Past EU and Govt Projects

While drawing on the strength of the Xerox Corporation around the world, Xerox Research Centres focus has been on Europe. We work with organisations drawn from the continent and reflect their needs and talents. We cooperate with the scientific community and collaborate with a wide range of European research organisations particularly within the European Community frameworks but also as part of national government initiatives.  Below is a selection of projects XRCE has been part of.  This is not an exhaustive list, it includes project which began after 2007.



FIRE-ID   This project fits within the general framework of the semantic annotation of visual content that exists in various forms: photos or videos shared on social networks, scanned documents or images captured for video surveillance. This project specifically focuses on the problem of fine-grained analysis and recognition.
  XRCE expertise: Computer vision
French government: ANR CONTINT (2012-2015)


DYNAMICITE The objective of this project is the creation of an overall image of a city by using all available data. The actual situation of the city will be complete as DYNAMICITE uses all traditional and official data about a city but also uses analytics of spontaneous conversations on the web.
  XRCE expertise: Data analytics, transportation
‘Ville Numerique’ government: 2012 - 2014


Fusepool  refines and enriches raw data using common standards and provides tools for analyzing and visualizing data so that end users and other software receive timely, context-aware and relevant information whenever they need it - wherever they are. To ensure that data and results are of high quality, Fusepool combines the well-defined but error-prone (semantic) Web 3.0 with controlled supervision and the collaborative but often messy (social) Web 2.0.
  XRCE expertise: Machine learning 
EU framework: FP7-ICT-2011-SME-DCL


Fupol  (Future Policy Modelling) aims at a completely new approach to traditional politics. Major innovations like multichannel social computing and crowd sourcing will change the way politicians communicate with citizens and enterprises and take decisions.. The FUPOL consortium consists of 17 partners from 9 countries.
  XRCE expertise: Categorization/clustering, active learning, multilingualism
EU framework: FP7 ICT
Social: Facebook:@fupol YouTube: FutpolTV LinkedIn: FUPOL    


IMAGIWEB   funded by the French National Research Agency , with a consortium of 3 labs and 3 companies: analysis of the image life cycle through the Web 2.0
  XRCE expertise: Natural language processing, sentiment mining
French government: ANR CONTINT (2012-2015)


CHRONOLINES  This project that addresses the need of creation Event-based Chronologies in a semi-automatic way. Today common manual creation of chronological representations is a time-consuming process. Within Chronolines XRCE will carry out the linguistic analysis of French News Agency (AFP) news articles in both French and English in order to extract temporal information and determine the chronological order of events mentioned in the texts.
  XRCE expertise: Natural language processing
French government: ANR CONTINT (2011-2014)


TRANSLECTURES The objective is to develop innovative, cost-effective solutions to produce accurate transcriptions and translations in VideoLectures.NET, with generality across other Matterhorn-related repositories.
  Demo: Text to Speech English
XRCE expertise: Machine learning, machine translation
EU framework: FP7 ICT CIP

Organic Lingua

ORGANIC LINGUA  (Demonstrating the potential of a multilingual Web portal for Sustainable Agricultural & Environmental Education) is an automated multi-lingual service that aims to facilitate the usage, exploitation and extension of digital educational content related to Organic Agriculture and Agroecology.
  XRCE expertise: Machine translation
EU framework: FP7 CIP


GALATEAS   (Generalized Analysis of Logs for Automatic Translation and Episodic Analysis of Searches), a project that looks at users query logs analysis in different languages. GALATEAS users will be institutaions having digitalized content like digital libraries but also any content provider on the web (eg merchant site).
  XRCE expertise:  Natural language processing
EU framework: CIP-ICT-PSP-2009-3


COCLICO (convergence of the free community for opened collaborative infrastructures) This project aims at setting up a new dynamic to French software forge communities by giving a framework to this free ecosystem. The project has been labelled by the Minalogic and Systematic Competitiveness Clusters and has obtained subsidies.
  XRCE expertise: Software development
French government: SYSTEM@TIC Paris-Region & MINALOGIC (2011-2012)


FRAGRANCES  XRCE coordinates this project that will develop an algorithmic for information access in the context of social networks.
  XRCE expertise: Information retrieval
French government: ANR CONTINT (2009-2013)


SYNC3 : A powerful and simple tool to map the blogosphere. The SYNC3 project was managed by a consortium of companies and organizations with vast experience in semantic analysis, content generation, web-programming, design and journalism.
  XRCE expertise: Natural language processing, machine learning
EU framework: FP7 - Information and Communication Technologies


ALADIN-DTH   Smarter document technologies in linguistics that will help control Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs).
  XRCE expertise: Natural Language Processing
French government: ANR TECSAN (2009-2012)

Europeana v1.0

Europeana v1.0  was the successor network to the European Digital Library thematic network which created the EDL Foundation and the Europeana prototype. Europeana v1.0 involved the development and implementation of all the necessary processes to create and run such an operation and a full scale business development operation to ensure a steady stream of content is made available.
  XRCE expertise: Natural language processing
EU Framework: FP7 eContentPlus Program Thematic Network

Europeana Connect

EuropeanaConnect : channelling digital content from Europe's archives, libraries, museums, and audiovisual collections into The technical implementation of EuropeanaConnect were linked to the development of an operational Europeana service in 2011. EuropeanaConnect was a follow up to the big European initiative of digitizing content for more than a hundred European digital libraries. The goal of EuropeanaConnect was to offer technologies to search, analyse retrieve etc. content from digitized material.
  XRCE expertise: Natural language processing
EU framework: FP7 eContentPlus Program Thematic Network


SCOOP  project aims at developing an innovative software application dealing with the complete process of search, acquisition, analysis and representation of online opinions.
  XRCE expertise: Natural Language Processing, sentiment mining
EU framework: Eurostars Program (2009-2011)


PASCAL2 (Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning):  is developing the expertise and scientific results that will help create new technologies such as intelligent interfaces and adaptive cognitive systems. To achieve this, it supports and encourages collaboration between experts in Machine Learning, Statistics and Optimization. PASCAL2 enables Europe to capitalize on its strong research record in the area of principled adaptive systems design.
  XRCE expertise: Machine learning, machine translation
EU Framework: FP7, ICT Network of Excellence (NoE)


TANGUY This project will develop a system to extract "micro-knowledge" from texts and stock it in a semantic network.
  XRCE expertise: Natural language processing, information retrieval
French government: ANR CONTINT (2008-2012)


PINVIEW (Personal Information Navigator Through Viewing ) New information retrieval principles to replace or complement explicit queries. The new techniques were applied to construct prototypes of proactive information navigators, the next generation systems able to adapt to the user and their tacit information needs.
  XRCE expertise: Ethnography
EU framework FP-INSO (2008-2011)


EERQI  (European Educational Research Quality Indicators): The knowledge triangle - research, education and innovation - is a core factor in Europe’s efforts to meet the ambitious goal of becoming the "most dynamic competitive knowledge-based economy in the world". Educational research has been chosen as an example of research in socially and politically embedded fields within the humanities and social sciences. The goals of the EERQI project were to reinforce and enhance the worldwide visibility and competitiveness of European educational research.
  XRCE expertise: Natural language processing
EU framework: FP7 SSH7- Collaborative Project


OMNIA  The project aims at analyzing multimedia documents containing text and images, in a context of data profusion, as they are found on intranets and on Internet. The originality of the project is to work on 3 dimensions (image, text, emotion) and in a multilingual context. Images and texts give rise to 2 categorizations, relative to the informational aspects and to specific emotional aspects (coming directly from the images, or relative to their perception as expressed in the texts). These 2 types of content will be processed independently (annotation followed by indexation and categorization), with learning techniques, and will then be merged at the level of the filter and query tool. Their "primitives" will be linked to an interlingual representation of word senses based on English (UNL), that will open the way to multilingualism at the level of "publishing" the document categories, and of processing queries in natural languages equipped with UNL dictionaries.
  XRCE expertise: Computer vision
French government: ANR Programme «Masse de Données – Connaissances Ambiantes» (2008-2010)


SHAMAN  (Sustaining Heritage Access through Multivalent ArchiviNg): The SHAMAN Project was a Large Integrated Project co-financed by the European Union within the Seventh Framework Programme.
This project developed and tested a next generation digital preservation framework including tools for analysing, ingesting, managing, accessing and reusing information objects and data across libraries and archives.
  Download: Open source Xeproc domain specific language (DSL) to build applications
XRCE expertise: process modelling, document understanding, social media analytics
EU Framework: FP7 ICT Integrated Project


CACAO (Cross language Access to Catalogues And Online libraries) A project that offered an innovative approach for accessing, understanding and navigating multilingual textual content in digital libraries and Online Public Access Catalogues (OPACs). The CACAO cross language platform allows librarians to query in their own languages an online catalogue that encompasses the catalogues of all project partners.
  XRCE expertise: Natural language processing, knowledge representation
EU framework: eContentPlus (2007-2009)