The International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad and Polycom that works in the video technology solutions sector have tied up for joint research for development of new video collaboration products and solutions.

“We will work closely with IIIT-H researchers on various video collaboration functionalities, among other aspects making the technology even more intuitive and enhancing the overall customer experience,” said Balaji Iyer, General Manager of the India Innovation Centre (R&D), Polycom at a press conference here.

Focus will be in areas such as computer vision, cloud computing and pattern recognition and the partnership will also allow Polycom to tap into IIIT-H’s available resource pool of IT professionals and also provide a marketplace for innovations and developments by IIIT-H students, Mr. Iyer said.

Vasudeva Varma, Dean of Research at IIIT Hyderabad said Polycom’s infrastructure, innovations, and R&D capabilities will provide excellent exposure for IIIT-H students and faculty in addition to several projects and programmes. Prof. Varma said the research centres on Computer Vision, Language and Speech technologies at IIIT-H are closely related to Polycom's goals.

Anoop M. Namboodiri, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Visual Information Technology at IIIT-H said that they were working on a mobile application that will help the mobile users to take a picture of any heritage site and immediately download information on it on the phone. Another project is on robotic navigation products that will be useful in the industries.