Technological platform

CENTAL Louvain-La-Neuve

The CENTAL technology platform provides expertise in the computer processing of textual data. Its services are available to members of the university community as well as to entities outside of the UCLouvain (institutions, companies, etc.) in a perspective of service to society. Contacts with companies consist of one-off services, consulting activities (scientific guidance of varying lengths) or research and development projects.

Support to university research

The CENTAL platform collaborates in the projects of several research centers of the UCLouvain, to which it brings its expertise in the computer processing of textual data. 

  • Selection and assistance in the use of NLP or lexicometric tools
  • Design of NLP software
  • Methodological advice
  • Training

 

Research and development

Contacts with companies are numerous and take the form of one-off services, consulting activities (scientific guidance of varying lengths) or research and development projects.

 

Exploration phase

  • Tests, calculations and preliminary analyses (pilot study)

 

Development phase

  • Realization of proof of concept
  • Partial or total realization of the specifications for the design or adaptation of innovative products, processes and services
  • Validation of one of these innovative products, processes and services
  • Analysis of the eligibility for patenting
  • Development of specific control methods
  • Optimization and validation of test protocols
  • Realization of assessments and in-depth analyses

 

Phase of (pre-)industrialization

  • Creation of basic prototypes for demonstration purposes
  • Realization of life cycle assessment studies of new products and impact studies of innovative processes, products and services
  • Support in the preparation of the industrialization: elaboration of technical specifications in order to design the technical implementation scheme
  • Validation of the production costs and estimation of the margin of an innovative product

 

Financing

In addition to regional aid for research and development, CENTAL is recognized by Innvoris and is approved for the use of innovation vouchers. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information.