HP Labs

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HP Labs
HP Labs.png
Formation 1966
Type Research organization
Membership Seven laboratories
Website http://www.hpl.hp.com/

HP Labs (or HP Laboratories) is the exploratory and advanced research group for Hewlett-Packard. The lab has some 600 researchers in seven locations throughout the world.[1]

HP Labs was established in 1966 by HP founders Bill Hewlett and David Packard to create an organization focused on the future and not bound by day-to-day business concerns. In 2006, the lab celebrated its 40th anniversary.[1]

Research Areas[edit]

HP Labs is categorized into the following broad areas:

  • Systems Research
  • Security and Cloud
  • Analytics
  • Networking and Mobility
  • Printing and Content Delivery


The following have served as Director of HP Labs since its foundation in 1966.[2]

  • Barney Oliver (1966–81)
  • John Doyle (1981–84)
  • Joel Birnbaum (1984–86 and 1991–99)
  • Don Hammond (1986–87)
  • Frank Carrubba (1987–91)
  • Ed Karrer (1999)
  • Dick Lampman (1999–2007)
  • Prith Banerjee (2007–2012)
  • Chandrakant Patel (interim; April 7 2012 – Nov 2012)
  • Martin Fink (2012–current)

Lab locations[edit]

HP Labs Bristol

HP has laboratories around the globe in seven major locations:[3]

In addition to the seven major sites, other HP Labs offices can be found in Princeton, New Jersey, and Barcelona, Spain.


HP Labs has a number of public sector and academic partners, including:[1]

  • CERN, Europe's premier particle physics lab
  • CITRIS, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society
  • Gelato Federation, the global research community for Linux on the Itanium platform
  • PlanetLab Consortium, an open platform for planetary-scale services, and governments around the world.


The research group is organized into 23 labs. Research areas include social computing, nanotechnology, nanophotonics, sustainable IT, digital printing and imaging, next-generation multimedia and collaboration, business optimization, cloud computing, exascale computing and information management. Current and recent projects include:

Despite extensive past involvement with the Semantic Web, in October 2009 Labs announced that, "HPLabs management have decided not to continue with an active programme of Semantic Web research at HPL."[4]


  1. ^ a b c "About HP Labs". Hewlett-Packard. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  2. ^ "Former HP Labs directors". HP. 
  3. ^ "Worldwide sites". Hewlett-Packard. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  4. ^ "Changes to Semantic Web research at HP". October 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009. "HPLabs management have decided not to continue with an active programme of Semantic Web research at HPL. Members of the Semantic Web research group are moving to other roles, both inside and outside HP" 

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