Next Generation Research explored at Intel Ireland

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                                                   A delegate interacts with a technology demo at the

                                                   Intel European Research and Innnovation Conference 2010

Today, October 12th, marked the beginning of the 3rd annual Intel European Research and Innovation Conference. Intel has more than 1000 Research and Development professionals in Europe and is working to promote a world-class research and innovation eco-system. The Research and Innovation event, being held this week at the Intel Ireland campus, is an important building block in driving this vision for Europe. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Building a Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Society through Research and Innovation partnerships’ and explores how as we as a society can apply research and innovation solutions to meet the myriad of challenges posed by economic turbulence, the accelerating rates of natural resources depletion and the often unequal and non inclusive nature of society.

The conference brings together more than 400 delegates from across Europe and the Middle East representing enterprise, academia and policy makers. The event is being hosted this year at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare, Ireland which is Intel’s centre of manufacturing excellence in Europe. The campus is home the Ireland Fab Operation and Fab 24 advanced manufacturing facilities which produce latest generation silicon microprocessors.

The Intel Ireland campus is also home to a number of research and development initiatives including the Innovation Open Lab – Ireland, Intel Digital Health groups’ Product Research and Innovation Europe team and the Intel Technology and Manufacturing Research Europe group which includes research in Silicon and Nanotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing as well partnerships with the recently established Government led Competency Centre initiative.

Building on the dynamic research taking place at the Ireland campus, the conference will advance the further understanding of applied strategic research in Silicon and Nanotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing, Assisted Living Technologies and Enabling Sustainability through Technology.

The first day of the conference brought together a number of high-profile keynote speakers who addressed a diversity of topics including the Europe 2020 Strategy and the context of Research and Innovation within this, Ireland’s opportunity to be smart through flagship projects, global economic perspectives and the role of technology in our future.

The conference was opened by Conor Lenihan, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation who highlighted the deepening industry-academic research and development partnerships are significantly assisting in Ireland’s economic recovery efforts.

Minister Lenihan said “the theme of this conference could not be more relevant as the development of the “smart” or innovation-based economy is the key challenge facing Ireland. Clearly, industry-academic partnerships and collaborative research is an important means to address the challenges of making Irish enterprise more competitive, and to enable it to exploit new economic opportunities”.

The broad array of speaker topics also included perspectives from academia and Day One keynote speaker Prof. Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University in Ireland, addressed the audience about the role of the modern University in Socio-Economic Transformation, emphasising the importance of a focus on translational research and  its direct engagement with grand challenges of societal relevance – issues such as health, the environment, energy needs, the ageing population, and water supply.

The first day of the three day conference event also included keynote addresses from Intel Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group, Gordon Graylish and Dr. Genevieve Bell, who is the Director of Intel’s recently formed Interaction and Experience Research Lab.

Creating the next generation of technology experiences begins with understanding what people love about their everyday lives.  In her address, Dr. Bell discussed the complex relationships between technology and society.  “I am really interested in the interplay between technology and cultural practice – and the ways in which this will shape our futures.”  Dr. Bell emphasised that companies must recognise that different societies may have different expectations, rules and levels of acceptance toward technology and her lab’s charter is to understand these differences in order to create unique user experiences that people will love.

The conference continues over the coming days with detailed track sessions aligned with the conference research areas, workshops focused on Nanotechnology and Design Science, a poster session displaying over 100 research abstracts and an Intel technology showcase.

About the Intel European Research and Innovation Conference
The 2010 Intel European Research & Innovation Conference (ERIC) comprises of two distinct conference streams. The first stream took place in Braunschweig, Germany on September 21-22 and focused on the research areas of Many Core / Parallel Programming, Embedded / Automotive Computing, Visual Computing and Digital Europe/ Open Innovation. The second stream was hosted in Leixlip, Ireland, on October 12-14.

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