The IPAL joint lab on Artificial Intelligence: a long-lasting collaboration looking into the future

On 24 and 25 June 2024, a joint collaboration between the French CNRS and A*STAR & National University of Singapore celebrated its 26th year by holding its annual workshop on A*STAR premises! This was the opportunity to highlight cutting-edge scientific collaboration between France and Singapore in the field of computer science (Artificial Intelligence, Data, Human Computer Interaction, etc).

The “SinFra” workshop featured representatives from six institutions (National University of Singapore, A*STAR, CNRS, University Toulouse 3, Cergy Paris University and Toulouse INP) who shared their pride and satisfaction in the long-lasting and dynamic partnership.

French and Singaporean professors and young researchers used the two days to discuss hot topics such as “Trustable A.I.”, “Human Computer Interaction” and “Natural Language Processing”.  The workshop also offered participants the opportunity to prepare for the future and map out the 2026-2030 road-map for IPAL, thus ensuring that the lab continues to nurture tomorrow’s leaders in computer science while fostering excellence in research.

This year the “SinFra” workshop was followed by a one-day thematic workshop on “Actionable eXplainable AI”, a testament of IPAL’s commitment to the development of clear, understandable and transparent AI models. This workshop was one of many activities supported by the Embassy of France through its PHC Merlion, the France-Singapore funding programme for scientific research.

 

About IPAL

The Image and Pervasive Access Lab (IPAL)’s story dates back to 1998 when the CNRS, NUS and A*STAR, initiated a collaboration in the area of computer science. The success and high potential of the collaboration allowed IPAL to attain the status of an International Research Laboratory (IRL), one of the highest levels of international collaboration with CNRS, in 2007.

Over its 26 years of existence, the IPAL laboratory grew to include more French research partners and managed to position itself as a leader in AI innovation in Singapore. The IPAL research teams are for instance strongly involved in the DesCartes programme, a 35 million euros initiative led by the CNRS@Create on hybrid AI for Smart Cities and complex urban systems.

The major achievements of IPAL throughout the years makes it one of the anchors of the bilateral scientific collaboration between France and Singapore.