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InterDigital and Calit2 Collaborate on Innovation Challenge
[December 06, 2011]

InterDigital and Calit2 Collaborate on Innovation Challenge

Dec 06, 2011 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- InterDigital announced the InterDigital Innovation Challenge, a wireless technology research contest in collaboration with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology at the University of California at San Diego.

"We see this contest as a great way of stimulating innovation in the wireless arena, similar to the currently underway DARPA Shredder Challenge," said Calit2 Divisional Director Ramesh Rao, in a release. "We have an outstanding group of wireless researchers and I'm sure they'll be looking forward to competing in this national competition. The promise of a $100K award is bound to capture the imagination of our students, researchers and faculty." "As a leader in the development of advanced wireless technologies, InterDigital is proud to work with Calit2 - widely recognized as one to the world's premier academic research institutions - on creating a platform that will bring together some of the best and brightest in the field," said William Merritt, InterDigital's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Given the strong support and leadership of Calit2, we are confident that the InterDigital Innovation Challenge will generate a number of technical breakthroughs and fresh thinking that will help shape the future of wireless." The I2C will be launched in early 2012. It will be open to students and faculty of any North American University.

InterDigital plans to make a multi-year charitable donation to Calit2, funding the engineering contest. The I2C will enable Calit2 at U.C. San Diego to further its mission and strategic plan to extend its influence and reach into new innovations in wireless technology in academia and industry.

The contest is aimed to discover breakthroughs in radio signal propagation and processing, radio modem, radio network management and systems, compression and data management techniques, energy improvement in radio processing, and wireless and network virtualization.

The submissions will be evaluated by a judging panel comprised of participants from academia and industry, and $175,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top entries, including $100,000 for the winning team or individual.

The U.C. San Diego Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, together with Calit2's division at U.C. Irvine, houses researchers, organized around projects on the future of telecommunications and information technology.

InterDigital develops wireless technologies.

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