The center, 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, said a statement from TCS.
"Tata group and TCS have a long and celebrated history of investments in education and institution building in the communities in which we operate," said Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Group. "The Tata Innovation Center will drive applied research and collaboration between Cornell, industry and the startup ecosystem in emerging areas including human machine interaction, and cyber security, benefitting both US business and local communities."
"The Tata Innovation Center will become a hub for New York's tech sector and a global icon for how academia and industry can collaborate to leverage technology for the greater good," said Martha E. Pollack, Cornell University President. "Cornell Trustee Ratan Tata '59, BArch '62 and the Tata family of companies have long supported innovation at Cornell; our new partnership with Tata Consultancy Services will drive innovation at Cornell Tech and help the campus reach its full potential for education, research and societal impact."
"New York City has been proudly partnering with TCS for years, including their sponsorship of the TCS New York City Marathon, work with local schools, and so much more. TCS' new partnership with Cornell Tech will help drive New York's economic competitiveness and advance digital literacy programs to reach even more schools across the city," added Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor.
Tata Innovation Center, according to the release, 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 edge technologies 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.
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