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Nokia partners with MIT lab

Nokia Thursday said it will work with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to research new areas of mobile technology. Nokia and the university are setting up a new research center close to the MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass. The center will come into operation on January 1, 2006.

At the new Nokia Research Center in Cambridge, 20 researchers each from CSAIL and Nokia will work together on new concepts and products that the center's founders hope will make mobile phones part of an "ecosystem of information, services, peripherals, sensors and other devices," officials said. The facility will also work on new user-interfaces that incorporate speech and other functions, new mobile computing platforms that use low power and wireless communication, and improved software architectures.

The new center will be headed by Dr. James Hicks from Nokia Research Center.