FlexTech, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, today announced the formal completion of three flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) R&D projects under its U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) technology investment agreement. The completed projects are with ENrG for a flexible ceramic substrate; nScrypt and NovaCentrix for a next-generation three-dimensional (3D) printing tool for creating complex and functional objects; and PARC, a Xerox company, for a flexible sensor platform. Projects ranged from 12-18 months and were managed by a member of the FlexTech Technical Council, which is a team of experts in flexible, hybrid and printed electronics technologies.
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My Battle to Save My Dad
PARC scientist Marzieh Nabi has used the trauma of her father’s cancer to develop ground-breaking insights into comorbidity.
30 November 2016 | Xerox Agents of Change
As the daughter of a math teacher in a small Iranian town, Marzieh Nabi took an early interest in solving difficult problems. When her father developed complications from brain cancer, she put her analytical mind to work in hopes of saving his life. Today, her continuing work in this area holds great promise and is enabled by her research role at PARC, a Xerox company.
Nine Requirements for a Successful Private Ridesharing System
29 November 2016 | TechCrunch
by James Glassnapp, PARC
The future of urban mobility is rapidly changing as drivers look for safer and more effortless ways to move from point A to point B. While autonomous vehicles are on the horizon, ridesharing options are expanding beyond Uber and Lyft to incorporate drivers of single-occupancy cars to accept other riders on their commutes.
PARC: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent
17 November 2016 | EE Times
by R. Colin Johnson
The future of the Internet of Things (IoT) is clear, according to the inventors of the graphical user interface (GUI), the computer mouse, the computer "desktop," object-oriented programming, amorphous silicon. The clear future of IoT will be transparent, flexible and self-powering, said Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) program manager of novel and printed electronics, Janos Veres, at the MEMS Executive Congress 2016 (Scottsdale, Arizona).
A New Technology Sees Through Walls — and May Save Your Life Someday
A hyper spectral camera could let smartphones find counterfeit money or spot the ripest peach.
2 November 2016 | The Fiscal Times
by Jacqueline Leo
I met Alex Hegyi, one of MIT Technology Review's 2016 “Innovators Under 35,” at EmTech, a conference held at MIT’s Media Lab. He said his goal was to make hyperspectral technology “cheaper than anything that's out there and also small enough to fit inside a cellphone. That could dramatically change the way just about anyone looks at the world.”
PARC CEO, Experts Discuss Digital Transformation
At Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2016, the CEO of PARC brought three experts on stage to talk about digital transformation. InformationWeek found time after the session to go deeper into the subject.
2 November 2016 | Information Week
by Curtis Franklin, Jr.
Xerox PARC (now known as "PARC, a Xerox Company") has a long and storied history in the computer industry. Known as the research center from which any number of innovations sprang, PARC still has a reputation as one of the places where pure research takes place on projects that might not have a direct impact on the products we use for years, or even decades.
At this year's Gartner Symposium ITxpo, PARC CEO Steve Hoover led a panel on digital transformation. Joining him on the panel were Victoria Bellotti, a research fellow at PARC; Gillis J. Jonk, strategy consultant and business innovator at A.T. Kearney; and Gytis Barzdukas, head of product management at Predix, part of GE Digital.
Your Future Smartwatch Might Be Printed With An Inkjet Printer
1 November 2016 | Science
by Gabriel Popkin
Flexible Electronics Turn a Corner
26 October 2016 | EBN Online
by Jennifer Baljko
It helps that a US Department of Defense-backed organization is also pushing the envelope in this area.
NextFlex, America's Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Innovation Institute, recently announced the first four recipients (out of eight contracts awarded) from the institute's inaugural project call. Among them is Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and their partner, University of California at San Diego.
Tales in Tech History: The Computer Mouse
15 October 2016 | TechWeek Europe
by Tom Jowitt
In 1971, a computer engineer (Bill English) joined Xerox’s famous Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). English has previously worked for Engelbart and had actually built Engelbart’s invention in the 1960s. He evolved the design with the creation of the “Ball Mouse”. This is where the user’s hand sat on the ball itself to manoeuvre the pointer around the screen.
Why Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory Killed off a Brilliant Carbon-Neutral Fuel
The project Foghorn was meant to take CO2 from the oceans and turn it into fuel, but it was a dream too far ahead of its time.
13 October 2016 | Fastcoexist
by Adele Peters
"The process that we're using, in short, essentially shifts the pH of the ocean," says Matt Eisaman, one of a team of PARC scientists who originally developed the technology. By sucking ocean water into a tank and making it more acidic, it's possible to collect CO2 as a gas. Using another process, it's possible to also pull hydrogen from the water. If the CO2 and hydrogen are reacted together, they become a liquid fuel.
For Compactness and Ruggedness, Linear Variable Filters Fit the Bill
Innovations in design and scalable manufacturing have led to the development of linear variable filters that cover a broader wavelength range than ever before
9 September 2016 | Photonics.com (Photonics Spectra)
by Trey Turner, Eric Baltz and Roger Kirschner, Research Electro-Optics, Inc.
Peter Kiesel, principal scientist at Palo Alto Research Center Inc. (PARC), a Xerox company, has invented a technology that can measure wavelength variations with sub-picometer resolution. It combines photodetector position sensors with a linear variable bandpass filter that converts spectral wavelength into an intensity distribution on the position sensor. A centroid calculation of the intensity distribution provides the very accurate wavelength information.
PARC Computer Scientist Hoda Eldardiry: Her Ph.D. and Her Research (video)
9 September 2016 | The Computing Research Association
The Computing Research Association (CRA) and its education committee (CRA-E) produced videos of young researchers with Ph.D.s who are now working in industry. PARC Computer Scientist Hoda Eldardiry was selected to share her thoughts about pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science and her research on predictive analytics, using machine learning and data mining.
Xerox Beacon Technology Brings Retail to Commuters
4 September 2016 | ReadWrite
by Cate Lawrence
The Shop and Ride beacon and app system, powered by Xerox, is promising to deliver personalized, hyperlocal, mobile offers to transit riders based on their preferences and travel patterns.
Beacon technology placed in local bus shelters and at merchant sites communicates with the app so users are notified of existing offers in the area or at a particular store. With a single touch, riders can save a coupon to redeem it immediately or at a later time.
Researchers Envision Ultrathin, Flexible Circuit Boards
Group explores potential for paper-like electronics to revitalize U.S. manufacturing
3 September 2016 | The Wall Street Journal
by Don Clark
“We are very interested and curious about democratizing manufacturing,” said Janos Veres, program manager for novel and printed electronics at Palo Alto Research Center Inc., a unit of Xerox Corp. Flexible electronics, he said, “will open up a whole new raft of business models.”
NASA Spotted Methane Gas Leak from Space — PARC IoT Sensors Detect Here on Earth
1 September 2016 | Forbes
by TJ McCue
DOE’s BENEFIT Initiative Seeks Low-Cost Building Sensors
The U.S. Department of Energy is funding three multi-year projects to create either passive or active RFID sensors that can collect temperature, humidity or other environmental data for use by building-management systems.
31 August 2016 | RFID Journal
by Claire Swedberg
John Ellenby, Visionary Who Helped Create Early Laptop, Dies at 75
26 August 2016 | NY Times
by John Markoff
Seven Current and Former UC Berkeley Engineers Named Top Innovators Under 35
23 August 2016 | UC Berkeley News
by Robert Sanders
A UC Berkeley postdoctoral fellow hoping to develop wearable sweat sensors for better health monitoring and a young assistant professor who helped pioneer “deep learning” to create more dextrous robots are among this year’s top innovators under 35, a list compiled each year by MIT Technology Review. Two electrical engineering and computer science Ph.D. alumni — Alex Hegyi, 29, now at Xerox’s PARC, and Oriol Vinyals, 33, now at Google DeepMind — also graced the list.
Most Impressive Young Innovators to Watch
Check out the people who are spinning the science and tech fields forward.
23 August 2016 | Inc.
by Kevin J. Ryan
Meet the next generation of world changers.
MIT Tech Review revealed its 35 Innovators Under 35 today, highlighting disruptors and advanced thinkers in a variety of fields. The science- and tech-focused list included several winners in the health and medicine fields, plus a few people innovating in rapidly expanding fields like drones and artificial intelligence. ...winners include (PARC's) Alex Hegyi, who invented an invented an advanced consumer camera that detects things like counterfeit drugs and spoiled food.
A new type of camera could let smartphones find counterfeit drugs or spot the ripest peach.
23 August 2016 | MIT Technology Review
by Rachel Metz
Productivity, Inequality and the 'Profound Impact’ of the Personal Computer
Computers have been a double-edge sword in a sense, as they’ve completely reshaped the labor market
12 August 2016 | U.S. News & World Report
by Andrew Soergel
Thirty-five years after IBM rolled out its Personal Computer and helped change the way the world accesses information, the jury's still out on whether the rise of the machines has helped or hurt the labor market.
Entire industries have been born over the last few decades out of an increasingly computerized world. IBM and competitors such as Compaq and Apple pushed one another to fast-track cutting-edge computer technology, and innovative outfits like Xerox's PARC – Palo Alto Research Center Inc. – helped make modern-day technological staples such as the laser printer, Ethernet connection and even the computer mouse possible.
Carnegie Mellon Team Tapped to Help Build Self-destructing Drones for Defense Department
11 August 2016 | TribLive
by Aaron Aupperlee
The U.S. military wants drones, gliders or other airborne delivery vehicles to vanish once they safely send supplies or intelligence to troops, aid workers or agents in hostile territory or behind enemy lines. And researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on it.
DARPA expects to distribute about $8 million in grants. In June, it awarded a $2.3 million grant to Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center; a $2.9 million grant to DZYNE Technologies, an aircraft design, production and analytics firm headquartered in Arizona; and a $3 million grant to MORSE Corp., an engineering firm in Cambridge, Mass.
Ride More, Save More: Transit Riders in Hoboken, NJ Reap Rewards with New Digital Couponing App
Shop and Ride, Powered by Xerox: Hoboken, New Jersey is partnering with Xerox and AR James, a local transit advertising agency, to bring this new digital couponing app to mass transit riders.
10 August 2016 | Business Wire
The app grew out of research conducted at PARC, A Xerox company, working in concert with other Xerox research and development efforts helping transportation customers integrate mobile technology into their offerings. Shop and Ride joins other Xerox urban mobility projects being deployed around the world.
An Affordable Approach to Hyperspectral Imaging
2 August 2016 | Novus Light
by Dave Wilson
Restoring Y Combinator’s Xerox Alto, day 4:
What’s running on the system
31 July 2016 | Ken Shirriff’s blog
by Ken Shirriff
This post describes our continuing efforts to restore a Xerox Alto. We checked that the low-level microcode tasks are running correctly and the processor is functioning. (The Alto uses an unusual architecture that runs multiple tasks in microcode.) Unfortunately the system still doesn't boot from disk, so the next step will be to get out the logic analyzer and see exactly what's happening.
The Future of Human-Robot Interaction
29 July 2016 | Xconomy.com
by Bo Begole
PARC VP of Public Sector Operations, Rob McHenry, was a panelist at Xconomy’s Robo Madness West 2016 conference last month. Some of the topics of the question-and-answer panel included: How will humans and machines work together in the future? Will social robots be nothing more than robotic digital assistants like those on smartphones, or are there new opportunities and challenges when we put an AI brain into a robotic body? What are the risks and ethics around AI systems?
Panel moderator, Bo Begole, VP and Global Head of Huawei Technologies’ Media Lab, provides highlights from the discussion.
A GoogleX and PARC collaboration to develop “sea fuel”
26 July 2016 | SolveforX.com
In early 2014, GoogleX and PARC collaborated on a project to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by developing “sea fuel” — a new type of liquid fuel created from seawater. An end-to-end prototype of the system was built, and it worked.
PARC Plans Innovation for India
25 July 2016 | India Inc.
American Xerox company PARC has announced an agreement with Gurgaon-based Zinnov LLC to develop new technology and offer disruptive innovation expertise to businesses in India.
PARC seeks to combine its research-and-development platforms with Zinnov’s consulting and research services as part of the alliance. The MoU was signed by PARC subsidiary Xerox.
Using Big Healthcare Data to Accelerate Medical Discovery
19 July 2016 | CIO Review
by Marzieh Nabi, PARC
"The promise of big healthcare data is set to significantly pick up the pace, kicking off a new age of intelligent medicine,” says Marzieh Nabi, PARC Research Scientist and Technical Lead.
The Energy Department Invests $19 Million to Improve Efficiency of Nation’s Buildings
15 July 2016 | Energy.Gov
Flexible Medical Device Manufacturing Developments
14 July 2016 | Solid State Technology
by Ed Korczynski
Bob Street, PARC Senior Research Fellow and Manager of the Printed Electronic Devices area, presented on printed hybrid arrays for health monitoring at SEMICON West 2016. “There are many and various ways that you can do health monitoring,” explained Street. “There will be sensors, and local electronics with amplifiers and logic and switches. One of the prime features of printing is that it is a versatile system for depositing different materials.”
Managing Complexity with 3D Printing (video)
13 July 2016
Janos Veres, Novel and Printed Electronics Program Lead at PARC, a Xerox Company, describes how the Xerox Innovation Group is working to improve production techniques for smart devices with 3D printing.
The Magic of Creating the Future (video)
8 July 2016
A philosophy running through Xerox is "the best way to predict the future is to invent it." PARC was established with the mission to create the office of the future. Laser printers, Ethernet, graphical user interfaces, digital telephones, and safe downloading of music and movies were some of the resulting innovations that have changed the way we work. We also partner with our customers to co-invent and rely on interdisciplinary research to innovate solutions.
Mike Kuniavsky on the Mind Shift Needed to Design for Ecosystems (podcast)
The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Designing for IoT, service design, and predictive analytics
7 July 2016 | O’Reilly On Our Radar
by Mary Treseler
This Design Podcast features a conversation the author had with Mike Kuniavsky, a PARC user experience designer, research and author, about designing for the IoT, service design, and the mind shift needed to design for ecosystems.
The Future is Digitally Native (video)
7 July 2016
PARC CEO Stephen Hoover says Xerox knows the future of work revolves around digital natives who expect technology to help them get whatever they want done with as little friction as possible. Xerox takes an end-to-end view of the job you're doing and makes it natively digital. Natively digital means the materials originate in a digital form, not where digitization is an add-on after thought.
PARC Launches Condition-Based Maintenance Platform
1 July 2016 | IOT Journal
PARC, a Xerox-owned technology-development company, has launched a platform to enable companies to monitor the health, safety and performance of their equipment. Called the Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) platform, it is a suite of software and hardware products that collect data from sensors and other sources and then process that information using such tools as machine diagnostics, machine learning and predictive analytics.
The Future of Human-Machine Culture Imagined At Robo Madness West
29 June 2016 | Xconomy
by Bernadette Tansey
Roboticists covered a sweeping range of topics at Xconomy’s annual Robo Madness West conference last week, from the ethics of artificial intelligence to the powerful impact of robots that have faces.
Already, the speed of decision-making in fields such as defense and finance exceeds human capacity, says Rob McHenry, vice president of public sector operations at Palo Alto, CA-based research services company PARC, a Xerox company. High-speed trading on stock exchanges requires artificial intelligence, he says. “We’re being forced to concede control.”
But so far, it’s still a human being who understands the context of the task and designs the strategies, McHenry says. “I’ve never seen a robot that can set its own objective.”
Smart Cities Improve the Health of Their Citizens
27 June 2016 | Forbes.com
by Mike Steep and Marzieh Nabi, PARC
Smart cities hold the promise to potentially make urban areas more efficient, more secure, and even more, um, health conscious?
Of course, the ultimate goal of any smart city is to improve urban infrastructures while minimizing costs, foster innovation in different industries, and improve the quality of life for its citizens. But, can smart cities actually improve our health?
Y Combinator's Xerox Alto: restoring the legendary 1970s GUI computer
Steve Jobs famously saw one and was inspired to create the Lisa, then the Mac
26 June 2016 | ars technica
by Ken Shirriff
The Alto was the first computer designed around a graphical user interface, and it introduced both Ethernet and the laser printer to the world. The laser printer was invented at Xerox by Gary Starkweather, and networked laser printers were soon in use with the Alto. Y Combinator's Alto is an "Orbit" model with slots for the four boards that drive the laser printer, laboriously rendering 16 rows of pixels at a time.
The Alto was also one of the first object-oriented systems, supporting the Mesa and Smalltalk languages. Designed by computer pioneer Chuck Thacker, the Alto was revolutionary when it came out in 1973.
26 June 2016 | EE Times Japan
PARC and Zinnov Partner to Help Indian Companies Innovate
22 June 2016 | PRNewswire
PARC, A Xerox company, and Zinnov LLC today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), formalizing a comprehensive partnership to better serve and provide joint expertise to forward-looking Indian companies, and to leverage Silicon Valley's innovative research and development environment to create new technologies. PARC has more than four decades of experience in creating breakthrough technologies and Zinnov - a global technology and management consulting firm - has been a leading force in helping clients in new product research, driving innovation, and increasing revenue by leveraging global talent.
13 June 2016 | Wired Japan
by Akihico Mori
See a Demo of a New Laser Technology Developed by PARC
3 June 2016 | Periscope TV
At DRUPA 2016 in Dusseldorf, Germany, Xerox Corporation demonstrated a late-stage customization printer that uses laser technology developed at PARC. This new laser technology, combined with laser-sensitive thermo-chromic inks, enables fast, high-quality printing of marking and coding information on various substrates — plastic boxes, corrugated boxes, PET labels, etc. — in a variety of ink colors, including white.
CCN Model Seen as Tool for Next-generation Telecom Networks
As telecom networks evolve in order to meet greater content demand, CCN architecture could prove an important model
31 May 2016 | RCR Wireless News
by Dan Mayer
According to PARC, which is a division of Xerox and began the initial project looking at CCN in 2007 under the guise of the Palo Alto Research Center: “CCN directly routes and delivers named pieces of content at the packet level of the network, enabling automatic and application-neutral caching in memory wherever it’s located in the network. The result? Efficient and effective delivery of content wherever and whenever it is needed….”
FlexTech Completes Flexible Hybrid Electronics Projects with ENrG, nScrypt, and PARC
11 May 2016 | FlexTech Alliance News
Using Big Healthcare Data to Accelerate Medical Discovery
9 May 2016 | CIO Review
by Marzieh Nabi, Research Scientist and Technical Lead, PARC
The process of medical discovery has historically been very slow and starts with a small set of observations and many pre-clinical and clinical trials on different patient population cohorts. … The promise of big healthcare data is set to significantly pick up the pace, kicking off a new age of intelligent medicine where information from different medical resources will become integrated.
Xerox Developing 3D Printed Electronics for Smart Devices
6 May 2016 | www.3ders.org
Xerox, the American business and technology corporation, is developing 3D printed circuit board technology for “smart devices” that can sense and interact with their environment. Janos Veres of PARC, A Xerox Company, just gave an update on the company’s progress.
Drastic disruptions are underway in the energy market
22 April 2016 | Tech Crunch
by Scott Elrod
It’s 6AM and I’m rolling out of bed. But before my feet hit the floor, my “home energy management agent” is negotiating with the California Independent System Operator (ISO), the nerve center controlling the flow of electricity on the grid.
Normally, I’d get my coffee first and then jump in the shower. But my personal agent has alerted me to the fact that a hair-trigger condition has developed! There is a hydro plant in the Sierras getting ready to ramp up production to meet the morning demand. I’ve already told my agent that it’s OK to request that I rearrange my schedule in modest ways, so it’s concluded that if I (and enough other homeowners!) can hold back on energy consumption for 10 more minutes, the hydro turbines won’t need to open, and the reservoir won’t need to be drained further.
End-to-end Encryption, Today -- Loophole Closed or Moved?
22 April 2016 | Infosec Island
by Vanishree Rao
Instant messaging is a big part of today’s digitally connected era, and there are a plethora of instant messaging apps, offering various features. Security, especially because of the latest developments with the Apple “back door” discussion, has become critical for these apps. The top apps with vaunted security features include iMessage and Snapchat. Despite the attention that app developers bestow on security, these apps possess vulnerability that is fairly easy to exploit.
Why Big Data Needs a Unified Theory of Everything
9 April 2016 | Venture Beat
by Marzieh Nabi, PARC
As I learned from my work in flight dynamics, to keep an airplane flying safely, you have to predict the likelihood of equipment failure. And today we do that by combining various data sets with real-world knowledge, such as the laws of physics.
Integrating these two sets of information — data and human knowledge — automatically is a relatively new idea and practice. It involves combining human knowledge with a multitude of data sets via data analytics and artificial intelligence to potentially answer critical questions (such as how to cure a specific type of cancer). As a systems scientist who has worked in areas such as robotics and distributed autonomous systems, I see how this integration has changed many industries. And I believe there is a lot more we can do.
Cities Create Their Own, Greener Transit Apps
In an effort to help people become less car-dependent, cities like Denver are getting directly involved in the certain of transportation apps.
8 April 2016 | GOVERNING
by Daniel C. Vock
To encourage people to use different modes to navigate the Mile High City, Denver worked with Xerox to create a smartphone app that lets users evaluate all their options and compare the time it takes to use one of those options with another.
With China Faltering, Bay Area Poised to Grow High-tech Manufacturing
5 April 2016 | San Francisco Business Times
by Chris Rauber
A report by the Council's Economic Institute touts California's growing manufacturing sector — especially in beverages, fabricated metals, machinery, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment and supplies — and suggests ways to make its growth more robust.
Xerox Could Blow Open Concentrating Solar Power Field With New Printer
5 April 2016 | CleanTechnica
by Tina Casey
Concentrating solar tech has been getting the stinkeye from some industry observers, with the main beefs being high complexity and high costs compared to conventional solar panels. Nevertheless, the US Energy Department has made a national showpiece out of five gigantic utility-scale thermal solar power plants, and last year the agency threw some grant dollars at Xerox’ cutting edge PARC company to work on the micro-scale, photovoltaic end of the concentrating solar field. The PARC micro-scale concentrating solar project aims at whittling down both the cost and complexity of concentrating solar power, by integrating tiny hexagonal solar elements directly into a flat panel.
Xerox PARC Working on Cheaper Photovoltaics
30 March 2016 | Energy Manager Today
by Carl Weinschenk
The MIT Technology Review reports that researchers at Xerox PARC are working on a digital printing process that could reduce the cost of mass producing concentrated photovoltaic systems. The process could increase efficiency dramatically by using lenses to concentrate the light onto small cells in the panel.
Solar energy is growing in low- and middle-income communities, according to GreenBiz. The organization cites a study from Kevala Research to make the claim.
A Xerox Machine for Super Solar Panels
Researchers at PARC are working on a way to cheaply print efficient solar cells at a large scale
25 March 2016 | MIT Technology Review
by Mike Orcutt
L.A.’s Testing Ground for Transportation Efficiency
The city is at the forefront of the emerging concept of mobility management
16 March 2016 | Governing
by Stephen Goldsmith
Los Angeles is anticipating a big population increase, with an accompanying surge in road use and demand for transit, over the next decade. The city is responding by taking on a new posture for transportation according to Ashley Hand, transportation technology strategist fellow at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. "We are looking to make the role of the city that of a balancer, the facilitator of transit services, that ensures there will be equitable distribution and affordable options for community members," she says. ...the city just announced a partnership with Xerox for the creation of "Go LA," an app that will collate both public and private transit options.
Google Maps Update is Giving Uber Competition
But in North America, it’s still just Uber
16 March 2016 | Fortune
by Kirsten Korosec
Smaller competitors to Google’s navigation app are also vying to become one-stop platforms for how people get around. Xerox, better known for making copies than cars, has developed software designed to make travel in and around Los Angeles, easier, cheaper, and faster.
Xerox’s platform powers an Android and iOS app called GoLA, which was introduced in January by the city of Los Angeles. The app includes shows users every transportation option, including local taxi cab companies, ride-hailing services Lyft and Uber, car-sharing service Zipcar, city and county mass transit, smart parking app ParkWhiz, and an online-pre-booking travel service Flitways,. It also shows users how many calories are burned using the various combinations of transportation. But unlike the new Google Maps tab, users of the Go LA app can’t compare fares between ride-sharing competitors.
5 Things You Need to Know About the State of Energy Innovation
Highlights from the 2016 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit
15 March 2016 | City of Fremont, California
by Christina Briggs
The IoT “revolution" is making energy democracy a reality. Kicking off the Summit, Xerox CTO Dr. Sophie Vandebroek gave an impassioned speech about the importance of democratizing energy — increasing competition and providing people with greater choice for energy sources. Through its Silicon Valley research institute, PARC, Xerox is working toward commercial applications in gas monitoring systems (preventing methane leaks), sensor technologies to improve battery stability, and mobility marketplace tools.
PARC Stays Close to the Future
25 February 2016 | Forbes/Leadership
by Jonathan Salem Baskin, Contributor
Xerox founded its PARC research center during the sales heyday of its eponymous paper copiers, and tasked it with inventing “the office of the future.” Its location in Palo Alto, far away from corporate headquarters in an Internet-less era of expensive toll calls, is often cited as a mistake that kept it from commercializing every discovery.
“No, we went where the people were,” answered Steve Hoover, PARC’s CEO, noting that physical and psychological distance meant its innovators weren’t bound to big company thinking or definitions of success, too.
“PARC was about how digital would change the nature of work, and those skills were emergent on the West Coast.”
Last Year’s Holiday Data Can Help Retailers in 2016
23 February 2016 | Total Retail
by Peter Paul, PARC Principal Scientist
Many lessons can be gleaned from analyzing data collected at the register as well as using new tools such as video analytics. Combining different types of data can provide a more holistic view of brick-and-mortar shopping, as well as offer actionable insights on how retailers can create shopping experiences that earn new customers and preserve existing ones.
Los Angeles Has Invented the Multimodal Navigation App of My Dreams
1 February 2016 | Gizmodo
by Alissa Walker
This App Hopes to Help You Outsmart L.A. Traffic Jams
GoLA links all your transit options together and tells you which one works best
1 February 2016 | The Atlantic's City Lab
by Natalie Delgadillo
GoLA, a recently-launched mobile app that aims to reduce the number of cars on the street and shift the way L.A. residents think about commuting. The app links various transportation options, including biking, public transit, ride-hailing, and driving, and then allows users to compare each method to see which is the fastest, cheapest, or greenest.
“We’re trying to make [commuters] aware of things like tracking their carbon footprint and calories burned,” David Cummins, the senior vice president for mobility solutions at Xerox, says. “We want to help people see that maybe getting around town isn’t all about getting from Point A to Point B in the quickest way possible. Mobility can be fun. It can be a good way to get a workout; it can have a social aspect if you want it to.”
Self-destructing, Vanishing Electronics on the Way
1 February 2016 | Military Embedded Systems
by Sally Cole
Xerox Built the Ultimate Transportation App for Los Angeles
28 January 2016 | Fortune
by Kirsten Karosec
Commuters looking to get around Los Angeles typically have two unappealing choices: endure a soul-sucking drive in stop-and-go traffic, or traverse a convoluted mix of public transit, taxis, and ride-hailing services. The second largest metro area in the U.S. has some of the worst traffic congestion in the country, a problem that is magnified by its sprawling footprint.
But of all the companies that could have broken the city’s epic gridlock, Xerox—better known for making copies than counting cars—has developed a software platform designed to make travel in and around Los Angeles, easier, cheaper, and faster. Xerox’s new platform powers an Android and iOS app called Go LA, which was launched this week by the city of Los Angeles.
Xerox PARC Pioneer Among Tech Folk Recogised on Australia Day
IT figures honored
27 January 2016 | CRN
by June Ramli
CSIRO research fellow Craig Mudge received the Officer for the Order of Australia (AO) for his work in science, particularly through pioneering initiatives in the information technology sector as a researcher, author and a mentor of young scientists.
Mudge was founder and CEO of Austek Microsystems, which was spun out of CSIRO’s microelectronics research group. The company's signal processing chips formed the basis of CSIRO’s wireless LAN patent.
He also worked in Silicon Valley as director of the famous Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC) computer science lab.
Today Every Company Must be a Service Provider and a Software Company
12 January 2016 | Innovation Excellence
by Paul Sloane
The Internet of Things (IOT) will have a dramatic impact on product and service innovation. Gartner group forecast that the number of wirelessly connected products will increase from 5 billion today to 21 billion by 2020 (not including smartphones or computers). Everyday objects from kettles to T-shirts will have sensors that can detect when, where and how they are used.
Stephen Hoover, CEO of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) puts it this way, "I can instrument and understand what my customers are doing with my products across the world. I can understand if those devices starting to fail. I can understand the environment they’re in and adapt their behavior to be responsive to the local environment."
Stanford Researchers Create Artificial Skin That Senses Touch (video)
11 January 2016 | abc7news.com
by Tim Didion
Biochemistry professor Zhenan Bao, Ph. D., leads the project. She said what’s new is a system developed by Xerox, which allowed her team to print flexible circuits evenly across a large area and mimic the nerve pathways in the skin.
Xerox PARC, NRI Enter Data Analytics, Info Security R&D Partnership
11 January 2016 | ExecutiveBiz
by Jane Edwards
FEDC and PARC Develop World’s Largest Flexible X-ray Detector
The prototype uses a-Si technologies on a flexible substrate and the flexible x-ray sensor was coupled to a tablet device for control and image viewing
7 January 2016 | The OSA DIRECT Newsletter
The Flexible Electronics and Display Center (FEDC) and PARC recently announced that they have successfully manufactured what they claim to be the world's largest flexible x-ray detector prototypes using advanced thin film transistors (TFTs) - based on a-Si technology.
DARPA Picks 10 to Build Nano-based Products
7 January 2016 | Defense Systems
by George Leopold
Ten research organizations have been tapped by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop technologies and processes for assembling nano-scale building blocks for materials and millimeter-scale components.
DARPA announced the awards at the end of December under its "Atoms to Products" (A2P) initiative designed to leverage unique "atomic-scale" characteristics like much lower melting points and greater heat resistance.
Boston University, Notre Dame, HRL and PARC form a working group on optical meta-material assembly. One initiative calls for Boston University researchers to develop a technique to "spray paint" atoms with nano-scale precision to build tunable optical meta-materials for the "photonic battlefield."
World’s Largest Flexible X-ray Detector
31 December 2015 | Printed Electronics WORLD
The Death of American Research and Development
21 December 2015 | Fortune
by Chris Matthews
Americans are still fascinated by the centralized research programs of yore, like AT&T’s Bell Labs or the Xerox PARC laboratory, whose scientists’ work won Nobel Prizes and led to revolutionary inventions such as the transistor and the computer mouse. … With America’s economic rivals—in particular, China—showing no letup in their willingness to boost research and development, it may just be time to stop listening to investors betting on the short term and reignite the American love affair with corporate science. “If we don’t do the basic research,” says Marc Kastner, president of the Science Philanthropy Alliance, “other countries will.”
Innovation and Technology at Xerox PARC, with Stephen Hoover, CEO
47 minute video
8 December 2015 | CXO Talk
by Michael Krigsman, interviewer
Some of the topics in this conversation include PARC’s history creating “the office of the future,” its open innovation business model as a wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox, current innovation areas and commercial offerings, the future of work, and embracing risk.
Panic button: How wearable tech and VR are tackling the problem of panic attacks
Experiments in bringing anxiety apps and breathing techniques closer to the action
3 December 2015 | Wareable
by Andrew Williams
There's a definite trend for panic attack relief wearables which all seem to exploit the most common technique for dealing with the issue as it occurs: slow, measured breathing.
There's also research being done on identifying panic attacks before they set in. We talked to Jonathan Rubin of PARC, a research company based in Palo Alto, that published a white paper in September on precisely that: a panic attack-identification wearable. The crux: Rubin says that while panic attacks appear to come from nowhere, there are early warning signals beforehand. Rubin talked us though the idea.
3 Myths Dispelled About GPU & Machine Learning
19 November 2015 | AlwaysOn Blogs
by Rong Zhou, PARC
This article was originally featured in CIO Review.
With open-source big data frameworks such as Apache Hadoop and Spark in the spotlight, most people are probably unfamiliar with the concept of using GPUs (graphics processing units) in either big data or analytics-rich applications. 9 out of 10 cases, the acronym is mentioned in the context of display hardware, video games, or how supercomputers can be built these days. For serious IT managers or data scientists, GPUs may seem too exotic to be the hardware of choice for big data infrastructure.
The President of Xerox Innovation Group Discusses Her Methods and Workplace Diversity
16 November 2015 | Forbes.com
by Peter High, Contributor
Sophie Vandebroek, Xerox CTO and President of Xerox Innovation Group, describes Xerox’s vision for healthcare, transportation and more, research methods (including dreaming sessions and ethnographic studies), PARC’s business model, and the importance of building an inclusive environment where innovators can thrive.
Immigration Rx for Women: Maximum Strength
11 November 2015 | Huffington Post
by Fiona Citkin
Hoda Eldardiry, from Egypt: Resilience in Action
At age 15, this passionate poetry paramour dreamed about going into the sciences for a career--but she happened to be born in the wrong country where such dreams seldom come true for women. Today, Hoda Eldardiry, Ph.D., s a research scientist at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a Xerox Company, in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery. She also serves on the Xerox Innovation Group Women's Council and is active in the US high-tech community.
Teaching Machines to Learn on Their Own
Stephen Hoover, CEO of Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, talks with Scientific American tech editor Larry Greenemeier about the revolution underway in machine learning, in which the machine eventually programs itself
10 November 2015 | Scientific American
by Larry Greenemeier
Over the next decade or so, machines will more easily mimic inherently human abilities. And they’ll learn to do it much the same way we do — through experience.
“Experience” in this case means computers will be fed data patterns over and over again until they’re able to automatically identify a particular sound or image on their own. This process is called machine learning.
To better understand the dawn of intelligent machines and what it means for our daily lives, I spoke with Stephen Hoover, CEO of Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, at a recent Intelligent Assistants conference in New York City.
MDeC Americas Inks IP Deal With PARC
Research & Development partnership to facilitate global expansion of MSC Malaysia
6 November 2015 | PR Newswire
Democratization and Disintermediation (Feature Article)
Disruptive Technologies and the Future of Making Things
6 November 2015 | Research-Technology Management
by Steve Hoover and Lawrence Lee, PARC
The forces of democratization and disintermediation, largely unleashed by the software revolution, have already remade several major industries, among them computing, publishing, and retail. Democratization and disintermediation are related forces; disintermediation removes traditional barriers to accessing tools and markets, and democratization encourages one-time consumers to also become producers, sharing their ideas and innovations freely. 3D printing and related technologies are rapidly bringing these forces to manufacturing, forever changing how we make things.
Dialects of the IoT
How intimately we talk to our stuff depends on what it’s done for us lately
3 November 2015 | O’Reilly Radar
by Kyle Dent, PARC
In the first post in this series, I mentioned that we’re getting used to talking to technology. We talk to our cell phones, our cars; some of us talk to our TVs, and a lot of us talk to customer support systems. The field has yet to settle into a state of equilibrium, but I thought I would take a stab at defining some categories of conversational interfaces.
3 November 2015 | CIO Review
by Rong Zhou, PARC (contributed article)
It’s true that GPUs are not as easy to program as their CPU counterparts, due to their unconventional processor designs, says Rong Zhou, senior researcher and Manager of the High-Performance Analytics area of the Interaction and Analytics Laboratory at PARC.
At PARC, we are researching ways to automatically generate optimized GPU code from high-level specifications of the algorithm with little knowledge about the underlying hardware. Once completed, it will enable fast GPU programming and real-time big data analytics running on top of a wide array of GPUs, each of which can have different hardware characteristics such as their compute capabilities, the number of streaming multiprocessors (SMs), the number of registers per SM and etc. In the long run, we would like to support other forms of accelerator-based big data analytics besides GPU, including those based on Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors.
New tool identifies alloys in the field, making sorting, re-use more efficient
3 November 2015 | ModernMetals
by Gretchen Salois
The Future of Work Show, Episode 7: Inside PARC (video)
28 October 2015 | Forbes.com
by Jacob Morgan, Contributor
In this episode of "The Future of Work Show," Jacob Morgan sits down with PARC CEO Stephen Hoover and some other PARC employees to talk about everything from robots and artificial intelligence to batteries and fuel cells, to water and lasers, to printed/large area electronics and optics, to the freelancer economy, millennials and, of course, innovation.
Prosthetics of the Future Could Provide a Sense of Touch
Researchers have developed an artificial “skin” that can be added to prosthetics to re-create a sense of touch.
16 October 2015 | Newsweek.com
by Jessica Firger
When it comes to prostheses, the days of metal-hook hands and wooden legs are long over. But while robotic limbs have changed the lives of millions of amputees, the high-tech appendages still don’t compare with the real thing, mainly because prosthetics are purely functional. They allow a person to walk, pick up items and carry out other daily tasks—but without a sense of touch.
A team of scientists at Stanford University and the Palo Alto Research Center are working to change this. The group has developed a special “skin” that can be added to artificial limbs that may allow a person with a prosthetic hand to actually feel a handshake.
Artificial Skin Transmits Signals to Neurons
Materials Science: Interfacing pressure sensors and organic circuits with nerve cells could give prosthetics a sense of touch
15 October 2015 | Chemical and Engineering News
by Celia Henry Arnaud
PARC’s Latest Invention: Circuits That “Explode” on Demand (video)
Robert Scoble Learns About Transient Electronics
8 October 2015
by Robert Scoble
Greg Whiting, material scientist and Manager of PARC's Novel Electronics Area, gives an overview of PARC’s work in novel electronics, and describes and demonstrates one example of it: turning stable electronics into triggerable transient electronics.
The Building That Changed the World (video)
Robert Scoble’s Tour of PARC's Lobby Exhibit
8 October 2015
by Robert Scoble
Fiber-Optic Sensors Enable Smart Battery Charge Management
7 October 2015 | Electronic Design
by James Morra
This Computer Chip Will Self-Destruct in 5 Seconds
6 October 2015 | Live Science
by Tia Ghose, Senior Writer
PARC materials scientist Greg Whiting said his team was initially inspired to make self-destructing electronics that could be built with off-the-shelf products. The researchers considered a number of methods of destruction, from vaporization to dissolving, but "we approached this from the idea of, 'Could we take an off-the-shelf chip, if you like, and, without doing too much to it, could we make it become transient?'"
Open Innovation: What Organizations Should be Doing About and Thinking About
27 September 2015 | Forbes / Leadership
by Jacob Morgan, Contributor
PARC CEO Steve Hoover offers his perspectives about open innovation on this episode of "The Future of Work" podcast. He discusses the whats and whys of open innovation and what forward-thinking companies need to be doing. He also describes what PARC’s “Business of Breakthroughs” encompasses, some of its current research and how it envisions the future, and how to create partnerships to accomplish open innovation. The conversation offers Hoover’s personal approach as well as his business approach.
Fiber Sensor Systems for Automotive Applications (video)
An optically based smart monitoring system prototype for battery packs promises better range and greater efficiency for electric vehicles.
23 September 2015 | SPIE.TV
We’re on the Brink of a Revolution in Crazy-Smart Digital Assistants
16 September 2015 | Wired
by David Pierce
Talking to the IoT
When our stuff speaks to us, we exchange more than ideas.
16 September 2015 | O’Reilly Radar
by Kyle Dent
People are really good at talking to each other. That shouldn’t be too surprising. Conversation among human beings has evolved over a very long period of time — and now we’re starting to talk to our stuff, and in some cases, it’s talking back.
DARPA’s VAPR Program: 'Like Snapchat for Hardware’
14 September 2015 | FedScoop
by Greg Otto
Why We Should Design Our Computer Chips to Self-Destruct
Scientists at Xerox PARC have developed a computer chip that can self-destruct on command.
13 September 2015 | Christian Science Monitor
by Jessica Mendoza
You can’t steal what isn’t there.
That’s the idea behind superspy Ethan Hunt’s legendary self-destructing tapes in the “Mission: Impossible” movies, and now the concept is coming to life: Engineers at Xerox PARC have developed a chip that explodes into tiny, irreparable pieces upon command.
Palo Alto Research Center’s Scott Elrod: Patents, Quakers and Elephant Seals (pdf)
Scott Elrod of PARC discusses science, spirituality and wildlife
11 September 2015 | Silicon Valley Business Journal
by Leia Parker, Managing Editor
You Can’t Steal Data From a Chip That’s Self-Destructed
11 September 2015 | Gizmodo
by Andrew Liszewski
Xerox PARC’s New Chip Will Self Destruct in 10 Seconds
The chip breaks apart on command and was developed under DARPA
10 September 2015 | PCWorld
by Martyn Williams
“The applications we are interested in are data security and things like that,” said Gregory Whiting, a senior scientist at PARC in Palo Alto, California. “We really wanted to come up with a system that was very rapid and compatible with commercial electronics.”
CASE 2015 Announces Award Recipients
PARC Scientists Win the Best Application Paper Award at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering
31 August 2015 | IEEE Robotics & Information Society
The paper, titled “Automatic Spatial Planning for Machining Operations,” summarizes the latest integrated implementation of uFab by PARC. The award is in recognition of a paper for the best applied advances in engineering science towards high-impact application.
DOE Attempts to Jump-Start Concentrated Solar
Researchers seek breakthroughs for a technology designed to make solar more efficient
26 August 2015 | Technology Review
by Richard Martin