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MEDIA CONTACT: Cheryl Halle
561-297-1399, challe@fau.edu

FAU to Collaborate with Motorola Mobility and Google on New Mobile Applications

BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 22, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center — Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement (I/UCRC-CAKE) has partnered with Motorola Mobility to work on a joint-research project relating to the development of state-of-the-art mobile applications for various mobile platforms. Motorola Mobility, powered by Google, has provided $175,000 for I/UCRC-CAKE membership and project funding, along with $1.3 million of equipment for mobile-system development in support of CAKE.

"We are very pleased that Mobile Mobility joined our Center, which currently has 20 industry partners and more than $1 million in memberships,” said Borko Furht, Ph.D., professor and director of the I/UCRC-CAKE FAU site. “We initiated an exciting applied joint research project, and are confident that this is just the beginning of a long-lasting and successful collaboration with Google."

Ankur Agarwal, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science at FAU, serves as the principal investigator and has assembled a team of 10 graduate and undergraduate students who will be working on the project with him.

“Florida Atlantic University students will be getting a real-world experience in the university environment while working on cutting-edge technologies,” said Agarwal. “It is an amazing experience for our students to work on a Motorola-sponsored project and for them to get to know the senior management, which could lead to future job opportunities.”

CAKE was created to provide a framework for interaction between university, faculty and industry in the critically important areas of information technology, communication and computing. There are only 15 NSF-supported centers in these areas in the United States. The center operates as a site of the Florida International University center whose director is Naphtali Rishe, Ph.D. Affiliation with and membership to CAKE is open to industry, government agencies and others with research needs. The center provides its partners with numerous benefits including early access to research innovations, and opportunities to interact and work with faculty, students and industry peers.

Motorola Mobility, owned by Google, operates a 1-million-square-foot space for mobile device and home business services in Plantation.

For more information, contact Cheryl Halle at 561-297-1399 or challe@fau.edu.

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