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PRIMA is a research project team of INRIA Grenoble Rhône-Alpes Research Center in Montbonnot France. The project team is composed of 7 academic staff, 5 doctoral students and 14 Contract Engineers. 

Research Program

The objective of the PRIMA research team is to develop the scientific and technological foundations for human environments that are capable of perceiving, acting, communicating, and interacting with people in order to provide services. The construction of such environments offers a rich set of problems related to acoustic and visual perception, cognitive systems, and human-computer interaction. Our goal is to make progress on the theoretical foundations for perception and cognition, as well as to develop new forms of human-computer interaction, using interactive environments as a source of example problems. 

An environment is a connected volume of space. An environment is said to be perceptive when it is capable of recognizing and describing things, people and activities within its volume. An environment is said to be active when it is capable of changing its internal state. An environment may be considered as interactive when it is capable of interacting with humans using tightly coupled perception and action. 

PRIMA has developed machine perception and situation modeling techniques to explore new forms of context aware services for smart environments, interactive and social computing, and real-time, robust systems for embedded computer vision. 

Research themes

The Prima research program is composed of 4 inter-locking research areas:

RA1: Robust, real-time computer vision methods based on local appearance,

RA2: Component-based architecture for integration of smart services, 

RA3: Situation Modeling for context aware services in smart environments, and

RA4: New forms of human-computer interaction based on machine perception. 

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