Intel invests in UK institute to create global centre for research in sustainable connected cities

May 25, 2012 // By Julien Happich
Intel has announced the launch of the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities in partnership with two of the world's leading universities, Imperial College London and University College London.

The new London-based institute will be Intel’s first research centre and global hub dedicated to exploring how technology can support and sustain the social and economic development of cities worldwide. It will also collaborate with the emerging Tech City cluster in East London, using the social media expertise of Tech City-based start-ups to identify and analyse emerging trends within cities. The launch of the centre was unveiled at an event in 10 Downing Street, bringing together key decision makers and influencers from academia, industry and government. Simultaneously, Intel Labs Europe launched the Intel Labs Europe UK R&D network.

Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities will be a core member of the newly formed Intel Labs Europe UK R&D network. It will consist of nine R&D locations including London, Brighton, Swindon and Aylesbury, with further locations to be added by the end of 2012. The R&D network has been established to facilitate further collaboration between Intel and the UK R&D community and will act as a subset of Intel Labs Europe, focusing on research areas such as information security and high performance computing.

The new London based institute aims to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of city life with computing technology, helping to provide practical solutions to problems ranging from droughts and long commute times to wasteful use of energy. Using London as a test bed, researchers will explore technologies to make cities more aware by harnessing real-time user and city infrastructure data. For example, a sensor network could be used to monitor traffic flows and predict the effects of extreme weather conditions on water supplies, resulting in the delivery of near real-time information to citizens through citywide displays and mobile applications.

“In 2050, most of the nine billion people in the world will live in cities,” says Justin Rattner, Intel chief technology officer and director of Intel Labs. “Therefore the demands of cities will be highly