Innovation @ HP Labs
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Lego Robotics competitions @ HP Labs Bristol

Contributed by Richard Brown, Senior Research Manager HP Labs Bristol




For almost the last 10 years HP Labs Bristol has been hosting around 600 school children from 60-70 schools across the South West of England for the First Lego League regional robotics finals. Taking place each year at the end of November, this two-day fun-packed, high-energy event encourages kids to show off their robot building and programming skills and their understanding of technology and the environment.


So important is this event to the region that one year a BBC film crew spent an entire afternoon filming for a live midday TV report and its evening news show. Another year a local radio station broadcast some live interviews.

IEEE Webinar: Big Data Analytics for Security

ieee_logo_mb_tagline.gifBig data is changing the landscape of security tools for network monitoring, security information and event management, and forensics; however, in the eternal arms race of attack and defense, security researchers must keep exploring novel ways to mitigate and contain sophisticated attackers. 


These and other issues were recently discussed in the context of the IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Lecturer Webinar Series.


The one-hour panel included the following participants:


  • Pratyusa K. Manadhata is a senior researcher at HP Labs.
  • Sree Rajan is serving as the Director of Software Systems Innovation Group at Fujitsu Laboratories of America (FLA), Sunnyvale, CA.
  • Alvaro Cárdenas is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he is a member of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute.

The webinar will be broadcast Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00).


Register here for the event.

HP Location Aware - featuring HP Labs’ indoor location technology

Contributed by Simon Firth, freelance technology journalist


HP this week launched HP Location Aware, an indoor location application powered by technology developed by HP Labs. Location Aware can pinpoint your location to within approximately two meters – a major improvement on existing solutions.


Souvik-Sen_Web-2.jpg“The technology grew out of an HP Labs research program that sought to make finding locations inside a building via Wi-Fi as easy and affordable as using GPS outdoors,” said lead HP researcher Souvik Sen. “GPS won’t work inside, but nearly every office, airport, stadium, or mall these days has Wi-Fi, and 85% of cell phone users leave their Wi-Fi capability switched on, so it was an ideal technology to work with.”


Fast set-up, maintenance-free


It’s an idea that others have tried. “But all other Wi-Fi-based indoor location solutions require extensive set up and constantly need to be manually recalibrated to account for things like furniture being moved,” explains Sen. “That’s made them very expensive to install and maintain, and has been a real barrier to widespread adoption of the technology.”



Inbal Tadeski – finding an outlet for creativity at HP Labs Israel

Contributed by Simon Firth, freelance technology journalist


Inbal-Tadeski_March-2014_we.jpgHP Labs researcher Inbal Tadeski didn’t really get excited about computer science until she realized how creative it could be. Growing up in her native Israel with a love of both art and mathematics, Tadeski had planned to become an architect. “Then after high school I met someone working in high-tech who persuaded me that it really could be a lot more creative than I’d thought,” she recalls. That led Tadeski to study for a B.Sc. in computer science at Ben Gurion University in Be'er Sheva, Israel, before working for four years as a software engineer, several of them for HP Software. She then studied for her M.Sc. in computer science, with an emphasis on machine learning, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, during which time she interned at HP Labs Israel, and where she now works.

HP: Can you tell us about your research interests?

Well, I’m really interested in a lot of different things, but in particular I’m interested in using structured data to extract important and interesting information from unstructured data. Most of the work I am doing at present is in machine learning and data mining. For example, I just finished working on a recommendation system, the kind you get on sites like iTunes or Netflix that suggest what songs or movies you might enjoy. Most of these systems work simply by finding people similar to you and then suggesting that you will like what they liked. We were looking at adding knowledge from domain experts to add some semantic learning into the recommendation algorithm – there isn’t much about doing that in the research literature, so it was very interesting to pursue. 


An engaging and fun visit to HP Labs Bristol

Contributed by Alison Taylor




Last month, HP Labs Bristol hosted 20 children and 12 HP parents to an evening of learning and thinking about what goes on at the children’s parents’ place of work.  


The theme of the visit was “Dream Big” and was based on the film “Turbo,” the story of a young snail who wants to live life in the fast lane. HP played a large part in the production of the movie as technology from HP’s Z800 and Z820 workstations and HP ProLiant servers was used.


Stephen Crane from HP Labs Bristol led the first part of the evening with a code making/breaking session, explaining how you can safely send sensitive data quickly via email if you encrypt it and provide the receiver with a key to unlock the file. 



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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.