Bringing artificial intelligence and bioinformatics closer in Switzerland, Idiap and SIB signed a collaboration agreement. By becoming a partner institution of SIB, Idiap ensures its groups active in bioinformatics benefit from its national network of expertise, while enabling SIB to access its 30 years of experience in AI research.
The Idiap Research Institute, among the leaders in artificial and cognitive intelligence since 1991, and SIB, the national organisation for biological and biomedical data science, recently signed a collaboration agreement that will accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence in biological and biomedical data science. Artificial intelligence is of growing importance in the field of bioinformatics. At the same time, AI needs high quality data and domain expertise, such as that provided by bioinformatics experts. This agreement paves the way to further collaborations between the two institutes.
Partnering at the institutional level
The collaboration between the two institutions is also materialized at the governance level, since SIB welcomes a representative of every partner institution in its Foundation Council (FC). Idiap’s director, Hervé Bourlard, is thus a new member of SIB’s FC, and will take part in key strategic decisions regarding the institute.
“This new partnership contributes to our mission to maximise the impact of data intensive research across the entire life science landscape in Switzerland,” Christophe Dessimoz, SIB’s Joint Executive Director, explains. “This alliance is not only in line with our scientific development, but also with our cantons’ strategies to reinforce institutions active in the health and digital fields, both nationally and internationally,” Bourlard concludes.