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2010-09-02
Intel and Nokia set up joint lab in Oulu

Intel and Nokia have established a collaborative research laboratory at the Center for Internet Excellence (CIE) based at the University of Oulu in northern Finland. Known as the Intel and Nokia Joint Innovation Center, the facility will bring together around 25 researchers during its first phase of operations.

Initially, the lab will focus on creating new and compelling Internet user experiences that leverage the rapidly increasing processing and graphics power of mobile devices.

As the latest member of Intel’s European Research Network – Intel Labs Europe – the new lab will work closely with Oulu Urban Living Labs, which provide a unique environment for sensor research, testing, and piloting technological and social innovations.

The lab is a continuation of the successful collaboration model established between Intel Labs Barcelona and the Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya in Spain, for example, the Intel Visual Computing Institute and Saarland University in Germany, and Intel Labs Berkeley at the University of California at Berkeley in the US.

"The University of Oulu's focus on future telecommunications solutions as well as electronics and photonics made it the perfect location for the Intel and Nokia Joint Innovation Center," says Intel’s Chief Technology Officer and Director of Intel Labs, Justin Rattner.

The Oulu region is home to a dynamic 3D Internet development community, and technologies such as the realXtend open-source virtual reality platform have been created on the basis of 3D Internet research carried out there.

"3D technology could change the way we use our mobile devices and make our experiences with them much more immersive," says Rich Green, Nokia’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer.

"Our new joint laboratory with Intel draws on the Oulu research community's 3D interface expertise and over time will lay down some important foundations for future mobile experiences."

See our article about the University of Oulu and the Center for Internet Excellence’s site for more information.

One of the first objectives of the new lab will be to develop new and compelling user experiences made possible by the growing capabilities of today’s mobile devices. Image courtesy of CIE.