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The Department of Computer Sciences has won two HP Innovation Research Awards

Internal News - 30 September 2008

Department of Computer Science receives two awards from HP

Two researchers from the University’s Department of Computer Science have been granted HP Innovation Awards this year, after a highly competitive selection process reviewing more than 450 applications from 200 universities in 28 countries.

Professor Guy McCusker and Dr John Collomosse both received awards out of a total of 41 awards worldwide. The HP Labs Innovation Research Awards are designed to encourage open collaboration with HP Labs resulting in mutually beneficial, high-impact research.

The project led by Professor Guy McCusker is a feasibility study into a new way of modelling computer system security. It will provide a mathematical understanding of computer systems and help inform decisions about when and where to deploy security measures such as password protection or firewalls.

It will involve collaboration between Professor McCusker and the Systems Security Laboratory at HP Labs in Bristol. If the idea proves successful, they hope the project will lead to further collaboration in the future.

The second award was to Dr John Collomosse, and will also fund a PhD student based at the Department to explore the artistic visualisation of home videos.

One outcome will be a flowing, ambient screensaver that captures the essence of a user's experience through artistic versions of their videos. It will automatically select videos that have a common theme, allowing users to rediscover video clips lying forgotten on their computers.

The research aim is to develop new methods for automatically understanding images and video, as a way of generating artwork.

The University of Bath is amongst a handful of elite institutions that have been awarded more than one award, including MIT, Stanford, Berkeley and the University of Bristol. The full results can be found on the HP Innovation Awards website (see related links).