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NAVER LABS EUROPE

NAVER LABS is an ambient intelligence technology company owned by NAVER Corporation, Korea’s leading internet content services company and one of the world’s most innovative companies.

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NAVER LABS Europe is the biggest industrial research lab in artificial intelligence in France.

Our ambient intelligence vision

Ambient intelligence technology has an organic understanding of users and their contexts to provide meaningful and useful services at any time.

With a deep understanding of life and ambient intelligence technology, our world class research team is working towards creating a world where people can focus on what’s important to them without having to constantly learn new tools to do so.

Areas of application include machine translation, aspect based sentiment mining, news recommendations, semantic mapping of indoor and outdoor environments, 3D environment reconstruction, robot navigation, multimodal mobility and shopping services.

NAVER LABS Europe is part of NAVER LABS, an ambient intelligence technology company creating services that deeply understand users and their contexts.

LABS is part of NAVER Corporation, Korea’s leading internet company with annual revenue of more than 3 billion euros. NAVER LABS researchers, engineers and designers work on future technologies including autonomous driving, robotics and artificial intelligence. Since 2013 the LABS have led NAVER’s innovation in technology through products such as the AI-based translation app ‘Papago’, the omni-tasking web browser ‘Whale’, the virtual AI assistant ‘WAVE’, AMBIDEX, the biologically-inspired robotic arm, in-vehicle information entertainment system ‘AWAY’ and AROUND, the 3D indoor mapping robot.

The primary areas of research at NAVER LABS Europe are computer vision, natural language processing and machine learning and optimization. The technical expertise of the centre is enriched with the knowledge gathered from its ethnographers who develop a deep understanding of how people interact with technology to combine both human and machine elements. The work and the people at the centre are regularly recognized and awarded in international competitions and forums. Alongside its research and development the centre runs a global partner program where we take part in European Union and national R&D projects. NAVER LABS Europe is in Grenoble, France.

NAVER LABS Europe was previously the Xerox Research Centre Europe, created by Xerox in 1993. NAVER acquired the research centre in August 2017.

Read more about this change from Florent Perronnin, Director of Science and Engineering in the article NAVER LABS Europe, the start of something big and an invitation to come join us.

The centre was the first in the world to explore a number of technologies.

Starting in the 1990’s, its scientists 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 now form the underlying structure for how we do business in an online world. Our seminal methods for visual categorization and reinforcement learning led to the world’s first commercial image categorizer.

PARTNERS

RESEARCH – EU/GOVT – BUSINESS – ENTREPRENEURS

Our partnerships range from long-term fundamental research to investment in products and services.

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12 June 2019

“I Don’t Understand…” Issues in Self-Quantifying Commuting

This paper illustrates the results of a study that we conducted on the effectiveness of self-tracking of commuting data where participants received daily feedback on the financial costs and CO2 emissions associated to their mobility practices.
29 May 2019

Improving the Generalization of Visual Navigation Policies using Invariance Regularization

Training agents to operate in one environment often yields overfitted models that are unable to generalize to the changes in that environment.
27 May 2019

Visual Localization by Learning Objects-of-Interest Dense Match Regression

We introduce a novel CNN-based approach for visual localization from a single RGB image that relies on densely matching a set of Objects-of-Interest (OOIs).
12 June 2019

NAVER LABS Europe ranks first in international benchmark in visual localization.

Results to be presented at Long Beach, California on June 17th at CVPR 2019, the world’s premier event in computer vision.
28 May 2019

Thirty-sixth International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2019), Long Beach, CA, USA

NAVER LABS EUROPE and Clova AI, are Gold Sponsors of the event. We're presenting on the booth in between workshops and papers and hope to see you there!
28 May 2019

CVPR 2019, Long Beach, CA, USA

We have 3 papers, 2 workshop papers and are winners of the 'Local Features' Visual Localization challenge! Come talk to us on the booth.
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14 June 2019
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An Augmented Reality Guide for Museums

The acme of perfection of AR is when you can’t distinguish the virtual from the real. We experiment with AI and computer vision in our AR museum guide ARAO to make the physical experience a natural one.
14 June 2019
Making maps evergreen with deep learning, robots and computer vision

Making maps evergreen with deep learning, robots and computer vision

A system that correctly detects when places have changed to automatically update complex indoor maps. Dataset available for research.
7 June 2019
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MARS: Motion-Augmented RGB Stream for Action Recognition

This blog presents our CVPR’19 paper on “MARS: Motion-Augmented RGB Stream for Action Recognition” done with the Thoth team at Inria.