Motorola Grant to Bolster Technology Research at NU

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Byline: Anne Schmitt Daily Herald Business Writer

Motorola Inc. has pledged $600,000 a year to Northwestern University to fund research on wireless multimedia devices and protocols.

The new Northwestern-Motorola Center for Telecommunications in the university's engineering school is part of an effort by Motorola to strengthen ties with local universities, said spokesman David Rudd. The grant also will fund research that Motorola can draw upon, according to Motorola Vice President Jim Mikulski.

"The projects will be collaborative and will also involve Motorola researchers," Mikulski said in a statement.

Motorola Chief Executive Officer Christopher Galvin has close ties to the school, having received his undergraduate and MBA degrees there. He now serves as a trustee of the school.

A committee of about 10 Northwestern and Motorola representatives has chosen five projects to start, including several that aim to develop technology that will move mobile communications beyond cellular phones and paging services.

"We would like to be able to transmit over the wireless channels multimedia data that could include audio, images, graphics and video," Aggelos K. …