Nokia has opened a research facility in Silicon Valley to develop next-generation mobile technologies.
The company has signed a three-year agreement with Stanford University to develop joint research projects on collaborative mobile computing and applications.
"In our search for future disruptive technologies, Silicon Valley provides a unique blend of Internet companies, entrepreneurs and academic institutions offering a distinct environment to foster open innovation and collaboration," said Bob Iannucci, senior vice president and head of the Nokia Research Centre in Palo Alto.
Research at the facility will initially focus on context-aware content and communities, advanced user interfaces and visual media, wireless grids and radio and sensor networks.
Nokia hopes to develop technology to help make the most of search and advertising, collaboration, multimedia and emerging short-range radio services.
Part of the deal with Stanford will include new project-oriented courses on mobile computing and services at the university.
Jim Plummer, dean of Stanford's School of Engineering, said that he is excited to have Nokia as a new neighbour.
"Industry collaborations have played an important role in the history of the university, and many innovations have resulted from collaborations with partners in Stanford's Industrial Park," he said.
Nokia's Research Centre will employ around 35 researchers initially, with plans to expand to more than 100 as projects are established.
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