Research and innovation projects

Through research projects based on computer sciences, the Icare Institute offers its expertise to support companies, private or public organisations in their innovation projects. Thanks to cantonal and federal innovation support mechanisms, the Icare research institute facilitates the emergence of new products, services or innovative processes in a wide range of activities. Our research projects may consist of one or more of the following elements: feasibility study, technology transfer, competence transfer and technology watch.

The applied research projects and innovation mandates carried out by the Icare Institute are generally based on technologies such as: computer vision, artificial intelligence, machine learning, mobile/cross-platform and communicating objects. The Icare Institute aims to bridge the gap between technology and end-users, with agile and user-centred iterative project management.

Optimisation of algorithms from research projects and industrialisation

Institut Icare’s mission is to bring functional solutions to life. We have excellent knowledge in the fields of computer science, mathematics and algorithms. Embedded approaches as well as real-time software pose great constraints on their execution speed and memory cost. During an industrialisation phase, these elements are taken into account in order to guarantee the development of solutions that are exploitable in their field of use.

We have developed skills in the field of C++ programming, particularly on smartphones, and in the low-level optimisation of algorithms. These practices are put at the service of companies and public services, which wish to go from a prototype resulting from a research project (e.g. Matlab or Python allegorisms), to a functional, optimized, industrializable and deployable code on a multitude of platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS). With its years of experience, Icare stands out for its ability to port optimised programs to industry on resource-constrained hardware, particularly mobile and embedded devices.

Customisation of optical decoders

Since 2009, the Icare Institute has been implementing and maintaining a framework of optical decoders for reading : one-dimensional barcodes (EAN-8, EAN-13, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-128, Code 39, DataBar RSS), two-dimensional barcodes (QR Code, DataMatrix, Aztec), Swiss and European car license plates, identity documents (ID card 9303 IACO, Passport 9303 IACO, driving licence) and payment slips (BVR or QR-Facture). Our decoders, dedicated to mobile devices (iOS and Android) are among the fastest on the market. They are easy to integrate into your mobile applications to give them the ability to decode and process different standards. With the experience accumulated in this field, the Icare Institute is able to produce adapted, customised decoders that can meet your specific requirements. Do not hesitate to contact us.