Published On: Fri, Nov 14th, 2014

AOL Donates $5 Million to New Cornell-Technion Research

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AOL is set to contribute $5 million to the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, for the formation of the Connected Experiences Laboratory. The laboratory will explore and create technologies at the forefront of the digital ecosystem – including analytical techniques that fuse diverse personal data streams into actionable insights; content personalization that works across delivery platforms; and connectivity tools that deepen and sustain engagement within families and communities.

Cornell and The Technion say that the Connected Experiences Laboratory will innovate the way we live.

Building on the international reach and span of both organizations, the collaboration will extend to the Technion in Israel, with part of the gift supporting activities there in coordination with AOL Israel.

A first collaboration of its kind for Cornell Tech and AOL, the AOL gift will allow researchers at Cornell Tech and at the Technion in Israel to address a varied set of areas including communication and coordination, food and wellness, education and safety, information and entertainment. The research will catalyze the use of data to make choices about behaviors, content and products.

The partnership with AOL will allow Cornell Tech and Technion researchers access to resources — platforms and engineering and product knowledge — that is not readily available in academic settings, ” said Dan Huttenlocher, Dean of Cornell Tech. “We see this not just as a one-way gift, but a beginning of a collaboration that will set new standards in how industry and academia work together to make the world better and advance the New York tech scene.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Jacobs Institute, Cornell Tech and Technion, home to some of the worlds’ best researchers and innovators, ” said Bill Pence, AOL’s Chief Technology Officer. “Cornell Tech’s grounded, human-centered approach to developing cutting-edge technologies and systems aligns perfectly with the heart of AOL’s strategy where Culture Meets Code.”

The AOL gift will support a multinational laboratory for Connected Experiences, or ConnX, over four years. A fellowship program will support graduate students at each locale, and help the research activities of faculty in each location, 50% of them female. “Diversity should be top of mind for every tech organization, academic or otherwise, ” said Mor Naaman, Associate Professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, CoFounder, ConnX Lab.

The faculty in the new ConnX lab will include Shiri Azenkot and Serge Belongie at Cornell Tech; and Anat Rafaeli, Nir Ailon and Roi Reichart at Technion.

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