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CNRS International Joint Units (UMI) in ASEAN

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There are currently 5 CNRS international joint units (UMIs) in Southeast Asia, and 1 joint unit in social sciences and humanities in partnership with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UMIFRE).

How does a UMI work ?

An international joint lab (UMI) is :

  • a joint laboratory with permanent CNRS staff
  • located either in in France or abroad
  • staffed by personnel from both CNRS and the partner country
  • headed by a director, jointly appointed by CNRS and the partner institution
  • created for a duration of 4 years, renewable twice.


CNRS international joint units in Southeast Asia
Unit Full name Location Field of research Local partners French Partners
UMI 2954 MICA Multimedia, Information, Communication & Applications Hanoi Speech, image, human-computer interaction, multimedia communication Hanoi University of Science and Technology Grenoble INP
UMI 2955 IPAL Image & Pervasive Access Laboratory Singapore Biomedical imaging, Computer vision, Semantic reasoning, Deep learning, Wellbeing management A*STAR, NUS Institut Mines-Télécom, Université Joseph Fourier, Université Pierre et Marie Curie
UMI 3288 CINTRA CNRS International NTU Thales Research Alliance Singapore Nanotechnologies, Nanoelectronics, Nanophotonics NTU, Thales
UMI 3639 BMC BioMechanics of Cell-Cell Contacts Singapore Mechanobiology NUS
UMI 3654 MajuLab MajuLab Singapore Quantum information and cryptography, Bidimensional materials, Microfluidics NUS, NTU Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis
UMIFRE 22 / USR 3142 IRASEC Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia Bangkok Social sciences and humanities French Ministry of Foreign Affairs