Research at Google, which oversees the company's computer science R&D efforts, awarded grants of up to $150,000 to a hundred and ten research projects proposed by full-time faculty at academic institutions in forty-four countries. The awards cover tuition for a graduate student to work on the project for a year and offer both faculty and students the opportunity to work directly with Google researchers and engineers. The largest number of grants were made in the areas of systems development, human-computer interaction, mobile technology, and machine perception, while almost a quarter of the funding (22 percent) went to universities outside the U.S.
Recipients include Dania Bilal of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Jacek Gwidzka of the University of Texas at Austin, who were awarded $41,363 to study how children read and assess the readability of Google's search results pages; and Carlos Caicedo of Syracuse University, who was awarded $63,000 to develop a software solution that helps determine radio spectrum use compatibility among multiple systems, as well as wireless spectrum use opportunities in a given area.
"The mechanisms we have for managing the radio frequency spectrum now are inefficient," said Caicedo. "Because of the high demand for wireless data services, we need new ways to convey spectrum use and manage the radio spectrum."
For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the Google website.