University Collaborations


University collaboration is extremely valuable to AT&T Labs Research, bringing together graduate students with AT&T researchers to conduct original research on problems of importance to AT&T. Students, who come from top universities, benefit from having access to data, expertise, and mentoring, while working alongside researchers.

A university collaboration agreement typically is established as a result of a shared research interest between an individual researcher and a faculty member or as a result of a student's summer internship in Research to permit continuation of the collaboration after the student returns to his or her university.

Collaborations are governed by a standard, broad-based agreement established between AT&T Labs Research and the faculty member's or student’s university. The agreement is flexible, allowing the collaborator to work remotely and to incorporate research results into their publications.

Collaborations are initiated by AT&T researchers.  Once established, collaborations often continue for many years. Currently, more than 30 collaborations are active. Funding is sometimes available to support a student, though many fruitful collaborations are on a no-cost basis.

The University Collaborations Symposium, a two-day conference held in July each year, brings together AT&T technical leadership, faculty, and students to share their technical results.