Xerox established its European research centre in France in 1993 to create innovative document technology and drive the corporate transition in becoming a services-led technology business.
XRCE was the first in the world to explore a number of technologies: in the 1990’s, we were the first to mix paper and computer screens to form a ‘digital desk’ – one of the first steps towards augmented reality. At that time, we created the concept of meta-search engines that harness the power of multiple search engines and even automatically learn to query online databases. We laid the foundations for today’s ubiquitous computing, by exploring how mobile devices could share hyperlinks and how people could retrieve information on the basis of their context. We also created distributed computing systems and web service architectures which are seeing the light today as the underlying structure for how we are doing business in an online world.
Today Xerox is the world leader in document management and business process outsourcing. Research in Europe ensures that Xerox maintains that position.
Xerox Research Centre Europe is a multidisciplinary organisation with experts in computer vision , text analytics , data analytics , machine learning and process modelling applied to information, data and documents. The centre designs technology to create innovative business processes, document services and solutions that strategically contribute to the competitiveness of its customers . Our technical expertise is enriched with the knowledge gathered from our sociologists and ethnographers who develop a deep understanding of how our customers work to combine both human and machine elements. The centre scientists and their research are regularly recognized and awarded in international competitions and forums.
Alongside its research and development the centre runs a global Customer Led Innovation program to co-create services with customers and a technology showroom, a showcase for Xerox research and an exchange forum for scientists, engineers and customers.
The centre is in Grenoble, France.