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

To engage and employ scientists and engineers from the Brittany region in the search for technologies that will shape the metaverse, Inria, the National Institute for Research in Digital Sciences and Technologies, and InterDigital, a research and development company, announced in the field of mobile technologies and video, on June 14, the launch of Nemo.AI, their collaborative laboratory. This public-private partnership aims to leverage the research expertise of Inria and InterDigital labs to advance French participation in emerging innovations and global technology 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 for mobile devices, networks and services around the world. It develops mobile and video technologies that are at the heart of devices, networks and services around the world. InterDigital teams try 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 they hit the market.

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

Labcom Nemo.AI, a partnership around the metaverse

Referring to Captain Nemo, the scientist Jules Verne conceived in his book “20,000 leagues under the sea”, Nemo.AI aims to empower the Brittany region to conduct groundbreaking scientific research and explore the technologies that will define the media experiences of tomorrow. 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, doctoral students, postgraduates, engineers and trainees to work on the topics defined as priorities, scientists and engineers of InterDigital and Inria will serve as their mentors and research teachers. It will be located in both Inria and InterDigital labs and its members will be able to participate in scientific seminars, organize public events, give joint presentations, etc. in both locations.

Franck Multon, senior researcher at Inria, who heads the MimeTIC team, says:

“Inria has a long experience working with French researchers from InterDigital, through several joint doctorates. But Nemo.AI is a big step forward for sharing a collaborative research roadmap, exchanging ideas, sharing regular meetings and having a real collaborative lab experience. This will enable us to address the scientific challenges posed by the development of metaverses, with a common medium-term strategy.”

Inspired by YS, the Breton city that legend has it, Nemo.AI’s first project, “Ys.ai”, will focus on developing new technologies to enable engagement with the metaverse.

More concretely, this project will examine the representation of users in the form of avatars and 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 Labs, InterDigital’s research and innovation division, concludes:

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

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