Ambitious new IT Centre brings rival universities together  

2008.11.25
The Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Aalborg University and the IT University in Copenhagen have been brought together in a spirit of fellowship and collaboration with the opening of the new MT-LAB
Normally there is lively competition between the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Aalborg University and the IT University in Copenhagen to attract the brightest minds and the most funding for their IT research activities. But as Aalborg University writes on its website, the three centres of excellence have been brought together in a spirit of fellowship and collaboration with the opening of the new MT-LAB, which has been established with DKK 25m (USD 4.25m) funding from the Villum Kann Rasmussen* Foundation.
 
The principal research aim is to develop datalogical and mathematical models that can increase the operational stability of complex software systems. The centre's leader, DTU's Professor Flemming Nielsen, comments that while the focus of the research is on developing the science, MT-LAB also opens up opportunities to develop awareness internationally and make more visible what Danish IT can do.
 
Deputy centre leader Professor Kim Guldstrand Larsen of Aalborg University notes that the establishment of MT-LAB gives Danish IT researchers an opportunity to sharpen their skills and methods, as well as the fundamental research which has been lacking hitherto.
 
*Villum Kann Rasmussen, who established the Foundation in 1971, was a Danish engineer who invented the pivoting roof window in the 1940s. The Velux company he founded is now internationally known. The main objective of the Villum Kann Rasmussen Foundation is to support technological research.

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