ChangingWorlds opens UCD R&D centre


2 Aug 2005

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Personalisation technology vendor ChangingWorlds has established a research and development (R&D) lab at the NovaUCD technology-transfer centre. At least 10 new highly skilled positions will be created at the operation.

A team of 10 highly qualified software engineers will collaborate with researchers at University College Dublin’s (UCD) Smart Media Institute to build a pipeline of advanced personalisation technologies for the mobile telecommunications industry.

Some 18 knowledge-intensive companies are now located in NovaUCD and 31 of NovaUCD’s incubation units are now occupied. This represents an occupancy rate of 75pc of the available incubation space.

Luke Conroy, ChangingWorlds’ CEO, commented: “The synergy with such a world-renowned institution as UCD has proved to be a key differentiator for ChangingWorlds when competing in the global mobile telecommunications market.”

He added: “Establishing this research centre in the NovaUCD innovation and technology-transfer centre further strengthens our links with UCD and will secure ChangingWorlds’ future market leadership and competitive advantage.”

ChangingWorlds was co-founded in 1999 by Professor Barry Smyth and Paul Cotter to commercialise their research at UCD’s Smart Media Institute in the fields of personalisation and artificial intelligence.

Today, ChangingWorlds is a leading global provider of personalisation and mobile portal solutions and has deployed its flagship ClixSmart(tm) Intelligent Mobile Portal platform with more than 20 mobile network operators worldwide, including Vodafone, O2 and Mobilkom groups.

The company has also recently announced another major contract win with TeliaSonera, one of the leading telecommunications companies in the Nordic and Baltic regions.

By John Kennedy