Intel Labs opened its doors to the media, academia, partners and customers today at the 9th annual Research at Intel event, where Justin Rattner, Intel Corporation chief technology officer, unveiled more than 35 innovative research projects underway that will help transform the future of technology.
Many of these projects are the result of joint research among different divisions of Intel and its academic and industry partners. Additionally, Rattner announced the latest Intel Science Technology Center (ISTC), a new collaborative framework for security research between Intel and several leading universities.
Focused on secure computing, Intel’s latest ISTC is hosted at the University of California, Berkeley, and also includes partnerships with Carnegie Mellon, Drexel, Duke and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This center represents the next $15 million installment of Intel’s recently announced 5-year, $100 million ISTC program to increase university research and accelerate innovation. As with the first ISTC for Visual Computing, the new Secure Computing center will encourage tighter collaboration between university thought leaders and Intel.
“The co-principal investigators from Intel and UC Berkeley will lead a talented team of researchers from across the country to address today’s most challenging problems in computer security,” said Rattner. “Forming a multidisciplinary community of Intel, faculty and graduate student researchers will lead to fundamental breakthroughs in one of the most difficult and vexing areas of computing technology.”
The ISTC for secure computing will focus its research on a variety of areas over the next 5 years, including making personal computers safer from malware, securing mobile devices, both in terms of data protection for the individual, as well as making it safer to download data to devices, and use of third party applications. Another key area researchers will address is how to protect personal data once it is scattered throughout the Web. Today people share their personal data all over the Internet when signing up for a variety of services. Users exert little to no control over their personal data once they’ve granted access to it, and as such, the new ISTC will look into ways to give people more control and make their data more secure.
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