Alcatel-Lucent and INRIA have signed a joint research agreement that commits the two organisations to partner in developing advanced technologies for the next generation Internet. As announced by Valérie Pécresse, French Minister for Higher Education and Research in her opening speech on the occasion of INRIA's 40th anniversary, Bell Labs and INRIA have committed researchers and resources to jointly research and develop critical technologies to realize the challenge of self organising networks - considered by many to be key for the future of networking.

Dublin City University (DCU) is to lead a multi-million euro research partnership funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) that will develop the next generation of high tech automatic language translation. This five-year research programme will transform an important sector of Ireland's global software business - localisation - as well as a key driver of the global content distribution industry. DCU is collaborating in the project with academic partners, University College Dublin, University of Limerick and Trinity College Dublin, and with the companies IBM, Microsoft, Symantec, Dai Nippon Printing, and Idiom Technologies as well as Irish SMEs, Alchemy, VistaTech, SpeechStorm and Traslan.

Holger Boche, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut HHI, has been awarded the prestigious Euro 2.5 million Leibniz Prize 2008 for his work on the mobile radio networks of the future.

Nokia Foundation has granted its 2007 award to Pekka Abrahamsson for his merits in researching and developing global software development and processes. The Euro 10,000 award was presented at the foundation's scholarship awards ceremony on 28 November 2007, when the foundation celebrated its 13th year of operation.

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