Intel Corporation announced plans to invest $100 million directly into U.S. university research over the next five years to drive innovations in computing and communications.

The first collaborative center will be at Stanford University in California. Working with the Stanford center will be the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS); the Universities of California at Berkeley, Davis, and Irvine; the University of Washington; Cornell; and Princeton.

The effort will focus on research into visual computing, and will involve 30 faculty members, 50 graduate students, and four researchers from Intel Labs.

Hanspeter Pfister, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at SEAS, will help to lead the effort at Harvard.

Intel will open additional Intel Science and Technology Centers across multiple universities throughout the year.