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Overall Objectives
Research Program
Application Domains
Highlights of the Year
New Software and Platforms
New Results
Bilateral Contracts and Grants with Industry
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Section: Bilateral Contracts and Grants with Industry

Bilateral Contracts with Industry

MSR-Inria joint lab: Image and video mining for science and humanities (Inria)

Participants : Yana Hasson, Ivan Laptev, Jean Ponce, Josef Sivic, Dimitri Zhukov, Cordelia Schmid [Inria Thoth] .

This collaborative project brings together the WILLOW and LEAR project-teams with MSR researchers in Cambridge and elsewhere. The concept builds on several ideas articulated in the 2020 Sciencea report, including the importance of data mining and machine learning in computational science. Rather than focusing only on natural sciences, however, we propose here to expand the breadth of e-science to include humanities and social sciences. The project we propose will focus on fundamental computer science research in computer vision and machine learning, and its application to archaeology, cultural heritage preservation, environmental science, and sociology, and it will be validated by collaborations with researchers and practitioners in these fields.

In October 2013 a new agreement has been signed for 2013-2017 with the research focus on automatic understanding of dynamic video content. Recent studies predict that by 2018 video will account for 80-90% of traffic on the Internet. Automatic understanding and interpretation of video content is a key enabling factor for a range of practical applications such as organizing and searching home videos or content aware video advertising. For example, interpreting videos of "making a birthday cake" or "planting a tree" could provide effective means for advertising products in local grocery stores or garden centers. The goal of this project is to perform fundamental computer science research in computer vision and machine learning in order to enhance the current capabilities to automatically understand, search and organize dynamic video content.

In 2018 a new agreement has been signed with a new focus on video understanding for personal assistants. The scientific objectives are to develop models, representations and learning algorithms for (i) automatic understanding of task-driven complex human activities from videos narrated with natural language in order to (ii) give people instructions in a new environment via an augmented reality device such as the Microsoft HoloLens. Besides the clear scientific interest of automatically understanding human activities in video streams, the main high-impact motivation of this project it to develop virtual assistants that may guide a child through simple games to improve his/her manipulation and language skills; help an elderly person to achieve everyday tasks; or facilitate the training of a new worker for highly-specialized machinery maintenance.

Louis Vuitton/ENS chair on artificial intelligence

Participants : Ivan Laptev, Jean Ponce, Josef Sivic.

The scientific chair Louis Vuitton - École normale supérieure in Artificial Intelligence has been created in 2017 and inaugurated on April 12, 2018 by the ENS Director Marc Mézard and the LV CEO Michael Burke. The goal of the chair is to establish a close collaboration between LV and ENS in the area of Artificial Intelligence. The chair enjoys the generous annual contribution of 200K Euros provided by LV in support of research activities in statistical learning and computer vision. In particular, the chair supports the costs of researchers, students, missions, computational resources as well as seminars and meetings, including the two days of meeting annually organized by LV and ENS. During 2018 ENS and LV have organized several joint meetings with the participation of researchers from SIERRA and WILLOW teams. The chair has also supported the hiring of one PhD student at the WILLOW team, missions to conferences and international research labs as well as data collection for research projects.