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Future engineers from Girls Innovate! visit HP Labs



Just before heading back to school from summer break, a group of high school girls passionate about math, science, and technology got to visit HP Labs in Palo Alto this week for a glimpse of how women engineers are making a difference in an industrial lab and beyond.


The teenagers were all members of Girls Innovate!, a Bay Area non-profit that works to educate, inspire, and mentor girls to positively impact the world through innovation. Their trip was organized by Puneet Sharma, a veteran cloud networking researcher in HP’s Networking and Mobility Lab. “For me, these girls are the future researchers of HP Labs. We need to engage with them early on and acquaint them with the nurturing environment that HP Labs provides for women technologists,” he suggested in introducing the group.

Reading analytics - we’re gaining significant new insights by analyzing how people read online



Georgia_2012_thumbnail.jpgIn the online world, there are two well-known “species” of user: “searchers” and “shoppers.” Each leaves a voluminous trail of information behind them. Web searchers mainly deposit search keywords and result clicks, while shoppers’ trails are made up of views, purchases, and rentals of products. Analytics algorithms have long mined for insights, user preferences, and leveraging crowd wisdom, with the ultimate aim of optimizing advertising, sales, products, services, and web sites.


The Web landscape has changed a lot the last few years, and new types of users have emerged. One notable new class is “online readers,” those who read content online in order to be informed, entertained, trained, educated, and so forth. The proliferation of textual content in a plurality of forms (including e-news, e-books, and online courses), along with the popularity of portable devices, has shaken the foundations of traditional printed forms. But it has also opened the door to new and exciting opportunities. Why? Because online readers leave their own digital trails in the form of page scrolls, turns, and other content interactions. Now organizations in digital printing, publishing, book retail, education, and other domains, as well as authors, educators, and other individuals, can leverage these trails to answer questions that were difficult or impossible to answer before. For starters, how long do people read in one session? How long do they stay on a page? How does that time vary by topic? When or where do they stop reading? These questions are only the beginning of a new kind of analytics, called reading analytics, that could significantly influence our future interactions with, and offerings to, online readers.

The Chua Lectures: From Memristors and Cellular Nonlinear Networks to the Edge of Chaos

Save the Date: Chua Lecture Series Begins September 8

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chua lg.jpgPlease save the date for September 8, 2015 as we kick off an exciting 12-part lecture series with Professor Leon Chua, accomplished IEEE Fellow, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and pioneer in neural network and Memristor research.


Over the course of the 12 weekly lectures, Professor Leon Chua will offer a peek into his life’s work, exploring distinct research areas which have all emerged from highly nonlinear and dynamical phenomena, including: Memristors, Cellular Nonlinear Networks (CNN), and The Principle of Local Activity and the Edge of Chaos.


Join us on September 8 for the first lecture in this thought-provoking series. 


Event Details

Dates:  Each Tuesday from September 8 – November 24

Time: 10:30 –  12:00pm PST

Location: On the web or on-site if you are a HP employee 


Feel free to share the lecture series via email and through your social communities. We look forward to seeing you there!


HP Labs Middleware research enables Software-Defined Manufacturing



Mass customization, in Tseng and Jiao’s definition, is "producing [customized, personalized] goods and services to meet individual customer's needs with near mass production efficiency". It includes two seemingly competing objectives that make its realization challenging:


1) make individualized products (with a high value) to meet customers’ heterogeneous needs, resulting in ever smaller order sizes to the point where “every product is different” (EPID); and


2) deliver operational efficiency of a quality that successfully competes against mass production (think Henry Ford and assembly lines).


We are moving closer to widespread adoption of mass customization, however, thanks largely to technical innovations on two fronts. Firstly, we now have general-purpose machines that can produce diverse products (i.e. successive items of different shape and/or functionality) at more-or-less the same cost as creating copies of a single item in bulk (for example, via 3D printing). We also have software (middleware in particular) that can effectively and efficiently compose production workflows for individualized products and thread different machines (co-located, or geographically dispersed; of different capabilities, capacities, and availabilities) for workflow execution.



HP Labs celebrates 30 Years of innovation in Bristol



HP Labs this summer marked the 30th anniversary of the founding of its Bristol, UK lab, the company’s first research facility to be based outside the US. A full day of celebratory events at the lab included a lunch for current employees and an evening reception that welcomed back former colleagues who had worked in the lab over the last three decades.


“HP Labs Bristol has built for itself an enviable reputation for successfully addressing real-world problems in concrete terms,” noted Martin Sadler, director of the Bristol Labs site on the occasion of the anniversary. “This was a great opportunity to recall the achievements we’ve all shared in the past, to take pride in where we are today, and to look forward to the exciting future ahead.”

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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.
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