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Intel Launches Visual Computing Institute

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Intel and Germany's University of Saarland have launched Intel VCI, a new visual computing institute that will focus on software architectures and algorithms for visual computing, including new user interfaces and visualizing three-dimensional (3D) environments. Intel VCI will be located on Saarland's campus and will work with the German Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which plans to use VCI's facilities for research on next-generation applications such as the 3D Internet.

Intel's Justin Rattner says Intel has been working with Saarland scientists for years. "Given the growing importance of visual computing, it absolutely makes sense to intensify our cooperation and turn the institute into an internationally renowned center and motor of visual computing," Rattner says. Other German research centers, including the Max Planck Institutes for computer science and software systems, also will be able to access VCI.

VCI will work to improve the analysis, processing, transfer, and presentation of visual and other multi-dimensional data for use in research and the consumer electronics industry. The researchers will investigate how multicore computing architectures can support a more intuitive user interaction as well as the presentation of detailed 3D graphics.

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