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ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit: Self-Fluffing Fabrics and the World’s Coolest Paint
10 March 2017 | IEEE-Spectrum
by Evan Ackerman

We know, paint is so boring that watching it dry (which is arguably the most exciting thing that paint ever gets to do) is the absolute standard of ultimate boredom. But a new paint that Xerox PARC was demonstrating at the ARPA-E expo is literally the coolest paint we've ever seen, and it could have an enormous impact on energy efficiency all over the world. 

 

Mobile Ordering Lets Customers Cut in Line — and That’s a Problem
26 February 2017 | Venture Beat
by James Glasnapp, PARC (guest author)

I’m a social scientist who specializes in ethnography. Focusing on the user is at the forefront of my work, and it also seeps into my personal life, because I am a user of so many things myself. As a result of my hyper-awareness of UX, I’m often tortured by my own experiences with products. One area in which I see need for improvement is the experience of mobile ordering versus physically standing in line.

 

New Tech Makes Brain Implants Safer and Super Precise
22 February 2017 | Singularity Hub
by Shelly Fan

When Jan Scheuermann volunteered for an experimental brain implant, she had no idea she was making neuroscience history. ...Scheuermann had two button-sized electrical implants inserted into her motor cortex…but there are issues with electrodes. To get around these issues, a team from Harvard and Palo Alto Research Center went back to the drawing board. Recently, they published research on a new type of implant made of tiny, thin copper coils embedded in silicon. Unlike its predecessors, the microcoil uses magnetic waves rather than electricity to stimulate the brain.

 

“Hair-Like” Brain Implant Could Simulate Vision in the Blind
10 February 2017 | Med Device Online
by Suzanne Hodsden

Researchers at PARC have developed a “hair-like” implant that rests on the surface of the brain and stimulates neural activity with magnetic fields generated by microscopic coils. In a study published in Science Advances last year, Harvard researchers demonstrated proof of concept, using the prosthesis in mice to stimulate whisker movement.

 

This Technology Could Finally Make Brain Implants Practical
Harvard Medical School is testing a new design of a brain implant meant to restore vision to the blind.
9 February 2017 | MIT Technology Review
by Tom Simonite

Next month, tests will begin in monkeys of a new implant for piping data into the brain that is designed to avoid that problem. The project is intended to lead to devices that can restore vision to blind people long-term.

The three-year project is supported by a multi-million dollar grant under the BRAIN initiative, created by President Obama to improve scientists’ understanding of how the brain works. “At the end of that we hope to have monkeys be able to navigate a maze, just by perceiving light and dark or basic geometric patterns,” says Bernard Casse, a researcher at the PARC research institute, owned by Xerox, where the new implant design was invented.

 

Self-Destructing Gadgets Made Not So Mission Impossible
9 February 2017 | IEEE Spectrum
by Jeremy Hsu

Self-destruct options from the Mission: Impossible movies could become a reality for even the most common smartphones and laptops used by government officials or corporate employees. A new self-destruct mechanism can destroy electronics within 10 seconds through wireless commands or the triggering of certain sensors.
 
Creating a self-destruct option that works quickly and is compatible with today’s semiconductor chips is no small trick. In 2015, Xerox PARC showed off a self-destructing chip made on strained glass that could shatter within 10 seconds when triggered by a laser. That was developed as part of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (Darpa’s) Vanishing Programmable Resources program. 

 

A New Boss Ponders the Past and Future of the Fabled Xerox PARC
21 January 2017 | LA Times
by Michael Hiltzik

Few executives have moved into new jobs as freighted with history as Tolga Kurtoglu. When he became chief executive of Xerox PARC on Jan. 10, he inherited the legacy of one of Silicon Valley’s most revered institutions. ...

Kurtoglu, who joined PARC in 2010 after working at Dell and NASA’s Ames Research Center, alludes to that past even as he looks ahead to PARC’s future. He says that among its core interests are artificial intelligence, machine learning, and “integrating devices, systems, and computing.” One can hear excitement rising in his voice as he describes how sensors and high-level computing can create “a whole set of new capabilities” for technologies including self-driving cars, robotics, and virtual and augmented reality. “PARC is going to be right there,” he says.

 

These Paper-airplane Drones May One Day Save Your Life
DARPA is funding autonomous cardboard airplanes that can carry medical supplies
12 January 2017 | recode
by April Glaser

A new research project funded by DARPA, the United States military’s experimental technology arm, has developed an autonomous drone made out of cardboard that can fly twice the distance of any fixed-range aircraft because it’s disposable. The drone only goes one way.

ICARUS is part of DARPA’s larger Vanishing Programmable Resources initiative, which funds research into hardware that can dissolve and become unusable when triggered.

Watch a video demonstrating dissolving glass developed by PARC, a Xerox research and development company that has been a recipient of funding under DARPA’s VAPR program.

 

How “2001” Got the Future So Wrong (podcast)
11 January 2017 | SOONish
by Wade Roush

Technology journalist Wade Roush discusses how the future portrayed in the1968 film “2001: a space odyssey" is quite different than the future we got. Roush asked Lawrence Lee, PARC’s former Senior Director of Strategy, about thinking, talking computers and Lee states the business case for or against them. (This section starts at 16 mins. 07 seconds.)

 

Xerox’s PARC Gets a New CEO: Tolga Kurtoglu
10 January 2017 | xconomy
by Bernadette Tansey

Xerox, which is taking its traditional printing business into the digital age with new products such as smart labels, is also re-configuring its business units and drawing on in-house talent to fill some top spots.

 

ESI/PARC Partnership Targets Improved Product Performance Predictions
26 December 2016 | Engineering.com
by Alex Smith

As product design moves more and more into the virtual world, ESI Group (ESI) has been at the forefront of virtual prototyping for some time. The computer-aided engineering (CAE) vendor helps companies optimize their design process by using software solutions to test product designs thoroughly before committing to physical prototyping. This capability is now expanding with the announcement of a long-term strategic partnership between ESI and PARC, a Xerox company.

 

Xerox Names Steve Hoover Chief Technology Officer
21 December 2016 | News.Xerox.com

Xerox has named Steve Hoover, as chief technology officer, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Hoover currently serves as chief executive officer of PARC, A Xerox Company.
 
Hoover will be responsible for research and product development, reporting to Jeff Jacobson, CEO of Xerox following the company’s separation. In this role, Hoover will oversee the Xerox global research centers including the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), the Xerox Research Centre Canada and the Xerox Research Centre Europe, as well as Xerox’s globally distributed product development and engineering capabilities.

 

Sensor Net to Run on RF Power
20 December 2016 | EE Times
by Rick Merritt

Researchers at PARC aim to develop a platform for distributed sensors made on a flexible substrate and powered by a 900-MHz RF link. The work is one of 18 building-automation projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy geared to reduce wasted energy.

PARC hopes to stage demonstrations within 18 months of peel-and-stick temperature and humidity sensors and an RF hub to power them. The sensors target costs of less than $10 while the hub would send micro-joules of energy distances initially up to 10 meters and cost less than $100.

 

PARC to Develop Peel-and-Stick Sensors to Track the Internet of Things
20 December 2016 | VentureBeat
by Dean Takahashi

PARC, the research company owned by Xerox, has pioneered a lot of technologies for the personal computer and mobile revolutions. And now it’s moving on to the Internet of Things.
 

Today, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company is announcing it has secured money from the U.S. Department of Energy to create sticky sensors that can be used to monitor the Internet of Things. You just peel the labels off these sensors and stick them in places where they can wirelessly monitor other devices by radio frequency power.

 

What Carpoolers Really Want
Who will build the great disruptive carpooling app of the 21st Century?
14 December 2016 | The Atlantic: CITYLAB
by Laura Bliss

A return to the golden years of carpooling could save Americans tens of billions annually, according to an analysis by Governing magazine. But the services that so far exist haven’t had the earth-shattering effect on mobility patterns that, say, regular ride-sharing has had. For all its potential, it seems the great, disruptive carpooling app of the 21st century hasn’t yet arrived. The technology exists. So what’s missing?
 
James Glasnapp, a user-experience researcher with Xerox’s R+D firm, PARC, has a few ideas.

 

Magnetic Stimulation May Provide More Precise, Reliable Activation of Neural Circuitry
Microcoil implants allow more selective activation of targeting neurons than possible with electrodes
9 December 2016 | Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have developed what appears to be a significant improvement in the technology behind brain implants used to activate neural circuits responsible for vision, hearing or movement. The investigators, who are also affiliated with the Boston VA Healthcare System, describe their development of tiny magnetic coils capable of selectively activating target neurons in the Dec. 9 issue of Science Advances. (PARC researchers Florian Fallegger and Bernard Casse are co-authors of the Science Advances report.)

 

ESI Signs a Long-term Strategic Partnership with PARC, a Xerox company
7 December 2016 | Digital Journal

ESI Group, leading innovator in Virtual Prototyping software and services for manufacturing industries, announces the signing of a long-term strategic partnership with PARC, a Xerox company. The partnership initially focuses on expanding and industrializing PARC’s advanced research project on Fault Augmented Model Extension (FAME), initiated with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

 

A Short History of the Most Important Economic Theory in Tech
Twenty years ago, PARC visiting researcher W. Brian Arthur popularized a concept that forever changed Silicon Valley — with a little help from Cormac McCarthy.
7 December 2016 | Fast Company
by Rick Tetzeli

This summer marked the 20th anniversary of one of the Harvard Business Review’s most influential articles ever, “Increasing Returns and the New World of Business,” by theoretical economist (and PARC visiting researcher) W. Brian Arthur, who was and remains a fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. Netscape had gone public the previous summer, launching Internet 1.0, whose startups heartily embraced the idea. Even now, the theory of increasing returns is as important as ever: It’s the heart of the success of companies such as Google, Facebook, Uber, Amazon, and Airbnb.

 

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

Imagine getting the latest smartwatch or a high-tech heart attack warning detector from your inkjet printer. Researchers have taken a step in this direction by printing cheap, reliable arrays of transistors—the key components of modern electronics—and using them to carry out elementary computing tasks. The work might someday help usher in a new era of organic, flexible consumer electronics.

...imperfections might be ironed out as a product moves to commercialization, says Janos Veres, a flexible electronics expert at PARC, a research institution in Palo Alto, California. He applauds the study for showing a novel way to print and protect organic circuit components, and imagines future labels or sensors containing stacks of not just two, but many transistors, perhaps working in concert with silicon chips or other technologies. “Ultimately we do see the opportunity to print microchips,” he says.

 

Flexible Electronics Turn a Corner
26 October 2016 | EBN Online
by Jennifer Baljko

Still a young market with its potential yet to be defined, the global flexible electronics market is poised to see compounded annual growth rate of close to 67% between  2016 and 2020, according to Technavio analysts.

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

The original mouse was created by Engelbart and his team at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). This was back in 1964 and the mouse later made its first appearance in 1968 during a 90-minute presentation on a “computer-based, interactive, multiconsole display system."
 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

The app grew out of research conducted at Xerox’s storied R&D facility PARC, working in concert with other Xerox innovation efforts helping transportation customers integrate mobile technology into their offerings.

 

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

NASA recently reported that it spotted the major methane gas leak at Porter Ranch, California, from space. That is a pretty big leak. In fact, the Porter Rancher leak is the biggest natural gas disaster in U.S. history.
 
With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), PARC, a Xerox company, is deep into developing a methane detection system that uses sensor arrays fabricated on polymer substrates that contain printed low cost sensors designed to detect “fingerprints” for methane and other gases.

 

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

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched three RFID-based sensor projects as part of a $19 million investigation into identifying ways in which technology can make energy efficiency more accessible in homes, offices, schools, restaurants and stores. 
 
PARC, a research and development company owned by Xerox, is developing a sensor with printed antennas using technology devised through its Novel Electronics program, according to David Schwartz, PARC's manager of energy devices and systems. The data collected from the sensors will be managed by software provided by building controls solutions company Energy ETC. The sensors are expected to measure temperature and humidity levels.

 

John Ellenby, Visionary Who Helped Create Early Laptop, Dies at 75
26 August 2016 | NY Times
by John Markoff

Mr. Ellenby’s pioneering work came to fruition in the early 1980s, after he founded Grid Systems, a company in Mountain View, Calif. … He moved to Northern California in the early 1970s to work for the Xerox Corporation at its Palo Alto Research Center. At the time, Xerox was designing a desktop computer, known as the Alto, which would become an inspiration for the Apple Lisa and Macintosh, and for Microsoft Windows. Inside Xerox, the Alto was known as an “interim Dynabook,” a reference to the prototype for a portable machine envisioned by the Xerox computer scientist Alan Kay.

 

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

No matter how good your smartphone camera is, it can show you only a fraction of the detail Alex Hegyi can with the one he’s built at Xerox’s PARC in Palo Alto, California. That’s because Hegyi’s camera also records parts of the spectrum of light that you can’t see.

(MIT Technology Review named Alex Hegyi as one of 2016's "Innovators Under 35.")

 

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.

 

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 ReviewTwo 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.

 

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

Many different types of hyperspectral imaging systems are currently deployed in a range of applications including remote sensing, machine vision, surveillance and security, and defense. However, despite their novel abilities, they have found a limited market due to the size and expense.
 
Now, researchers at PARC, led by Dr. Alex Hegyi, have developed a new novel hyperspectral imaging system that could be added at minimal cost to existing camera sensors, such as those commonly found in cell phones and other consumer electronic devices.

 

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.

 

Foghorn
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
CXO Insights
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

The Energy Department announced today it is investing $19 million to improve the efficiency of our nation’s homes, offices, schools, hospitals, restaurants and stores. These projects will develop advanced building technologies that will help American consumers and businesses save money on their utility bills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs.

PARC will develop a wireless system of peel-and-stick sensor nodes that are powered by radio frequency hubs, relaying data to building management systems that can significantly reduce energy use.

 

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.

 

自前主義で“モノづくりの自由度”を失った日本 (1/2)
イノベーションは日本を救うのか ~シリコンバレー最前線に見るヒント~(3):
26 June 2016 | EE Times Japan
by 石井正純(AZCA)

クローズド・イノベーションで辛酸をなめた米国のあるメーカーは、オープン・イノベーションへと考え方を変えていった。一方で日本の半導体業界は、「オープン・イノベーション」をうたいながらも、実際は“自前主義”、過度なクローズド・イノベーションを貫いてきた。

 

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.

 

区公認のイノヴェイションの「揺りかご」SHIPの異端児たち
13 June 2016 | Wired Japan
by Akihico Mori

PARC東京オフィス/アップルの誕生とともに記憶されることも多いPARCは、GUI、パーソナルコンピューター、イーサネット、ユビキタスコンピューティングなど、コンピューターサイエンスに多大な影響を与え続けている研究所。1970年にゼロックスが創設して以来、人間の行動様式を研究する人文科学的アプローチ「エスノグラフィ」を導入し、テクノロジーと人間中心のアプローチを融合するオープンイノヴェイションを実現してきた。東京オフィスはPARCが培ってきたイノヴェイションのエコシステムの知見を、コンサルティング等を通して企業へ提供することを使命とする。

 

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

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.

 

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
by Benedict

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

Transportation planners in Denver face an increasingly familiar problem for booming cities in the South and West: Their surging population is straining its roads. Denver has grown nearly 40 percent since 1990, but alternative modes of transportation aren’t yet popular enough to ease traffic.

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.

 

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.

 

With China Faltering, Bay Area Poised to Grow High-tech Manufacturing
5 April 2016 | San Francisco Business Times
by Chris Rauber

...the Bay Area Council says the region and the state are poised "to lead an emerging transformation in global manufacturing" with high-tech advances like robotics and 3-D printing.
 

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.

[The report contains an Insight paper on “The Future of Making Things” written by Lawrence Lee, Tolga Kurtoglu and Janos Veres of PARC, a Xerox company.]

 

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

The technology giant that’s synonymous with photocopied documents has set its sights on highly efficient solar panels.
 
Researchers at PARC, an R&D-focused subsidiary of Xerox, say they’re developing a new digital printing process that could make it much cheaper to mass-produce concentrated solar photovoltaic systems. Such systems can dramatically increase the efficiency of solar cells by using lenses to concentrate and focus the sunlight onto small cells.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Self-destructing, Vanishing Electronics on the Way
1 February 2016 | Military Embedded Systems
by Sally Cole

One of the partners publicly working with DARPA to develop and demonstrate a “disappearing electronics” platform as part of VAPR is PARC, a Xerox company. Their approach is called DUST, a.k.a., Disintegration Upon Stress Release Trigger, which has obvious implications for the military.
 
Not surprisingly, PARC’s technology is intended to be compatible with commercial-off-the-shelf electronic devices and fabrication processes, which should lead to a wide range of complex transient functionality.
 
And because the company specializes in developing sophisticated electronics with a focus on novel form factors and manufacturing approaches, as well as reduced size and cost, DUST is a natural fit for PARC. Expect to see transient devices used for applications such as objects embedded with sensors to support the fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) or as a destructive option to enhance data security.

 

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.”

 

Los Angeles Has Invented the Multimodal Navigation App of My Dreams
1 February 2016 | Gizmodo
by Alissa Walker

For years now, I have very publicly wished for an app that would list all my possible transportation alternatives in the palm of my hand, then guide me to my destination once I’d made the decision of how to get there. Well, I’m here to tell you: Sometimes wishes come true.
 
I tried the app a few times over the last week and it works great—I’ll probably replace my hodgepodge of other apps for this one. Not only did it function just as well as the native Metro Los Angeles app I use for real-time arrivals when I ride the bus or train, or the Google Maps app I use for biking and walking, it gave me some ideas for different routes to take, which I always appreciate. And the turn-by-turn directions with maps that show you exactly how to walk from the light-rail station to the bus stop, for example, were infinitely valuable when I was crunched for time during connections.

 

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

Xerox’s PARC subsidiary and consulting firm Nomura Research Institute have teamed up to develop new technological platforms for medium-size and large corporate organizations through research and development collaboration. 
 
The companies will work to explore project opportunities in the areas of data analytics, information technology systems, information security and consulting services.

 

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."

 

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
by Editor

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.

 

World’s Largest Flexible X-ray Detector
31 December 2015 | Printed Electronics WORLD

The Flexible Electronics and Display Center (FEDC) at Arizona State University and PARC, a Xerox company, announced that they have successfully manufactured the world's largest flexible X-ray detector prototypes using advanced thin film transistors.
 
Measuring 10 diagonal inches, the device has been jointly developed at the ASU center and PARC in conjunction with the Army Research Lab and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The device will be used to advance the development of flexible X-ray detectors for use in thin, lightweight, conformable and highly rugged devices.
 
“This success came from a rewarding collaboration that combines FEDC’s flexible array fabrication technology and PARC’s experience with digital x-ray systems,” said Bob Street, PARC Senior Research Fellow.

 

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.

 

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.

 

MDeC Americas Inks IP Deal With PARC
Research & Development partnership to facilitate global expansion of MSC Malaysia
6 November 2015 | PR Newswire

MDeC Americas Inc, an entity under the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) tasked with spearheading MDeC's presence in the Americas, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PARC, a Xerox company, to enable MSC Malaysia companies to leverage Silicon Valley's innovative ecosystem to create new or enhanced Intellectual Property (IP).
 
"We believe SE Asian markets have a hunger for technology innovation, fast growing economies, and a business friendly environment," said Aki Ohashi, PARC's Director of Business Development. "We're excited about this partnership with MDeC to bring cutting-edge PARC technologies to Malaysia, and help MSC Malaysia companies expand globally.”

 

Speedy Samples
New tool identifies alloys in the field, making sorting, re-use more efficient
3 November 2015 | ModernMetals
by Gretchen Salois

PARC, a Xerox company, received its “plus up” award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) after completing its original $1 million contract as part of ARPA-E’s Modern Electro/Thermochemical Advancements for Light-Metal Systems (METALS) program, geared toward developing cost-effective and energy efficient manufacturing techniques to process and recycle light metals.

Aside from beverage cans, aluminum recycling remains low among many industries. The effect of that rate up and down the supply chain is worth considering. Why the low recycling rate for aluminum? Jessy Rivest, who manages the energy materials and systems group in the Hardware Systems Laboratory at PARC, says the difficulty and expense of sorting one aluminum alloy from another is the main reason. 

“For example, an aluminum alloy with 15 percent silicon has high fluidity for casting while an aluminum alloy with 6 percent zinc has very high strength,” explains Rivest. “If these two alloys are mixed together, the result is a blend that is neither castable nor strong.”

 

Big Data
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.

 

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.

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