InterACT was established in 2004, initially as cooperation between Carnegie Mellon University and University of Karlsruhe, it has since expanded to include nine leading research Universities and Research and Deveolpment labs in major regional economies of the world. The current members are:
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
- Italian Institute of Technology (Italy)
- Bielefeld University (Germany)
- Carnegie Mellon University (USA, Pittsburgh & Silicon Valley)
- University of Southern California (USA)
- Stanford University
InterACT serves as a microcosm of globalization, exemplifying the way corporations, government bodies and organizations work, where research, development, innovation, technology transfer, marketing, sales, deployment, all happen on a global scale in a globally interconnected fashion. InterACT and the participating Universities and Research Institutes build technologies that improve global communication and collaboration. InterACT also provides training opportunities for students, faculty and scientists to expand interpersonal and intercultural skills that make human cooperation and team building on a global scale easier.