Landing on an asteroid for the first time

The Rosetta mission achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first mission to rendezvous with a comet and subsequently deploy the Philae lander on comet 67P/C-G.

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On spinning out (commercializing) a university research center

by scott pickard

Sitting there in the meeting this morning and my mind wandering a bit (been doing that since first grade), I thought: “When/if the research grant goes away, what happens?”

Does  the Research Center just go poof, everybody blowing away in the breeze to a new position, some repotted at the University in various departments; some going out to private industry; some retiring?

Then I thought about everything that is inside these walls. If you draw a box around this place and call it “Proprietary Intellectual Property (PIP),” it’s market value as a going concern is substantial when you include:

  • Documents in general
  • Templates
  • Spreadsheets
  • Software
  • Calculators, algorithms, rules-of-thumb
  • Archive of reports
  • Processes and procedures
  • Everything that’s on the web site: content, pictures, videos
  • Curriculum, courseware, workshop and presentation materials
  • Marketing and general collateral materials
  • Database(s) and data
  • Product info, specs, costs
  • The Center’s collective rolodex of professional, industry, governmental contacts
  • The Center’s brand identity and goodwill
  • The Center team and their collective expertise and experience
  • Continuing access to the best students

In a shutdown scenario, who “owns” the PIP?  The University?  The Funding Sponsor?  Would either even be interested?

Engineering and R&D Research and Development What’s likely to be the “next big thing?” What might be the most fertile areas for innovation? Where should countries and companies invest their limited research funds? What technology areas are a company’s competitors pursuing? How are projects chosen for R&D?  What is R&D’s past record for successful completion of projects to budget and schedule?  When does management expect products will reach the market from research projects currently underway?  Is the company working smart to optimize the FDA approval process?  How would management rate the company’s R&D operations against its competitors?  How well does R&D integrate its work with marketing?  End user?  Engineering?  Production?  Is R&D’s major emphasis applied or basic research?  How much do the company’s projected financials depend upon successful new products developed by R&D?  Does the company effectively protect the secrecy of R&D projects?  Is there sufficient federal financing to support R&D at adequate levels?  What is the company’s approach towards capitalization of R&D expenses?  Is management well informed of R&D activities?  Are the company’s research facilities adequate?  How confident is management that R&D’s team and plan will lead to the right product(s) at the right time?  Has management evaluated the cost-effectiveness of shifting some portion of R&D expenditures and operations to external sources? (a) venture capital funds; (b) R&D alliances; (c) government funding such as ATP in general: Chance favors the prepared mind. Pasteur | citations: zotero | crowd funding: experiment | design of experiments: about | electronic lab notebooks: | ethics: Integrity in Research and Publication | europe: cordis | | incentivization: prize challenges | magazines: rdmag | matching problems with solutions: | molecular imaging: | networks: internet2 | patents: mapping | pharmaceutical R&D:, wingu | poster template | rent & read: deepdyve | research universities: | videos: labtv academic: The traditional metric of academic capital is citations. | Should researchers make their source code available when submitting a research paper to a peer-reviewed scientific journal? | bio template: | data sharing: figshare | funding opportunity announcements: grantforward | impact: h-index | news: futurity | scientific literature: Action Science Explorer | Association of Research Libraries | open access, peer-reviewed joournals: peerj,  | social networking: | Search: federal labs: Argonne National Laboratory: | Idaho National Laboratory: | Kansas City Plant: | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: | Los Alamos National Laboratory: | National Renewable Energy Laboratory: | Oak Ridge National Laboratory: | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: | Sandia National Laboratory: | Y-12 National Security Complex Heilmeier Catechism: What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.  How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?  What's new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?  Who cares?  If you're successful, what difference will it make?  What are the risks and the payoffs?  How much will it cost?  How long will it take?  What are the midterm and final "exams" to check for success? | The Heilmeier Catechism Visits the University sp lab management: workflow management: accelrys | software: quartzy free multidisciplinary research: What are the top ten actions that Congress, the federal government, state governments, research universities and others could take to assure the ability of the American research university to maintain the excellence in research and doctoral education needed to help the United States compete, prosper, and achieve national goals for health, energy, the environment, and security in the global community of the 21st century? 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Tash | Scientists Popularizing Science: Characteristics/Impact of TED Presenters Sugimoto Sustainability | Wellness | Automobile | Innovation | Crowd | Science |The big idea I’m left with is you could develop a business plan for the inevitable and at that time, license out the entire PIP by mutual agreement with the University and/or the Sponsor, and reboot the Center as a commercial enterprise. If you chose to do it big, you could attract some equity capital to fund startup costs for space, equipment, and competitive industry salaries, benefits, etc.

And that begins a whole new story.


Super Intelligence

What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence?

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Data-driven community investment plans

Loveland Technologies work together to present property information, help you collaborate around data with a team, and survey properties from the field.

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(Remote) Data to Knowledge

by Scott Pickard

A researcher at UIUC asked my thoughts about resources which could help him with his proposal to develop and deploy a wireless sensor/data/transmission/collection/storage/analytics platform to support the optimization of hard-to-reach, poor, small-plot agricultural regional economies.  I came up with the following list:

aerial data collection: PrecisionHawk
analytics and visualization: Google Fusion Tables
connecting devices to the internet: electric imp
crowd-driven area data collection: Loveland Technologies
platform: ThingWorx
real-time sensor networks: xively
remote monitoring: Illinois Structural Health Monitoring Project (ISHMP)

The off-the-shelf tools are out there.  It is a matter of putting them together in an innovative way to generate some new knowledge that is truly useful and can make an impact.

Big Data Sensors and Sensor Networks aerial data collection: PrecisionHawk in general: | | fiber optic temperature sensors | hydrogen | motion sensors movea, qualtre | optical | plant water level: plant link | radiation safecast | real-time sensor network: cosm | security: mocana | thermal light valve | water levels: gaugecam | wireless: twine internet of things: air quality egg | application development platform: thingworx | connect devices: electricimp | embedded systems: freescale | human interface: glass | plants: PLEASED big ideas | theinternetofthings medical: back: lumoback | medication: proteusbiomedical | orthopedic implants: orthosensor remote monitoring: | bio-physical: zephyr-technology | ruggidized communications: RFID: chips: impinj | extended capability: | hospital inventory: | software: odinrfid, | | systems: | | | Mapping | Home | Sports | Plants | Automate | Electronics | AI | Autos