CORAL GABLES, Fla., March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, The University of Miami Center for Computational Science and the Yucatan State Government, on behalf of its Information Technologies Innovation Center known as "Heuristic," signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize a collaboration to work jointly on research, innovation and technology projects.
At UM, a major research university engaged in more than $330 million in research and sponsored program expenditures annually, The Center for Computational Science (UM CCS) is engaged in nationally and internationally recognized interdisciplinary research programs that aim to solve the complex technological problems of modern society, using fundamental and applied aspects of computational science.
"This cooperation agreement reinforces the hemispheric strategy that the University of Miami is developing. It will provide a bridge for the University to interface and collaborate with researchers throughout the region, and create a true multidisciplinary environment," said University of Miami President Julio Frenk.
The international collaboration will create a research center to be named "The University of Miami Center for Computational Science for the Americas," which will ultimately be installed within "Heuristic," an Information Technology Development cluster, with the objective of creating a prime environment for IT companies to strengthen their capacity for innovation. This will become the R&D (Research and Development) platform for technology initiatives in Latin America.
"The focus of this collaboration will be a shared research and development infrastructure based on computational science, and research an innovation projects using that infrastructure. We are especially excited about the potential for joint research and innovation in the area of smart cities, work that has the potential to engage faculty and students at UM from many different disciplines," said University of Miami Executive Vice President and Provost Tom LeBlanc.
Since 2012, the Yucatan Government has invested in new infrastructure and provided funds for companies within both public and private sectors to position itself as Mexico's leading research and development hub, with an emphasis on Information and Communication Technology.
One of the Yucatan Government's R&D projects is Parque Cientifico Tecnologico de Yucatan (PCTY), which was created to shelter institutions and enterprises dedicated to technology development and innovation.
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SOURCE University of Miami