Special Brown University Industrial Partners Program Summit on

The National Research Landscape:
Leveraging the Academic/Industry Partnership

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May 24, 2004
Department of Computer Science
Brown University
Starr Auditorium

Please note that there is no charge for this event.

This special IPP Summit brings together leaders from industrial research laboratories, academia, and government to address the future of corporate research and the role of the university.
The last few years have seen some dramatic changes in the way research is funded and pursued in industry. This summit will be an opportunity to evaluate how academia and industry can best cooperate to advance fundamental research and technology transfer. In particular, it will explore models for collaboration, corporate philanthropy in academia, the future of research labs in the US, intellectual property and technology transfer, co-invention in industry and academia, and models for pre-competitive cooperation.

Through talks, panel discussions, and ample social time this summit will explore some of these questions:

  • Is the industrial research lab disappearing?
  • Can industrial research be outsourced?
  • What are the best ways to advance industrial research over the next decade?
  • Is curiosity-driven industrial research dead?
  • Can industry and academia go it alone?
  • What role should government play?
  • Risk and reward: who pays and who benefits?
  • Have industrial affiliate programs failed industry? Can they, and should they, be saved?
  • US Research Universities: Your one-stop IP shop?

The schedule of speakers includes:

8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Introductions
8:45 Keynote - John Seely Brown, Brown Trustee
9:30 Alfred Z. Spector, Vice President of Services and Software, IBM Research, IBM
10:15 Break
10:45 Per-Kristian Halvorsen, Vice President and Director, Solutions and Services Research Center, HP Labs
11:30 Bob F. Sproull, Fellow and Vice President, Sun Microsystems
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Jack Breese, Director of Microsoft Research
2:15 Richard Waters, '72, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Research Fellow, MERL
3:00 Break
3:30 Saul Kaplan, Director of Business Development, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
4:00 John Preston, Senior Lecturer, MIT
4:30 Panel Discussion
5:15 Cocktails

Speaker Bios

The opening keynote will be given by John Seely Brown. Seely Brown is the former Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and was Director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Today, in his role of "Chief of Confusion," he is actively writing and lecturing on information technology, learning, management, innovation, and design.

Who should attend? This event is open to the public but space is limited. The summit should be of interest to anyone involved in the management of research and development in industry, academia, or government. It should be of interest to companies both small and large that need to find ways of engaging universities in the creation or licensing, of intellectual property.

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