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A Helmet Patch to Measure Blasts
Researchers are developing a cheap, lightweight plastic strip that can be worn on a soldier's helmet to help diagnose brain injury.
14 October 2008 | Technology Review
by Brittany Sauser
"..the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has awarded a $5 million, three-year contract to PARC to develop a strip of plastic that can be 'taped' onto a soldier's helmet to measure his or her exposure to explosions. The tape, which will cost less than a dollar per strip, is a flexible plastic substrate that will contain printed electronics, analog memory, and sensors."
Cloud computing pondered at eBay event
Questions raised at ResearchFest about latest buzzword in technology realm
30 September 2008 | InfoWorld
by Paul Krill
Participating in a panel discussion about trends in technology research, PARC president and center director Mark Bernstein said '...personalization of information services would be a trend the next 20 years.' [Regarding] the impact of patents: 'From my perspective, patents are a fundamental asset to creating business value to the research you do. Now all that's changing.'"
SolFocus Completes Spanish Project, Eyes California
The Mountain View, Calif.-based company will turn on its first commercial installation in the next two weeks. Meanwhile, it's got its eyes on a third funding round, manufacturing growth and a new project in the Golden State.
25 September 2008 | Greentech Media
by Jennifer Kho
"SolFocus Inc. has completed its first commercial project, installing 500 kilowatts worth of concentrating-solar equipment in Spain. SolFocus, a Palo Alto Research Center spinoff, uses small lenses and curved mirrors to concentrate sunlight and direct it into solar cells."
PARC, Still Making a Difference
23 September 2008 | Conde Nast Portfolio
by Kevin Maney
"...Microsoft bought a search technology company called Powerset for an alleged $100 million. Powerset was built on technology licensed from PARC. [PARC] has also won some attention in the past week for unveiling a way to print documents so the ink disappears in a day, allowing the paper to be reused."
SPIE to hold tech Innovation summit
Focus is on leveraging solar, biophotonics, solid-state lighting IP
8 September 2008 | SPIE
PARC director of Business Development Jennifer Ernst will be a panelist for a "Paths to Funding" session. Panelists will give their perspectives on working with multinational corporations in converting advanced research into high-value business opportunities, the DoE Solar Program, driving innovation through industry partnerships, and growth-stage financing for equipment manufacturers in the renewables sector.
Human Hardware: Foraging for Information
29 August 2008 | Search Engine Land
by Gord Hotchkiss
"When looking to predict how MBA students and analysts would find information in a digital environment, Peter Pirolli found his answer in an unlikely place: animal's foraging patterns. Pirolli, working at the Palo Alto Research Center, was trying to predict with some mathematical accuracy the behavior of humans when searching for information but was having challenges finding models..."
Bringing Sports Psychology to the Realm of Video Games
26 August 2008 | Kotaku
by Owen Good
"'The gamer generation tends to be less risk averse and more willing to try things, even in the face of overfailure,' said Nicholas Yee, a research scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center, whose Daedalus Project studies behavior in MMORPG players. 'It's not the main focus of the field, yet, but there is a little data we can extrapolate from it.'"
"Forgot Your Password?" May Be the Weakest Link
26 August 2008 | MSNBC
by Bob Sullivan
PARC principal scientist Markus Jakobsson said "...answers to password reset questions have become so valuable that a black market has developed for personal information like dog's names. Criminals buy buckets of personal information, obviously with an eye towards foiling security systems, for about $15 per set."
Wikimedia pegs future on education, not profit
24 August 2008 | San Francisco Chronicle
by Chris Cadelago
"Ed Chi of the Palo Alto Research Center is the creator of WikiDashboard, a social dynamic analysis tool... Chi discovered a huge drop-off in the number of [Wikipedia] edits, to the point that 1 percent of editors were editing 50 percent of the content. ...Chi said the waning interest among editors does not bode well for the site or community."
What is worse than reusing passwords?
12 August 2008 | ITWorld
by Markus Jakobsson
"Do you use the same password all over the place? Yes, you probably do whether you know it or not. PARC Principal Scientist Markus Jakobbson says 'When you have forgotten your password, some sites send you an email with a link for you to click. Phishers who have stolen access to your email account can do that, too.'"
Get Design Help from Internet Dwellers
User reaction is crucial to designing and tweaking new products and services, but getting solid feedback can be expensive. Will "crowdsourcing" help?
1 August 2008 | Kiplinger
by Aniket Kittur, Ed H. Chi & Bongwon Suh
Crowdsourcing may change the way companies gather information prior to putting their products on the market..."Crowdsourcing through 'micro-tasking' -- where many users perform tasks that take just minutes to perform for a small reward -- is already widely used for certain types of jobs, according to researchers at the groundbreaking Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)."
Dressing Rooms of the Future
22 July 2008 | Forbes
by Jeanine Poggi
"...'bricks and mortars have not done much to make shoppers want to spend more time in their stores,' says Bo Begole, principle scientist at PARC, a firm specializing in innovation and scientific research for technology companies. One solution might be installing a responsive mirror in retailer's dressing rooms...which allows shoppers to simultaneously see pictures of themselves in all the items they try on..."
Company sets focus on 'information overload'
21 July 2008 | abc7news
by Richard Hart
"'Everybody's being bombarded with more information than they can digest' says Teresa Lunt. As Director of the Computer Science Lab at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Lunt is leading a project to create a new kind of network for information. A network that provides it only when and where you need to know it -- context-based services."
ContentGuard Licenses Digital Rights Management Patents to Nokia Corporation
17 July 2008 | ContentGuard
ContentGuard Holding's, Inc., a leading developer of digital rights management (DRM) technology, today announced a worldwide patent licensing agreement with Nokia Corporation, a global leader in mobile products and services. ContentGuard was spun out of Xerox PARC in 2000...
Microsoft Buys Semantic Search Specialist Powerset
Microsoft has purchased San Francisco-based Powerset, an Internet search engine startup founded in October 2005 that specializes in so-called semantic search techniques.
2 July 2008 | SearchEngineWorld
by Lane R. Ellis
"'Powerset brings to Live Search a set of talented engineers and computational linguists,'[Microsoft Senior Vice President Satya] Nadella said, and praised the Powerset employees, called them a 'great team with a wide range of experience from other search engines and research organizations like PARC.' The roots of the Powerset's search technology date back more than three decades to methods founded by Xerox's famed PARC subsidiary, which the company has combined with its own in-house technology...
Nadella said Microsoft had acquired Powerset because 'we're impressed with the people there,' and because 'Powerset brings with it natural language technology that nicely complements other natural language processing technologies we have in Microsoft Research.'"
Microsoft to Acquire Powerset
1 July 2008 | Powerset
Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Powerset...a company set out to improve search by indexing Web pages based on the meaning expressed in them rather than just the literal words. Powerset licensed breakthrough technology from PARC...
The next search frontier: Just ask your question
Powerset aims to top Google by teaching computers to understand English.
18 June 2008 | CNNMoney.com
by Chris Taylor
"Powerset's main asset is a partnership with PARC.... In 2005, [Powerset co-founder Barney] Pell discovered that PARC researchers had been working for 30 years on turning English into software code. Pell promptly licensed PARC's research..."
Countermeasures against targeted attacks in the enterprise
12 June 2008 | SearchSecurity.com
by Markus Jakobsson
"Security organizations often struggle to compensate for unknowing employees who fall victim to social engineering attacks. It's the unenviable job of information security to prevent that from happening. In this tip, Markus Jakobsson details the ills of social data mining and how technology can help thwart attacks that seek to exploit trusted relationships."
Water scarcity woes point to big opportunities in desalination
12 June 2008 | VentureBeat
by Lee Bruno
"According to Meng Lean, manager of microfluidic systems at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), the energy cost of desalination runs at about eight times that of conventional water... PARC researchers have been working on membrane-less filtration systems that have a very low energy cost [that] ...could eventually be used in pre-treatment for desalination systems."
Breakthrough in efficient water recycling
Invention from Palo Alto scientist helps efficient water recycling
11 June 2008 | abc7news
PARC scientist "Meng Lean is...recycling a lot of dirty water. The key to cleaning the water is found in lightweight disks or spiral filtration system... 'If you are looking at gray water, which is for agriculture or...where you don't need to drink it, then this is sufficient. You can just use this and it will be ready to go,' said Lean."
The future of e-paper: The Kindle is only the beginning
Thin, flexible, low-power digital paper is just around the corner. Will your next book or newspaper be 'e'?
6 June 2008 | ComputerWorld
by David DeJean
"The first successful demonstration of e-paper technology was made by Nick Sheridon at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in the 1970s. His technology, called Gyricon, used tiny rotating spheres of electrically charged plastic, black on one side, white on the other, suspended in bubbles of oil between transparent electrodes."
Brain Blasts Mapped with Stick-on Sensors
4 June 2008 | Wired.com
by Noah Shachtman
"DARPA has just handed PARC, a...contract to put together prototype spools of the sensor tape. PARC says its expertise in 'jet-printing' and 'polymer devices and circuits' ought to help out with the manufacture and design. The tape will include 'multiple sensors to collect and record data associated with blasts, including shock waves, acceleration, acoustic levels, and light intensities.'"
The Future of Mobile Social Networking
Whrrl combines activity recommendations with real-time location data.
2 June 2008 | Technology Review
by Kate Greene
"'I think we're going to see a lot of new players showing up in this space,' says Kurt Partridge, a research scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center who works on a similar project called Magitti. 'Part of the reason,' he says, 'is the universal availability of GPS or access to location, which hasn't been available to application writers before.'"
Powerset Launches "Understanding Engine" For Wikipedia Content
12 May 2008 | Search Engine Land
by Danny Sullivan
"Powerset's been smart to snap up ["Powerset Licenses...PARC Natural Language Techmany"] licenses and patents around the technology that should make it attractive to a larger search player like Google or Microsoft to acquire."
Low-Energy Water Filtration
A new membrane-free water-purification system uses small amounts of energy.
12 May 2008 | Technology Review
by Lee Bruno
"...researchers at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) have been...incorporating scientific insights from the physics of toner particle movements into a low-energy water-filtration device that doesn't use membranes... Lessons learned about particle toner were used for PARC's biological agent detection system and for the water purifier."
Government funding could lift Bay Area water investment sector
5 May 2008 | VentureBeat
by Jeremy Jacquot
"Because water is still relatively cheap, there is an opportunity for an ambitious startup or two to capitalize on the coming shortages by developing cheaper, more effective water recycling technologies. The Palo Alto Research Center...is working on particle manipulation technologies that could be scaled up for applications like desalination and membrane-free filtration."
Kleiner Perkins bets big on green tech firms
2 May 2008 | San Francisco Chronicle
by Deborah Gage
"...it's hard these days to find any Silicon Valley investor that's not into green technology. Foundation Capital, Khosla Ventures and the Palo Alto Research Center, to name a few, are all working with green companies, and researchers and engineers are flocking to green-tech startups from other industries."
Reincarnation for Paper, Without Recycling
2 May 2008 | Greentech Media
by Jennifer Kho
"After about two years of development, Xerox scientists have come up with a photosensitive paper and a 'printer' that uses a blue UV light-emitting diode instead of ink or toner to make its marks. Eric Shrader, area manager of PARC's hardware systems laboratory said 'While businesses have been talking about the paperless office for 30 years, paper usage actually keeps increasing.'"
Xerox's PARC to Spin Out Solar Startup
2 May 2008 | Greentech Media
by Jennifer Kho
"The Palo Alto Research Center plans to launch a venture-capital-backed company that can improve solar cells' efficiency with thinner electricity-conducting grid lines. The center also hopes to commercialize a low-energy water-filtration technology, reusable printing paper and energy-management software for data centers, all in the next year."
Toner Tech Cleans Water
2 May 2008 | Greentech Media
by Jennifer Kho
"Toner might not sound like something that could help clean water, but the Palo Alto Research Center...is using an electrostatic technology used to move toner powder along a surface -- and that took a detour to help the Army move particles of biological weapons, such as anthrax spores, together in one place so they would be easier to detect..."
Printer Controls for Data Centers
2 May 2008 | Greentech Media
by Jennifer Kho
"...PARC has developed software that can reduce servers' energy usage by 30 percent (or, more likely, allow data centers to provide 30 percent more service using the same energy), said Scott Elrod, manager of the PARC's Clean Technology Program. The software basically predicts demand, allowing data centers to prioritize and manage jobs more efficiently."
PARC: As Silicon Valley as it Gets
1 May 2008 | Yahoo! Finance Tech ticker
by Sarah Lacy
"...There's one place in Silicon Valley where Apple, Google, Yahoo, and any other modern computing or Internet company can trace its roots back to, and that's Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center. It was started in the 1970s to create 'the architecture of information...' Xerox's chief technology officer, Sophie Vandebroek, takes us on a tour of PARC..."
Dean's chat with Mark Bernstein, director of PARC, on how not to fumble the future
1 May 2008 | VentureBeat
by Dean Takahashi
The "Palo Alto Research Center showed off 10 fascinating projects this week...but such moments always raise the specter of the past... Mark Bernstein, the director of PARC, said he's determined not to fumble the future... He talked about the spin-out of the research arm PARC from Xerox, and how it is structured to commercialize the best ideas."
Xerox plans the future of today
1 May 2008 | BBC News
by Maggie Shiels
"A rare glimpse of the future has been given by Xerox at its famed Palo Alto Research Centre...On show were a handful of innovations including re-usable paper, environmentally friendly plastic, solar power, water filtering and a cell detection method that could help save lives."
Xerox Shows Off Future Tech And Tries To Better Define Itself
Despite failed attempts to cash in, the company and its PARC subsidiary have several pillars of growth in mind to compete with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com.
1 May 2008 | InformationWeek
by Thomas Claburn
"...partnerships serve to underscore that PARC is an independent organization, one that is helping organizations other than Xerox innovate. That has some tangential value to Xerox, as PARC's owner: Good publicity may rub off. But PARC isn't just serving Xerox by inventing technologies for outside organizations. It's also investing technologies that could drive revenue at Xerox."
New way to save energy: Disappearing ink
30 April 2008 | CNET News.com
by Michael Kanellos
"PARC and parent company Xerox are experimenting with a type of paper and a complementary printer that would produce documents that fade away after 16 to 24 hours. Users don't have to wait for the paper to fade either. By running it through the special printer made for this paper, the printer will erase the old image before putting the new one on."
Getting innovation out of the lab at Xerox
30 April 2008 | FORTUNE Big Tech
by Jon Fortt
PARC's "...normally secretive Silicon Valley researchers and their colleagues from around the world held an open house this week to show off surprising projects they're developing. Among them: A blood scanner that uses a twist on laser printing technology to spot rogue cells, a type of paper that can be erased by ultraviolet light and reused, and... "
How to Determine Your Organization's Vulnerability to Crimeware
30 April 2008 | eWeek.com Knowledge Center
by Markus Jakobsson
"You already know that crimeware is bad, right? Wrong. Crimeware is worse than just bad, it may be worse than you can imagine. And it's going to go downhill from there. The story that Markus Jakobsson of the Palo Alto Research Center tells is gloomy indeed. Maybe it?s even gloomy enough for you to do something about it."
Luminaries look to the future web
30 April 2008 | BBC News
PARC president and center director Mark Bernstein: 'It is a communication revolution. The internet connected resources and what the web has enabled is for people to both communicate with each other and communicate with groups of people and it's allowed the sharing of a common interest that would have no other way of connecting. It's going to become...'"
PARC shows off research projects beyond its Xerox work
29 April 2008 | VentureBeat
by Dean Takahashi
"Mark Bernstein, head of PARC, says the R&D center...is determined to commercialize its inventions through its business groups and leverage its 165 researchers. Xerox spun out PARC in 2002....[and] funds only about 50 percent of the work. The rest is financed through licenses to other corporations, research partnerships with big companies, and government grants."
Xerox Showcases Erasable Paper, Smart Documents
29 April 2008 | PC World
by Agam Shah
"Xerox's research arm Monday showcased its latest innovations, including erasable paper and tools that make documents 'smart' by adding a deeper meaning to words and images. ...The laboratory, with other Xerox research facilities, is now trying to help its parent company and other start-ups by focusing on printing and other innovations to access, use and secure electronic documents."
...PARC Opens Its Doors
29 April 2008 | PC Magazine
by Marty Orgel
"...PARC allowed reporters a rare look at new technology it is developing...including a copy machine paper that..does not use any ink or toner to put words onto the paper, ...a new way to capture and use solar energy and a laser-based medical scanner to detect rare or potentially damaging cells in human blood instead of using invasive and potentially dangerous biopsies."
Inside Innovation at...PARC
29 April 2008 | O'Reilly Radar
by Ben Lorica
"While other research labs use a large auditorium and parade different researchers in, I thought the smaller, science fair format made for better interactions between the visitors and the researchers. We saw early prototypes created by the researchers themselves, so the user interfaces were far from polished. Here are some of the highlights..."
A Peek Inside PARC
Silicon Valley's fabled invention machine shows its latest tech
29 April 2008 | Popular Science
by Sean Captain
"If technology were a religion, the...Palo Alto Research Center would be one of the holiest shrines on any pilgrimage. So much of our modern computer world was invented at this freewheeling innovation lab... PARC today is a more-focused operation that has to turn quick profits... But it's still a well-staffed corporate research lab..."
Xerox: More than just a paper company
28 April 2008 | abc7news.com
by Tomas Roman
"Scientists at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) are showing off some diverse innovations. 'We are looking at how is it that we can have an impact on things that really matter to people,' says PARC President Mark Bernstein. "
Do We Need Reusable Paper?
Xerox's famed Palo Alto Research Center previewed a printing technology that lets a printed page be reused.
28 April 2008 | InternetNews.com
by Andy Patrizio
"How many times have you printed out a document on a sheet of paper, used it once, and tossed it out? According to PARC, 44.5 percent of the time that's exactly the fate of a printed page. That's a waste of more than just the paper, but the power used to create it..."
Seeing the first Ethernet cable (and reusable paper) at...PARC
28 April 2008 | Scobleizer.com
by Robert Scoble
"The President of PARC, Mark Bernstein, gave me a tour around the famous lab where so much of our world was invented. We started at the first Ethernet cable in the world."
The FAST track to better health
Xerox's Palo Alto Research Centre is branching out into medical science
28 April 2008 | Economist.com Technology Monitor
"PARC's latest venture outside Xerox's core competence is...a long way outside. It is a way of finding rare, disease-related cells in the bloodstream. ...The Fibre Array Scanning Technology (FAST) cytometer, developed in conjunction with the Scripps Research Institute, uses an array of optical fibres and a laser beam instead."
Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) has been collaborating since 2005 with PARC to develop a system for distributing information tailor-made to match specific consumer conditions, and to promote the use of “local area” information via mobile terminals. By using this system, consumers can obtain timely information that matches their present conditions—with no need to initiate a mobile-based search.
Universal Display Corporation Delivers Flexible OLED Prototype with Novel Capabilities to U.S. Army
Flexible phosphorescent OLED display prototype demonstrates visible-light emission for daytime use and infrared-emission for nighttime viewing.
23 April 2008 | Universal Display Corporation
...this 100 dpi prototype was built on flexible metal foil using low-temperature, poly-silicon backplane technology from PARC...
Computers for the people
22 April 2008 | CNET News.com One More Thing blog
by Tom Krazit
"Designing a user interface for a mobile computer isn't hard; all you have to do is think like a person. Sounds simple, but it's taken a long time for that realization to set in, said Stu Card, manager of the user interface group at PARC. 'Mobile computing is much more intimately tied to a user's life. You need to design simultaneously...'"
Is Your Firm Ready for a New Wave of Interactive Technology?
We are fast approaching an era where technology will be able to provide consumers with instant information based on what they are doing and what they want.
2 April 2008 | Worth Reading: The Quick Take from Kiplinger, Kiplinger.com
"In a white paper entitled 'Creating New Business Opportunities Through Ubiquitous Computing,' PARC runs down and addresses the various social and technological barriers to harnessing the powers of ubiquitous computing, the security concerns, and the various commercial 'sweet spots' that will provide new opportunities to different business sectors."
How PARC sees printers boosting clean tech
Dust, heat, bright light, chaos. The inside of copiers share a lot of characteristics with the outside world.
2 April 2008 | CNET News.com
by Michael Kanellos
PARC "...is examining ways of taking technology and ideas originally devised for copiers and printers into the clean-tech market. A lot of the components and ideas at work inside printers exist to control physical forces and objects in a constantly changing environment. Thus, they should be useful in channeling sunlight or other phenomena on a larger scale."
Special Report: Sustainable Tech -- Cleantech Innovations
18 March 2008 | BusinessWeek
by Rachael King
"The term 'cleantech' refers to renewable, sustainable, and environmentally safe technologies. Researchers at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a unit of Xerox, are exploring ways to develop cost-effective clean technologies that meet industry needs. Joining me today is Scott Elrod, Director of PARC's Cleantech Innovation Program."
Xerox and PARC on Comeback Trail with Cleantech and Other Technologies
6 March 2008 | SiliconValleyWatcher
by Tom Foremski
"'PARC was spun out so that we could harness the entrepreneurial spirit of our staff. When you hire exceptional people you don't want to narrow their focus on technologies that are just useful for Xerox,' says [Xerox CTO Sophie] Vandebroek. 'You want to be able to allow them to find commercial opportunities in adjacent sectors.'
World-wise web? Finally on the horizon are computers that can reason
3 March 2008 | Financial Times
by Richard Waters
"By using software to 'read' text, services such as Powerset...aim to add tags to data automatically. The natural language approach also raises the possibility of new applications, for example being able directly to answer questions posed by a user... Powerset is using technology licensed from PARC.. to try to solve the problems of natural language processing."
The Wisdom of the Chaperones
Digg, Wikipedia, and the myth of Web 2.0 democracy.
22 February 2008 | Slate.com
by Chris Wilson
"Palo Alto Research Center's Ed Chi, the scientist who determined that 1 percent of Wikipedians author half of the content, told me he originally hypothesized that the site's most energetic editors were acting as custodians....in reality, he found the opposite was true."
An inside tour of PARC's cleantech projects
Famous for computing breakthroughs like the GUI and ethernet, PARC is now a cleantech hotbed.
15 February 2008 | cleantech.com
by Dallas Kachan
"PARC is using its new status as an independent business to leverage its almost 40-year history in IT, mass production, microfluidics and other scientific expertise for a variety of mostly corporate clients...unlike the government focus of other research institutes. And now, there are a number of interesting cleantech-specific initiatives underway.."
Damon C. Matteo, vice president and chief intellectual property officer of PARC, named to serve three-year term on the Patent Public Advisory Committee.
SolFocus installs first solar array for 3MW Spanish CPV project
5 February 2008 | Semiconductor Today
"SolFocus Inc of Mountain View, CA, USA, a Palo Alto Research Center spin-off that manufactures III-V-based concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems, has installed the first CPV array in the 3MW pilot-plant project in Puertollano, Castilla-La Mancha. The project also represents the first commercial deployment of SolFocus' systems..."
A Virtual Laboratory
Second Life emerges as a new setting for psychology research
1 February 2008 | Scientific American Mind
by Katherine Leitzel
"Second Life allows researchers to study scenarios that they cannot in real life... Communications scientist Nick Yee of PARC, who uses Second Life as his primary laboratory, says that the setting could provide new ways to explore people's feelings about age, sex or race... "
'Smart' Fitting Room Suggests What to Wear
23 January 2008 | Discovery Channel/ Discovery News
by Tracy Staedter
"..a dressing room equipped with cameras and interactive displays could lead to intelligent fitting rooms that connect shoppers to a social fashion network... 'The system improves [a shopper's]...shopping experience,' said Wei Zhang. Zhang developed the system with Takashi Matsumoto of Keio University and Juan Liu, Maurice Chu and Bo Begole of PARC."
DARPA kicks off green laser project
Non-polar GaN substrates and low-defect crystal growth will have an important part to play in powerful, practical green laser diodes.
10 January 2008 | Optics.org
by Andy Extance
PARC is one of "Nine research groups...tackling the challenge of producing a high-power 500 nm semiconductor laser in a three-year US-based research program called VIGIL, which stands for Visible InGaN Injection Lasers, a name that reflects the need to include high proportions of indium to obtain green light from GaN-based laser diodes."
Emerging Technology: Mobile, Web 2.0 technology will keep changing the game
4 January 2008 | Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
by Emma Ritch
"The 230 people who work at the Palo Alto Research Center, including 170 scientists, are hard at work to solve problems in some of the most complicated emerging technologies, including biomedical products, clean tech, large-area electronics and social cognition. Center Director Mark Bernstein says the researchers have a common goal of bringing scientific perspectives together to solve problems."
Printed documents may self-erase in future
'Erasable paper' can be reused, reduces waste
1 January 2008 | Palo Alto Online
by Joyce Tang
"Printed matter is literally disappearing at Palo Alto Research Center, Inc. (PARC). In partnership with Xerox Research Centre of Canada since early 2004, PARC scientists have been developing 'erasable paper,' temporary documents that self-erase within a matter of hours."
The Year in Hardware
The Past 12 Months Have Featured Touch Screens, Context-Aware Gadgets, Autonomous Vehicles and Brain-Computer Interfaces
26 December 2007 | ABC News
by Kate Greene
"...a number of products and research projects tried to make phones and other gadgets even smarter. ...Researchers at the Palo Alto Research Center have developed an application for a phone that suggests things that the user might want to do, places to eat and shop, and things to see, based on location, time of day, past preferences, and even text-message conversations."
A Tour of PARC
20 December 2007 | How to Change the World blog
by Guy Kawasaki
"PARC was the center of the universe for the development of many personal computer and Internet technologies... Maybe 'center of the universe' is an exaggeration, but at the very least, it's one of the main trees as you can see by downloading this diagram or looking at this timeline. I recently got a tour of the company, and these are my photos... "
SolFocus boosts second-round funding by $11.6m to $63.6m
22 November 2007 | Semiconductor Today
"SolFocus Inc of Mountain View, CA, USA, a Palo Alto Research Center spin-off that manufactures III-V-based concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems, has raised a further $11.6m. Together with $32m from SolFocus Inc's Series A round in June 2006 (led by NEA), total venture capital is now over $95m."
New PARC software turns a cell phone into a personal assistant
Can recommend local restaurants, concerts or where to buy the latest Xbox
21 November 2007 | Computerworld
by Sharon Gaudin
"'We're trying to make [the cell phone] more like a human,' said Victoria Bellotti, a principal scientist at PARC. 'Instead of just directing stuff at you, it tries to make inferences about what kind of activity you're engaged in...' PARC is researching and developing the software on behalf of a Japanese company, Dai Nippon Printing Co."
Solar concentrator collects $63 million in new funding
20 November 2007 | CNET News.com Green Tech Blog
by Martin La Monica
"SolFocus has now raised a total of $63.6 million in series B funding to move into production of its solar power plants. SolFocus, which was spun out of Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) is perhaps the most high-profile company to pursue solar concentrators, where mirrors and lenses magnify light in order to squeeze more electricity from very efficient solar cells."
SolFocus adds $11.6M in first round funds
20 November 2007 | Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
by Emma Ritch
"SolFocus Inc., a developer and maker of solar energy products, said on Tuesday it raised another $11.6 million, bringing its first round funding total to $63.6 million. The company was spun out of Palo Alto Research Center and focuses on solar concentrators, in which mirrors and lenses magnify light."
Laptops of the Future Promise Sleek Designs, Smarter Storage
19 November 2007 | CIO
by John Edwards
"..notebooks face an obesity crisis. Compared to conventional LCDs, organic displays are thinner, brighter and less power hungry...[and] provide significantly better outdoor viewing. Flexible organic displays are also more or less unbreakable, says Robert Street, a senior research fellow at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). 'That would be a huge benefit in notebooks, especially in ruggedized models.'"
Smart Phone Suggests Things to Do
New software uses artificial intelligence to infer your behavior and serve up appropriate lists of restaurants, stores, and events.
12 November 2007 | Technology Review
by Kate Greene
"...today's handheld [mobile phone] is a mini personal computer, complete with multimedia players, maps, and Web browsers. Now researchers at PARC want to push the phone farther. They have developed software that turns a phone into a thoughtful personal assistant, one that helps people find fun things to do. The software, called Magitti, uses a combination of cues...to infer interests."
StartUp@PARC will create customized partnerships for new ventures.
1 November 2007 | IndustryWeek
by Jill Jusko
"Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)...has launched Startup@PARC, an initiative to partner with entrepreneurs and investors to bring transformative technologies to market. The open innovation model is not new to PARC...but the introduction of a formalized process to engage small ventures and entrepreneurs is, says PARC spokesperson Linda Jacobson..."
...boffins work on selective encryption
New technology blocks access to [redacted] data
18 October 2007 | vnunet.com
by Ian Williams
Researchers at PARC "demonstrated new software designed to increase speed and accuracy when removing sensitive or confidential material from documents...only sensitive sections or paragraphs are encrypted. The Intelligent Redaction software also displays or hides restricted portions of the document so that it appears differently to different people without the need to manage several versions of the same data."
Xerox Demos 'Intelligent Redaction'
It uses natural-language processing and security techniques to identify offending data.
17 October 2007 | eWeek.com
by Daniel P. Dern
"Xerox is developing new software capabilities that could help automate the redaction process, making it easier, faster and more comprehensive than the current keyword-oriented products enterprises use to hide information for accessible documents."
Xerox developing new document encryption technology
16 October 2007 | SearchSecurity.com
by Dennis Fisher
"The software is able to take into account the context of words or phrases in a document and determine when to redact the content and when to let it go. 'There is some natural language processing in there, but humans are very much in the loop,' said Jessica Staddon, the area manager of the security and privacy research group at PARC."
Ethnographic Researches by Japanese Firms Draw Attention
15 October 2007 | Tech-On (Nikkei Business Publications)
by Phil Keys
"Palo Alto Research Center Inc. (PARC)...introduced a research...targeting the development process at Fujitsu's software business department in its program titled "Teaching Organizational Ethnography." One of this research's objectives was to enhance knowledge in ethnography at Fujitsu."
9 October 2007 | Wikipedia Weekly interview, Episode 32
"Witty Lama interviews the people behind Wikidashboard - the tool designed to increase social transperancy and trust on Wikipedia - from the Augmented Social Cognition research group at PARC."
From PARC, the mobile phone as tour guide
28 September 2007 | CNET News.com
by Elinor Mills
"...PARC has developed a mobile application that offers up information that would be useful to a wanderer ...The more you interact with it— showing preference for things and rating them— the more it learns about your personal tastes, and its suggestions reflect that. It uses collaborative filtering to recommend things that others with similar tastes..."
DNP, PARC Jointly Develop Recommender System for Mobile Terminals
26 September 2007 | DNP
Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd. (DNP) in conjunction with PARC has developed a context- and activity-aware system that recommends information about “local area” activities, such as shopping and dining, matching the consumer’s location, time of day and personal tastes.
25 September 2007 | Innovation Pipeline
by Lee Bruno
"Palo Alto Research Center is a household name among engineers, entrepreneurs and local historians. It's the birthplace of many technologies that changed the computer industry. ...Mark Bernstein, president and director of PARC, believes the research institution's new program, Startup@PARC.com, will open up new opportunities and add the pieces (and focus) it lacked in the 1970s, '80s and '90s."
Research Pioneer PARC Seeks Partners
22 September 2007 | IDG News
by Nancy Gohring
"...the two entrepreneurs moved into space at PARC, where they collaborated with PARC researchers on technology. The team gradually grew to 50 people and now has moved into its own offices as an independent company, SolFocus Inc. SolFocus paid PARC for the space in the lab as well as resources such as Internet access. As they worked together, the two parties also distinguished between PARC intellectual property (IP), SolFocus IP and joint IP for revenue-sharing purposes...
PARC had a similar but structurally different experience with another startup, Powerset Inc., a company working on a natural-language search engine. That came about when an entrepreneur came to PARC, which already had about 100 patents related to natural-language research, and promoted the idea of starting a business around a natural-language search offering that could scale and perform well..."
PARC opens incubator, may change plodding reputation?
21 September 2007 | VentureBeat
by Chris Morrison
"...Over the decades, PARC has incubated about a dozen companies. A new program called Startup@PARC, however, could incubate the same number of companies in just a year or two. PARC will work work with several companies at once, and has issued a formal application process here to kick it off..."
Powerset aims to outsmart Google
19 September 2007 | USA Today
by Michael Liedtke
"This isn't the first time a search engine has tried to understand simple English, but Powerset has drawn more attention because its natural-language technology is being licensed from the Palo Alto Research Center."
Powerset to Skeptics: Try Us
19 September 2007 | New York Times Bits
by Miguel Helft
Powerset "...is opening up pieces of its technology to a large community of early testers in hopes of persuading them that it has a shot at pulling off its mission. ...Powerset doesn't have a product yet, but rather a collection of promising natural language technologies, which are the fruit of years of research at Xerox PARC."
Powerset takes on Google, Yahoo with PARC technology
17 September 2007 | Silicon Valley/ San Jose Business Journal
Powerset "which has about $12.5 million in venture backing, said its algorithms are programmed to understand plain-English search requests as opposed to the 'keyword' system used by other search engines...The company licenses its technology from the Palo Alto Research Center..."
SolFocus Attracts $52 Million from V.C.s
5 September 2007 | DealBook, The New York Times
"SolFocus, a solar technology company that was incubated at ...PARC, has raised $52 million more dollars to help it open in Europe."
PARC: From inkjets to Solar PV...new, concentrated solar PV system
21 August 2007 | Podtech
by Margot Gerritsen
"PARC...has ventured into the clean technology area. Recently, PARC worked together with the start-up SolFocus on the development of a new type of solar PV system, which is as effective as existing solar PV technology but requires a much smaller volume of silicon per unit area."
Navigating your brain made easier
7 August 2007 | The News & Observer
by Paul Gilster
"Highly anticipated startup Powerset is close to releasing a natural language search engine that has everyone in the trade talking. The reason for the buzz is the pedigree involved. Powerset licensed a natural language technology from Xerox's fabled Palo Alto Research Center, tapping 30 years of expertise."
Solar start-up SolFocus buys sun-tracking company
1 August 2007 | CNET NewsBlog
by Martin LaMonica
"A spin-off from Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, SolFocus builds solar concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) arrays that use several small mirrored dishes to magnify sunlight hundreds of times to get more electricity from high-efficiency solar cells. "
Building a Better Search Engine
A new natural-language system is based on 30 years of research at PARC.
27 July 2007 | Technology Review
by Michael Reisman
"Powerset, Inc. claims that the engine finds the best answer by considering the meaning and context of the question and related Web pages. A key component of the search engine is a deep natural-language processing system that extracts the relationships between words; the system was developed from PARC's Xerox Linguistic Environment (XLE) platform."
Five Ideas That Will Reinvent Modern Computing
20 June 2007 | PC Magazine
by Cade Metz and Jamie Bsales
"Extreme Peer to Peer: With a project called Content-Centric Networking, or CCN, [Van] Jacobson and his team of PARC networking gurus are...building a networking system that revolves around the data itself...Under the CCN model, you don't tell the network that you're interested in connecting to a server. You tell it that you want a particular piece of data."
Business Objects to Acquire Text Analytics Leader Inxight Software
Combination of Inxight and Business Objects to Deliver First Full Spectrum Business Intelligence Platform
22 May 2007 | SAP
Born out of Xerox PARC, Inxight is a recognized leader in providing innovative solutions for unstructured information discovery across 32 languages.
Manufacturing progress key to flexible electronics' success
1 May 2007 | Small Times
by Tom Cheyney
"Surface roughness is still an issue with flex and is not good enough for making transistors,' explains Bob Street, senior research fellow at Palo Alto Research Center. ...Pointing out the susceptibility of flexible substrates to scratching, Street says the plastics people 'need to learn how to improve quality.'"
The Coming Virtual Web
In the future, the Internet is almost certain to look more realistic, interactive, and social -- a lot like a virtual world
16 April 2007 | BusinessWeek
by Robert D. Hof
"'Three-dimensional virtual worlds will, in the near future, be pervasive interfaces for the Internet,' says Bob Moore, a sociologist who studies virtual worlds at Palo Alto Research Center, or PARC."
Verbal reasoning and the new internet goldrush
The future of search is not about retrieving information, it is about understanding the text.
27 March 2007 | Guardian Unlimited
by John Sterlicchi
"Powerset certainly does have an impressive pedigree. The company has licenced computational linguistics technology from the famous Palo Alto Research Center... Ron Kaplan, who moved from PARC to Powerset to be chief technology and science officer, has spent 30 years working at the centre and is respected as a leader in the computational linguistics field."
UniPixel claims an edge on LCDs
15 March 2007 | EE Times
by Nicolas Mokhoff
"UniPixel Displays Inc. developed its Time Multiplexed Optical Shutter (TMOS) technology to address display requirements in avionics applications. ...'Our ability to realize the engineering prototypes in a reasonable time frame is enhanced tremendously by our relationship with PARC,' said UniPixel president Reed Killion."
Powerset Welcomes Ronald Kaplan as Chief Technology and Science Officer
Natural Language Expert to Lead Commercialization of Three Decades of Groundbreaking Research
13 March 2007 | Powerset
Kaplan joins Powerset from Palo Alto Research Center, Inc. (PARC), a leading R&D organization that collaborates with various businesses and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox Corporation. While at PARC, he created and led the Natural Language Theory and Technology research group.
Energy Secretary Announces Selection of $168 Million in Solar Energy Projects
Key Element of the Advanced Energy Initiative, seeks to make solar technology cost-competitive by 2015
8 March 2007 | U.S. Department of Energy
BP Solar is one of thirteen teams selected for funding under the Solar America Initiative. BP Solar's research will focus on reducing wafer thickness while improving yield of multi-crystalline silicon PV for commercial and residential markets. Project partners include the Palo Alto Research Center.