Zha, Schwan Win HP Awards for Innovation

July 13, 2009

Professors Hongyuan Zha (Computational Science and Engineering) and Karsten Schwan (Computer Science) have won HP Labs Innovation Research Program (IRP) awards, the company announced in June.

Zha’s project, “Robust Knowledge Acquisition from Social Media,” looks to develop techniques and methodologies for robust knowledge acquisition from collaboratively generated content produced in social environments such as question-answering forums, Wikipedia variants, or social news aggregation sites. It is part of a long-term effort of harnessing social media, in combination with traditional web search and other sources of information, for improving access to information.

Schwan's project, "Scalable Management for Exascale Systems," will try to create novel software methods and infrastructure, as well as high quality implementations of both, that jointly enable continuous, scalable and effective system monitoring and management. These new programs and architectures will be designed to facilitate effective, automated methods for continuous, online program and system monitoring, with small overheads when systems and applications function well, but at the same time, with fast reactions to unusual behaviors to prevent more extensive deleterious effects or damage.

Both awards are renewable for up to three years. Sixty projects from 46 universities in 12 countries received HP Innovation awards. The program is designed to create opportunities for colleges, universities and research institutes to conduct breakthrough collaborative research with HP.

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