Cambridge University joins forces with Nokia on research

Cambridge University and Nokia are to establish a joint research centre at the university.

Cambridge University and Nokia are to establish a joint research centre at the university.

Nokia will collaborate with several university departments and the site will be located at the West Cambridge site of the university. Initially, Nokia will work with the university’s Nanoscience Centre and electrical division of the engineering department.

Professor Ian Leslie, pro vice-chancellor for research at the university, said, “One of the greatest advantages to the university is the opportunity to work closely with a recognised worldwide leader in technology products and applications on ‘real world’ challenges and initiatives.”

Nokia will initially base around ten people at Cambridge. The agreement is intended to be long term and the number of Nokia researchers at the university is set to rise over time. 

Dr Bob Iannucci, Nokia senior vice president and head of the Nokia Research Centre (NRC) arm of the company, said, “Such open collaboration is central to NRC’s strategy, because it enables us to bring together some of the leading researchers in our fields of interest and to benefit from each other’s different backgrounds and perspectives.”

Cambridge is a leader in nanotechnology research, with successes across the university in nanoelectronics, novel materials and coatings, biologically inspired nanostructures and advanced characterisation tools. 

“Cambridge and Nokia share a common belief in the ability of nanotechnology to deliver products and applications of tangible value to people,” said professor Mark Welland, director of the IRC (Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration) in Nanotechnology at Cambridge. 

“The fact that we also share a common commitment to the responsible introduction of nanotechnology into the public arena adds a further unique dimension to this collaboration,” said Welland.

Dr Tapani Ryhanen heads Nokia’s global research in the nanotechnology area, and will lead Nokia’s collaboration with Cambridge.

He said, “Nanotechnology long ago left science fiction movies for the laboratory and, more recently, we saw the first commercial applications. The techniques we are developing really bring us a toolkit for working with the processes of nature at a very basic level – the level of molecules – in a safe and controlled way.”

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