The Department of Multilingual Information Processing (TIM) has existed at the School of Translation and Interpretation (ETI) at the University of Geneva since ISSCO, an independent Lugano-based research institute, moved to Geneva and became attached to the University in order to allow the Institute to benefit from a university environment.
ISSCO, originally the "Dalle Molle Institute for Semantic and Cognitive Studies", was founded in 1972 by the Dalle Molle Foundation, a private non-profit making Foundation devoted to research work aimed at improving the quality of life in a society which is changing very rapidly, especially with respect to the introduction of new technologies.
ISSCO's mandate was research into cognition and semantics. However, over the years the institute has come to specialise in natural language processing and, in particular as TIM, in multilingual language processing and translation issues. Sister institutes, originating from the Dalle Molle Foundation, are IDSIA (Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull'Intelligenza Artificiale), in Lugano, and IDIAP (Institut Dalle Molle d'Intelligence Artificielle Perceptive), in Martigny.
TIM/ISSCO is and has been involved in a large number of Swiss and European research projects, either as a coordinator or as a participant. ISSCO's work is reflected in the publications of its members, in the working papers, and in the tutorials and workshops organized either within a given project or as stand-alones.