23 Jul 2012
Fujitsu invests in Ireland's Internet research
Fujitsu Laboratories, subsidiary of global ICT giant, Fujitsu, is to invest in a research programme with Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) based in NUI Galway.
Covering "Networked Knowledge", the research will identify new models and commercial opportunities for exploiting the vast quantities of static and dynamic data on the Internet, making it more valuable to end-users.
The programme is receiving Government support from Ireland investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland.
"Big data will be the foundation for enabling such a Human Centric Intelligent Society, and we view the gathering, semantic analysis, and categorisation of big data, as essential," said Tatsuo Tomita, president of Fujitsu Laboratories.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, added: "Key to the Government’s plan to get growth and jobs back into the economy again is a determination to ensure that we get a better commercial return from State-funded research. Future networks is one of the areas selected, and today’s announcement that world-leading company Fujitsu is investing in industry-led research activity in this area shows what is possible."
The research will be led by Professor Stefan Decker, Director of DERI at NUI Galway, a leading scientist in the Semantic Web field. He and the research team will be investigating models and approaches for integrating and validating data available on the Internet with a view to enabling innovative applications and businesses to be designed and brought to the market across numerous industries.
"This programme will create high-end research jobs in Ireland, adding to our team of scientists here. With a strong focus on innovation and research, we expect that more job opportunities will arise as the research progresses," said Decker.
The research programme with DERI will begin in July 2012.
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