Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, February 5, 2010

U-M researchers receive share of Google funding

Researchers at U-M are sharing in the $5.7 million first round of Google Focused Research Awards, which will help fund areas of study of key interest to Google as well as the research community.

Thomas Wenisch, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is part of a consortium researching energy-efficient computing. Other researchers in the consortium are from Rutgers University, the University of California-Santa Barbara, and the University of Virginia.

U-M has received $250,000 for the first two years of the project titled "Data-Centric Approach to Energy Proportionality," and anticipates another $125,000 in the third year.

Wenisch also is part of a U-M team that received $100,000 for a project titled "Rearchitecting Memory and Processors for Energy-Efficiency."

Other members of that team are: Trevor Mudge, professor of electrical engineering and computer science; David Blaauw, professor of computer science and engineering and electrical and computer engineering; and Dennis Sylvester, professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

The grants help pay for research for two to three years, and give those involved access to key Google tools and technical knowledge.