Infosys to fund research centre at US varsity

June 4th, 2008 - 8:16 pm ICT by IANS  

New York, June 4 (IANS) Infosys Technologies, the global IT services and consulting company based in Bangalore, has decided to fund a research centre at the University of Southern California (USC)’s engineering school. The agreement exploring interaction in research, education and training in areas of interest to both Infosys and USC was announced Tuesday and will include joint research, bilateral visits by researchers, student internships and distance education.

Under the agreement, the Center for Research & Education in Advanced Software Technologies (CAST) will be opened on the USC campus in Los Angeles with Infosys funding. It will facilitate joint research and education in such areas as software architecture, service oriented architecture and information integration, intelligent systems and agents, mobile and wireless systems, sensor networks and CAD frameworks and tools for hardware and software, a joint press release by Infosys and USC said.

The agreement was signed by K. Gopalakrishnan, CEO and managing director of Infosys, and Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering.

“Infosys’ global vision of engineering is compatible with that of the Viterbi School and the USC,” said Yortsos. He noted that the Viterbi School has more graduate students enrolled from India than any other country except the US.

Calling the US the hub for innovation in science and technology, Subu Goparaju, vice president and head of Infosys’ SETLabs, said, “Through this collaboration we hope to work with the best and the brightest engineering talent in the world on innovative technology solutions.”

The agreement is part of a larger Infosys programme to engage with leading Indian and international universities to facilitate research in areas including software engineering, information management, knowledge engineering, game theory, and IP lifecycle management.

Infosys has previously been collaborating with academic institutions with its global internship programme, InStep, and its industry academia programme, called Campus Connect. The Bangalore company has also been hiring university graduates from outside India, training them in India and sending them back to work in their home markets.

USC has among the largest number of international students of any US university. At its Viterbi School of Engineering, nearly 3,800 graduate students pursue degrees in more than 25 fields in a programme that is consistently ranked among the top 10 by the US News and World Report magazine. With more than $170 million in external funding support, the school is among the nation’s highest in volume of research activity.

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