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Intel announced Monday a plan to invest $15 million over the next five years in
a multi-university, collaborative research institute in Israel.
institute will conduct advanced research in the field of computational
intelligence, which explores ways of enabling computing systems to interact with
users in a range of complex tasks, the company said.
It added that the
research would focus on the integration of the key underlying technologies
needed for computational intelligence: advanced processor architectures and
machine learning techniques to process rich sensory data and convert it into
“Intel has a long-standing relationship with the Israeli
academic community,” Intel Israel general manager Maxine Fassberg
“With this new institute, we plan to take this relationship to the
next level and it will encourage close collaboration among leading researchers
and institutions across Israel.”
Intel, the world’s largest manufacturer
of semiconductor chips, operates six development and manufacturing centers in
Israel, led by its Fab 18 plant in the southern town of Kiryat Gat. It said its
research institute would begin operations in early 2012, and that areas of
research would be selected carefully to enable collaboration between academic
researchers and the company’s own development experts.