Inria and InterDigital launch Nemo.AI, a joint research lab dedicated to metaviruses

To engage and recruit scientists and engineers from the Brittany region in the search for technologies that will shape the metaverse, Inria, the National Research Institute in Digital Sciences and Technologies, and InterDigital, a research and development company in mobile and video technologies, announced on June 14, the launch of Nemo.AI, their joint laboratory. This public-private partnership aims to leverage the research expertise of Inria Laboratories and InterDigital to advance French participation in emerging innovations and global technological trends.

InterDigital for more efficient networking

InterDigital, founded in 1972, with 540 employees, is a technology research and development company that provides wireless and video technologies to mobile devices, networking, and services worldwide. It develops the mobile and video technologies that lie at the heart of devices, networks and services around the world. Les équipes d’InterDigital cherchent à résoudre les défis techniques les plus critiques et les plus complexes de l’industrie, en concevant des solutions pour des réseaux haut débit plus efficaces, une meilleure diffusion vidéoínés et rich expésés a multid expé In the market.

À travers ses brevets et licences, la société a développé des relations stratégiques avec de nombreuses entreprises technologiques de premier plan et compte six centers R&D, dont celui de Cesson-Sévigné, près de Rennes coloré 2019, Technologiques, More important.

Labcom Nemo.AI, a partnership around the metaverse

Referring to Captain Nemo, the scientist imagined by Jules Verne in his book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Nemo.AI aims to provide the Brittany region with the means to conduct cutting-edge scientific research and explore the technologies that will define the media experiences of tomorrow. This project demonstrates the importance that AI can have for a responsible digital society.

Funded by the two organizations, as well as by the French government, the Nemo.AI joint laboratory will recruit local researchers, doctoral students, post-doctoral students, engineers and interns to work on the topics identified as priorities, and scientists and engineers from InterDigital and Inria will serve as research mentors and educators. It will be based in both Inria and InterDigital Laboratories and its members will be able to participate in scientific seminars, organize public events, give joint presentations, etc., at both locations.

Frank Moulton, senior researcher at Inria, MimeTIC team leader says:

Inria has a long experience of collaborating with French researchers from InterDigital, through several joint doctoral degrees. But Nemo.AI is a huge step forward for sharing a common research roadmap, exchanging ideas, sharing regular meetings, and having a true joint lab experience. This will allow us to address the scientific challenges raised by the development of metaverses, through a common medium-term strategy.”

Inspired by YS, a Breton city that, according to legend, was swallowed up by water, Nemo.AI’s first project, “Ys.ai”, will focus on developing new technologies to enable participation in the metaverse.

More specifically, this project will study the representation of users in the form of avatars and will explore their behavior and interaction with and between objects, as well as the possibility of using the same avatars between different metaverse formats.

Lionel Uesel, Head of Video Labs, Research and Innovation at InterDigital concludes:

“We are pleased to launch Nemo.AI with Inria and know that this partnership will not only advance scientific excellence and vision for our region, but also create a space for local researchers and engineers to contribute to technologies and innovations that will shape future technology ecosystems, such as the Metaverse. Our expertise complements Inria’s strong research capabilities and we will work together on supporting innovation through this community.”

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