Nokia and the Indian Institute of Science opened a centre of excellence (CoE) to develop the vendor’s capabilities in robotics and advanced communication technologies in 5G and AI.
In a statement, the vendor detailed the centre will be based at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), a city that is known as the technology hub of the South Asian country.
The CoE will work to develop use cases across industrial automation, agriculture and disaster management. It will also engage academics, start-ups and industry paters to develop new use cases.
The agreement to set up the centre was concluded in 2020. Nokia will fund the centre for three consecutive years to sustain the first phase of the partnership between it and the Indian Institute of Science.
Nokia chief strategy and technology officer Nishant Batra said: “We want India to drive global innovation in an era of convergence where a few years from now, extended reality (XR) and digital-physical fusion will allow us to create, collaborate and communicate in unprecedented ways. There is substantial untapped intellectual capability and competence in India, and our collaboration with a prestigious institution like IISc will enable exciting possibilities for industry and society.”
Indian Institute of Science director Professor Govindan Rangarajan added: “Next-generation communication technologies like 5G and 6G will contribute enormously to the growth of India’s economy. Our collaboration with a world-class company like Nokia will enable us to explore new frontiers for advanced technology research to benefit society as well as provide state-of-the-art training to our students to enable them to become technology leaders in the coming decades.”