HP swoops on Russian talent

Potential employees with maths and science skills is drawcard, says vendor

Hewlett-Packard is recruiting researchers to tackle fundamental problems in information management at a new laboratory in St Petersburg, Russia.

It will the third new research facility HP has opened in five years.

About half of all Russian students choose to study mathematics or science. “It’s important for us to be where that talent is,” says Beth Keer, director of the Information Services and Process Innovation Lab at HP Labs.

The lab will focus on information management because “there’s a lot of need to do additional database research. In data-mining, and in unstructured data, there are challenges in understanding what you’ve got,” Keer says.

As an example of the kind of project the new lab might work on, Keer spoke of a tool developed by HP researchers in California that can extract information from text files written by support staff as they deal with customer problems. By analysing the files and compiling information from many support incidents, the tool can “identify early problems with a particular manufacturing run of a particular product in a particular geography”.

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