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MIT, Nokia establish research lab

Posted by iTech - 2005-10-28

MANHASSET, N.Y. — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Nokia Research Center have announced a research collaboration to advance mobile computing and communications technologies.

The research facility will be designated the Nokia Research Center Cambridge and located near the MIT campus.

The collaborative work of the Nokia Research Center Cambridge will center on a view of the future where small handheld devices such as mobile phones will become parts of an "ecosystem" of information, services, peripherals, sensors and other devices. Research will address new user interfaces that incorporate speech and other modalities, new mobile computing platforms-- including low power hardware platforms and wireless communication, as well as new software architectures.

"Information and communication technologies are becoming ever more critical in all aspects of our personal and professional lives," said MIT president Susan Hockfield, in a statement. "By carrying out long-term research in these fields, including novel uses of hand-held devices, MIT and Nokia will make new communication opportunities and services available for people around the globe."

Approximately twenty researchers from MIT and twenty researchers from Nokia will participate in joint projects under the direction of a joint steering committee. Dr. James Hicks from Nokia Research Center has been named director of the Nokia Research Center Cambridge. Professor Arvind, Johnson Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, will be the program manager.

This collaboration builds on a relationship formed during past collaborations between MIT and Nokia. Most recently, Nokia was a founding partner in the MIT Oxygen Alliance, a major research project involving more than 150 researchers at CSAIL with the goal of creating a new breed of computers devoted to serving people's needs.

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