Press Release: July 06, 2010

HP Announces Recipients of Third Annual Innovation Research Awards

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- HP today announced it has selected more than 60 professors from around the world to receive awards as part of its third annual HP Labs Innovation Research Program (IRP).

HP IRP creates opportunities for faculty and students at leading colleges, universities and research institutes to conduct breakthrough collaborative research with HP. 


The 2010 HP IRP call for proposals attracted 375 submissions from 323 researchers in 202 universities across 36 countries. This year a total of 65 projects received funding, of which 40 are receiving funding for a second or third year.

Additionally, in collaboration with HP’s Office of Global Social Innovation, three researchers were selected to receive philanthropic grants supporting their work in cloud computing services in education.

  • Applicants for the 2010 awards were invited to submit proposals in response to a number of published topics, all of which are aligned with the eight key research themes of HP Labs, the company’s central research arm.
  • Among the repeat winners were projects from the University of Michigan; Imperial College, London; the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay; and Technische Universitaet in Berlin.
  • Newly funded proposals came from Duke University; the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada; and 18 other institutions.
  • In the last 12 months, a total of 118 papers detailing HP IRP-funded research were either published or accepted for publication and 21 invention disclosures were filed. 

Cloud computing as a core theme

  • In the area of cloud computing, HP Labs has been focusing on delivering HP’s vision of Everything as a Service (EaaS). With EaaS, billions of users can access millions of different services, via thousands of service providers, over millions of servers that are processing exabytes of data – all delivered through terabytes of network traffic.
  • HP IRP projects are helping to address many of the challenges that need to be overcome to create the massive infrastructure necessary for EaaS.

Supporting quotes

“The annual HP Labs Innovation Research Program is an ideal platform for HP to initiate highly innovative projects with leading researchers in universities worldwide. The collaborative effort between HP and these universities has delivered breakthroughs in areas such as cloud computing, optical computing and nano-materials – fundamental enablers of the next generation of products and services for communities around the globe.” 

  • Rich Friedrich, director, Strategy and Innovation, HP

“HP researchers have brought to our collaboration rigor in solution methods and a deep knowledge about practical system constraints. This partnership brings HP Labs’ software prototypes to our university, enabling us to jointly advance our respective research – we are actively collaborating to increase their capabilities to operate at the scales needed for future systems.”

  • Dr. Karsten Schwan, Georgia Institute of Technology

2010 HP Labs Innovation Research Program Award winners by region:


Arizona State University, Dr. K. Selcuk Candan, USA

Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Greg Ganger, USA

Duke University, Dr. Krishnendu Chakrabarty, Dr. Jun Yang, USA

Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Biing Hwang Juang, Dr. Karsten Schwan, USA

Indiana University, Dr. Lizhe Wang, USA

Kansas State University, Dr. Xinming Ou, USA

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Dr. Leonid Tsybeskov, USA

Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Anand Sivasubramaniam, USA

Purdue University, Dr. Jan Allebach, Dr. Elias I. Franses, USA

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Mohammed Zaki, USA

Rice University, Dr. Edward Knightly, USA

State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Venu Govindaraju, Dr. Atri Rudra, USA

University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Ruzena Bajcsy, Dr. Van P. Carey, USA

University of California, Davis, Dr. John Owens, USA

University of California, San Diego, Dr. Amin Vahdat, USA

University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. John Bowers, USA

University of California, Santa Cruz, Dr. James Davis, USA

University of Delaware, Dr. Hui Fang, USA

University of Florida, Dr. Jose C. Principe, USA

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. William Sanders, Dr. Nikita Borisov, Dr. Thomas Huang, Dr. Narendra Ahuja, Dr. Jiawei Han, USA

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Dr. Mark Kushner, Dr. Trevor Mudge, Dr. Stephane Lafortune, Dr. Kang Shin, USA

University of Missouri – St. Louis, Dr. Haitao Li, USA

University of Southern California, Dr. Gerard Medioni, Dr. Alan E. Willner, USA

University of Toronto, Dr. Ming Hu, Canada

University of Utah, Dr. Rajeev Balasubramonian, USA

University of Washington, Dr. Magdalena Balazinska, USA

University of Waterloo, Dr. Alejandro Lopez-Ortiz, Canada

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Dr. Ethan Munson, USA

Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Naren Ramakrishnan, USA

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Elke Rundensteiner, USA

Asia Pacific

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Dr. Soumen Chakrabarti, India

Korea Advanced Institute of Science, Dr. Inkyu Park, Korea

Monash University, Dr. Rob Hyndman, Australia

Tsinghua University, Dr. Jianyong Wang, China

University of Canterbury, Dr. Mark Billinghurst, New Zealand

Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Bilkent University, Dr. Alper Sen, Turkey

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dr. Shai Shalev-Shwartz, Dr. Amir Globerson, Israel

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Dr. Johann-Christoph, Germany

Imperial College London, Dr. Jason Riley, England

Konstanz University, Dr. Daniel A. Keim, Germany

Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Denis Turdakov, Russia

Technion, Dr. Shie Mannor, Israel

Technische Universitaet Berlin, Dr. Volker Markl and Dr. Odej Kao, Germany

University of Bristol, Dr. Robert M Richardon, England

University of Edinburgh, Dr. Paul Anderson, Scotland

University of Geneva, Dr. Bastien Chopard, Switzerland

University of Newcastle, Dr. Aad van Moorsel, England

University of Saint-Petersburg, Dr. Boris Novikov, Russia

University of Surrey, Dr. John Philip Collomosse, England

Recipients of philanthropic grants for cloud computing services in education:

Boise State University, Joe Guarino, USA

National Cheng Chung University, Daniel J. Buehrer, Taiwan

Supercomputing Center of Galicia, Maria R. Malmierca, Spain

Images and videos

Video of Prith Banerjee, senior vice president, Research, and director, HP Labs, discussing the importance of open innovation.

Interactive map of the HP Labs Innovation Research Program.

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