Inria and InterDigital launch Nemo.AI, a joint research laboratory dedicated to the metaverse

To engage and employ scientists and engineers from the Brittany region in researching technologies that will shape the metaverse, Inria, the National Institute for Research in Digital Sciences and Technologies, and InterDigital, a research and development company on mobile and video technologies , announced on June 14 the launch of Nemo.AI, their joint laboratory. This public-private partnership aims to leverage the research expertise of the Inria and InterDigital laboratories to promote French participation in emerging innovations and global technology trends.

InterDigital, for more efficient networks

InterDigital, founded in 1972, with 540 employees, is a technology research and development company that provides wireless and video technologies for mobile devices, networks and services around the world. Develop mobile and video technologies that are at the heart of devices, networks and services around the world. InterDigital teams seek to solve 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 release.

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

Labcom Nemo.AI, a partnership around the metaverse

Referring to Captain Nemo, the scientist Jules Verne envisioned in his book “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, Nemo.AI aims to give the region of Brittany the means to carry out cutting-edge scientific research and explore the technologies that will define the media of tomorrow 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, PhD students, engineers and trainees, to work on the priority topics, scientists and engineers from InterDigital and Inria will act as tutors and research tutors . It will be based in the Inria and InterDigital laboratories and its members will be able to participate in 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 doctorates. But Nemo.AI is a great step forward for sharing a common research roadmap, exchanging ideas, sharing regular meetings and a true joint laboratory experience. This will allow us to face the scientific challenges posed by the development of metaverses, with a common medium-term strategy “.

Inspired by YS, the Breton city that, according to legend, was engulfed by waters, Nemo.AI’s first project, “Ys.ai”, will focus on developing new technologies to enable engagement in the metaverse.

More concretely, this project will examine the representation of users in the form of avatars and will explore 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 Labs, InterDigital Research and Innovation Department, concludes:

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

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