Faculty members representing the department of electrical and computer engineering at Rice University’s Brown School of Engineering received awards through the Microsoft Productivity Research (MPR) Request for Proposal.
ECE Assistant Professor, Akane Sano, will develop Unobtrusive Personalized Work Engagement Assistant. Supporting her are fellow Rice faculty members, ECE Associate Professor, Ashok Veeraraghavan, and Psychology Professor, Fred Oswald.
Psychology Professor, Margaret Beier received the second award to develop Productivity-enhancing Tools for Diverse and Distributed Teams. Her team at Rice included ECE Department Chair and Professor, Ashutosh Sabharwal, along with ECE Assistant Professor, Santiago Segarra.
The goal of MPR was to develop academic partnerships with Microsoft and to foster collaboration on innovative research in productivity technologies. Submitted proposals focused on:
The two teams collectively received $250,000 of funding and other resources for their proposals.
Click here to read the winning abstracts.