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Intel Commits $100 Million To University Research Between Stanford and & 7 Other Universities

Posted Jan 26 2011 8:36pm

If you read further about what types of technologies are to be targeted here, you can see healthcare will be right in there as so much of research and development in image healthcare is software today.  3D modeling is mentioned and yes that’s right in there with imaging in healthcare.  Just yesterday, Stanford also was named the 3rd location for the Geron clinical trial program with stem cells for those with spinal cord injuries. 

30 faculty and 50 graduate students are to be committed to the center from Stanford.  We all know Intel has a spot for healthcare and Health IT as if you go back a few years, Mr.Gordon Moore’s (co-founder of Intel)  wife almost died in a hospital due to a medical error when receiving insulin injections when she was not a diabetic and that lead to their big contribution for the nursing school back in 2007.

Intel is planning to invest $100 million over five years to establish university research centers in the U.S. that will develop computing technology with clear commercial applications.

The chipmaker announced Wednesday that the first center would be led by Stanford University, which would act as the hub for coordinating research between Stanford and seven other participating universities: the Universities of California at Davis, Berkeley and Irvine; the University of Washington; Cornell; Princeton; and Harvard.

Four Intel researchers will be assigned to each center to push developed technology out of the universities and into the commercial computing market. The plan is to eventually have a total of six centers, each receiving $2.5 million in funding. Only U.S. universities will be involved. "This is a U.S.-only program, and for the foreseeable future, we expect this to be only a U.S. program," Justin Rattner, Intel CTO, said during a teleconference with reporters.

Each center will be focused on a particular research area, which will be broad in scope in order to provide researchers with lots of flexibility in direction. "We want to encourage new thinking and out-of-the-box thinking," Rattner said.

An advisory board comprised of university and Intel representatives will guide the research and the operations of a center. Other companies, including Intel competitors, could apply to participate in the research, but their acceptance would be up to the board. "It's not our goal to have as many possible companies or (government) agencies participating, but we certainly recognize that in the right situation, it's the best thing for the center," Rattner said.

The center led by Stanford University will focus on visual computing in personal computers, Internet-enabled televisions, and emerging mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones. Researchers will focus on several technology areas, such as the development of consumer-oriented software for building 3D models of places and buildings, including interiors and exteriors. Other areas include real-world simulation, so a person, for example, could build a virtual 3D character with human behaviors and natural motion. Such a character could be used for trying on clothes at a retail site.

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