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August 13, 2008

Bowers Awarded HP Innovation Research Grant


Santa Barbara, California, August 13, 2008 John Bowers, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the UC Santa Barbara Institute for Energy Efficiency, has been named a recipient of a 2008 HP Labs Innovation Research Program grant. Bowers will collaborate with HP Labs, HP's central research arm, on a research initiative focused on developing a CMOS compatible, hybrid silicon ring resonator laser that is compact, low threshold, and high speed, and that can be used in 10 Gbit/s interconnects on silicon substrates. Semiconductor ring resonator lasers are simple but very powerful components, which can be readily integrated with other optoelectronic devices and have large free spectral range (high Q). Ring lasers made on silicon are the ideal solution for a high speed low cost CMOS compatible optical engine.

"We're pleased and proud that HP has recognized John's innovative work in this area," commented Matt Tirrell, Dean of the College of Engineering. "John is one of the leading researchers in the global effort to make optoelectronic computing a reality. His work will have impact both in computing speed and in computing energy efficiency."

HP reviewed more than 450 proposals from 200 universities in 28 countries. Bowers' selection made UC Santa Barbara one of only 34 universities in the world to receive a 2008 Innovation Research grant. The HP Labs Innovation Research Program is designed to encourage open collaboration with HP Labs resulting in mutually beneficial, high-impact research. This year's proposals were solicited 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.

"Around the world, HP partners 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 Bowers and UC Santa Barbara for a 2008 Innovation Award demonstrates outstanding achievement and will help accelerate HP Labs' global research agenda in pursuit of scientific breakthroughs."

 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 Program and worldwide award recipients are available at http://www.hpl.hp.com/open_innovation/irp/index.html


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