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Companies Grapple With AI’s Opaque Decision-Making Process
Uber, Xerox’s PARC, Capital One among organizations investigating how AI solves problems
2 May 2018 | Wall Street Journal
by Sara Castellanos

Executives at companies such as Uber Inc. and the research and development arm of Xerox Corp. said at a conference Tuesday that they’re investing in an area of AI research called “interpretability,” in an effort to understand exactly how complex AI systems solve problems.

PARC, a research and development lab wholly owned by Xerox Corp., also has researchers devoted to transparency in AI, said Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO of PARC, at the AI conference.

Not all problems require very detailed level of explainability, Mr. Kurtoglu said. But there are enough problems “where we absolutely need to build transparency into the AI systems, where we’d benefit as a society from the ability of those algorithms to articulate themselves.”


Xerox PARC CEO on Industry 4.0 and the Packaging Internet of Things (video)
6 February 2018 | What They Think?
by David Zwang

PARC CEO Tolga Kurtoglu talks about what PARC is focusing on and how it may affect Industry 4.0 and packaging IoT in the near and mid-term future.


AI in 2018: Still More Hype than Reality, AI is Nothing to be Scared of Yet
Opinion: The decades-long quest for artificial intelligence has received a big boost in the past five years, but is still a long way from where it needs to go
28 December 2017 | Market Watch
by Terese Poletti

Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO of PARC, said that what needs to be built into systems is a sense of self awareness “so that they can detect when they’re commanded to do something that is outside of their reliable and safe and secure operational regime. And that’s a really, really difficult problem to solve.”


Interview: Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
18 October 2017 | Engineering and Technology Magazine
by Nick Smith

“There can’t be much doubt that Tolga Kurtoglu has one of the most exciting jobs in the world of technology innovation . After seven years in the wings, the new chief executive has taken up the challenge of one of the brainiest buildings on Earth.”


In Offices of the Future, Everyone Will Have a Souped-up Amazon Echo-type Robot Assistant
28 September 2017 | CNBC: Make It
by Catherine Clifford

Ever have one of those days where you really wish you had a second set of hands? Or maybe an assistant?

In next generation offices, that may just be a reality, because everyone will have a robot helper, says Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO of Silicon Valley research and development company PARC.

"You can think about how we have the Amazon Echoes and Google Homes at home and interact with them. And all of that data and all of that interaction would be delivered to people in a way that those agents understand the workflow, the task, the corporation hierarchy," says Kurtoglu to Recode's Kara Swisher.


Humans and AI Will Work Together in Almost Every Job, PARC CEO Tolga Kurtoglu Says
The iconic Silicon Vally R&D firm, formerly known as Xerox PARC, is actively working on “trustable” artificial intelligence.
17 July 2017 | Recode
by Eric Johnson

Artificial intelligence is poised to continue advancing until it is “everywhere” — and before it gets there, Tolga Kurtoglu wants to make sure it’s trustworthy. “A really interesting project that we’re working on is about how to bring together these AI agents, or computational agents, and humans together, in a way that they form sort of collaborative teams, to go after tasks,” Kurtoglu said on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher. “And robotics is a great domain for exploring some of the ideas there.”


PARC CEO Sees Humans and AI Collaborating
17 July 2017 | AndroidHeadlines
by Daniel Fuller

Artificial Intelligence is a topic that almost always includes discussions of human jobs disappearing, but PARC CEO Tolga Kurtoglu sees humans and AI working together to tackle things that neither could do on their own. Essentially, Kurtoglu and his people want to bring AI’s intelligence, judgment and built-in ethics up to the level of being trustworthy, and close collaboration with humans is one way that the company is looking at doing so.


Xerox Forum: Connecting Your Network!
Under the “Connecting Your Network” theme, the 2017 Xerox Forum focused on business growth opportunities in today’s dynamic graphic communications market.
18 May 2017 | WhatTheyThink?
by Barb Pellow

In the opening keynote address, Xerox Chief Technology Officer Steve Hoover and PARC CEO Tolga Kurtoglu discussed how technology will open a myriad of new opportunities and markets for the printing industry.
Xerox has a number of tools and strategies in place to support its customers on this technology journey. PARC is clearly taking the digital printing market even further. Kurtoglu discussed some printing advancements that go far beyond traditional paper. He talked about functional printing advancements that bring additional functionality to what is produced. Application examples of functional printing include printed electronics and RFID.


Tech and Your Job: Changes Ahead
8 May 2017 | Xerox Corporation
by Viveca M. Woods

Will robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) take your job? That’s not the question you should ask. Instead, your inquiry should look at how the nature of our jobs will change.

PARC CEO Dr. Tolga Kurtoglu believes the next generation of work will be defined by computational agents that function “… with robots and [artificial intelligence], and put them with humans in collaborative ways to solve increasingly complex tasks together.” He’s talking about the interface between human and machine, which remains a major focus of PARC’s research.


Where Physical Meets Digital
The interface of humans and technology is a major focus for PARC’s chief executive
10 April 2017 | The Engineer
by Stuart Nathan

PARC has not been Xerox’s captive R&D division for nearly two decades, being spun off into an independently run although wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox in 2002. But on a visit to the UK recently, PARC chief executive Tolga Kurtoglu told The Engineer that the heritage of the company is probably the main thing that most people outside its immediate community know about.


Executive Interview: Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO, PARC
Palo Alto Research Center – formerly Xerox PARC– is the home of the modern computer. We speak to its new CEO about innovation.
3 April 2017 | ComputerWeekly.com
by Cliff Saran

“In 2002, PARC was spun off and we changed our business model from being a captive R&D center for Xerox to being an innovation center. We practice an open innovation business model. Today, the business model is to provide R&D services and work as an innovation partner for companies ranging from startups to global market leaders, as well as government clients in the US,” says Kurtoglu.


PARC CEO Discusses the Present and Future of Tech Jobs and the Implications for the Larger Society (audio)
2 April 2017 | NPR / KALW Radio
by Marty Nemko

Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO of PARC, a Xerox company, also discusses the implications of the use of robots, sensors, and artificial intelligence, and the many people whose jobs will be displaced.

Note: This program will be archived on www.KALW.org


Your Life in AI’s Hands: The Battle to Understand Deep Learning
Why we need more insight into how cutting-edge AI models work before giving them greater control over our lives
31 March 2017 | TechRepublic
by Nick Heath

Technology giants such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon have laid out a vision of the future where AI agents will help people in their daily lives, both at work and at home: organizing our day, driving our cars, delivering our goods.

But for that future to be realized, machine learning models will need to be open to scrutiny, says Dr. Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO of PARC.  "There is a huge need in being able to meaningfully explain why a particular AI algorithm came to the conclusion it did," he said, particularly as AI increasingly interacts with consumers. "That will have a profound impact on how we think about human-computer interaction in the future.”


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.


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.


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).


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.]


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.


Automated Manufacturing for 3-D Printers
Drawing on artificial-intelligence capabilities, PARC researchers are developing software meant to help make manufacturing accessible to people without manufacturing expertise.
31 October 2013 | MIT Technology Review
by Mike Orcutt

"In theory, 3-D printing gives consumers the ability to conceive of and make various products. But designing many objects requires specialized knowledge of geometry, materials, and manufacturing processes. Researchers at PARC are now building software tools meant to automate that kind of judgment. The goal, says PARC CEO Stephen Hoover, is to build programs that enable non-experts to “kind of think their way through a design space” before sending any instructions to the printer.

Participants in a growing online community of enthusiasts have already uploaded hundreds of thousands of designs for 3-D-printed objects. The problem is that in conventional production settings, manufacturing engineers who are well versed in the design constraints imposed by specific materials and manufacturing methods “eliminate a whole set of choices at the beginning because they know what can cause problems down the road,” says Hoover (see “The Difference Between Makers and Manufacturers). That doesn’t necessarily happen in the world of 3-D printing."


Researchers at PARC give us a glimpse of the future
25 April 2013 | San Jose Mercury News
by Patrick May

"It was a high-tech speed-dating session, Silicon Valley-style:

I would sit in the storied memorabilia-laden Room 2306 in the bowels of PARC, the former Xerox research and development center in Palo Alto that gave us the 'ball' mouse, the Ethernet, and the graphical user-interface that inspired the Apple Macintosh. And seven of PARC's resident geniuses would drop by and in 15-minute bursts blow my mind with the technical wizardry each was working on to someday transform our lives."


The future will be printed in 3-D
24 June 2012 | GigaOM
by Ryan Kim

It’s a future coming sooner than people think, said Peter Weijmarshausen, the CEO of 3-D printing start-up Shapeways. Fresh off $6.2 million in new funding for Shapeways, Weijmarshausen spoke with GigaOM about where 3-D printing is going, how it parallels the software industry and how far the technology can take us into the future.

…Another big challenge is that there’s still a limited number of materials… But he said more of these materials are becoming available. And researchers at PARC are working on printable electronics for things like RAM, sensors and transistors. That, he said, could lead to consumers creating their own phones or MP3 players housed in cases of their own design."