Yahoo partners with university to work on personal assistant applications

App Dev and SOA

by CBR Staff Writer| 19 February 2014

Project InMind is aimed at creating and testing virtual assistant-style services for mobile devices.

Yahoo Labs has collaborated with Carnegie Mellon University on a five-year programme called 'Project InMind' to develop and test virtual assistant-style application services for mobile devices.

Under the $10m partnership, CMU researchers will access Yahoo!'s real-time data services and infrastructure through its 'mobile toolkit', and boost personalised user experiences.

Researchers will be provided access to the technology running Yahoo's current services including mail and news to help them develop new applications.

Yahoo Labs chief scientist and head Ron Brachman said: "By creating a way for Carnegie Mellon University researchers to work directly with Yahoo software and infrastructure, we hope to speed up the pace of mobile and personalisation research and create a better user experience."

Researchers will use the mobile toolkit to apply new machine learning and interface technologies to Yahoo!'s raw data and build algorithms that can more precisely forecast human behaviour including user needs and intentions.

The latest partnership also includes a new Yahoo-sponsored fellowship programme aimed at offering financial and research support to CMU computer science students and faculties.

CMU president Subra Suresh said that the InMind programme provides unique new opportunities for the outstanding faculty and students at CMU to partner with Yahoo and its talented scientists and engineers to potentially further the frontiers of mobile applications and technologies.

"This partnership is a clear demonstration, in the tradition of CMU, of how scholarly scientific research combined with industry relevance and perspectives could advance technologies that have a global social impact," Suresh said.

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