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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: …

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. On Research CollaborationsBetween Industry and Academia –Water meets Fire or Win/Win?Jesper JensenOticon / Aalborg UniversityInfinIT - SummIT 2013
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. University/Industry Research ProjectsIndustry interestsCommercialexploitation.Patentability.Practicalapplicability.Performance.Predictibility.(What, when, howmuch?)University researchersinterestsNovelty.Fundamental solutions.Publication.Personal interest /competences.Long term researchstrategy
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.