Speaking on the occasion, Mr Yortsos said ''this agreement will explore a model of interaction in research, education and training in areas of interest to both Infosys and the USC. The collaboration will include joint research, bilateral visits by researchers, student internships and distance education, among other activities.'' The agreement provided that the Centre for Research and Education in Advanced Software Technologies (CAST) would open at the USC campus.
Created with funding from Infosys, CAST would facilitate joint research and education in such areas as software architecture, service oriented architecture and information integration, intelligent systems and agents, mobile and wireless systems, sensor networks and CAD frameworks and tools for hardware and software.
Infosys Technologies, SETLabs Vice President Subu Goparaju said that ''through this collaboration, we hope to work with the best and the brightest engineering talent in the world on innovative technology solutions.'' ''USC has the largest number of international students than any US University and the USC graduation programme in engineering is widely acknowledged to be among the top 10 in the US,'' he said.
This agreement was part of a larger Infosys programme to engage with leading Indian and international universities to facilitate research in a variety of areas, including software engineering, information management, knowledge engineering, game theory, and IP lifecycle management, he said.
Infosys had previously been collaborating with academic institutions with its global internship programme 'InStep' and its industry academia programme 'Campus Connect,' Mr Goparaju added.