Hervé Bourlard

Herve Bourlard

Professor Hervé Bourlard is Director of the Idiap Research Institute, a not-for-profit research institute affiliated with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of Geneva. He is also a professor at EPFL and Director of the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) on Interactive Multimodal Information Management (IM2). He is the author of more than 250 peer-reviewed publications, and manages several large collaborative European Union projects. His current interests include statistical pattern classification, signal processing, multi-channel processing, artificial neural networks, and applied mathematics, with applications to speech and speaker recognition, language modeling, and multimodal interaction. He also initiated several start-up companies, and is the recipient of prestigious entrepreneurship awards.

Work Experience  

  • Director, Idiap, 1996-present
  • Member of the Board of Directors, IdeArk SA, 2006-present
  • Director, National Center of Competence in Research, Switzerland, 2002-present
  • Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne, 1997-present
  • Project Leader, Polytechnic University of Mons, Belgium, 1995-1996
  • R&D Manager, L&H Speech Products, 1990-1994
  • Research Scientist, Philips Research laboratory of Brussels, Belgium, 1982-1990
  • Invited Scientist, ICSI, 1988-1989


  • PhD, Faculté Polytechnique de Mons, Belgium, 1992
  • Engineers Degree, Faculté Polytechnique de Mons, Belgium, 1982

Awards, Honors, and Significant Achievements

  • Over 250 publications, including one IEEE awarded paper
  • Fellow, IEEE
  • Member, Information Society Technology Advisory Group (ISTAG), European Commission
  • Member, Advisory Council of International Speech Communication Association
  • Member, IEEE Technical Committee on Neural Networks Signal Processing
  • Appointed Expert for the European Commission
  • Former Editor-in-Chief, Speech Communication
  • Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence
  • IEEE Best Paper Award, Signal Processing Magazine, 1997
  • Member of the ESPRC, Peer Review College, UK
  • ACM Senior Member
  • Fellow of the EPSRC College, EPSRC, UK
  • Expert for the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
  • Belgian "Christoffel Plantin" Award, annually granted to a "Belgian citizen, living abroad and whose cultural, artistic or scientific activities contribute to 'Belgian prestige' in foreign countries," March 2005
  • Nominated "Entrepreneur of the Year" for Valais/Switzerland by the newspapers "Le Nouvelliste" and the "Wallister Bote," as well as by the "Chambre Valaisanne de Commerce et de l'Industrie," December 2004
  • Nominee of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneurship award, 2002

Professor Bourlard's web page at IDIAP