IBM Announces New Generation of Faculty Awards for Innovation

New Awards Bring Total to $100 Million in Support of Innovative University Research

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ARMONK, NY - 02 Feb 2005: In support of the National Innovation Initiative, IBM today announced new faculty awards to support university researchers focused on specific areas of innovation including Autonomic Computing, Apache Derby, Eclipse and Linux on POWER. The new Faculty Awards for Innovation will nearly double IBM's Faculty Award commitment to this type of open source technology research, totaling over $5 million in cash awards in the last two years. With over $70 million in shared university research (SUR) technology grants, IBM has provided over $100 million in technology and funding to universities and colleges to drive collaborative innovation.

Designed to support research in areas essential to fueling innovation, these Faculty Awards address recommendations from the National Innovation Initiative's Council on Competitiveness to increase investment in research and create new forms of collaboration to bolster America's role as the world's economic engine. These awards further represent IBM's drive for collaborative innovation. Working with universities and others to solve real-world problems and the donation of 500 IBM patents to the open source community are two types of examples.

IBM also works with universities and colleges through the IBM Academic Initiative, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), the long-standing IBM PhD Fellowship Program, and many other efforts to stimulate high-value, open IT skills to develop a more competitive IT workforce capable of driving innovation and economic growth. In addition, IBM provides recruitment channels to identify the best and brightest candidates for a diverse, innovative workforce.

"Partnering with faculty is a key priority for IBM as we support the innovative and important research taking place at universities around the world," said Jane Harper, Director, University Relations and Innovation Programs. "These Faculty Awards will help open doors to new research while enabling faculty to teach and drive innovation in the open source community."

The new awards will support over 90 researchers at universities worldwide to encourage innovative research using open source technologies. The awards will support topics that feature innovation in teaching, research or community-building around Eclipse (, the Apache Derby open-source relational database management system (, Autonomic Computing technologies (, and Linux on POWER (

This cycle of Faculty Awards expands upon the success of IBM's Eclipse Innovation Grant program, which has awarded grants to academic researchers over the past two years to encourage the active use of Eclipse. Examples of some of the new Faculty Awards include:

William Griswold, University of California -- San Diego (UCSD)
This project will research refactoring for aspect-oriented programming. Refactoring is a key leading-edge programming and software engineering technology related to enhancing the quality of code to make it easier to maintain with fewer errors.

Eclipse is an open-source community that creates technology and an open universal platform for tools integration. Eclipse-based tools give developers freedom of choice in a multi-language, multi-platform, multi- vendor supported environment. Eclipse delivers a plug-in based framework that makes it easier to create, integrate and use software tools, saving time and money. By collaborating and sharing core integration technology, tool producers can concentrate on their areas of expertise and the creation of new development technology. The Eclipse Platform is written in the Java language, and comes with extensive plug-in construction toolkits and examples. It has already been deployed on a range of development workstations including HP-UX, Solaris, AIX, Linux, MAC OS X, QNX and Windows-based systems.

Apache Derby
Proposals are sought for the development of courseware/teaching materials that utilize Apache Derby for undergraduate and graduate courses. These include leveraging Derby to understand the principles of database management, to develop database applications using modern principles and tools, and to integrate database applications with Web technology such as Web servers and application servers. Topics for advanced and graduate courses/research include extending the capabilities of Derby, and applying new concepts such as "Patterns" to database development.

Autonomic Computing
Autonomic Computing is an exciting area that focuses on the self management of complex computing environments. As this field emerges, so too will the tools that will enable system administrators, developers, and packaging engineers. Eclipse provides an excellent platform on which to base these new generation of Autonomic Computing tools. Proposals are sought in (but are not limited to) topics such as advanced visualization of problem determination, Eclipse-integrated tools for de-bugging of Autonomic Computing environments, as well as Autonomic enablement for the Eclipse environment, including workbench environment management and embedding of provisioning strategies.

Linux on POWER
IBM has expanded its Innovation Grant program to fund university research and development of Linux on POWER products. Awards of $12,000 to $35,000 were conferred on eleven research projects pioneering advances of the open source software. In total, $279,500 were given for proposals such as the adaptation of Linux on POWER for in-flight instrumentation of rockets, the crafting of Linux on POWER teaching material in Chinese and the creation of an open source base for quantum computing.

Recipients of the IBM Innovation Grants will be invited to present their work this year at a Linux on POWER5 Innovation Workshop. Presenters will be able to share teaching experiences and research findings with their peers from other institutions.

Shared University Research (SUR) Grants
IBM is leading a new kind of industry-academic partnership with leading universities to solve everyday problems -- problems neither of us could completely solve on our own -- like reducing the wait time in doctor's offices....sharpening mammograms.....improving supply chains to enable growth in online shopping and a better retail experience for consumers and businesses. The objective of the SUR Program is to sponsor collaborative research in areas of mutual interest to IBM and universities. The ultimate goal is to develop technical talent and technology leadership that fuels economic growth through fostering great science with great people.

IBM Faculty Awards
IBM faculty awards foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities worldwide and those in IBM research, development and services organizations; and to promote courseware and curriculum development to stimulate growth in disciplines and geographies that are strategic to IBM and the world.

IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Program
The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Program is intended to honor exceptional Ph.D. students in disciplines of mutual interest, fundamental to innovation and on demand business, including: business, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering and physics, as well as emerging technical fields such as autonomic computing, nanotechnology, Grid computing, e-business on demand and services management, operations, research, and services science.

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