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Nokia, MIT Team On New Research Lab

The collaboration will "advance the state of the art in mobile computing and communications technologies," the partners said.
"For Nokia, this is a fresh approach to our research collaboration with universities," said Iannucci in a statement. "Bringing together the collective expertise of MIT and Nokia in mobile computing and communications provides a vehicle for rapidly generating new concepts and bringing innovations to the marketplace on a large scale."

The move by Nokia to advance its R&D efforts in the U.S. will bring the firm -- which currently sells more cell phones than any other company in the world -- into closer contact with U.S. mobile phone service providers. A champion of the European GSM standard, Nokia will be in a position to collaborate further with U.S. GSM service providers such as Cingular Wireless and T-Mobile.

Nokia currently operates R&D facilities in San Diego, Dallas, Mountain View, and Burlington. The company's U.S. headquarters is in Dallas.

The establishment of the Cambridge center was hailed by MIT's president Susan Hochfield, who stated: "Information and communication technologies are becoming ever more critical in all aspects of our personal and professional lives. By carrying out long-term research in these fields, including novel uses of hand-held devices, MIT and Nokia will make new communication opportunities and services available for people around the globe."

In announcing the establishment of the center, MIT and Nokia said the researchers will also examine the use of Semantic Web technologies, which are an extension of the Web that was developed in part by CSAIL and Nokia.

The company and the university have a long past with Nokia being a founding partner of MIT's Oxygen Alliance, the university's effort to create a new breed of computers.