Sunday, April 23, 2006

Nokia Opens Research Center at M.I.T.

Nokia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announce the opening of the Nokia Research Center Cambridge. The new research facility, which is a collaboration between Nokia Research Center and MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), aims to explore and develop technologies that will be available in the marketplace in five to ten years.

The center is currently focusing its research on several projects, each part of a larger vision where mobile devices become elements of an "ecosystem" of information, services, peripherals, sensors and other devices. Specific projects include:

  • Project Simone addresses new ways to interact with your mobile device primarily using speech.

  • MobileStart provides a framework for task-oriented applications that interact via written language on the mobile device.

  • MyNet/UIA develops a way for different users to easily and securely connect various devices to each other and across the Internet.

  • Asbestos explores the use of new operating systems mechanisms for information flow control to prevent private information from being inadvertently shared or maliciously exposed.

  • SwapMe develops a platform for Semantic Web applications that are policy, preference, and context aware.

  • ComposeMe provides mechanisms for verifying interoperability of Web services.

  • Armo explores new design methodologies and languages to enable the development of high-performance, energy-efficient hardware for mobile devices.

The facility will have approximately 20 researchers from MIT and 20 researchers from Nokia. Joint projects will be managed under the direction of a joint steering committee, and Dr. James Hicks from the Nokia Research Center has been named director of the Nokia Research Center Cambridge. Arvind, Johnson Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at MIT, will be the program manager for MIT/CSAIL.

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