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Foxconn UW-Madison

Foxconn executive Louis Woo told business leaders last week he wants Wisconn Valley in Racine County to rival California's Silicon Valley within 10 years.

Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn is interested in UW-Madison research that includes artificial intelligence and automated vehicles, Chancellor Rebecca Blank said Thursday.

Blank’s remarks came at a meeting of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.

Blank told Regents the university is “in a number of conversations, for instance, with Foxconn about potential research partnerships.”

“They’re interested in our work on artificial intelligence,” Blank said. Other areas of interest for the company include “our research and development on automated vehicles and our world-class cancer research.”

Blank’s remarks were the latest indication the economic ripple from Foxconn, already set to boost southeast Wisconsin, may reach the Madison area.

Foxconn has said it may open a medical manufacturing facility in Wisconsin too, and that the Madison area is a potential location for it.

Foxconn leaders previously met with officials at UW-Madison’s Carbone Cancer Center.

Aided by public incentives that could top $4 billion, Foxconn is developing a massive campus to manufacture ultra-high-definition display screens near Sturtevant as part of a plan the company has said could eventually employ as many as 13,000 workers in Wisconsin. The company also recently announced it will have a corporate North American headquarters in downtown Milwaukee.


Mark Sommerhauser covers state government and politics for the Wisconsin State Journal.