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HU-Professor selected as HP Innovation Research Award Recipient

Award will fund research in the area of cloud computing and database systems


Johann-Christoph Freytag, professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin at the Institut für Informatik (Computer Science Department) was selected as one of 59 professors in the world to receive a 2009 HP Labs Innovation Research Award, a program designed to create opportunities for colleges, universities and research institutes around the world to conduct breakthrough collaborative research with HP. 

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin will collaborate with HP Labs on a research initiative focused on Cloud Computing and its use in Scientific and Business Applications. Professor Johann-Christoph Freytag together with Professor Volker Markl and Professor Odej Kao (both professors at the Technische Universität Berlin), all authors of the winning proposal titled “QPiC: Query Processing in the Cloud”, will lead together the collaboration project with HP Labs.

The Institut für Informatik is one of the leading German university institutes for databases and information systems, model driven system engineering, and models and algorithms.

 “Our goal with this program is to collaborate with the brightest minds from around the world to tackle the industry’s most complex problems and push the frontiers of fundamental science,” said Prith Banerjee, senior vice president, Research, HP and director, HP Labs. “Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has demonstrated outstanding achievement and a vision that will help inspire technological innovation and address the most complex challenges and opportunities facing the industry in the next decade.”

HP reviewed nearly 300 proposals from more than 140 universities in 29 countries on a range of topics within the eight high-impact research themes at HP Labs – analytics, cloud, content transformation, digital commercial print, immersive interaction, information management, intelligent infrastructure and sustainability. More details about the HP Labs Innovation Research Program and worldwide award recipients are available at


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