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Research institutes

4 research institutes, nearly 150 teaching and research staff!

The TechnoArk research institutes give businesses direct access to Swiss and international research funds!
  • Institute of Information Systems (HES-SO Valais-Wallis)

The Institute of Information Systems of the HES-SO Valais-Wallis is closely related to the Bachelor's and Master's degree courses of the same name and specialises in the development of information systems for companies in any industry. The Institute is active in high value-added areas of the local economy such as eHealth, eServices (digitization of services), eGovernment, eEnergy (energy management) or ERP. The Institute of Information Systems oversees the continuing education programmes in information technology. 


  • Institute of Entrepreneurship and Management (HES-SO Valais-Wallis)
Based on key values such as creativity, responsibility and sustainability, the Entrepreneurship and Management Institute (IEM) offers open and collaborative innovation spaces. It acts as a regional catalyst, developing the capacity to innovate and making local businesses more competitive. The institute has a staff of around twenty people.


  • Institute of Tourism (HES-SO Valais-Wallis)

The Institute of Tourism (ITO) makes its expertise available to tourist industry actors in Valais and the rest of Switzerland, through AR&D projects and carrying out commissioned work. The ITO's research work concerns the design of management and observation tools that can provide a greater understanding of the qualitative and quantitative significance of tourism. In addition, the institute promotes and supports innovation and cooperation, with the aim of renewing the visitor offer and increasing the competitiveness of the economic fabric. The ITO observes and analyses change processes related to the increased use of information and communication technology (ICT).

  • Icare Institute

“Reconciling atoms and bytes”

For over 25 years, the Icare research institute, based at TechnoArk in Sierre (Switzerland), has focused on the design and production of innovative software in the fields of the Internet of Things and ubiquitous computing. It also directs its expertise and its research towards object identification, computer vision and machine learning. These innovations are integrated into mobile devices (smartphones, wearable devices), which can communicate and interact with several value-added services available in the Cloud.