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Presentation by Alfonso Fuggetta at ISADS 2011 - Kobe (Giappone), 29th June, 2011.

Presentation by Alfonso Fuggetta at ISADS 2011 - Kobe (Giappone), 29th June, 2011.

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  • 1. Alfonso Fuggetta ADVANCE KNOWLEDGE, EVOLVE SOCIETY CEFRIEL – ICT Institute Politecnico di Milano Kobe, June 29th, 2011mercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 2. WE NEED TO LOOK AHEAD AND IMPROVE OUR SOCIETYmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 3. ANY IMPROVEMENT DEPENDS ON KNOWLEDGEmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 4. KNOWLEDGE NEEDS TO BE CREATED, EVOLVED, AND EXPLOITEDmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 5. A NEVER-ENDING PROCESS Concept! 1. New concepts stimulate the creation of new technologies 2. New technologies have an impact on culture and habits 3. Changes in culture in habits stimulate the creation of new concepts and the Culture! Technology! evolution of existing onesmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 6. IT’S A COMPLEX PROCESS, WITH DIFFERENT PHASES AND FACETS ๏ R&D ๏ Research ๏ Innovation ๏ Technology Transfer ๏ ...mercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 7. SOME KEY QUESTIONS ๏ What is our understanding of the phases and facets of the this process? ๏ What is the relation among R&D, Research, Innovation, and Technology Transfer? ๏ How can we improve the impact of this process on society?mercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 8. LOUIS PASTEUR There does not exist a category of science to which one can give the name applied science. There are sciences and the applications of science, bound together as the fruit of the tree which bears it.mercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 9. LET’S GET TO THE BASICS Science and applications of science Research and applications of research Research and innovation … so ... Innovation is the application of researchmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 10. Research! A STRATEGIC VIEWPOINT Innovation! ‣ Research: Advancing Knowledge ‣ Innovation: Evolving Societymercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 11. FROM RESEARCH TO INNOVATIONmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 12. Idea/ intuition! Impact and feedback! Invention! Diffusion! Proof of concept! THE COMPLEXITY OF INNOVATION Production! Prototype! Pre-series/ Field trial!mercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 13. RESEARCH VS INNOVATION Research Innovation Intellectual challenge Market success Motivating factors Scientific standing and reputation Impact on the society Approach Specialization Cross-functional Perspective Medium-long Short-medium Risk Intrinsic Systemic Typically public Typically private Funding Visionary Venture Ability to deliver Key abilities Scientific excellence Execution Non-functional Only those needed Tailored to users’ needs requirements to prove the idea and expectationsmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 14. INNOVATION DRIVERS ๏ New technologies (technology-driven) ๏ Users’ needs (solution-driven) ๏ Change of meaning (concept-driven or also design-driven)mercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 15. CONVENTIONAL VISION ‣ Direct access to knowledge ‣ Patents and Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) ‣ Spin-offs and start-ups ‣ Brokering servicesmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 16. PROACTIVE AND INTERACTIVE APPROACHES Technology scouting Knowledge sharing Knowledge transfer by head Knowledge transfer by project Joint labs, shared labsmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 17. KEY FACTORS: ITERATION/INTERACTION/REPLANNING AND MULTIDISCIPLINARITYmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 18. THE ROLE OF ACADEMIA In research ... In innovation ... • Address challenging problems without compromise What academia should do: • Imagine the future • Identify technology directions • Explore the unknown • Create spin-offs/startups • Create new competences • Provide reusable knowledge • Understand opportunities and requirements for new research activities What academia should not do: • Underestimate the complexity and peculiarity of innovation • Mimic companies • Jeopardize research by getting more and more directly involved into applicationsmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 19. CEFRIEL AN INITIATIVE DRIVEN BY UNIVERSITIES, COMPANIES, AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATIONS TO PROMOTE AND SUPPORT INNOVATIONmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 20. CEFRIEL’s Shareholders: universities, companies, public administrationsmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 21. THE CEFRIEL APPROACH Universities Industries CEFRIEL High ๏ Multidisciplinary, professional teams ๏ Strong links with research ๏ Technology scouting Medium ๏ Design, development and deployment, not just suggestions/ideas Low ๏ Ability to execute and deliver Research Innovation Production and distributionmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 22. KEY ELEMENTS OF CEFRIEL ๏ Managed as a company ๏ All revenues come from contracts ๏ Profits are reinvested in the center ๏ Strong focus on applying ICT to non-ICT companies: pervasive ICT ๏ Customers: media, appliances, transportation, ...mercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 23. SOME OF CEFRIEL’S PROJECTS AND CLIENTSmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 24. !  Vest receiver !  Airbag cushion !  Gas generator !  Transceiver !  Sensors !  Activation controller !  Display !  Transceiver Accelerometer FROM RESEARCH TO INNOVATIONmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 25. FROM RESEARCH TO INNOVATIONmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 26. FROM RESEARCH TO INNOVATIONmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 27. SOME CONCLUSIONS ๏ We need to deeply rethink our approach to knowledge creation and knowledge exploitation ๏ This is vital to advance our society and address the challenging issues it is facingmercoledì 29 giugno 2011
  • 28. alfonso.fuggetta@cefriel.com http://www.cefriel.commercoledì 29 giugno 2011