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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Report Cites the Importance of R&D as Driving Force for New Industries and Jobs (from CHE)

As President Obama and lawmakers argued about the budget, a White House advisory panel (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) issued a 124-page report repeating the advice of spending more money on scientific research, and doing it more wisely, this time with another dose of urgency. One of the reasons for the US decline in R&D investments stated in the report is that traditional corporate research labs have dissappeard (not @ HP!).

“The United States “risks losing its leadership in invention and discovery—the driving force behind the creationg of new industries and jobs that have propelled the U.S. economy over the past century.”

The report addresses the two objectives of (1) enhancing long-range U.S. investment in basic and early-stage applied research and (2) reducing the barriers to the transformation of the results of that research into new products, in-dustries, and jobs.

In my view, I think the US would be more effecitve and efficient if R&D partnerships between universities, industry and government research labsmwould be supported, as other countries do. Increasing investments in universities only will not be enough.

CHE – Centrality of Research Nov 30 2012

University of Illinois Launches Multi Stakeholder Institute Focused on Applied Research

The Institute will focus on applied research (e.g., designing and testing products) thus going beyond pure research and advancing tech transfer. I am very glad that US universities are realizing there’s a lot they can do to catalyze the creation of new businesses, especially in technology, and that this takes a concerted effort between all three stakeholders: government, industry and universities. Furthermore, those employed in this Institute will learn the most challenging phase in putting products to market – tech transfer and proof of concept.

Read more at (article highlighted in the ASEE newsletter)

Inclusive Innovation and Emerging Countries

A recent meeting at Harvard organized by the World Bank Institute and others brought togehter 40 high-level stakeholders that included entrepreneurs, academic leaders, representatives from NGOs and donor agencies and senior policy-makers from Brazil, China, India, and South Africa. Questions/issues discussed included How can innovation be more inclusive of the poor? Why is inclusive innovation important to emerging economies?

I am glad to share that at HP and HP Labs we have been engaging in open (inclusive) innovation for many years now, involving academia, NGOs, governments and other companies. For example. our Lab in India addresses specifically the needs of emerging regions, and our global citizenship innovation programs scope the globe.

Research Universities and the Future of America – a New Report from the National Academies

New report from the US National Academies.

Research Universities and the Future of Americapresents critically important strategies for ensuring that our nation’s research universities contribute strongly to America’s prosperity, security, and national goals. The report includes 10 recommendations for action. The first group identifies issues in the partnership among the federal government, states, business, and universities. The second group identifies issues that affect the operations of universities, the efficient administration of university research, the effectiveness of doctoral education, and the robustness of the pipeline of new talent.

To download a summary or the complete report:

Tsinghua University Tech Park – Next Silicon Valley?

China is raising the bar to become a technological giant.  “The key to whether China eventually becomes a world superpower — competing with the United States and Europe — is innovation,” Ta-lin Hsu, founder and chairman of Palo Alto-based H&Q Asia Pacific. By the way, HP Labs has a research lab at Tsinghua University Tech Park.