History

The LIUM (Laboratoire d'Informatique de l'Université du Mans) was established about 30 years ago. It gathers most of researchers in computer science at Le Mans University and is located on two sites: the IC2 building in Le Mans and the IUT buildings in Laval. Since its creation, LIUM's main research themes have been Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) and Language and Speech Technology (LST).

LIUM in numbers

60 people among which:
- 28 Academic staff
- 26 Contract researchers and PhD students
- 4 Support staff

Partnerships: researchers cooperate actively with other French, European and international laboratories. LIUM has also formed industrial partnerships with Airbus, Orange Lab, Voxolab, OpenClassrooms, Symmetric/SBT, 44screens.
- Member of the NUMERIC department of the UBL
- Member of Atlanstic 2020 (grouping of digital science players in the Pays de la Loire region)
- Member of the Claude Chappe Institute

- CPU and GPU computing cluster (1000 CPU cores, 60 GPUs)
- Experimental room for research work in IT environment for Human Learning (audio and video recording)
- Software and corpus: SideKit/s4d, TEDLium, nmtpy, JemInventor, Moggle, Hop3X, UTL, Legadee, TraVis

Highlights

Production, protection and distribution of software and resources

LIUM produces a remarkable number of softwares related to its research activities. This includes the Hop3x environment, which is a IT environment for Human Learning dedicated to programming learning at Le Mans University, the creation of an integrated development environment dedicated to UTL (Usage Tracking Language), Sidekit/s4d toolkits for speaker recognition, and linguistic resources such as the TED-LIUM corpus. Most of these tools are distributed under open license.

Excellent results in international evaluation campaigns

LIUM regularly takes part in international evaluation campaigns in speech and speaker recognition and machine translation. The results rank LIUM among the academic labs that best master these technologies worldwide.

Some results:

  • Speech transcription: 1st at REPERE 2013 (French), 1st to IWSLT 2014 (Italian) and 2015 (German), 2nd at MGB 2015 (English) and 2017 (Arabic)
  • Text translation: 1st multimodal translation at IWSLT 2017
  • Speaker segmentation and clustering: 2nd at MGB 2016, 1st at MediaEval 2015 and 2016

CERIUM2

The TEL team owns a research platform in Laval (financed by the Laval agglomeration and FEDER funds) with a surface area of 146m2 including an experimental room of 53m2. This room can accommodate 18 learners and one teacher. The adjoining office is used to simulate distance learning and make observations of instrumented pedagogical situations.

Start-up

 Voxolab is a company co-founded by LIUM lecturers in 2014. It is a company specialized in the field of speech processing.