Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

National Initiatives

Labex Comin Labs projetcs

CominLabs is a Laboratoire d'Excellence funded by the PIA (Programme Investissements d'Avenir) in the broad area of telecommunications.


Participant : Rémi Gribonval.

  • http://www.hemisfer.cominlabs.ueb.eu/

  • Research axis: 3.1

  • CominLabs partners : EPI VISAGES; EPI HYBRID; EPI PANAMA

  • External partners : EA 4712 team from University of Rennes I; EPI ATHENA, Sophia-Antipolis;

  • Coordinator: Christian Barillot, EPI VISAGES

  • Description: The goal of HEMISFER is to make full use of neurofeedback paradigm in the context of rehabilitation and psychiatric disorders. The major breakthrough will come from the use of a coupling model associating functional and metabolic information from Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to Electro-encephalography (EEG) to "enhance" the neurofeedback protocol. We propose to combine advanced instrumental devices (Hybrid EEG and MRI platforms), with new man-machine interface paradigms (Brain computer interface and serious gaming) and new computational models (source separation, sparse representations and machine learning) to provide novel therapeutic and neuro-rehabilitation paradigms in some of the major neurological and psychiatric disorders of the developmental and the aging brain (stroke, attention-deficit disorder, language disorders, treatment-resistant mood disorders, …).

  • Contribution of PANAMA: PANAMA, in close cooperation with the VISAGES team, contributes to a coupling model between EEG and fMRI considered as a joint inverse problem addressed with sparse regularization. By combining both modalities, one expects to achieve a good reconstruction both in time and space. This new imaging technique will then be used for improving neurofeedback paradigms in the context of rehabilitation and psychiatric disorders, which is the final purpose of the HEMISFER project.

Hybrid Eeg-MrI and Simultaneous neuro-feedback for brain Rehabilitation


Participant : Rémi Gribonval.

  • http://www.tepn.cominlabs.ueb.eu/

  • Research axis: 3.1

  • CominLabs partners : IRISA OCIF - Telecom Bretagne; IETR SCN; IETR SCEE; EPI PANAMA

  • Coordinator: Nicolas Montavont, IRISA OCIF - Telecom Bretagne

  • Description: As in almost all areas of engineering in the past several decades, the design of computer and network systems has been aimed at delivering maximal performance without regarding to the energy efficiency or the percentage of resource utilization. The only places where this tendency was questioned were battery-operated devices (such as laptops and smartphones) for which the users accept limited (but reasonable) performance in exchange for longer use periods. Even though the end users make such decisions on a daily basis by checking their own devices, they have no way of minimizing their energy footprint (or conversely, optimize the network resource usage) in the supporting infrastructure. Thus, the current way of dimensioning and operating the infrastructure supporting the user services, such as cellular networks and data centers, is to dimension for peak usage. The problem with this approach is that usage is rarely at its peak. The overprovisioned systems are also aimed at delivering maximal performance, with energy efficiency being considered as something desired, but non-essential. This project aims at making the network energy consumption proportional to the actual charge of this network (in terms of number of served users, or requested bandwidth). An energy proportional network can be designed by taking intelligent decisions (based on various constraints and metrics) into the network such as switching on and off network components in order to adapt the energy consumption to the user needs. This concept can be summarized under the general term of Green Cognitive Network Approach.

  • Contribution of PANAMA: PANAMA, in close cooperation with the SCEE team at IETR (thesis of Marwa Chafii), focuses on the design of new waveforms for multi carrier systems with reduced Peak to Average Power Ratio (PAPR).

Toward Energy Proportional Networks

OSEO-FUI: S-POD: “Assistance à personnes en danger potentiel”

Participants : Frédéric Bimbot, Romain Lebarbenchon, Ewen Camberlein.

  • Duration: August 2012-November 2016

  • Research axis: 3.2


  • Coordinator: ERYMA

  • Description: S-POD gathers research teams and industrial partners to that aim at setting up a framework to process and fuse audio, physiological and contextual data. The goal is to design an embedded autonomous system able to detect situations of potential danger arising in the immediate environment of a person (military, police, CIT, fire, etc.)

  • Contribution of PANAMA: PANAMA is in charge of R&I activities related to the qualitative and quantitative analysis of information from the acoustic environment (intensity, direction of arrival, nature of noise sounds, properties of voices, etc.) as well as to the exploitation of these analyses. The need for real-time embedded processing induces specific constraints.

Action de Développement Technologique: FASST

Participants : Nancy Bertin, Frédéric Bimbot, Jules Espiau de Lamaestre, Nathan Souviraà -Labastie.

  • Duration: 2 years (2012–2014).

  • Research axis: 3.2.2

  • Partners: Inria Teams Parole (Nancy) and Texmex (Rennes)

  • Description: This Inria ADT aims to develop a new version of our FASST audio source separation toolbox in order to facilitate its large-scale dissemination in the source separation community and in the various application communities. A specific effort will be made towards the speech processing community by developing an interface with existing speech recognition software. The software was publicly released in January 2014.