OTTAWA—The Canadian Institute of Advanced Studies, which has lured home a number of Canadian scientists through its network of university research fellows (see THE SCIENTIST, April 20, p.1), has now sparked the formation of an industry consortium to put their findings to practical use.

Precarn Associates Inc. is a nonprofit association of 22 corporations that, according to its prospectus, “will sponsor, manage and disseminate the results of longterm pre-competitive research projects in the area of intelligent systems and advanced robotics.

The consortium plans to bolster what it calls the “slow and hesitant” nature of current work in the two fields by consulting with the CIAR network of fellows and designing projects to fill those gaps.

Each founding member of the consortium has promised to provide three years of support, at $25,000 Canadian ($17,500 U.S.) annually, plus travel and other expenses. The consortium, which expects to have at least 50...

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