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HP Labs Announces Research Collaboration with Top Telecommunications Institute

Researchers to Investigate Smart Spaces, Telematics

April 5, 2003

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HP Labs will pursue new wireless technologies as part of a research partnership with the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Cal-IT²), one of the world's most prominent centers for wireless technology development.

HP Labs, the advanced research center for Hewlett-Packard, has considerable experience in wireless technologies, working with such industry leaders as NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile communications operator.

Cal-IT² (pronounced cal-eye-tee-squared) is focused on development of a more powerful, wireless Internet.

"We expect this will be a productive and valuable relationship," said Fred Kitson, director of HP Labs' Mobile and Media Systems Lab. Kitson says he expects research to include smart spaces, sensor technologies and telematics, the convergence of telecommunications and information processing (automobile systems that combine GPS satellite tracking and wireless communications for automatic roadside assistance and remote diagnostics, for example).

The Institute is based at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), and incorporates faculty and students from UCSD, the University of California at Irvine, along with industry partners.

"The San Diego area is a hotbed for telecommunications research," said Kitson, who is a member of The Center for Wireless Communications, based at UCSD. The San Diego area's tech industry supports more than 150 wireless firms that employ over 40,000 people.

Cal-IT² is one of four science institutes created by the state of California to lay the foundation for the "next New Economy." Others are the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Institute for Bioengineering, Biotechnology and Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3). HP is a supporter of both CNSI and CITRIS.

by Jamie Beckett

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