Intel announced plans to partner with two leading universities in London to launch the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities.
Announced at No. 10 Downing St., the Institute will explore how technology can help support and sustain social and economic development in cities around the world. This will include research into how technology can help solve problems like drought, long commute times and wasteful uses of energy.
"In 2050, most of the nine billion people in the world will live in cities," says Justin Rattner, Intel chief technology officer and director of Intel Labs. "Therefore the demands of cities will be highly representative of the demands of humanity. Addressing these demands will be at the heart of the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities, driving the development of new services to enhance people’s quality of life."
The chip giant will partner with the UK's Imperial College London and University College London to launch the research center and has also announced plans to collaborate with start-ups in London's Tech City to use social media in the analysis of emerging trends within cities.
"This new investment from Intel is great news for the UK economy and is recognition of the Government’s commitment to ensuring that the UK becomes the technology center of Europe building on success such as Tech City and the recent investments in supercomputing," said Chancellor George Osborne. "It is investments like this that will help us put the UK on the path we need to take to create new jobs, new growth and new prosperity in every corner of our country."
The London research center will also be a part of the Intel Labs Europe UK R&D network, which will consist of nine R&D facilities. This network will be a subset of Intel Labs Europe and is designed to connect Intel with the UK R&D community. The network will focus on information security and high performance computing. Locations will include London, Brighton, Swindon and Aylesbury. Further locations are expected to be added by the end of the year.