Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition & Productivity

This McKinsey Global Institute report is a must read. NEU ( is currently developing a Master of Engineering in Big Data to address the need for engineering talent with competencies in big data management, analysis, visualization and data-driven decision making. Anyone needs more info, please contact me. We have scholarships for our first students and we are looking for full-time and part-time faculty.


US Falling Further Behind in R&D Funding

scientists in research labFrom the ITIF e-newsletter – a Dec 2012 report by Battelle states that while the US and Europe will decrease R&D spending, global spending is forecast to grow by 3.7%, or $53.7 billion in 2013 to $1.496 trillion. The largest share of this increase, $22.9 billion, is expected to come from China, which continues its decade-long annual double digit increases in R&D investments. Through its Innovation 2020 strategy, China plans to invest $1.5 trillion over the next seven years on seven “strategic emerging industries,” namely: energy efficiency and environmental protection technologies; next generation information technology; biotechnology; high-end equipment manufacturing; new energy; new materials and alternative fuel vehicles.

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Three California Universities Awarded Grant to Spur Innovation

From the ASEE newsletter – Three universities – the University of California, Berkeley, UC San Francisco, and Stanford University – will work together to promote and commercialized innovative ideas. The NSF money will help the schools develop new ideas and get them quickly to market.

San Francisco Business Times

NSF Call for Proposals on Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (US only)

NSF has established the Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) program, with the overarching goal of transforming innovations in research and education into sustained software resources that are an integral part of the cyberinfrastructure.

SI2 is a long-term investment focused on catalyzing new thinking, paradigms, and practices in developing and using software to understand natural, human, and engineered systems. SI2‘s intent is to foster a pervasive cyberinfrastructure to help researchers address problems of unprecedented scale, complexity, resolution, and accuracy by integrating computation, data, networking, observations and experiments in novel ways. NSF expects that its SI2 investment will result in robust, reliable, usable and sustainable software infrastructure that is critical to achieving the CIF21 vision and will transform science and engineering while contributing to the education of next generation researchers and creators of future cyberinfrastructure. Education at all levels will play an important role in integrating such a dynamic cyberinfrastructure into the fabric of how science and engineering is performed.

For more information:

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  March 19, 2013

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  February 3, 2014

Has China Overtaken US in Patent Filings?

According to this article from The Economist, the answer is not clear, as the quality of those filings cannot be assessed. Yet, it looks like the Chinese are understanding the role and importance of patents for innovation and economic development.


Cool! HP Labs NanoSensors Can Taste and Smell

HPL nanosensors

Watch this 2 min youtube video to learn what’s going on at HP Labs Intelligent Infrastructure Research Lab! World record sensitivity and relatively low cost (compared to existing technologies) could mean the possibility of using these nanosensors in many, many applications. After viewing the video you can suscribe to the HP channel to receive notifications of new technologies being developed by HP.

University of Illinois Launches Institute to Work with Companies and Government

The Institute will focus on advancing tech transfer to advance aims at going beyond pure research to do conduct applied research such as designing and testing products.

The Urbana/Champaign (IL) News-Gazette (11/7, Garennes) reports, “The University of Illinois College of Engineering has launched a new research institute that aims to partner with companies and federal agencies to conduct applied research

such as designing and testing products.” The “Illinois Applied Research Institute plans to work with agencies such as the Air Force Research Laboratory and Department on Energy on everything from radar technology and cybersecurity to hydrogen fuel cells.” Officially launched in mid-August, it “already plans to conduct some electromagnetic-related research work with SAIC, the multibillion-dollar company and frequent recipient of Department of Defense contracts.”

Accelerating Intelligence with Kurzweil (recommendation)

Recently, someone sent a comment about one of my blogs re new ideas and future technologies. Well, here’s one of my resources: the Ray KurzweilAI newsletter/webpage.

AI refers to “accelerating intelligence,” a core concept that underlies the exponential growth of the pervasive information-based technologies — both biological and machine — that are radically changing our world. These include biotechnology, nanotechnology & materials science, molecular electronics, computation, artificial intelligence, robotics, neuroscience, physics, Internet, energy, electronics, pattern recognition, virtual reality, human brain reverse engineering, and brain and body augmentation. The leading visionaries represented on this site cover these and other topics, and examine the trends that are profoundly impacting science, economics, the arts, politics, government, warfare, medicine, health, education, disabilities, behavior, and society.

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