Fujitsu to Open Computer Lab at University of Maryland
Glanz, William, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Japanese technology firm Fujitsu Ltd. will announce today its plans to spend $3.5 million to open an advanced computer technology research lab at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Scientists at Fujitsu, the world's third-largest information technology company with $6 billion in U.S. sales last year, will work in a private commercial lab. The same facility also will house a second research lab where students and Fujitsu scientists will work together on projects.
"It's a complex exchange, but it works well in terms of developing science on the campus and developing products in the company. This is just what the University of Maryland wants to do," says Steve Halperin, Dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the university.
It will be Fujitsu's ninth research lab, and its second U.S. facility. The company opened a lab in Silicon Valley in 1993, and the College Park facility is scheduled to open April 1.
Other companies working with universities include Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp., both of which have a research lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"It's been a long time since any of the biggies have opened a new research facility," Mr. Halperin says.
Fujitsu's California lab doesn't work closely with either a college of university. In College Park, Fujitsu will work with the University of Maryland to start test environments and carry out field experiments.
Research at the College Park labs will focus on developing technology to advance the evolution of the Internet and develop computers that perform functions people find useful.
The first project at the labs will focus on pervasive computing, says Kazuhiro Matsuo, vice president of Fujitsu Laboratories of America. …