Inria and InterDigital launch Nemo.AI, a joint research laboratory dedicated to the meta-verse

To engage and hire researchers and engineers from the Brittany region in the search for technologies that will shape the metaverse, Inria announced the National Institute for Research in Digital Sciences and Technologies, and InterDigital, a research and development company in the field of mobile technologies and video. on June 14 the launch of Nemo.AI, their joint lab. This public-private partnership aims to benefit from the research expertise of Inria and InterDigital laboratories to promote French participation in new innovations and global technological trends.

InterDigital, for more efficient networks

Founded in 1972, with 540 employees, InterDigital is a research and technology development company providing wireless and video technologies to mobile devices, networks and services worldwide. It develops mobile and video technologies that are at the core of devices, networks and services worldwide. InterDigital teams seek to address the industry’s most critical and complex technical challenges by designing solutions for more efficient broadband networks, better video delivery and richer multimedia experiences years before market implementation.

Through its patents and licenses, the company has developed strategic relationships with many leading technology companies and has six R&D centers, including the one in Cesson-Sévigné, near Rennes, acquired from Technicolor in 2019, which is also the most important.

Labcom Nemo.AI, a partnership around the meta-verse

Referring to Captain Nemo, the scientist as Jules Verne envisioned himself in his book “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, Nemo.AI aims to provide the Brittany region with the means to conduct groundbreaking scientific research and explore the technologies that will define tomorrow’s media experiences. . This project demonstrates the importance that AI can have for a responsible digital society.

Funded by the two organizations, as well as by the French government, the joint Nemo.AI laboratory will recruit local researchers, PhD students, post-doc students, engineers and trainees, to work on the topics that are defined as priorities, scientists and engineers from InterDigital and Inria will act as their mentors and research supervisors. It will be based in both Inria and InterDigital laboratories, and its members will be able to attend scientific seminars, organize public events, make joint presentations, etc. in both locations.

Franck Multon, senior researcher at Inria, head of the MimeTIC team, says:

“Inria has a long experience of collaborating with French researchers from InterDigital through several joint doctoral degrees. But Nemo.AI is a big step forward in sharing a common research roadmap, exchanging ideas, sharing regular meetings, and having a true shared lab experience. This will enable us to address the scientific challenges posed by the development of metavers, with a common medium-term strategy. “

Inspired by YS, the Breton city that, according to legend, was engulfed by water, Nemo.AI’s first project, “Ys.ai”, will focus on the development of new technologies that enable engagement in the meta-verse.

More specifically, this project will examine the representation of users in the form of avatars and will examine their behavior and their interactions with objects and between them, as well as the possibility of using the same avatars between different metaverse formats.

Lionel Oisel, Head of Video Laboratories, InterDigital’s Research and Innovation Division, concludes:

“We are pleased to launch Nemo.AI with Inria and know that this partnership will not only strengthen the scientific expertise and visibility of our region, but also create space for local researchers and engineers to contribute to the technologies and innovations that “will shape the technology of the future. Ecosystems such as Metaverse. Our expertise complements Inria’s strong research capacity, and together we will support innovation through this community.”

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