International Research Laboratory between France and Singapore in Artificial Intelligence


Creation date: 2007
Dr. Christophe Jouffrais



The partners of the IRL IPAL are CNRS, Université Grenoble Alpes, Institut Mines Telecom, National University of Singapore and A*Star. The IRL IPAL is currently directed by Dr Christophe JOUFFRAIS (CNRS).

Mission and research themes

Mission: Bridge top researchers and labs of CNRS, UGA, IMT, NUS and A*Star into fruitful collaborative links and networks around selected topics in computer science with a strong hold on Artificial Intelligence (project 2021-2025).

Research Axes : Core AI, Explainable and Trustable AI, AI & HCI, Natural Language Processing, Data Science and Applications, Wearable AI.


Theme 1: Explainable and Trustable AI

This theme covers techniques that lead to AI model/systems that would lead to better human trusts towards outputs from an AI system, in particular where the learnt models can be explained in a human-understandable manner, and/or can be certified correct.

Theme 2: AI & HCI

This theme deals with new HCI paradigms that integrate AI techniques, or AI techniques that involve human-in-the-loop interactions.

Theme 3: Natural Language Processing

The Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a multidisciplinary field involving linguistics, computer science and artificial intelligence, which aims to create natural language processing tools for various applications. In the last decades, the NLP research domain benefited from the strong improvements made in AI tools and methods, and sometimes led to novel approaches based on neural networks.

Theme 4: Data Science and Applications

The Data Science and Applications theme focuses on data analysis techniques, data management and their applications.

Theme 5: Efficient AI

This theme covers techniques that aim to improve the computational efficiency of AI, through improved hardware, mathematical and algorithmic techniques, or systems design. Examples include neuromorphic or bio-inspired techniques.

laboratories involved

Université Grenoble Alpes,
Institut Mines Telecom,


National University of Singapore,

SINFRA symposium on Artificial Intelligence in December 2019. Credits: IPAL



International Research Laboratory between France and Singapore in nanoelectronics and nanophotonics

CNRS International NTU THALES Research Alliance


Creation date: 2009
Prof. Philippe COQUET



CINTRA UMI 3288 is a joint research laboratory between CNRS, NTU Singapore and Thales. Based on NTU campus CINTRA was established in 2009 and has just celebrated its 10th anniversary.

CINTRA develops research activities on Nano-electronics and Nano-photonics technologies, with objective to harness the latest in science and technology to develop innovation in these fields. CINTRA is organized in 3 research thrusts:

i) Carbon based materials and devices,

ii) New nanomaterials and structures,

iii) Nanophotonics Technologies.

The applications are related to 3D integration, advanced interconnects, electromagnetic shielding, high frequencies applications, thermal management, sensors, energy harvesting and storage, optical communications and optoelectronic devices. 

As of today, 64 people are affiliated to CINTRA, with a full time equivalent of 43. Through CINTRA, over 50 PhD students and more than 60 student internships have been trained.

Since its creation CINTRA has produced over 740 publications (as at April 2020) and is the main contributor for the scientific publications between CNRS and Singapore.

Over the years, CINTRA has developed a network of academic collaborations in France with CNRS/Universities laboratories, and has helped to promote exchanges between France and Singapore researchers: over 80 researchers or students from France and Europe have worked at CINTRA (20 PhD students and over 50 interns among the total PhD and interns trained).

NanoPhotonics Technologies (NPT)

IRP SynBioEco

IRP SynBioEco

French-Singaporean International Research Program on Synthetic Biology for a Bio-inspired Economy

IRP SynBioEco
Project coordinator or director:

Coordinator partner or co-director:
Dr Matthew CHANG (SynCTI, NUS)

IRP SynBioEco Keywords

Biotechnology – enzyme engineering – optogenetics – computational protein design – subpopulation heterogeneities – bioprocess optimization – Omics analysis

IRP SynBioEco


The IRP SynBioEco (Synthetic Biology for a Bio-inspired Economy), managed by Véronique Le Berre Anton (Toulouse Biotechnology Institute, CNRS) in collaboration with Dr Matthew Chang (Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation (SynCTI) National University of Singapore) started in 2019.

Missions and research themes

The shift from a petrochemical-based synthesis economy to a sustainable bio-resourced, climate-friendly alternative is a key challenge for the future. Biotechnology offers a plausible means to transform renewable agro-resources to high value bioproducts, achieving a circular bio-economy for urban sustainability. Engineering biology offers a unique pipeline to provide industrial biotechnology a new generation of biocatalysts that will open the way towards an unprecedented era of bio-manufacturing of high value bioproducts. The IRP’s project aims at producing new frontline scientific knowledge at the best international level, in the field of systems and synthetic biology applied to a bio-inspired economy. The scientific objective is to address generic knowledge’s bottlenecks to overcome the main limitations in using biocatalysts for industrial production, based on fundamental understanding of living systems. This knowledge ultimately will aim at designing innovative efficient strategy to develop new biocatalysts or bio products, or at optimizing the process currently used to produce targeted molecules already existing, from renewable resources. The biocatalysts will be engineered and optimized with a systemic approach to develop new bioprocess and to optimize performances according to industrial criteria.

MAIN projects of research

  • Territorial support IDEX, regional projects
  • National Projects (ANR, PHC, .): 2 Merlion PHC
  • European projects (H2020): …………………….


Funded projects which have merged from the IRP : 

– 2 PHC Merlion

– 1 Intra-Create call cities – NRF

– 1 PhD funding

– Staff exchanges

institutions and laboratories involved

• Véronique Le Berre Anton, TBI (Toulouse Biotechnology Institute) UMR CNRS 5504 – INRA 792 – INSA

• TWB (Toulouse White Biotechnology) UMS CNRS 3582 – INRA 1337 – INSA

• Dr Matthew Chang, SynCTI (Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation), NUS

• Biotransformation Innovation Platform (Biotrans), A*STAR



International Research Laboratory between France and Singapore in Quantum Technologies, Quantum Computing, Photonics, Material Science

IRL MajuLab

Creation date: 2014
Dr. Christian Miniatura

IRL MajuLab     Website

Yianing Li, Mehedi Hasan and David Wilkowski, tuning the laser system for cold atom experiments. Credits: Singapore

Full view of the laser system for cold atom experiments. Credits: CQT, Singapore

Cloud of magneto-optically trapped Strontium atoms (blue spot). Credits: CQT, Singapore


The signing institutions of the IRL MajuLab are CNRS, Université Côte d’Azur, Sorbonne Université, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. The IRL Majulab is currently directed by Dr Christian Miniatura (CNRS). It is one of the 75 IRL developed by the CNRS with strategic partners across the world and one of the 5 IRL in Singapore.

In Singapore, the historical partner labs are Centre for Quantum Technologies (NUS) and School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (NTU).

In France, the historical partner labs are INPHYNI (UCA) and Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel (SU).

Mission and research themes

Mission: Bridge top researchers and labs of CNRS, UCA, SU, NUS and NTU into fruitful collaborative links and networks around selected topics in physics with a strong hold on quantum technologies.

Research Axes : Quantum Matter Physics, Quantum Information and Computation, Quantum Materials and Photonics.

MAIN projects of research

QuantAlgo – Quantum Algorithms (2018 -2021)

QND Measurement on Lattice Atom Interferometers with an Optical Clock Transition (2018-2021)

Energetics of fault tolerant quantum computation (2019-2021)

Visualizing Perovskite Growth to Unlock Optoelectronic Secrets (2020-2023)

Unconventional magnetism and magneto-transport in chiral metallic magnets (2020-2023)

laboratories involved

Université Côte d’Azur: INPHYNI, CRHEA

Sorbonne Université: LKB, LPENS, LPTMC, LIP6

Université Grenoble Alpes: INSTITUT NEEL, LPM2C

Université Toulouse III: LPT, LCAR

Université de Bordeaux: LP2N

Université Cergy Pontoise: LPTM


National University of Singapore: CQT, CA2DM, DPT of PHYSICS

Nanyang Technological University: SPMS (PAP), MSE, CDPT

Yale-NUS: Science Division

SUTD: Science and Maths Cluster

IRP FiberMed


French-Singaporean International Research Project

IRP FiberMed
Georges Humbert
georges.humbert (at)


IRP FiberMed


The IRP “Fibermed” (“Specialty optical fiber based biosensing for medical applications”) is developed in partnership between the research Laboratory XLIM, UMR7252, Limoges, France and the Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC) of Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Agency, Singapore. It addresses the development of new biosensing techniques and tool prototypes for medical diagnostics, by exploiting the properties of specially fabricated optical fiber as biosensing platforms

Missions and research themes

This IRP project is an extension of the PICS project implemented by the two partners from 2016 to 2018 entitled “Bio-detection platforms based on special optical fibers for clinical diagnostics” dedicated to the development of ultra-high sensitive Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) and Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) fiber-based platforms as practical clinical diagnostic tools.

The IRP project aims at associating the complementary and multidisciplinary expertise of SBIC and XLIM, for developing new biosensing techniques and tool prototypes for medical diagnostics at the bedside (in clinical environments). The originality of this project lies in exploiting the properties of functionalized special optical fibers to improve the performances of existing biosensing techniques or to develop new biosensing techniques. This project is based on XLIM’s expertise in the design and fabrication of specialty optical fibers, and on SBIC’s expertise in the development of bio-photonic based biosensing platforms for real-life medical applications in translational modalities with the medical and industrial communities.

MAIN projects of research

The properties offered by the optical fibers will be used for i) increasing the length of light-analyte interactions by the infiltration of the analyte into an optical fiber or by exposing the core to gases or VOCs via an exposed-core fiber, ii) improving the reliability of the measurements with a reproducible coupling between the optical fiber and the measuring device, iii) developing prototypes of fiber probes by exploiting the robustness and the intrinsic compactness of the optical fibers.

These properties will be exploited and associated to new concepts for developing the following projects of fiber-probe prototypes for medical diagnostics:

1 – Biosensing fiber probes based on Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)

2 – Biosensing fiber probes based on Metal Enhanced Fluorescence (MEF)

3 – Biosensing fiber probes based on Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR)

4 – Fork based photoacoustic spectroscopy for in-fiber analysis of VOC or gases

5 – Advanced in-fiber acoustic-sensor for all-fiber photo-acoustic sensing and imaging.

6 – Metasurfaces for developing polarization-sensitive fiber-probe (via waveform engineering).

The main expected results and benefits of the IRP FiberMed for both laboratories and its immediate environment are:

  • Generating scientific and technological knowledge,
  • Generating intellectual properties by filling patent applications throughout the chain of development of medical diagnostic tools (from the design of the optical fiber to the prototype tested in a clinical environment),
  • Prototyping realizations of biosensing tools compatible with medical applications,

Educating and training students at Master and PhD levels

institutions and laboratories involved

Coordination : Dr. Georges Humbert, XLIM, UMR 7252 – CNRS – Université Limoges, Limoges

Coordination : Dr Dinish U.S (UnnimadhavaKurupSoudamini Amma), Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC), Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Agency