Red Hat Research Quarterly

Sixteen Red Hat Collaboratory Research Incubation Award winners announced

Red Hat Research Quarterly

Sixteen Red Hat Collaboratory Research Incubation Award winners announced

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Funding recipients will study AI in cloud operations, hardware stack innovations, performance improvements, and more. 

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The Red Hat Collaboratory at Boston University recently announced the recipients of its first-ever Research Incubation Awards. Reviewers from BU faculty and Red Hat selected sixteen proposals to fund, including one large-scale, multi-year project and another five smaller-scale projects that pair BU faculty and graduate students with Red Hat engineers. If you are interested in exploring collaboration opportunities on these or other research projects, please contact Heidi Picher Dempsey, US Research Director for Red Hat.

Orran Krieger, BU professor of electrical and computer engineering and co-director of the Red Hat Collaboratory, said of the award winners, “I am excited not only about many of the individual projects, but how they can build on each other. Fundamentally, we want to get everyone out of their comfort zone to do things that are only possible because of the collaboration. Researchers tend to work on projects where they can control all the variables, and it is difficult for others to build on the research artifacts developed by graduate students. Engineers are often focused on the next incremental change and rarely have time to use state-of-the-art research.  This collaboration not only enables research projects that have an impact but also enables research artifacts that are of high enough quality that other research projects can build on them.”  

Faculty members Ayse Coskun, Alan Liu, and Gianluca Stringhini; Red Hat researchers Steven Huels, Marcel Hild, and Daniel Riek; and IBM researcher Fabio Oliviera won the award for a large-scale project and will receive $1 million in funding over two years. Their project, “AI for Cloud Ops,” aims to deliver easily accessible, open source AI technologies for developers and administrators who are solving real-world performance, resilience, and security challenges. The researchers will create new methods for fusing and representing systems data to enable AI-based analytics and will build, apply, and scale AI frameworks to improve performance, management, security, compliance, and resilience problems in the cloud.

Left to right, Gianluca Stringhini, Ayse Coskun, and Alan Liu

These are the winners for small-scale proposals:

Ten awards also went to faculty projects related to speculative, fundamental research or Mass Open Cloud projects designed to initiate a collaboration:

Learn more by visiting Red Hat’s research project pages. Please stay tuned to Red Hat Research for other opportunities to learn about these projects and get involved. 


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