Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Yahoo announced Feb. 12 a five-year, $10 million partnership granting university researchers access to Yahoo’s real-time data services to create better user experiences for mobile technology.

Project InMind will grant CMU researchers access to Yahoo’s new mobile toolkit, which will help them test new machine learning and interface technologies.

carnegieThe research produced by the new partnership will help improve personalized user experiences for new mobile technology.

The mobile toolkit is an industry first, according to a report released by Yahoo on Feb. 12. It will serve as a key component for CMU researchers who are seeking new ways to understand human behavior through machine learning algorithms, which use data to predict users’ needs and intentions.

“By creating a way for Carnegie Mellon University researchers to work directly with Yahoo software and infrastructure, we hope to speed up the pace of mobile and personalization research and create a better user experience,” said Chief Scientist and Head of Yahoo Labs Ron Brachman.

The new partnership also includes a Yahoo sponsored fellowship at CMU. Students will have the opportunity to research machine learning, mobile technology, human-computer interaction, personalization, novel interaction techniques, and natural language processing while receiving guidance from computer scientists at CMU and Yahoo Labs.

“This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our students and faculty to work directly with a team of leading-edge researchers from Yahoo Labs on technologies that could benefit hundreds of millions of mobile users,” said Randal E. Bryant, University Professor and dean of the School of Computer Science.


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