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Joint lab to work on future digital media apps

Posted: 29 Jan 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:laboratory joint? digital media application? Institut Alcatel-Lucent?

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs and the Institut Telecom inaugurated a joint research laboratory, which aims to work on future applications for digital media sector. The ceremony took place in the presence of Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, secretary of state for strategic studies and the digital economy, Jeong Kim, president of Alcatel-Lucent and Pascal Faure, chairman of Institut Telecom.

Today's digital society is characterized by a merging of communication means, data media and knowledge objects: the future will be one of the "ubimedia," a digital environment in which the individual sends, receives and passes on information. Thus, there will be a need for an extremely high level of continuity between ubiquitous communicationexchange of data anywhere, any timeand the digital media used for these exchanges, to create a dense, cognitive and always interconnected information universe. Institut Telecom and Alcatel-Lucent share this vision.

"The joint research program we are entering into with Institut Telecom is focused on taking innovative concepts and using them to enable new multimedia applications. It represents another important step forward for us in realizing our open innovation strategy," stated Jeong Kim.

This virtual laboratory comprises 64 researchers with international recognition in the engineering sciences (networks, service architecture, security, semantics mining etc.) and the social and human sciences, including one third of young researchers (doctoral research students, engineers and post-doctoral students), specifically hired for the project. The team is led by a scientific and operational joint management and has been set up for an initial five-year period, with the aim of becoming one of the leaders in future applications and services. It is financed equally by the two partners.

'Research actions'
The laboratory's activities are structured into interconnected "research actions". The first four actions chosen, to be followed by others, are:

??Developing a model of convergence for content/application/communities and proposing strategies of semantic and smart navigation in the digital world respectful of the security and confidentiality challenges;

??Increasing interactional bandwidth to allow more natural, more effective, more intuitive use of the mobile, for interacting with people, services and objects;

??Offering an infrastructure enabling the users to gain personalized access to multimedia services, making best use of their own resources (terminals, networks, communicating objects etc.) and/or the resources around them;

??And finally, build new business models, by integrating the user and his environment into an innovative open process as part of the new ecosystems.

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