Google Announces Research Award Winners

Google also unveiled new two-year postgraduate Computer Science Teaching Fellowships for K-12 teachers.

Google has revealed the winners of 105 Google Research Awards for computer science projects that will be conducted by graduate students around the world, and also introduced a first-time, postgraduate Computer Science Teaching Fellows program aimed at K-12 teachers.

The 105 winners of the summer 2013 Google Research Awards were named in an Aug. 12 post by Maggie Johnson, director of education and university relations, on the Google Research Blog. The biannual Google Research Awards are presented for winning proposals on computer science-related topics including machine learning and structured data, policy, human computer interaction and geo/maps, according to Johnson's post. The grants cover tuition for a graduate student and will allow faculty and students to collaborate directly with Google scientists and engineers on their projects.
Google received 550 proposals from 50 nations around the world for the awards, and from those 105 projects were funded. "The subject areas that received the highest level of support were human-computer interaction, systems and machine learning," according to Johnson's post. "We noticed some new areas emerging in this round of proposals. In particular, an increase of interest in neural networks, accessibility-related projects and some innovative ideas in robotics."

Among the most intriguing proposals is a project that features the use of Android-based multi-robot systems, which are "significantly more complex than single robot systems," according to Johnson. Another project will explore novel indoor navigation system for blind users as a potential application for Google Glass, as well as how the eyewear device can bring about social interactions, she wrote.

The submission deadline for the next round of the Google Research Awards is Oct. 15. Google Research Awards are one-year awards structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time faculty members at top universities around the world, according to Google. Faculty members can apply for up to $150,000 in eligible expenses, but most awards are funded at the amount needed to support basic expenses for one graduate student for one year, according to Google. The awards are aimed at supporting innovative research in Computer Science, Engineering and related fields.

Meanwhile, Google's new Computer Science Teaching Fellowship program aims to spark deeper interest for K-12 students in science, mathematics and related subjects by improving training for teachers in those fields, according to an Aug. 7 post by Cameron Fadjo, program lead for the Google's Computer Science Teaching Fellows program, on the Google Research Blog.