This joint collaboration among Intel, Imperial College London and University College London aims to address challenging social, economic and environmental problems of city life with computing technology.
Using London as a test bed, researchers will explore technologies to make cities more aware and adaptive by harnessing real time user and city infrastructure data.
For example, through a city urban cloud platform, the city managers could perform real time city optimizations such as predicting the effects of extreme weather events on the city’s water and energy supplies, resulting in delivery of near real time information to citizens through citywide displays and mobile applications.
At this Institute, Intel and the Technische Universitat Darmstadt will explore ways to dramatically advance the trustworthiness of mobile and embedded devices and ecosystems.
For example, the joint research will seek ways to develop secure, car to device communications for added driver safety; new approaches to secure mobile commerce, and a better understanding of privacy and its various implementations.
By grounding the research in the needs of future users, the institute will then research software and hardware to enable robust, available, survivable systems for those use cases.
In a joint collaboration with the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the ICRI will explore ways to enable computing systems to augment human capabilities in a wide array of complex tasks.
For example, by developing body sensors that continuously monitor the owner’s body, researchers could then pre process this information and take appropriate actions.
The system can continuously monitor human functions from the brain, heart, blood, eyes and more, and send this data to a remote server that will combine them with other data such as environmental weather conditions, along with historical data, and could proactively warn people about a potential headache or dizziness during driving.
“Intel has long recognized that the computing industry is sustained by the efforts of many participants,” said Chris Ramming, director of Intel Labs University Collaborations Office.
“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.”.
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