The University of Bristol was selected as one of 34 universities in the world to receive a 2008 HP Labs Innovation Research Award, which is designed to encourage open collaboration with HP Labs resulting in mutually beneficial, high-impact research.
The University of Bristol will collaborate with HP Labs, HP's central research arm, on a research initiative focused on developing novel computer vision methods that will allow future camera-enabled devices to recognise objects and places simply by the way they look. The applications of this new technology are potentially huge, from being able to leave virtual post-it notes or graffitti that are visible only to those you allow to see them, through to identifying an important statue in a historic building by simply looking through a camera-enabled mobile.
Dr Walterio Mayol-Cuevas, author of the winning proposal titled 'Anywhere Authoring using Interactive Computer Vision and Mobile Sensors' and a lecturer in the University's Department of Computer Science, will lead the collaboration project with HP Labs.
"Having this partnership with HP Labs will bring the necessary focus and drive to make a positive contribution to Augmented Reality on the move," said Dr Mayol-Cuevas, "It is a big challenge as with any other area of research and we are looking forward to starting the work."
Only 41 academics from around the world received one of these awards out of more than 450 applications.
The department of Computer Science at the University of Bristol is an international centre of excellence in the foundations and applications of computing. Staff in the department carry out internationally leading research in Intelligent Systems, Digital Media, Foundations, Personal Systems, and Architecture and Design.
"Around the world, HP partners work with the best and the brightest in industry and academia to drive open innovation and set the agenda for breakthrough technologies that are designed to change the world," said Prith Banerjee, senior vice president of research at HP and director of HP Labs. "HP Labs' selection of the University of Bristol for a 2008 Innovation Award demonstrates outstanding achievement and will help accelerate HP Labs' global research agenda in pursuit of scientific breakthroughs."
HP reviewed more than 450 proposals from 200 universities in 28 countries on a range of topics within the five principal research themes at HP Labs - intelligent infrastructure, sustainability, information explosion, dynamic cloud services and content transformation. A key element of each award will be on-campus support for one graduate student researcher, who will also be eligible to apply to the HP Labs internship program in 2009. More details about the HP Labs Innovation Research Programme and worldwide award recipients are available here.
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