TCS & Cornell Tech Inaugurate The Tata Innovation Center
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, announced a new partnership with Cornell Tech, the first university campus designed for the digital age, to collaborate on technology research and expand K-12 digital literacy programs in New York City.
As part of the new partnership, Cornell Tech has inaugurated the Tata Innovation Center on its campus following a $50 million investment in the University from TCS. The centre, formerly known as The Bridge, brings academia and industry together under one roof to share ideas and research on next-generation digital technologies and how to commercialize new areas of collaboration.
Tata Innovation Center
TCS will become one of the tenants in the Tata Innovation Center, a first-of-its-kind building where an extraordinary mix of cutting-edge companies from diverse industries have the opportunity to work alongside groundbreaking Cornell academic teams. They include recent Cornell Tech graduates seeking to commercialize new ideas and work with start-ups and established companies developing leading edgetechnologies and products. The building features meeting areas on each level, including a light-filled, multi-level Tech Gallery and a rooftop terrace sheltered by a solar trellis. The building was developed by Forest City New York and designed by WEISS/MANFREDI.
The new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island opened in September 2017, designed to combine the potential of academia and industry to create pioneering leaders and transformational new research, products, companies, and social ventures.
Cutting-Edge Collaborative Research
Cornell Tech's academic environment encourages tight integration across disciplines, couples fundamental research with practice, and supports societal and commercial ventures alongside education.
A distinguishing characteristic of Cornell Tech's research is that it engages deeply with external communities, organizations and industry to address real-world problems. TCS will collaborate with Cornell Tech's world-class faculty on cutting-edge research in human-computer interaction (the convergence of technologies such as Mixed Reality and loT in everyday human activities) and cyber security (improving cloud computing security and privacy aspects for a wider Blockchain adoption).
Commitment to K-12 Education
To empower NYC youth to participate and thrive in an increasingly digital world, TCS and Cornell Tech have joined forces to promote the integration of computational expertise in K-12 public education, starting with engagement in NYC School Districts 2 and 30. This multi-year community engagement effort aims to build digital fluency and computational acumen among students, educators and schools in the nation's largest public school system, with a special focus on girls, minorities and the underserved.
TCS will leverage Cornell Tech's academic expertise to design education programs that introduce students to new digital technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (Al), Blockchain and Cybersecurity. Cornell Tech will leverage TCS' industry expertise and host their Ignite My Future in School program for educators across all five boroughs, starting with two New York City school districts in January 2018. Additionally, TCS will also offer its award-winning flagship education program, goIT_, to students and schools served by Cornell Tech's K-12 initiative.