In October Intel Ireland played host to Intel Technology Week Europe 2011, an integrated week long series of events to highlight Intel’s Research Development & Innovation leadership in Europe; drawing more than 800 influential members of the Enterprise, Academic and Policy communities together with senior Intel technology leaders and European media.
The Intel European Research & Innovation Conference 2011 (ERIC) was the central event in the wider Intel Technology Week Europe. The week opened with the Intel European Technology Conference, a internal technology leadershio forum, and also included the Research@Intel Europe technology showcase, the European Design Science Symposium and the Inaugural address of Intel lecture series on Engineering Research and Innovation.
Intel European Research & Innovation Conference 2011
This year the fourth Intel European Research and Innovation Conference was hosted at the Intel Ireland campus with a theme of ‘Building a smart, sustainable and inclusive society through research and innovation partnerships’, which provided delegates with the chance to discuss and identify opportunities for tackling the myriad of challenges that we as a society are faced with including ongoing economic turbulence, the accelerating rate of natural resource depletion and the often unequal and non-inclusive nature of society.
This 3 day event comprised of keynote speaking sessions along with six relevant and diverse research focus areas - Silicon & Nanotechnology, Many Core and Architecture
Embedded Intelligence, Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Enabling Sustainability through Technology and Social Participation & Digital Communities.
Highlights of the event included keynote addresses from Taoiseach Enda Kenny and EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan Quinn who both underpinned the vital role of research and innovation.
“Europe's future depends on competitive industries that are able to grow and create jobs. This means investing in research and in new technologies and in creating a climate that boosts innovation. We are facing an innovation emergency. We need much more innovation in Europe, and we need it fast” commented Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny added “Innovation, research and development are key components of recovery and Intel is leading the way in these fields, delivering breakthroughs that will transform hundreds of millions of lives of people across the planet”.
Research at Intel Europe
Both Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn and An Taoiseach also had the opportunity to visit the Research at Intel Europe event which brought together more than 20 projects from across the European network of Intel labs and included live demonstrations of research, development and innovation from areas such as many-core architectures in action, energy research to promote sustainability through technology and retail and automotive examples of embedded intelligence.
The Research at Intel event had been officially opened earlier that week by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton who in speaking at the event said “This event is a demonstration of the incredible high tech research being performed by one of the world’s leading technology companies in Ireland. It is important to remind ourselves sometimes that we are the envy of many countries in having such companies and such activities here”.
Many of the projects being showcased at the event are the result of joint research among different divisions of Intel and its academic and industry partners and example of the research work included:
• ‘Wireless Energy Sensing Technology’ (WEST) is an easy-to-use plug-in device that uses pattern recognition to determine when different electrical loads turn on and off in the home. Using a simple application, homeowners can examine a variety of energy reports to help them better manage their energy consumption.
• The ‘Many-Core Applications Research’ community shows how more than 80 worldwide institutions are researching future software using Intel Lab's 48-core single-chip Cloud Computer concept chip.
• The ‘Dependable Cloud’ demonstrates how we are enhancing availability, reliability and manageability of cloud infrastructures of the future.
• ‘Understanding the Ocean’ shows how our research is exploring new low power, low cost high density sensor platforms which can be deployed virtually anywhere including power and communications challenged locations, with near real-time high bandwidth communications.
Inaugural address of Intel lecture series on Engineering Research and Innovation
The week-long series of events also included a lecture by Justin Rattner, Chief Technology Officer and Corporate Vice-President, Intel Corporation, on 'Changing the World through Engineering Research and Innovation'. The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D. also attended the event which was the inaugural address in a series of lectures on the subject which will take place over the next 6 months and which will be presented by international experts in this field.
The lecture series, which is being sponsored by Intel Labs Europe, has been organised by the Irish Academy of Engineering as part of their initiative to raise awareness among the Government, Industry and Academia of the vital role of Engineering Research and Innovation in Irish economic development and to effect associated change.
Images from the event can be found here:
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