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IBM to Open Research Lab in Brazil

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IBM announced that it will open a research laboratory in Brazil that will focus on developing technology systems for natural resource development and large-scale events. The lab will be IBM's ninth but the first one in South America and the first new lab in 12 years. "We are very excited about Latin America and Brazil in particular," says IBM's Robert Morris. "Some of the pressing problems around sustainability are present in Brazil." The company plans to develop technologies for extracting oil, gas, water, and other natural resources.

The focus on large-scale events coincides with Brazil's hosting of the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016 and will include developing software systems that help companies and governments manage large clusters of people. IBM, which already has researchers working in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, will hire more than 100 additional researchers in the next few years.

The lab is part of IBM's effort to create a global innovation network. "The work we do in Brazil will export innovation into other countries," Morris says.

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