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IT Center for £ód¼
June 29, 2015   
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A 5,300-square-meter Information Technology Center with 21 highly specialized laboratories has opened at the £ód¼ University of Technology in the central city of £ód¼.

The launch of the center is the result of a team-up between scientists, IT experts and entrepreneurs. The choice of the specific fields on which the center should focus was made on the basis of market research and the anticipated demand for IT professionals. The quality of education provided to students at the center will be supervised by Klaster ICT Polska Centralna, a business cluster bringing together information and communication technology companies from central Poland.

The center will offer more than 450 laboratory workstations that are expected to be used by 2,000 people, mainly students of computer science, materials science, automation and robotics, environmental protection, as well as professionals specializing in fields such as biotechnology, micro- and nanotechnology.

The center will house a cinema hall with three-dimensional imaging and a motion capture system that produces 3D models for films, computer games, animations and medical simulators. There will also be a 3D virtual reality room that will enable users to “tour” a tropical island or a building that is still on the drawing board. The center will also house miniature production lines and various biometric and network devices, in addition to high-performance computing clusters, or sets of servers with disk arrays and graphic cards that use Compute Unified Device Architecture technology. Similar technology is used in banks, for example.

During the facility’s opening ceremony, Przemys³aw Skalski, director of the Information Technology Center, said he wanted to create an environment where computer science students would work together with people studying different fields. “We want to teach students about the Internet of Things, which is based on a combination of electronics, computer science, physics, sensors, data collection and processing and making data available in the form of services,” Skalski added.

The center is not only about modern laboratories and equipment, but also about adapting teaching curricula to the labor market. According to Prof. Stanis³aw Bielecki, rector of the £ód¼ University of Technology, the center’s establishment is a response to Poland’s rapidly growing ICT market.

The construction of the zl.42 million center was co-financed to the tune of nearly zl.40 million by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund under the Infrastructure and Environment Program. The £ód¼ University of Technology contributed the rest.

Danuta K. Gruszczyńska
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