Carnegie Mellon Engineering




Two of a Kind: IBM-Carnegie Mellon Collaboration Awards

Collaboration is Key

Carnegie Mellon faculty frequently cross traditional departmental boundaries and bridge the gap between industry and academia when solving complex problems. To date, IBM Corporation has been one of our most successful industry partners. Their early support led to the creation of the Andrew project, an unprecedented joint venture that changed the computing world forever. More recently, we've co-hosted research exchanges that brought together Carnegie Mellon faculty and IBM researchers for in-depth collaborative discussions.

Our relationship has prospered during the 25+ years since the inception of the Andrew project and we remain mindful of where the relationship started and what it took to grow it to this point. This past fall, our institutions teamed up to host the second research exchange, which resulted in productive discussions focused on service science, high-performance computing, material science, and human computer interaction. Sparked from the research exchanged, IBM and Carnegie Mellon agreed to create the IBM-Carnegie Mellon Collaboration Awards, to seed new world-class collaborations between IBM and Carnegie Mellon faculty in specific areas of mutual interest. The awards will go to faculty seeking or actively developing high-quality technical collaborations with IBM researchers. We've returned to the roots of our relationship, and to the principles and spirit that guided our initial partnership.

 

2008 Award Recipients

IBM and Carnegie Mellon formed a joint committee to review and approve faculty proposals for these awards. This committee is led by Robert Morris, vice president of Services Research at IBM, and Peter Lee, head of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon.

IBM generously provided startup funding to launch the first round of collaborations. Future awards will either extend support to existing proposals, or will launch new areas of research exploration. College of Engineering award winners include civil and environmental engineering professor Lucio Soilbelman and electrical and computer engineering professor Elias Towe.

The next research exchange will leverage the progress in the existing research projects, and help identify potential areas for additional exploration.

 

Relationship

For more than a quarter century, IBM has been critically involved in partnership projects with the university, ranging from faculty information exchange sessions to support for campus-wide communication and technology initiatives.

Among these collaborative ventures have been service-oriented architecture initiatives for faculty to supplement student course structures, and the Student Services Systems project which will transform the way our student systems operate, allowing them to be more flexible and efficient.

Our organizations' mutual commitment to innovation, creativity, and collaboration is certain to produce exciting result for today's global environment.

~ By Doug Phillips