Amsterdam, Bangalore – November 18, 2013
Infosys today announced a major four-year strategic partnership with COMMIT, a public-private research community in the Netherlands, to help create healthier societies across the world.
Infosys will bring its widely acknowledged technology leadership and financial investments to COMMIT’s Sensor-based Engagement for Improved Health (SENSEI) project as part of a wider consortium of partners. COMMIT’s SENSEI project aims to promote a healthier society globally through the use of an engaging smartphone application that enables users to exercise more efficiently.
Prof. Dr. Ir. Arnold Smeulders, Chairman of COMMIT:
“In this phase of the program, it is essential that COMMIT spreads its wings in the world. Infosys is the ideal partner to achieve this, as it opens many worlds where technology blends with use. Their expertise in understanding users across cultures can now be combined with the scientific skills of COMMIT to create new types of solutions for practical use. In today’s world, that combination is the right way to go.”
Subu Goparaju, Senior Vice President and Head of Infosys Labs:
“The SENSEI application will not only help people exercise effectively but will keep them exercising for longer durations, while avoiding injury through overexertion. Infosys Labs, the research and innovation arm of Infosys, will offer cutting-edge expertise and technology to help bring this project to life – particularly in the areas of sensor data security and modeling. We anticipate this project will have a huge, positive impact on users around the world, helping them to stay healthy.”
COMMIT is a Netherlands use-inspired fundamental ICT research program based on a public-private partnership paradigm uniting academic research and (non-)profit organizations. Funded by the Government of Netherlands with €50 million and with a total revenue of €110 million, COMMIT is the leading public-private ICT research community focusing on solving grand challenges in information and communication science for tomorrow’s society. Ten universities, five technological institutes, and over sixty small and large businesses participate in sixteen public-private multiparty projects. The results transcend considerably beyond state-of-the-art knowledge transfer in an economic or societal urgent area.
The COMMIT community brings together leading researchers in search engines, parallel computing, databases, interaction in context, embedded systems and knowledge technology. The ambition of COMMIT is the creation of focus and mass for solving societal problems and seizing socio-economic opportunities. COMMIT considers this a two-way alley: Like ICT science drives the solving of societal challenges, societal challenges inspire ICT research as well. COMMIT partners will rise to a higher level in science, and at the same time they will be steered in their selection of problems by their high-tech partners. Simultaneously, high-tech companies will be made more competitive by tapping into a shorter time-to-market of new ideas proven to be robust in this program.
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