Tuesday, June 16, 2009

HP Innovation Research Award to CyLab’s Greg Ganger Award for Work on Intelligent Infrastructure

“Our goal with this program is to collaborate with the brightest minds from around the world to tackle the industry’s most complex problems and push the frontiers of fundamental science,” said Prith Banerjee, senior vice president, Research, HP and director, HP Labs. “Carnegie Mellon University has demonstrated outstanding achievement and a vision that will help inspire technological innovation and address the most complex challenges and opportunities facing the industry in the next decade.”

HP Innovation Research Award to CyLab’s Greg Ganger Award for Work on Intelligent Infrastructure

HP has named Greg Ganger, Carnegie Mellon CyLab researcher and Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and School of Computer Science, as one of the recipients of its second annual Innovation Research Awards for the Intelligent Infrastructure project titled “Toward Scalable Self-* Storage.”

Ganger’s is one of sixty projects from forty-six universities in twelve countries that will receive awards from HP Labs, the company's central research arm. The program is designed to create opportunities for colleges, universities and research institutes to conduct breakthrough collaborative research with HP.

Awardees will work with HP Labs researchers on fundamental research in areas such as intelligent infrastructure, immersive interaction and cloud computing, which includes social computing.

"The Innovation Research Program is a core pillar of HP's advanced research strategy. It allows the company to tap the brightest minds all over the world to tackle the most challenging issues facing the technical community," said Prith Banerjee, senior vice president, Research, HP, and director, HP Labs. "Fostering this type of collaboration between industry and academia breeds a long-term partnership that is more important now than ever before."

HP Labs Innovation Research Awards provide project funding of up to $100,000 for one year to each academic institution and are renewable for a total of three years based on research progress and HP business requirements. The next request for proposals is planned for spring 2010.

Another Carnegie Mellon researcher, Dr. Noah Smith (Language Technologies Institute, Machine Learning Department, School of Computer Science) was also named as a recipient for his Cloud-related project titled “Understanding Political Discourse through Probabilistic Models.”

HP reviewed nearly 300 proposals from more than 140 universities in 29 countries on a range of topics within the eight high-impact research themes at HP Labs – analytics, cloud, content transformation, digital commercial print, immersive interaction, information management, intelligent infrastructure and sustainability.

More details about the HP Labs Innovation Research Program and worldwide award recipients are available at http://www.hpl.hp.com/open_innovation/irp/2009_results.html.