to the challenge: A conversation with HP Labs Director Dick Lampman
Director talks about fostering innovation in a changing world.
Labs @ MTV
Researchers imagine the future of music, and more.
show prototype of printed, plastic, color display designed to provide
HP Laboratories Bristol has developed a prototype of a flexible
color display that is less expensive to manufacture than todayís
HP to Explore Expanded Research and Development Activity
in Puerto Rico
HP and the government of Puerto Rico announced they have signed
a memorandum of understanding to explore expanding HP's research
and development presence on the island, with the possibility of
establishing a new branch of HP Labs there.
As HP collaborates ever more closely with the entertainment industry
– with DreamWorks, Warner Brothers and others –the lab
is expanding its staff and knowledge in an area it sees as crucial
to its future success.
Tarjan: The art of the algorithm
He's received such major national and international awards as the
ACM Turing Award, known as the "Nobel Prize" of computing,
the Nevanlinna Prize and most recently, the Blaise Pascal Medal
in Mathematics and Computer Science. In this Q&A, HP Labs talks
with Tarjan about creating an elegant algorithm, how he solves difficult
problems, his views on the future of technology and more.
imaging group awards gold medal to "remarkable" HP camera
The Digital Imaging Websites Association selected HP's new Photosmart
R707 camera as its top-ranked compact amateur digital camera. The
group cited several innovations from HP Labs, including including
in-camera red-eye removal and panorama preview.
security expert Joe Pato heads influential biometrics investigation
Joe Pato, a Distinguished Scientist at HP Labs, will chair an advisory
committee to the U.S. government to provide a comprehensive assessment
of biometrics and the role of government in its development.
spam in the slow lane
HP Labs has developed an experimental system that can reduce delays
to legitimate email – delays caused by an ever mounting volume
of spam and junk messages – by giving good mail priority over
HP Labs scientists are exploring molecular-scale electronics in
a quest to create faster, smaller and less expensive integrated
circuits. Researchers have harnessed a chemical reaction that shuttles
electrons back and forth between atoms — permitting molecular-size
wire junctions to behave like electronic switches, storing data
or performing logical functions.
Pervasive mobile media project on magazine's "short
list" for innovation prize
Mobile Bristol, a research project at HP Labs in Bristol (UK) is
one of three projects in the running for a key innovation prize
awarded by Computing magazine, one of the most authoritative IT
publications in Europe.
decade of invention at HP Labs Israel
HP Labs Israel, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary,
is home to some of HP Labs' most prolific inventors. The team has
made key contributions to nearly all of HP's digital cameras and
scanners and to most of the company's printers.
HP Labs scientist honored for technical achievement by Hispanic
Cipriano (Pano) Santos, a senior scientist in operations research
at HP Labs, has been selected
for this year's outstanding technical achievement award by the Hispanic
Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC).
Using network-monitoring technology and sophisticated algorithms,
HP researchers are attempting to trace the path of a request as
it travels through the maze of software that constitutes many IT
networks. The technique may reduce finger-pointing on multivendor
IT projects and yield better performance for applications.
» An ounce of prevention
What might it mean for science and medicine if researchers could
analyze biotechnical data faster and more accurately? What if you could monitor
your vital signs round-the-clock, giving your physician an up-to-the-minute
portrait of your body’s workings instead of the snapshot provided
at your yearly physicals? Those are just two of the scenarios that could
result from the latest research being conducted at HP Labs.
a more agile future
Mathematical modeling research being conducted at HP Labs Bristol could
help businesses more accurately determine IT needs. Researcher Chris Tofts
this work at a major European conference on adaptive IT.
» Decade-old paper among the most influential
HP Labs Scientist Hans Boehm has been honored
by the ACM's Special Interest Group on Programming
Languages (ACM SIGPLAN) for a 10-year-old research
paper deemed to be one of the most influential of the
film: New digital cameras fix flaws without a PC
When digital cameras were first introduced, camera makers strove just to match
the resolution and image quality of traditional film cameras. Now, thanks in
part to research from HP Labs, HP's newest digital cameras have capabilities
film photographers only dream about.
» HP Senior Fellow wins Blaise Pascal Medal
Renowned computer scientist Robert E. Tarjan has been named winner of
the 2004 Blaise Pascal Medal in Mathematics and Computer Science for his contributions
to computer science and for the development of fundamental computer algorithms.
RedBot zaps red-eye in a snap
Users can submit any digital photo to RedBot for free online red-eye
correction. RedBot is an experimental tool developed by HP Labs
Researcher Robert Ulichney.
Researchers in residence
HP Labs' Researcher in Residence program, now in its third year,
offers MIT graduate students an intensive two-week stay at the lab,
where they work alongside HP researchers exploring problems
in streaming media.
mobile technology demos May 15-16 at WIRED NextFest
HP Labs will demonstrate three mobile wireless technologies
at NextFest, a "mini World's Fair" in San Francisco
hosted by WIRED magazine and GE to demonstrate unique inventions
from around the world.
» Technologies designed for life
Robot football teams, electronic dancing dogs and tag game with
a city as its arena. All this and much more will be featured at
the second International Conference on Appliance Design (2AD) hosted
and co-sponsored again by HP Labs Bristol (UK).
Sensing and sensibility: Taking RFID to the next level
Researchers are combining the object-tracking abilities of RFID with
sensors that capture video images, determine location or measure
environmental factors like temperature or humidity into a powerful
infrastructure they call Sentient Environments. The goal:
to allow businesses to track items continuously, securely and wirelessly.
In Science: Combating the virus menace
in the 23 April issue of the journal Science,
HP Labs researcher Matt Williamson and others look at strategies
that could reduce the damage caused by cyber attacks.
Robots ready to take on the markets?
Software robot traders working in
their own computer-designed online exchange markets would be better
at making a profit than human traders currently working in international
exchanges, says researcher Dave Cliff.
HP Labs goes Hollywood
Ogres, princesses and fairy godmothers arenít the usual
fare for scientists at HP Labs. But thanks to a unique
partnership between HP and DreamWorks, researchers got
to play a part in the soon-to-be-released film, "Shrek
» Wifi voyage
HP Labs turned Bristol (UK) history into a "virtual experience" as
part of the Mobile Bristol project, a test bed for technology
and user research in mobility and future mobile services.
on color printing
Industry pioneer John Meyer talks about how HP Labs helped
engineer a radical transformation in color printing technology.
An advanced 3D imaging technology developed in HP
Labs is being used to shed new light on everything
police evidence to plant fossils. Using 3D images
and variable lighting, Polynomial Texture Mapping
users see objects in ways never before possible.
» Photographic memories: Always-on camera captures life's fleeting moments
Researchers exploring the role cameras should play in our lives in the future
have developed an experimental, wearable camera that records everything we see.
» New weapons against IT security threats
HP is developing corporate "immune systems" aimed at helping businesses prevent
and defend against growing security threats. The services, being tested with
selected customers, combat computer worms and viruses.
» HP releases new version of leading
Semantic Web developers' toolkit
HP has released a new version of
Jena, its open source Semantic Web toolkit used by enterprises
and people around the world to create applications that share,
process and integrate information across the World Wide Web.
Labs Founding Director Barney Oliver to be Inducted Into National
Inventors Hall of Fame
Barney Oliver, founding director of HP Labs and pioneering
applied scientist, is to be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
During Oliver's 29 years with the company (1952-1981), HP established itself
as an icon of excellence in research and development and shaped the face of
business in what became known as Silicon Valley.
Labs Releases SmartFrog Framework
HP Labs is pleased to announce the immediate, open source release of the SmartFrog
framework. SmartFrog is a technology for describing distributed software systems
as collections of cooperating components, and then deploying and managing them.
Showcases Efforts to Bridge “Digital Divide” at UN Summit
HP put a spotlight on its work creating technologies for emerging economies
at a recent United Nations meeting aimed at bringing the Internet and telecommunications
innovations to the world's poor.
Collaborates with University at Buffalo to Advance Computational
HP has joined forces with the University at Buffalo, State University of New
York (UB), to power the university's world-class Center for Computational Research.
As a foundation for bioinformatics and life sciences research, HP and UB are
building an open storage area network with the capacity to house roughly four
times the information found in the Library of Congress.
Scientists grow, connect nanowires in place» HP
Becomes First Commercial Member of CERN Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid
Scientists at HP Labs have devised a method of growing and connecting semiconductor nanowires in place, which could eventually lead the way to more effective sensors for detecting toxic gases and other chemical or biological substances.
HP will support an operational grid for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN,
the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. The collidor is the world's largest
scientific instrument, enabling research into the fundamental nature of matter.
An HP Labs image-compression algorithm is partly to thank for some of the spectacular,
high-resolution images of Mars transmitted by NASA's roving spacecraft. The
Labs method is used when images must be transmitted without quality loss.
and MIT: Redefining industrial-academic research
A long-term commitment, good chemistry and plenty of flexibility have made
this partnership prosper. The research agenda currently ranges from wireless
networking to quantum computing to the groundbreaking DSpace digital library
edit IEEE Bulletin on making the Semantic Web real
Teams at HP contributing to W3C efforts to develop standards and tools for
the Semantic Web, also working to move Semantic Web technologies from the research
domain into practical, scalable and robust applications for HP.
Announces Intellectual Property Licensing Group to Leverage Growing
HP has formed an intellectual property (IP) licensing organization designed to
increase revenue and improve technical collaborations with partners. The company
also announced that it jumped to No. 5 on list of top U.S. patent recipients,
up from No. 9 last year.
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