SOURCE: Global Connexus

September 08, 2008 12:28 ET

International Researchers Establish Center for Internet Excellence

University of Oulu, Finland Selected as Site for Research of Pioneering Technology and Innovations in the Internet and Service Sector

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - September 8, 2008) - Working in cooperation with the City of Oulu, Finland and The Oulu Innovation program, Global Connexus today announced that a Center for Internet Excellence is being set up at the University of Oulu as an independent unit with operations scheduled to begin in 2009.

Between 100-200 international researchers from the University of Oulu, Nokia, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Oulu University of Applied Sciences, and research groups from future project partners will work at the Center, with support from the City of Oulu and Technopolis, one of Europe's largest technology incubators.

"The Center for Internet Excellence and its operational concept will enhance our basic research and promote our primary objective, which is to develop into a world-class research university," said Rector Lauri Lajunen of the University of Oulu. "The choice of the University as the site for the Center was based on the high standard of multidisciplinary competence of the scientific community here, which will enable Internet research from the perspective of telecommunications, information technology and software research, economics and the humanities."

The goal of the Center for Internet Excellence is to produce research of a high international standard, pioneering technology, and innovations in the growing areas driven by the Internet and the service sector. Subjects of research will include ubiquitous Internet technologies, interaction between people and the Internet, and new multimedia applications and means of communication. Priority in basic and applied research will eventually be determined in working groups made up of the member organizations. Broad multidisciplinary methodologies, transparency, the benefits of global research networks, a joint testing infrastructure, networking and a result-oriented mode of operations will be typical of the Center.

"This is an important initiative for Nokia in a key business area," said Erkki Ormala, vice president, Technology and Trade Policy, Nokia. "It will increase competitiveness, create new business opportunities and promote realization of a new environment of collaboration."

Long established innovative institutions in the Oulu area combined with a highly educated local workforce were major factors in Nokia's decision to take part in the founding of the Center. Nokia, like other equal partners, played a role in developing the concept of the Center including the basic funding and selection of projects. Depending on the need, Nokia will locate its own personnel in the facilities of the Center. Oulu is currently home to significant Nokia R&D operations.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland will develop mobile Internet technology and business competence together with the other partners in the Internet Center for Excellence. Research will be supported by a joint professorship at VTT and the University of Oulu in mobile telecommunications business competence.

"We'll increase interaction among researchers by combining research groups from different institutions with support for entrepreneurship," said Jussi Paakkari, technology director at VTT. "New concepts that combine new technology, business know-how, ease-of-use, and data security will be tested."

"The Center for Internet Excellence is a significant concrete step in restructuring wireless technology research," said Matti Pennanen, Mayor of Oulu. "The model for collaboration will enable the Center to better support the commercialization of global top-level basic and applied research."

The Oulu University of Applied Sciences will contribute its lengthy experience in content production for cross-disciplinary Internet technology and applied research. "In collaboration with other researchers, the University of Applied Sciences will produce new knowledge that it can immediately integrate with education," said Lantto. "The Center for Internet Excellence will offer the University of Applied Sciences an opportunity to work in direct and active contact with companies and other researchers around the world."

About Oulu, Finland

Oulu is a technology hub of Europe. In this time of digital revolution, Oulu has firmly established itself as one of the world's most significant centers in wireless communication development. Oulu offers a vibrant mix of business, research, and education that continually inspires new companies and products towards success in the world market. Oulu is a great place to develop competence and build success, as demonstrated with more than 800 hi-tech businesses operating in the region, including Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, Polar, F-Secure, Wipro and Flextronics. In addition to top-level international business, Oulu is home to many world-class education and research institutions. For more information please visit www.businessoulu.com.

About Global Connexus

Global Connexus is an exceptionally well-qualified management consulting firm located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. The mission of Global Connexus is to deliver a range of business consulting and launch services in North America, Asia and Europe for Finnish companies from the Oulu region of Finland. Global Connexus works closely and in cooperation with the City of Oulu and The Oulu Innovation program. For more information please visit www.globalconnexus.com

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