US: Google has announced the recipients of the Winter 2014 Google Research Awards, which serve to support cutting-edge research in Computer Science and related fields at top universities worldwide. This round received 691 proposals, an increase of 19% over last round, covering 46 countries on 6 continents. After expert reviews and committee discussions, 115 projects were picked to be funded. The subject areas that received the highest level of support were human-computer interaction, systems, and machine learning, with 25% of the funding awarded to universities outside the US.
The winners under the Geo/maps category are Pieter Peers from College of William & Mary, LouisMartin Rousseau and ClaudeGuy Quimper from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Bernhard Jenny from Oregon State University, Ruisheng Wang from University of Calgary and Ravi Ramamoorthi from University of California Berkeley. The Google Research Awards programme aims to identify and support world-class, full-time faculty pursuing research in areas of mutual interest.