SAN FRANCISCO—Intel Corp. said Monday (Sept. 26) that its fifth university research center will be based at the University of Washington and focus on pervasive computing research for delivering technologies that offer a richer, more personalized experience to consumers of the future.
"The next generation of pervasive computing systems will continuously learn environments, objects, schedules and preferences of their users," said Limor Fix, Intel’s director of academic programs and research, in a statement.
Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) announced in January that it would invest $100 million in U.S. university research over the next five years. The company has previously announced Intel Science and Technology Centers (ISTCs) at Sanford University, the University of California-Berkley and Carnie Mellon University.
The ISTC for pervasive computing research will focus on developing applications that are organized around low-power sensing and communication, understanding human state and activities, and personalization and adaptation, Intel said. Researchers who focus on these challenges will be involved in all of the center’s projects, the company said.
Research at the new ISTC will center largely on developing new algorithms to extract complex context and activity information from sensor data, Intel said. For instance, the algorithms will not only sense that someone is in the kitchen but that the person is slicing ingredients for a particular recipe and whether the cuts are too thick for the recipe being used, the company said.
In addition to researchers from the University of Washington, which will operate as the hub of ISTC for pervasive computing, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Cornell University, the University of Rochester, the University of California-Los Angeles and Stanford University will also be involved in the project, Intel said. The ISTC for pervasive computing wil be co-led by Dieter Fox, associate professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington, and Anthony LaMarca, a senior scientist at Intel, the company said.