Press Release: June 15, 2009

HP Announces Recipients of Second Annual Innovation Research Awards

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 15, 2009

HP today announced it hasselected professors from around the world to receive awards as partof its second annual HP LabsInnovation Research Program.

Sixty projects from 46universities in 12 countries will receive awards from HP Labs, the company’s centralresearch arm. The program is designed to create opportunities forcolleges, universities and research institutes to conductbreakthrough collaborative research with HP.

Building on the success oflast year’s program, HP increased the number of projects it willfund by more than 30 percent – up from 45 projects at 35institutions worldwide in 2008. Furthermore, given the significantcontributions achieved in last year’s program – including 61published papers and 13 invention disclosures – HP extended asecond year of funding to 31 professors in 2009.

The Innovation ResearchProgram is part of HP’s open innovation strategy, which pursuesresearch collaborations with top researchers and entrepreneurs inacademia, the government and businesses worldwide to discover andnurture new opportunities and advance thinking that will improvebusiness and life. Each of the projects is aligned with HP Labs’focus on eight high-impact research themes that address the mostcomplex challenges facing HP’s customers and the industry.

“Good ideas can strikeanywhere and at any time. HP has recognized this and developed aunique program that is truly open, competitive and global,” saidKang Shin, professor and award winner, University of Michigan, AnnArbor. “This groundbreaking initiative enhances the teaching andlearning experience at universities, and establishes HP as avaluable technology partner for higher education.”

Awardees will work with HPLabs researchers on fundamental research in areas such asintelligent infrastructure, immersive interaction and cloudcomputing, which includes social computing. A full list of awardsand descriptions of select projects is available at

“The Innovation ResearchProgram is a core pillar of HP’s advanced research strategy. Itallows the company to tap the brightest minds all over the world totackle the most challenging issues facing the technical community,”said Prith Banerjee, senior vice president, Research, HP, anddirector, HP Labs. “Fostering this type of collaboration betweenindustry and academia breeds a long-term partnership that is moreimportant now than ever before.”

HP Labs Innovation ResearchAwards provide project funding of up to $100,000 for one year toeach academic institution and are renewable for a total of threeyears based on research progress and HP business requirements. Thenext request for proposals is planned for spring 2010.

2009 HP LabsInnovation Research Program Award winners by region:


Asia Pacific

Europe, the Middle Eastand Africa


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