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Fast Tracking Innovation to Market

  1. 1. Fast Tracking Innovation to Market
  2. 2. TRLabs - Who we are Est. 1986, in Edmonton Not-for-profit Tri-Partite consortium Edmonton Government 1986 Saskatoon 1992 Academia Industry Calgary Regina Winnipeg Applied ICT research 1991 newt 1996 1994 2002 2
  3. 3. TRLabs – What we do TRLabs facilitates economic development through: Applied research Prototype and application development Technology Demonstrations Technology testing and verification Pre-commercialization Assistance Connecting industry and academic institutions Developing Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) University Industry Innovation Valley Awareness Basic R&D Dissem. Applied R&D Prf-Concept Prototype Pre-comm Commercial Growth Expansion Re-invest Networking Adopt/Adapt Liaison Application Adaptation Scale-up Test Mfg Commercial Growth Expansion Mezzanine Innovation = New ideas Commercialization = Creating Local Wealth 3
  4. 4. The Numbers Consortia Members Consortia Personnel Small Business Universities Students Admin 43 5 120 19 Researchers 35 Governments Visiting Larger Business 4 Researchers Faculty 9 4 65 Total: 243 Total: 243 Total: 61 Total: 61 Consortia Funding 45% Government 45% Industry 10% University $13 Million Annual R&D Budget $13 Million Annual R&D Budget 4
  5. 5. TRLabs Research Program Focus Areas ‘Special Initiatives’ in new innovative emerging technologies eHome eHealth Connected Media will spawn new focus areas Application Development Increasing Integration & Emerging Tech Breadth of technical knowledge • Agent Technology • Mesh Networks • Network Centric Applications • Wireless • Augmented Reality • Microsystems • Network Characterization • Web Services • Auto Service Generation • Modulation/Coding • P2P Networks • Sensor Networks • Cellular • Environmentally Aware Networks • Personalization • Software Radio • Digital Media • MIMO • Photonics • Self organizing networks • DRM • MRG • Protocols • User Interface Technology • Grid Computing • Nanotechnology • Reliable Networks • UWB 5
  6. 6. Connected Media Focus Area The Connected Media Focus Area at TRLabs looks at how to evolve communication networks to provide seamless ubiquitous access and become cognitive in their operation so they dynamically adapt to provide end users with customized services. Research themes in this focus area include: • Ubiquitous cognitive networks • Social networking • Session based connectivity • Presence • Location based services • Personalized mobile web-based services Networks are evolving from “delivery vehicles” to “providers of ICT resources” • Computation (a la Amazon web services, SUN, etc.) • Storage (Google++) • Services and Media (*tubes, entertainment, HD-everything) 6
  7. 7. eHome Focus Area The goal of the eHome Focus Area is to develop both enabling technologies and integrated applications for the ‘Smart Home’ and workplace of the future. Research themes in this focus area include: • Home automation and security • Content technologies • Trans-coding • DRM • Personalized infotainment • Broadband connectivity • Collaboration • Information spaces • Distributed computing/virtualization As networks evolve from “delivery vehicles” to “providers of ICT resources”, the world will change: • At home eHome (the Smart Home) • At work Enterprise 2.0 • In person Personalized Healthcare/ Infotainment 7
  8. 8. eHealth Focus Area In the not-too-distant future centralized databases, electronic medical records, 3D digital imaging, and wireless networks will enable ‘distributed personalized health care’. The goal of the eHealth Focus Area is to make this vision a reality. Research themes in this focus area include: • Informatics • Electronic Medical Records • Medical Imaging • Visualization and Modeling • Health Management • Intelligent Systems (collaboration, correlation, dissemination) • eHealth Services • Systems Biology • Clinical Networks • Storage/computation/connnectivity/collaboration • Autonomous networks/sensor networks The Future Systems and Applications That Deliver ‘Distributed Personalized Health Care’ 8
  9. 9. Emerging Technologies Focus Area The purpose of the Emerging Technologies Focus Area is to complete scans that identify emerging/blue-sky technologies as well as technologies closely aligned with TRLabs Research Focus Areas The Future • Machines will out number and out compute people (Kurzweil – “The singularity is near”) • Digitization of everything at an exponential rate; everything is connected and mobile • Smaller, cheaper, more integrated 9
  10. 10. The Disruptive Technology Challenge (DTC)
  11. 11. The Disruptive Technology Challenge (DTC) The Disruptive Technology Challenge (DTC) seeks to support faculty and student innovation that has the potential to disrupt or create markets, disrupt current thinking in a field, or provoke new avenues of research Examples: • Interdisciplinary work that brings developments from several disciplines together in novel ways - creating ‘flashpoints', or the Medici Effect (e.g., Macintosh computer, iPod) • Software development (e.g., Google, Facebook, Flickr) • Development of a unique business model that is applicable to existing services/products (e.g., what iTunes did for the iPod, Charles Schwab for online trading) • Applying existing technologies and applications to new or different markets (e.g., Amazon, eBay) • Developments that enable existing products/services to cross a disruptive market threshold (e.g., Bell Telephones vs. Telegraphy, CDs vs. LPs, ...) 11
  12. 12. The DTC Award Amount • $100,000 Cdn annually • The majority of each award must be used to fund graduate students Who May Apply • This award is open to faculty and students at universities affiliated with TRLabs, i.e. the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, Manitoba, Regina, and Saskatchewan. • Both individual and team submissions are eligible. Inter-disciplinary, inter- university teams are encouraged. • As long as the primary contact and award recipients are resident at the affiliated universities, there are no restrictions on any other members of the team. Key Dates • All submissions must be received by 14:00 MST, October 31, 2008. • Winners will be announced in December Forms and Submissions • Online at 12
  13. 13. DTC Selection Process Selection Process • The division of the DTC award will be at the discretion of a Selection Committee • Selections will be made by a multidisciplinary review panel consisting of prominent members of the academic and business communities. • In addition to the Chair, six members are anticipated: • One from TRLabs • One from TRLabs' Research Advisory Board • Three from the affiliate universities (Alberta, Calgary, Manitoba, Regina, & Saskatchewan) • One from a TRLabs industrial member • Selection Committee members will be announced once the award selections have been made 13
  14. 14. DTC Evaluation Criteria Evaluation Criteria • The problem (i.e. project description) • Who currently has the problem (i.e. target market) • The proposed solution • The scientific merit of the solution • Marketability of the proposed solution • Alternative technical and/or market approaches to solve the problem • Technical and/or financial implications • Technical and market risks • Capital needed to develop the solution • Project team's distinct advantage • Capabilities and assets being leveraged • Project team qualifications 14
  15. 15. DTC Award Management • As both individual and team submissions are acceptable, and as the breakdown of the award is at the discretion of the Selection Committee, on winning a DTC award, award recipients will be notified as to the: • Annual amount of the award • Breakdown of the annual amount by team member • Allocations for special resource requirements • Duration of the award • Award funds will be provided to the recipient's University and in turn the Graduate Studies Department will issue payment to the student(s) • Award recipients must provide TRLabs with quarterly project status reports, become a member of the Emerging Technology Forum, and, in the absence of confidentiality or IP concerns, present their final results at a TRLabs seminar 15
  16. 16. DTC Confidentiality & IP Confidentiality and Publication • Submission abstracts may be published. All other submission details will be kept confidential and considered proprietary • Although publication is encouraged, the dissemination, exchange and publication of information developed under a DTC award may be delayed to allow for time to negotiate an IP agreement or complete a patent application IP Policy • Specific to the DTC, TRLabs will fund R&D in exchange for first rights of refusal on the opportunity to license any arising IP that may be of interest to its members • All negotiated arrangements will naturally exclude work done under a GPL and not inhibit use of the IP for research and educational purposes 16
  17. 17. Thank you Questions ?