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Segal Seminar Series

Jan Allebach

September 29, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center
2133 Sheridan Rd. Evanston , IL 60208

A Case Study in University-Industry Partnerships


In 2008, Hewlett-Packard celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Deskjet printer, and announced that over 240 million HP Deskjet printers and all-in-ones had shipped since 1988. This year HP celebrated the 25th anniversary of the LaserJet printer. At Purdue University, we have been working with HP’s Imaging and Printing group, which is responsible for these and other HP product lines, for over 16 years. Our research has impacted the imaging pipeline, user-interface, and customer support for dozens of HP printer products, and can be found in 100s of millions of units that have sold world-wide. This research has formed the basis for the dissertations or theses of 37 Ph.D students and 13 Masters students who have graduated from Purdue since 1994. Eight faculty members in four different academic units at Purdue have participated in this interdisciplinary research.

In this talk, I will first provide as a backdrop to our research, a brief overview of the development of printing. I will then trace two threads from our work with HP: the research that we have conducted and the development of the relationship between HP and Purdue that made this research possible. I will conclude with a view of the direction in which both the printing industry and our research is headed.


Jan P. Allebach is Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. His current research interests include image rendering, image quality, color imaging and color measurement, printer and sensor forensics, and digital publishing. Prof. Allebach is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T), and SPIE. He has been especially active with the IEEE Signal Processing Society and IS&T. He has served as Distinguished or Visiting Lecturer for both societies, has served as an officer and on the Board of Directors of both societies, and is presently Editor for the IS&T/SPIE Journal of Electronic Imaging. Prof. Allebach received the Senior (best paper) Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society, the Bowman Award from IS&T, was named Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year by IS&T and SPIE, and was named Honorary Member of IS&T, the highest award that IS&T bestows. From Purdue University, he is co-recipient of the College of Engineering Team Award in recognition of his long-term work with HP, and recipient of the College of Engineering Mentoring Excellence Award, the Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award, and five teaching awards.

Contact Phillip Jacob at 847-467-3533 or pjacob@northwestern.edu for further questions.