NVIDIA graduate fellowships in visual computing

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Late last week NVIDIA announced that it is funding 10 new graduate fellowships to study the use of GPUs in computing under its 8-year old fellowship program

More than 200 applicants were considered for the award, which comes with grants of $25,000 for each recipient, according to NVIDIA Chief Scientist Bill Dally, who headed the committee which selected the award recipients. The projects being sponsored cover a wide range of technical areas, including computer vision, neuroscience, and quantum chemistry simulation on GPUs.

“The NVIDIA Fellowship Program recognizes and supports excellence in GPU computing research in universities worldwide,” Dally said. “It facilitates outstanding research and builds relationships between NVIDIA and the academic community.”

Recipients of the 2009 NVIDIA Fellowship Program include:

  • Anjul Patney, University of California, Davis
  • Bryan Catanzaro, University of California, Berkeley
  • Erik Sintorn, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Gregory Diamos, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Huy T. Vo, University of Utah
  • Ivan Ufimtsev, Stanford University
  • Jiayuan Meng, University of Virginia
  • Nicolas Pinto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rahul Garg, University of Washington
  • Yen-Tzu Lin, Carnegie Mellon University

Congratulations to these young researchers. I think that investments like these by NVIDIA and others are smart. They get to give back to the community while at the same time sparking new research that pushes the boundaries of what people can do with their gear. I don’t think efforts like these would ever save failing technologies (unless they just got lucky and happened upon a totally new application domain), but I do think they contribute to the vitality of otherwise healthy technologies.