Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies News

Dr. Harry Denny and Dr. Yung-Hsiang Lu Receive the 2022 Leadership in Open Access Award

November 1st, 2022

Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies is pleased to recognize two individuals with the 2022 Leadership in Open Access Award: Dr. Harry Denny, Professor of English and Director of the Writing Lab and Dr. Yung-Hsiang Lu, Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Leadership in Open Access award is given annually in recognition of exceptional commitment to broadening the reach of scholarship by making Purdue research freely accessible online. This award is granted to nominees who have worked in collaboration with one or more repositories supported by Purdue Libraries, such as Purdue e-Pubs, Purdue University Research Repository (PURR), or Purdue e-Archives.

Denny, along with his fellow journal editors of the Writing Center Journal, successfully transitioned this formerly closed access, print journal to an Open Access journal. The journal was made openly available in Purdue e-Pubs through a partnership with Purdue University Press. In addition to publishing all forthcoming content from the Writing Center Journal, all back issue content has also been made available on the Open Access site and provided with DOIs, making the journal’s legacy stable and globally accessible.

Lu has been the lead organizer of the annual IEEE Low-Power Computer Vision Challenge since 2015. Between 2015-2021, 108 international teams submitted more than 500 solutions. Since 2019, winners have to release their solutions and present their solutions in conference. The winners’ solutions are collected and published in a book “Low-Power Computer Vision Improve the Efficiency of Artificial Intelligence”, Chapman and Hall/CRC, ISBN 978-0-3677-4470-0, February 23, 2022. For transparency, the referee system’s source code as well as reference solutions are released before the challenges ( The reference solution serves as the basis for participants to improve upon. Lu is also a strong proponent of Open Access to research software. Each of his research papers is accompanied with a github repository of the software used for generating the data presented in the research paper. Most important, Lu promotes Open Access in his courses. He teaches students the concepts of Open Access and explains the tools for managing Open Access—including software and data. In the past 5 years, more than 1,000 students have learned the skills to manage and share Open Access information.

Dr. Harry Denny and Dr. Yung-Hsiang Lu join the growing list of previous recipients of the Leadership in Open Access Award.