U.S. aerospace and defense multinational Boeing and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil's most prestigious, have signed a scientific cooperation accord on technology projects in the areas of crowd behavior modeling and visual analytics.

The two institutions said in a joint statement that their Memorandum of Understanding on Research and Technology, signed Friday, will enable the development of technical teams to complement the planning of large-scale events such as the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The joint research will involve "complex exercises" and the results obtained will assist in the construction of transport vehicles such as airplanes and ships and the carrying out of complex civil construction projects.

Boeing recently inaugurated a research and technology center in Sao Paulo that will operate some projects in cooperation with USP's School of Engineering. EFE