It's always good when we hear the word "investment" bandied about in the tech universe, and Intel has been using that term quite a bit over the past few years. Recently, the company announced plans to sink over $40 million (over the next five years) in a worldwide network of university research centers called "Intel Collaborative Research Institutes" (ICRI). According to Intel, it'll "bring together experts from academia and industry to invent the future of technology," with New Institutes including the ICRI for Sustainable Connected Cities in the United Kingdom; ICRI for Secure Computing in Germany; and the ICRI for Computational Intelligence in Israel. Each Intel Collaborative Research Institute is led by a "hub" school and will span multiple "spoke" universities, building a vibrant global community of researchers.
The three ICRIs will collaborate with their own multi-university communities and other ICRIs, as well as the U.S.-based ISTCs, strengthening Intel's global research network. In addition, two previously established centers are being incorporated in the ICRI program: Intel Visual Computing Institute (Saarland University) and the Intel-NTU Connected Context Computing Center (National Taiwan University), extending Intel's global research network even further. Each institute will have a specialized focus, but is encouraged to incorporate the unique environments within their region, country and area of research.
When we think of Intel, we typically think transistors. But it's great to get an eye-opening look at what else the company is doing; needless to say, we're eager to see what comes of all of this.