EMC Innovation Network - IISc, Amrita University becomes first Indian b-schools to Join Prestigious Institutes Globally

 | December 27,2011 03:14 pm IST

EMC today announced it has extended its global corporate research program – the EMC Innovation Network – to India, and as part of the program, EMC’s India Center of Excellence (COE) will fund concentrated research efforts in India through University Collaboration to discover and explore technologies shaping the information infrastructure of the future. India now forms a fifth node of EMC’s worldwide Innovation Network, which has existing initiatives in the United States, China, Ireland, Russia, Israel, Egypt, and Brazil.



EMC has begun its University Collaboration program with the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc) and Amrita University, Coimbatore. EMC will work with IISc specifically on the analysis of unstructured data, concerned with the discovery of patterns and trends in large data sets; and with Amrita University on information security. These are the first two universities in India to be part of EMC’s university collaboration research efforts and the EMC Innovation Network. They join global esteemed institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Peking University, and other universities at EMC’s world-wide locations.


IISc and Amrita University were identified on the basis of their commitment to research, quality of technical talent at faculty and student levels, and their expertise in key areas identified by EMC in information infrastructure technologies. EMC’s India COE will establish deep collaboration efforts with both institutes with the sole purpose of innovating new solutions for emerging challenges. 


Founded in 2007, the EMC Innovation Network is the company's global research and innovation collaboration, connecting advanced technology researchers with university and industry partners, including startup companies, from around the world. Following its mission statement to, "Expand knowledge locally, Transfer it globally and Leverage it strategically," the network builds fruitful collaborations between EMC's R&D operations and the technology communities in each region. By bringing together talent from inside and outside the company, EMC is expanding its knowledge in strategic areas of technology through a continual exchange of information. 


EMC aims to extend its research collaboration in India considerably, and establish strong engagements with Indian technical institutes that offer subject matter expertise and deep technical know-how on information infrastructure technologies. 


Commenting on the announcement, Niranjan Thirumale, Chief Technology Officer, EMC India Center of Excellence said, “Universities offer an unparalleled environment for deep thought and unconstrained, breakthrough research. They play a key role for technology companies committed to innovation such as EMC. The EMC India COE has evolved into a true “center of excellence” and through University Collaboration, it is now deepening its engagement in India further. Our research efforts will help drive innovations to the market more quickly and help EMC remain strategically vibrant.” 


“The university research started at IISc and Amrita University are squarely focused in areas of critical importance to EMC: security and analytics. I’m hoping that more EMC employees at the India COE can engage in this effort and keep the rest of the business informed.” said Jeff Nick, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, EMC Corporation. 


“We have been collaborating with EMC on analysis of unstructured data since the middle of September, 2011. A large company such as EMC that has been innovating over the years has the knowledge of real-world problems of importance, as well as an appreciation for research. An academic research institution such as the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and specifically the Computer Science and Automation Department of IISc, has expertise in mathematical tools and techniques, and is always looking for new domains and problems for making an impact. Such complementary capabilities should naturally lead to a meaningful collaboration. Additionally, such collaboration helps to convince our students about the practical relevance of the techniques that they learn in class, apart from making them aware of important and challenging real-world problems.” said Indrajit Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Automation Department, Indian Institute of Science.