Open Innovation

Open & Collaborative Innovation at XRCE

Xerox Research Centre Europe pursues a policy of open innovation and collaborates with the wider European scientific community on a variety of R&D projects. We look for various opportunities to co-create and co-operate and below is a short list of XRCE Open & Collaborative Innovation activities across the world.

Customer Led Innovation

Customer Led Innovation (CLI) is all about sharing customer knowledge with the goal of accelerating the pace of bringing new technologies to the marketplace. The CLI team establishes contacts between researchers / engineers and customers. Researchers frequently seek opportunities to work directly with customers and we routinely deploy ethnographic methods to learn about customer needs and pain points. Today the customer is also viewed as a partner in innovation and we encourage “dreaming with customers” about what the future can be like: "We bring our customers' dreams to life".
For more information contact Patrick Mazeau , Business Relations and Marketing director.

Visiting Scientists

XRCE has had a steady stream of visiting scientists since its creation in 1993. Extended visits of well established researchers provide a clear benefit to the research centre and can be the basis for long-term scientific collaboration. Visiting scientists often deliver a series of topical seminars and interact closely and share their knowledge and experiences with XRCE scientists. 

Doctoral Students and CIFRE students

XRCE has a program for doctoral students and ‘CIFRE ’ students. ‘CIFRE’ PhDs unite three partners in a single research project: a young PhD student, a research laboratory and an enterprise. The student, who is employed by the company on either a permanent contract or a three-year contract, splits his or her time between the enterprise and the laboratory.

Xerox University Affairs Committee

The University Affairs Committee (UAC) awards unrestricted grants to selected universities to support collaborative projects sponsored by Xerox employees. The grants promote long-term university interactions that encourage foundation research in areas relevant to Xerox, enhance Xerox’s recruiting efforts, and help keep Xerox abreast of emerging technologies. Approximately forty new or renewal grants are paid each year, with funding provided by the Xerox Foundation. Any Xerox employee is eligible to sponsor a grant. Grants are awarded by the UAC through competitive evaluation of proposals according to technical merit, relevance to Xerox, quality of the university and faculty, and commitment of the proposing employee. Awards are typically about $30K per year, and may be renewed for up to a total of three years.

XRCE supports a small number of scientific conferences relevant to the centre's areas of research. For example XRCE was the first industrial partner to sponsor the ACM Symposium on Document Engineering , when this annnual academic conference started in 2001 and has been a sponsor ever since. Examples of other conferences we regularly sponsor are ACL, EACL, CoLing, Women in Machine Learning (WiML) workshop at NIPS, CVPR, ECCV, EMNLP.

XRCE Seminars

XRCE organises public seminars on a regular basis which you are welcome to attend. These seminars which, are primarily technical, are an occasion to exchange with researchers from various backgrounds and to broaden one's scientific expertise. You can subscribe to our seminar RSS Feed for dates, speakers and topics.

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