AISLab - Applied Intelligent Systems Lab

The Applied Intelligent Systems Lab (AISLab) is doing applied reseach on intelligent techniques for solving concrete problems, mainly in eHealth. Its methodology is bottom-up, thus starting from real requirements and trying to find the best available techniques to solve them. From this experience, AISLab is defining concepts & techniques especially in the areas of intelligent agents. Our activites are mainly in three areas :

  • Intelligent agents for Personalized Medicine
  • Interoperability technologies in eHealth
  • Software Engineering of Artificial Intelligence solutions (with a focus on modern mobile and Web technologies, Semantic Web and agent-based simulations)

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ConEx Lab - Connected Experience Lab

Our goal is to explore, design and experiment the smart environment paradigm, extending seamlessly from cities to towns and sparse, low density urban agglomerations as well as country-side areas. Extending the Smart City paradigm beyond large cities requires an agile and cost-effective way to build smart services. We build a Smart District service platform, based on low-cost nomadic IoT infrastructure, on crowdsourcing, and on the active involvement of end-users through the design process.

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The Institute manages Cyberlearn, the eLearning Centre of the HES-SO.

Data Semantics Lab

The Data Semantics Lab has been at forefront of Semantic Web and Data Integration research since 2003. In data semantics, the focus is on how a data object represents a concept or object in the real word. We believe that the explicit presentation of data semantics facilitates data interoperation in the way how information is accessed, aggregated and organized on the Web. In particular, resolving semantic heterogeneity, gathering and sharing data among autonomous and heterogeneous data sources are key to the new pattern. Our lab focuses on scientific research and practical applications of Semantic Computing, Linked Data, Information Extraction, Knowledge Management, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Data Visualization, Business process modeling and Mobile technologies. We are working both with domestic and international partners from different organizations, enterprises and government.

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DUDE-LAB : Data Understanding Data Explained

This lab of computer science is built with people mind. People to build it people to use its results. 

We would like to help people drowned in the ocean of data that is available today on different supports and different media.   

So we tackle the problem of making sense of data, information, and knowledge to provide tools that will help us human to gain a better understanding of our environment and help us to take better decisions.

We address here practical problems that can be solved with data intelligence analysis like:

  • Prediction of energy consumption, storage and production(solar, wind) 
  • Pattern recognition of biological signals 
  • Social media knowledge extraction 
  • Modular information systems imbedding data analysis 

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EASILAB: Energy Application and Systems Integration

EasiLab build competences in EAI and Application/Systems Integration for Energy domain. Main focus is to build an energy hub and integrate renewable energy production systems for predictions lab and data visualization. Several projects have been realized around photovoltaic energy storage into lithium batteries (StorageManager) and into electric vehicules (PV2EV).

A web portal showing the evolution and the potential of renewable energy in canton Valais is also one of the main projects (REDI).

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Enslab is a research lab oriented towards a phenomenological analysis on how innovative technologies impact the learning methods. Ensalb focuses its research on education at university level.Enslab conducts surveys and investigations aiming at achieving better understanding, analysis and presenting evidence of new paradigms of the learning process, as well as developing functional prototypes, applied and observed in situation.

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Human-Centred Computing Group

HUCO is an interdisciplinary research group made up of computer and social scientists. Our focus is on interaction design and improving user experience using qualitative methods such as interviews, focus groups, workshops, observation and fieldwork studies to identify user needs and requirements and to evaluate prototypes in naturalistic settings.

Our focus on Human-Centred Computing includes both cognitive-based and social science approaches to understanding interaction and user experience.

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The MedGIFT project started at the medical faculty of the University of Geneva, Switzerland in 2002 and is since 2007 located in the Institute for Business Information Systems at the HES-SO in Sierre (Valais), Switzerland. The name stems originally from the use of the GNU Image Finding Tool (GIFT) for medical applications. Over the years the GIFT has been used less frequently and a large set of tools and applications have been developed to advance the field of medical visual information retrieval. All developed tools are open source and can be requested by email. Some very old tools might not be available anymore. A very strong collaboration with medical informatics and the University Hospitals and University of Geneva, Switzerland continues to keep the group activities in medical information analysis and at the interface between computer science and medicine.

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SAP Academic Competence Center Valais

The SAP Academic Competence Center Valais, a member of the SAP University Alliances Program, is a partner of our research institute. It is hosting SAP solutions for over 90 academic partners.

SILAB - Smart Infrastructure Laboratory

The goal of our group is to use ICT to evolve our infrastructures into smart ones. We currently see that the infrastructures we rely on, like our energy grid and power supply, are challenged and in transition. The usage of ICT as a part of our infrastructure can contribute significantly to an effective and efficient, but also affordable infrastructure, which is the base for modern societies and economic growth.

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