IBM splashes cash on research in Taipei, Moscow -

IBM is investing in research across the globe, announcing two new ventures in Russia and Taiwan.

Over in Taipei the company has launched a joint research project with Taiwan's Academia Sinica and National Taiwan University. It's looking more into integrated circuit design, with hopes that this technology will one day appear in the medical field.  

In an open collaborative project, the trio of institutes will look specifically at developing a type of integrated circuit called optimised field programmable gate arrays (FPGA). IBM hopes to eventually use this for cancer radiotherapy and tumour detection and claims that if all goes ahead smoothly the course of cancer treatments will be shortened.

To come up with a suitable technology IBM has said it will integrate resources from its research centre in Austin and its Power Systems research centres.

Over in Russia, the company and Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) announced a Smarter Cities Development and Education Centre, which will be located on the university's Moscow campus.

According to IBM, the centre will be home to a program giving students the chance to explore and apply IBM's latest technologies to improve the management of urban infrastructure and support the development of smarter cities.

It has been developed in line with the Russian government's priorities for the modernisation and technological development of urban centres across the country.

As a result of the project students are able to explore how technologies such as analytics software and mobile collaboration tools can help to integrate city systems such as water, traffic and public safety. They will also be able to research into how IBM's IOC feature can be integrated with data from Russia's Global Navigation Satellite System, which already spans some 33 cities in Russia, to enable officials to better monitor and respond to city incidents.

*Yesterday the company announced that it had signed a deal to buy data analytics company Vivisimo for an undisclosed fee. It said that the acquisition would enable it to move further into the data analytics field and help companies make better decisions based on insights provided by the software.