SAN FRANCISCO—Intel Corp. said Thursday (May 24) it plans to plough more than $40 million into a worldwide network of university research centers over the next five years in an international counterpart to the company's U.S.-based Intel Science and Technology Centers program (ISTCs).
The Intel Collaborative Research Institutes (ICRI) will bring together experts from academia and industry to help explore and invent next-generation technologies, Intel said.
"The institute’s goal is to bring together experts from both academia and industry to form a new collaborative research community," said Justin Rattner, Intel's chief technology officer, in remarks introducing the program in London. "As we join with our academic and other industrial collaborators, we see the opportunity to collectively research and create an evolutionary leap for cities in terms of resource efficiency, new services and ease of living."
Intel said Thursday the ICRIs would collaborate amongst earch other, with their own multi-university communities and with other ICRI to strenghten its global research network.
Justin Rattner, Intel's chief technology officer, announces the company's new international university research program at a speech at 10 Downing Street, London.
Source: Intel Corp.
Intel announced it would establish an ICRI for sustainable connected cities in London with Imperial College London and University College London, a secure computing ICRI at Technische Universität in Germany and an ICRI for computational intelligence with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
In addition, Intel also announced that two previously established research centers would be incorporated into the ICRI program, the Intel Visual Computing Institute at Saarland University and the Intel-NTU Connected Context Computing Center at National Taiwan University.
Rattner said the ICRI for Sustainable Connected Cities would be a core member of the newly formed Intel Labs Europe UK R&D network. The network will consist of nine R&D locations and 350 people, he said.
"We are hopeful that we will be able to expand the program and include other industry and government sponsors to find new ways to accelerate the creation and adoption of valuable new technologies," said Chris Ramming, director of Intel Labs university collaborations office.
Academic research was used to being out of touch of industrial/ commercial and yet, leading the technology over 5 years. The gap has been reduced since 2000. The funding by Intel to academic research is a good move to Intel and will potentially attract young talent people to join the field. I wonder how Intel can draw the collaboration of the institutes and people from all around the world to enhance the research and to improve the time to market of the commercial goods.