Intel and University of Helsinki establish research institute

New institute will develop techniques for platform security in mobile devices.

Intel and the University of Helsinki in Finland have announced the expansion of the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Secure Computing (ICRI-SC) to the Helsinki region. The new institute will be based at the University of Helsinki, and located in the Helsinki Institute of Information Technology HIIT.

According to Intel, the institute will focus on developing and strengthening techniques for platform security in mobile devices with a particular emphasis on the usability of those techniques. Initial work at the institute will be along three research themes: “Secure Open Access to Trusted Execution Environments”, “Novel Applications of Platform Security” and “Malware Insights”.

Collaboration based on solid expertise

“Mobile malware is becoming a severe risk on phones, tablets and other mobile devices. By connecting Intel’s industry insight with the leading research of the Helsinki IT security research community, we will define new usable paradigms to jointly reduce the risk of mobile malware, says Dr. Matthias Schunter, the Intel Principal Investigator for ICRI-SC.

Professor Keijo Hämäläinen, Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki, is enthusiastic about the collaboration. “This is an outstanding example of how international collaborative projects, based on solid expertise by our scientists, promote the progress of society. We will actively look for a dialogue between our high-quality research and the leading technology producers,” says Hämäläinen.

Sources: Intel, University of Helsinki