RIT Selected as HP Innovation Research Program Recipient

Award will fund development of Web based publishing system

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Rochester Institute of Technology was selected as one of 34 universities in the world to receive an HP Labs Innovation Research Award, designed to encourage open collaboration with HP Labs resulting in mutually beneficial, high impact research.

RIT faculty and student researchers will collaborate with HP Labs, HP’s central research arm, on a research initiative focused on

developing a Web based publishing system to gather content from online repositories such as wikis and blogs and transforming the content into well-designed printed documents.

The Open Publishing Lab at RIT is spearheading the research. The lab is a cross-disciplinary center dedicated to researching and developing innovative, open source applications for publishing across various media. Based in RIT’s School of Print Media, the Open Publishing Lab brings together faculty and students from numerous disciplines including print media, industrial design, graphic design, information technology and software engineering.

Frank Cost, associate dean of RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences and co-director of the Printing Industry Center at RIT, is the author and principal investigator of the winning proposal titled, “An Automated Framework for Collecting, Tagging, Transforming, and Publishing Web Repository Content to Unified Print Layouts.” Patricia Albanese, Gannett Center for Integrated Publishing Sciences Distinguished Professor in RIT’s School of Print Media, is the co-principal investigator and Matt Bernius, professor in RIT’s School of Print Media, serves as a researcher.

“This project will generate discoveries about methodologies for tagging content and metadata when gathering diverse asset types into print documents such as books,” says Cost. Our cross-repository focus will create knowledge about integrating document services across a wide range of already established publishing platforms. This specifically supports the call to address what new protocols are required to support integrated documents of the future. The output of this research will be an open source publishing system that can be used to monetize a wealth of content that already exists via digital print service.”

Prith Banerjee, senior vice president of research at HP and director of HP Labs adds: “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. HP Labs’ selection of RIT for a 2008 Innovation Award demonstrates outstanding achievement and will help accelerate HP Labs’ global research agenda in pursuit of scientific breakthroughs.”

HP reviewed more than 450 proposals from 200 universities in 28 countries 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. 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.

To learn more about the Open Publishing Lab at RIT, visit http://opl.cias.rit.edu.

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