertise worldwide.
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 and the results obtained. CRIM researchers have participated in such campaigns for many years and have consistently ranked very well during these events, bringing together teams from all over the planet.
Research platforms and services
Creating and developing research platforms is one of the critical aspects of CRIM’s involvement in the research community. Platforms make it possible to share tools developed during specific projects 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 conduct applied research projects in collaboration with industrial clients.
Collaborations and partnerships with scientific and industrial stakeholders
In addition to customer projects, CRIM experts participate in large-scale research projects involving multiple partners. These projects are deployed over the long term and often aim to respond to significant societal challenges: education, climate change, smart cities, etc. The realization of these multi-partner projects contributes to CRIM’s national and international influence and the multiplication of links between the organization and other research centers and organizations working in related fields.
Training the next generation of industrial research professionals
Training of highly qualified personnel is at the heart of the CRIM model. Indeed, interns and fellows participate in several CRIM projects, demonstrating 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. Favouring an agile approach where the client is involved in all project stages ensures that knowledge transfer occurs naturally during the project.