MEMPHIS (AP) - Researchers at the new FedEx Institute of Technology will work on projects as varied as speeding Internet communication to helping truckers get a better night's sleep.
The institute opened Wednesday with the goal of becoming a research leader on the use of modern technology in private business and higher education.
The $23 million center is a joint venture by the University of Memphis and a group of private companies led by the FedEx Corp., the Memphis-based owner of world's largest cargo airline and a national leader in electronic commerce and supply management for business and industry.
The institute's 250 researchers - in fields such as digital communications, artificial intelligence and robotics - will conduct their own projects as well as work with colleagues at similar institutions around the country.