IPAL is a French-Singaporean joint research laboratory, based in Singapore and formed in 1998 as a special overseas French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) laboratory (Postulant Team — Equipe Postulante EP CNRS) in order to create a local framework for collaborative research projects among the CNRS, the A*STAR's Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) and the National University of Singapore (NUS).
This first research structure was homologated as Research Formation in Evolution (Formation de Recherche en Evolution FRE CNRS) in 2000.
In 2007, IPAL became an UMI CNRS lab (i.e. CNRS International Joint Research Unit — Unité Mixte Internationale), the highest scientific ranking among CNRS labs overseas. The UMI agreement was signed in January 2007, for an initial period of 4 years (renewable), between the CNRS, I2R/A*STAR, NUS, and the Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France.
This agreement has been renewed in January 2011, by adding two new top collaborators: the Institut Mines-Télécom and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Sorbonne Universités. During this period IPAL research was organised following two-research axis: Biomedical Image Understanding and Pervasive Access and Wellbeing Management.
Today, IPAL is renewing the agreement for new 4 years term, from january 2015 to december 2018, with a focus on Inclusive Smart Cities and Digital Health, in line with Smart Nation initiative conducted by I2R. For more information, visit http://ipal.i2r.a-star.edu.sg/