Qualcomm in Talks to Fund Robotics Initiative at UC San Diego
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underwrite robotics R&D and recruit scientists and engineers across a range of disciplines. While the report says the initiative would enable UC San Diego to join the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University “among the ranks of the nation’s top robotics programs,” it’s becoming increasingly clear that robotics is emerging as one of the next big things in technology—and San Diego has a lot of catching up to do to match the clusters of diverse robotics industries already proliferating in Silicon Valley, Pittsburgh, and Boston.
As the primary corporate benefactor, Qualcomm also would undoubtably want to align the new robotics institute’s research objectives with its own priorities, which consist mostly of building out the ecosystem for its proprietary wireless technologies.
The U-T report includes a Q&A with Ramesh Rao, director of the UC San Diego division of Calit2, the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (and an Xconomist), who is helping to pull the project together.