Friday, February 04, 2005

IBM Announces New Generation of Faculty Awards for Innovation

IBM Announces New Generation of Faculty Awards for Innovation
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:

-- Bug Awareness

Gail Murphy, University of British Columbia This project will analyze bug databases for bug similarity to reduce the volume of bugs and show developers bugs that are similar. This work is significant for the Eclipse open-source community and also will impact bug tracking systems outside the Eclipse community.

-- An Extensible Eclipse-Based Application for Molecular and Mesoscale Simulation, David Kofke, State University of New York, Buffalo This project will research mesoscale analysis that can be applied to the atmosphere and used by the National Weather Service to predict thunderstorms, tornadoes and earthquakes.

-- Fluid Architecture -- Turbocharging Automated Agile-Design Refactorings with Aspect-Oriented Programming

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.

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