On Research CollaborationsBetween Industry and Academia –Water meets Fire or Win/Win?Jesper JensenOticon / Aalborg Univers...
Outline of talkBackgroundResearch collaboration with academia: Whyshould industry be interested?Research collaboration wit...
BackgroundAalborg University (2000): Phd degree, Electrical Engineering / acousticsignal processing.TU Delft, NL (2000-200...
Research collaborations betweenIndustry and Academia – Disclaimer.I am mainly concerned with research collaboration betwee...
Research collaboration with academia:Why should industry be interested?Scouting of future technologies.Easier/better acces...
Research collaboration with industry: Whyshould university be interested?Even more industry relevant education.Improved re...
University/Industry Research ProjectsIndustry interestsCommercialexploitation.Patentability.Practicalapplicability.Perform...
University/Industry Research ProjectsIndustry interestsCommercialexploitation.Patentability.Practicalapplicability.Perform...
University/Industry Research ProjectsSuccessful industry integration of universityresearch.IndustryInvolvement- Initial an...
University/Industry Research ProjectsSuccessful industry integration of universityresearch.IndustryInvolvement- Initial an...
University/Industry Research Projects- Frequent meetings. Parallel project in company.Industry role: proactive, participat...
University/Industry Research Projectsas we want them to be At OticonFrequent meetings with:Consequence:Dissemination / con...
ConclusionsSuccesful university/industry collaboration involvesunderstanding each others working conditions andcompetences...
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Præsentationen blev holdt ved InfinIT-konferencen SummIT 2013, der blev afholdt den 22. maj 2013 på Axelborg i København. Læs mere om konferencen her: http://www.infinit.dk/dk/arrangementer/tidligere_arrangementer/summit_2013.htm

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  1. 1. On Research CollaborationsBetween Industry and Academia –Water meets Fire or Win/Win?Jesper JensenOticon / Aalborg UniversityInfinIT - SummIT 2013
  2. 2. Outline of talkBackgroundResearch collaboration with academia: Whyshould industry be interested?Research collaboration with industry: Why shoulduniversity be interested?Some observations on (successful) industryintegration of university research.
  3. 3. BackgroundAalborg University (2000): Phd degree, Electrical Engineering / acousticsignal processing.TU Delft, NL (2000-2007):- Postdoc and assistant professor.- Several research projects with industrial partners, notablyRoyal Philips Electronics, NL.Oticon (2007-2012):- Senior researcher at Oticon: scouting and development offuture audiological /signal processing concepts.- Several research projects with academic partners, notablyTU Delft, NL, and Aalborg University, DK.Oticon/AAU (2012 - )- Professor at Section for Multimedia Information and SignalProcessing, Aalborg University.- Still at Oticon.
  4. 4. Research collaborations betweenIndustry and Academia – Disclaimer.I am mainly concerned with research collaboration betweenacademia and industry in terms of a few (industrial-) phds andpostdocs…. But I believe my observations are valid for largerresearch efforts as well.My experience is limited to research collaborations involvingmedium-sized (e.g. Oticon), and large (e.g. Philips) industrialpartners… However, I do believe that many of my observationsapply to small industry partners as well.
  5. 5. Research collaboration with academia:Why should industry be interested?Scouting of future technologies.Easier/better access to newest knowledge.Visibility -> Recruitment.More and better suited candidates.Credibility.Inspiration, post - education of employees via knowledge flow.Access to expertise: Industry engineers can typically not spend10.000 hours on a topic, university researchers might.…
  6. 6. Research collaboration with industry: Whyshould university be interested?Even more industry relevant education.Improved recruitment of students.Cooperation possibilities.Networking.Funding.Get knowledge of particular technical applications (e.g. hearinginstruments). Necessary for successful (applied) researchactivities. Useful for fundamental research activities.…
  7. 7. University/Industry Research ProjectsIndustry interestsCommercialexploitation.Patentability.Practicalapplicability.Performance.Predictibility.(What, when, howmuch?)University researchersinterestsNovelty.Fundamental solutions.Publication.Personal interest /competences.Long term researchstrategy
  8. 8. University/Industry Research ProjectsIndustry interestsCommercialexploitation.Patentability.Practicalapplicability.Performance.Predictibility.(What, when, howmuch?)Claim: Room for both applied and fundamental research ofvalue for both parties…. provided thatindustry makes necessary time and ressource investment.university uses industry application as vehicle for research.University researchersinterestsNovelty.Fundamental solutions.Publication.Personal interest /competences.Long term researchstrategy
  9. 9. University/Industry Research ProjectsSuccessful industry integration of universityresearch.IndustryInvolvement- Initial and otherwise sporadic meetings.Industry role: passive. ”Wait for thesis to hit yourdesk”.- Regular meetings. Industry role: reactive,observer.- Frequent meetings. Parallel project in company.Industry role: proactive, participator.
  10. 10. University/Industry Research ProjectsSuccessful industry integration of universityresearch.IndustryInvolvement- Initial and otherwise sporadic meetings.Industry role: passive. ”Wait for thesis to hit yourdesk”.- Regular meetings. Industry role: reactive,observer.- Frequent meetings. Parallel project in company.Industry role: proactive, participator.as we want them to be At Oticon
  11. 11. University/Industry Research Projects- Frequent meetings. Parallel project in company.Industry role: proactive, participator.as we want them to be At OticonFrequent meetings with:Industry supervisors (~10% FTE)Pre-development / discovery in synergy with research project.
  12. 12. University/Industry Research Projectsas we want them to be At OticonFrequent meetings with:Consequence:Dissemination / consolidation of knowledge in company.Knowledge does not only reside in the head of a single person.Solidity: research project has many de facto supervisors.Head start: generated knowledge is used already at early stageof pre-development project (before competitors have theopportunity to read/learn about this).Post education of industrial participants.Claim: High quality vs. effort (time) tradeoff.Industry supervisors (~10% FTE)Pre-development / discovery in synergy with research project.
  13. 13. ConclusionsSuccesful university/industry collaboration involvesunderstanding each others working conditions andcompetences, i.e., communication. Although this is not all thatdifficult, this point is often overlooked.Industry: accept that results will become public. IPR strategy!Industry: research collaboration is a (long-term) investment likeany other…Industry: there exists a minimum investment: Initiating theresearch and leaning back = money lost.University: Remember, happy customers tend to come back.
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