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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."


Entrepreneurs Welcome
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."


Trust Me
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.


Lab Seeds
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.


Powerset's search technology scoop, may scare Google
Powerset, a San Francisco search engine company, will announce Friday it has won exclusive rights to significant search engine technology it says may help propel it past Google.
8 February 2007 | Venture Beat
by Matt Marshall

"The technology, developed at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in Silicon Valley, seeks to understand the meanings between words, akin to the way humans understand language -- and is thus called 'natural language.' ...The deal is significant because practical use of linguistic technology has eluded Google."


In a Search Refinement, a Chance to Rival Google
7 February 2007 | New York Times
by Miguel Helft

"...Powerset, is licensing PARC's 'natural language' technology. ...PARC's natural-language technology is among the 'most comprehensive in existence,' said Fernando Pereira, an expert in natural language and the chairman of the department of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania."


'Second Life' Lessons: Cisco, IBM Pace Corporate Push Into Virtual Worlds
Companies as varied as Toyota, Dell, Sears, and Adidas have all established bulkheads in the 3-D virtual world called "Second Life." Is this influx of brands an exciting precursor of how we'll be conducting business very soon, or the ultimate exercise in
3 February 2007 | InformationWeek
by Alice LaPlante

"'What the useful application will be for business is the million dollar question,' says Bob Moore, a member of the research staff at the Computing Science Laboratory at PARC, who studies virtual worlds. 'A lot of it is just plain hype. We see corporations are excited about it...but the jury is still out about the real business value.'"


Xerox's Erasable Paper Project
17 January 2007 | Black and White
by John Eastman

Xerox Corporation's erasable paper is a "collaborative effort with Palo Alto Research Center, PARC and the Xerox Research Centre in Canada. [PARC] began to look at work-studies of how people use their documents in the office and that was where we really began to realize that actually people don't keep what they print for very long."


The New Security Solutions
Emerging security technology has several admirable goals: proactive, integrated, inferential
4 December 2006 | InformationWeek
by Larry Greenemeier

"PARC has created prototype privacy monitoring software designed to understand the inferences in data, the meaning of a name, address, or other piece of data, so it can be removed— or obfuscated, in the case of an electronic document— before it's sent out across the network."


Now you see it, later you won't
Xerox strives for an 'erasable paper' system for copiers
27 November 2006 | International Herald Tribune
by John Markoff

"Xerox is working on a chemical process that would allow its copiers to recycle paper documents, possibly an unlimited number of times. ...paper increasingly is used as a medium of display rather than of storage, according to Brinda Dalal, an anthropologist at the Palo Alto Research Center where she and the Xerox chemists are developing an 'erasable paper' system."


Xerox Seeks Erasable Form of Paper For Copiers
27 November 2006 | The New York Times
by John Markoff

PARC anthropoligist Brinda Dalal "has become a self-styled ''garbologist'.. 'Nobody looks at the ephemeral information going through people's waste baskets,' said Dalal. Her research is part of a three-year-old technology development effort to design an add-on system for an office copier to produce 'transient documents' that can be easily reused."


What are Web's societal, scientific consequences?
Academics begin studying impact of having a wired planet.
3 November 2006 | San Francisco Chronicle
by Tom Abate

"'There are unintended consequences we're seeing as the Web grows,'' said [PARC] network researcher Van Jacobson. ...living amidst a glut of information is the issue of trust. 'What proof do I have that they are who they say they are?' Jacobson asked rhetorically."


A DRM Pioneer Comes in from the Cold
18 October 2006 | DRMWatch
by Bill Rosenblatt

"One of the most important events that got me interested in what we now call DRM was a 1995 visit to my office by Dr. Mark Stefik, a Xerox PARC researcher. Stefik and his colleagues from Xerox were investigating the commercial possibilities of his research into technology for controlling access to copyrighted works."


Bringing Sci-Fi Tech Into the Enterprise
Today's science fiction often becomes tomorrow's reality. Science fiction writers presaged flight, nuclear weapons, cyberspace and computer viruses, among other ...
1 October 2006 | CIO
by Michael Fitzgerald

"...Philips and PARC have both demonstrated flexible displays, some made using printer-style jet arrays, for use with cell phones and other handhelds. Robert Street, a PARC senior research fellow, says that the company's jet-printed arrays and rollable displays are in early prototype stages -- mostly because of manufacturing challenges and the need to develop manufacturing equipment."


New Twist on LCD Displays
19 September 2006 | Computerworld
by Robert L. Mitchell

"Printing on thin polymer sheets allows for a more efficient, automated process than the discrete manufacturing techniques used to produce individual silicon chips on a production line. 'These are primarily issues of cost,' says Bob Street, senior research fellow at Palo Alto Research Center. 'The idea is one can use printing presses rather than silicon fabs to make these devices.'"


Consortium for Functional Glycomics Awarded $40.7 Million "Glue" Grant
New Multi-Year Funding Will Allow International Group to Unravel Carbohydrates Mysteries
7 September 2006 | The Scripps Research Institute

The new grant will be shared by several institutions, including the Palo Alto Research Center.


Universal Display to provide portable flexible communications device to Navy
1 September 2006 | Military & Aerospace Electronics
by John McHale

"The display will be built on flexible metal foil to provide flexibility, light weight, and ruggedness and will use poly-silicon backplane technology from Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)..."


Smart Pages
Xerox technology protects sensitive digital information.
1 September 2006 | Technology Review
by Tom Mashberg

"Your doctor needs access to all the medical data in your file, but you don't want the insurance clerks seeing your blood results... Billions of documents— from banking records to personnel files— present similar concerns, which makes for 'a pretty gnarly security problem,' says Jessica Staddon, manager of security research at PARC..."


SolFocus and Spectrolab ink major solar cell deal
Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab sells 600,000 triple-junction cells to the Californian start-up SolFocus.
29 August 2006 | CompoundSemiconductor.net

"Under the 12-month supply deal, the Boeing subsidiary will deliver concentrator cells that will be used to supply renewable energy to homes and businesses in the US. ...SolFocus is based at the renowned Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)..."


Solar Energy Startup SolFocus nets $25 million in Series A financing led by NEA
Funding enables expansion of team, accelerated reliability test series, pilot production, and guaranteed cell supply
25 July 2006 | SolFocus

The agreement is the largest to date in the CPV industry and will support SolFocus’ field test series and first phase of active deployments through 2007. In February 2006 SolFocus announced a strategic partnership with Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) for core patents and technology development in concentrator photovoltaics (CPV).


Pioneering Technology Lab Now Puts Energy Into Solar
PARC and others are tackling the mechanics as well as the efficiency of photovoltaic power.
3 July 2006 | Los Angeles Times
by Charles Piller

"...the storied lab that gave the world laser printing and graphical user interfaces is trying to harness the sun to power its inventions. ...PARC has produced super-efficient solar systems that experts say could make photovoltaic power --sunlight converted directly into electricity -- available on a large scale at prices competitive with fossil fuels for the first time."


Making virtual worlds more lifelike
8 June 2006 | CNet News.Com
by Daniel Terdiman

PARC researchers have [been] "studying the social dimensions of so-called massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) to better understand the design challenges behind creating satisfying face-to-face avatar and other interactions in such environments. The basic concept behind the research...is to analyze and potentially develop systems that publishers would pay for to make their games more attractive to more players."


PARC and Uni-Pixel Collaborate On New Display Technology
12 May 2006 | SmallTimes

"The new technology, Time Multiplexed Optical Shutter (TMOS) is a patented Micro Electronic Mechanical System (MEMS) approach to flat panel displays that uses a single pixel structure to emit the full color spectrum."


The Palo Alto Research Center and Uni-Pixel, Inc. Collaborate to Advance New Display Technology
11 May 2006 | PRNewswire

"Dr. Raj B. Apte, the project leader at PARC, said, 'My first reaction to learning about Uni-Pixel's TMOS technology was to smack my head in recognition of its elegance and simplicity. My second was to try to help get it to market.'"


PARC, Uni-Pixel team on MEMS display technology
11 May 2006 | EE Times

"'We are pleased that PARC offers an infrastructure and engineering expertise that aligns so well with our TMOS display technology,' said Reed Killion, president of Uni-Pixel Inc., in a statement. 'The Uni-Pixel/PARC collaboration will help in defining a licensable commercial manufacturing process for our TMOS display technology.'"


Experts see computers getting bigger and smaller at the same time
Celebrating 50 years of computing at CMU
23 April 2006 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Com
by Mark Roth

"'Research suggests that having more information arrayed in front of them can actually help people have bigger ideas,' [PARC Senior Research Fellow Stuart] Card said. Getting Smaller [at PARC]: the phenomenon of packing more information into less space is embodied in the 3Book, a digital book that mimics its traditional counterpart but contains a slew of bells and whistles."


Chemists work on plastic promise
A new plastic that could rival silicon as the material of choice for some electronic devices has been developed.
20 March 2006 | BBC News
by Jonathan Fildes

"The new material is an organic polymer, a class of substances that are used to make everything from bin bags to solar panels. They are also used in some electronic devices already. The plastic, reported in the journal Nature Materials, is the work of a US-UK industrial and academic team..." [including the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).


Kleiner Perkins, PARC Warm to Clean Tech
Two influential organizations in the information technology industry have stepped up their commitments to the emerging field of clean technologies
17 February 2006 | CNet News.com
by Martin LaMonica

"Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) announced on Thursday a research collaboration with start-up SolFocus to develop 'concentrators' designed to improve the performance of solar panels. ...PARC has been boosting its research efforts on clean technology over the past few years."


...PARC Takes on Clean, Green Technology
A Newly Electric Green - Sustainable Energy, Resources and Design
16 February 2006 | Two Steps Forward
by Joel Makower

"PARC is helping SolFocus develop a second-generation of its concentrating solar collector that dramatically improves cost, durability, and scalability. ...Among the advantages of the new module: it uses far less silicon, has no moving parts that could lead to mechanical failure, has minimal components, and uses automated assembly technology."


...PARC Takes on Clean, Green Technology
A Newly Electric Green - Sustainable Energy, Resources and Design
16 February 2006 | WorldChanging
by Joel Makower

PARC "recently launched a Clean Technology Initiative, focused on key areas of clean and sustainable technologies: solar, energy distribution, energy conservation and efficiency, clean water, air quality, and some paper-reduction technologies..."


PARC, Startup Aim to Cut Solar Costs
16 February 2006 | EETimes
by Mark LaPedus

"Seeking to lower the cost of solar energy by up to 50 percent, PARC...announced a partnership with SolFocus Inc., a manufacturer of low-cost solar energy systems. Under the plan, PARC...is contributing core patents and long-term technology development support for current and next-generation product lines in exchange for royalties and equity in SolFocus."


Universal Display Corporation Awarded Contract from the U.S. Army CERDEC to Develop Infrared PHOLED Display
Phosphorescent OLED Display Prototype with Novel Infrared-Emission Capability Will Allow Day and Nighttime Use in Army Field Commander's Communication Tools.
9 January 2006 | Business Wire

"The active-matrix PHOLED display will be built on flexible metal foil using poly-silicon backplane technology from Palo Alto Research enter (PARC) to provide flexibility, light weight and ruggedness."


HP testing material to replace newsprint
Lightweight plastic could stand in for computer display
7 November 2005 | San Francisco Chronicle
by Benjamin Pimentel

"'I have something like a sheet of plastic that you put into an electric paper printer, and when it comes out or when it gets disconnected, it has an image,' said Raj Apte, a researcher at Xerox PARC. 'It holds that image for hours, days or weeks without the image fading and without any electrical connections to the rest of the world.'"


Computerworld Horizon Awards 2005 Honorees
12 September 2005 | Computerworld

PARC's Computing Science Laboratory gets two Honorable Mentions in Computerworld's first annual Horizon Awards. The technologies are Network-in-a-Box, which enables system administrators to easily enable users to configure their wireless devices to best available standards, and Privacy Box (or Privacy Appliance) which is being designed to protect privacy while allowing data to be put to beneficial use.


Scanning For Cancer
15 August 2005 | Forbes
by Kerry A. Dolan

"...PARC scientists stumbled onto a surprising insight: Combining laser techniques with a whisk-broom bundle of fiber-optic threads enables incredibly accurate detection of traveling cancer cells, at a much faster pace than current screening allows. ...the resulting system, known as a FAST (Fiber Array Scanning Technology) cytometer, has been tested..."


Social Machines
Computing means connecting.
1 August 2005 | Technology Review
by Wade Roush

"17 years ago at Xerox's famed Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)...computer scientist Mark Weiser set out to study the notion of ubiquitous computing, which he defined as "activating the world" -- creating networks of small, wireless computing devices that permeated the physical structures around us, where they would supposedly anticipate our needs and act without requiring our attention."


Notes on the Counterculture
How the anti-war and countercultural movements in the late '60s and early '70s affected geekdom.
5 July 2005 | Technology Review
by Eric Brown

"Here we offer some candid reminiscences from four pioneers in programming languages, AI, and computers..." [including former PARC researcher Dave Robson] who "worked with Alan Kay, Dan Ingalls, and others at PARC's Learning Research Group on the development of the Smalltalk programming language and the pioneering notebook computer, the Dynabook."


How the Web changes your reading habits
23 June 2005 | Christian Science Monitor
by Gregory M. Lamb

"The reading experience online 'should be better than on paper,' Ed Chi says. He's part of a group at PARC developing what it calls ScentHighlights, which uses artificial intelligence to go beyond highlighting your search words in a text."


Emerging Technology: Robots
The future belongs to shape-shifting machines that don't look like humans
28 April 2005 | Discover Magazine
by Steven Johnson

"At the Palo Alto Research Center, engineers who are developing designs for self-assembling modular robots that may one day be used on space missions have constructed a variety of creepy-crawly prototypes. The most complex is PolyBot, which can transform itself into a 14-legged two-and-a-half-foot-long centipede."


AI's New Brain Wave
New research in artificial intelligence could lay the groundwork for computer systems that learn from their users and the world around them. Part four in The Future Of Software series.
25 April 2005 | InformationWeek
by Aaron Ricadela

"PARC's user-interface group published a paper describing new software called ScentHighlights that helps users skim information by extracting key sentences from an electronic book, relevant to keywords a user types in or clicks on in the text. The system, based on a PARC theory called information scent, is part of an emerging class of user interfaces that react to what gets a user's attention..."


PARC to Make TV Watching More Social
22 March 2005 | BusinessWeek Online
by Olga Kharif

"...we might all be watching TV virtually, thanks to a technology called Social TV. Being developed by scientists at the famed Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)...Social TV will allow geographically dispersed friends to chat and watch TV together."


Security counterattack
Four experts share the latest research-and-development news.
21 March 2005 | Network World Fusion
by Sandra Gittlen

"PARC is just one of many organizations focused on solving security problems that lie ahead. Among researchers' goals are reining in complexity, improving identity management and developing platforms to protect digital assets. 'If a security procedure is too difficult, users won't deploy it. They may configure it incorrectly, or they'll just switch it off.'"


Printing flexible displays
With organic semiconductors and inkjet printing, PARC looks to create cheap, flexible displays.
1 March 2005 | Pro AV
by Tim Kridel

"'We quickly decided that we wanted to combine ink jetting and solution-processed semiconductor material to see if we could inkjet transistors,' says Raj Apte, a research staff member at PARC. Today, PARC has two parallel projects: One focuses on a-Si, but replaces conventional lithographic manufacturing techniques with inkjet printing, and with an eye toward using flexible substrates. The other uses organic materials rather than silicon."


No Strings Attached
Software vendors are just starting to dream up the application that will leverage third-and fourth-generation wireless technology.
28 February 2005 | InformationWeek
by George V. Hulme and Rick Whiting

"Systems will understand what information users need for tasks at hand and provide only what's appropriate, Teresa Lunt, manager of the computer-science lab at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center says. 'We'll get creative in how information presents itself. It can come to you in the form of certain touch senses, vibration, sound, or other cues.'"


Semiconductor sources advance deeper into the ultraviolet
As violet-diode lasers become the base of a new generation of optical storage systems, developers are exploring the UV frontier of LEDs and diode lasers.
1 February 2005 | Laser Focus World

"Noble Johnson of PARC thinks his group is close to a 320 nm current-driven diode laser, but can't predict when they will reach laser threshold. 'Right now, the hurdle is to get the threshold voltages and currents down to reasonable values and we are making steady progress,' he adds."


Sensors Everywhere
A 'bucket brigade' of tiny, wirelessly networked sensors someday may be able to track anything, anytime, anywhere
24 January 2005 | InformationWeek
by Aaron Ricadela

"In December, Japanese tech conglomerate Fujitsu Ltd. disclosed a research agreement with Xerox subsidiary Palo Alto Research Center to explore equipping buildings with networked earthquake sensors, outfitting cars with wireless sensors to avoid collisions, and more."


Digital Evolution Continues with Xerox Glyphs
21 January 2005 | Sci-Tech Today
by Mike Martin

"Xerox researchers [have] been perfecting dataglyphs: tiny forward (/) or backward (\) slashes which represent the ones and zeros of binary code. These micro-marks can be embedded on nearly any kind of document, the researchers say, communicating important information to a computer while the written words on the page speak to a human being."


The Emerging World of Wireless Sensor Networks
Leading researchers in the field explore the possibilities of networking the world around us.
20 January 2005 | InformationWeek
by Aaron Ricadela

"...wireless sensor networks could lead to a more granular understanding of our surroundings. They could even be used in conjunction with radio-frequency identification to cost-efficiently identify and track items. Aaron Ricadela spoke with two prominent researchers in the field, Teresa Lunt, manager of the Palo Alto Research Center's computer science lab, and Hans Mulder, an associate director at Intel Research."


New way of talking on the phone
Mobile phones can be used as cameras, radios, MP3 players and personal organizers -- and now, they can also be used as walkie-talkies.
17 January 2005 | CNN.com International

"Already popular in the U.S., particularly with teenagers, Push to Talk (PTT) services are making their way into Europe. Dr Paul Aoki, from PARC, is one of a group of scientists who is working on software that will be able to read the level of interest of the voices of those involved in PTT conversations."


Leaps in Dispensing Change Liquid Handling Landscape
Unconventional technologies for plate loading aim to increase screening throughput and reduce wasted compounds and consumables
1 January 2005 | Drug Discovery & Development
by Sean Keating

PARC "has developed a piezoelectric ejector, or 'print head,' that integrates a fluid reservoir, piezo-actuator, and nozzle in one self-contained package. Multiple print heads can be grouped together to load 96-well plates. 'We intend them to be disposable. You fill these things up with your precious fluid, and when it's depleted you just toss it...'"


Reinventing Innovation
This first in a four part series on the future of the OEM examines new thinking and new models for how companies can gain an edge in innovation.
1 January 2005 | Electronics Supply & Manufacturing
by Crista Souza

"'Increasingly, with globalization of the industry, we see companies recognizing that there are smart people in a lot of places that don't work for them,' said Jennifer Ernst, PARC. 'There's just a receptivity in industry to bringing in ideas from outside sources, and that's where PARC fits in.'"


Fujitsu and PARC Launch Joint Research on Ubiquitous Computing
Companies to develop technologies for ubiquitous computing
13 December 2004 | InfoWorld
by Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service

"Initial work will involve networks of health care sensors that can gather information about a patient's condition at home and send it to a doctor, as well as other types of sensor networks, [PARC Computing Science Laboratory Manager Teresa] Lunt said. The deal is PARC's first such commercialization agreement since Xerox spun off the center as an independent subsidiary in 2002."


Fujitsu and PARC push ubiquitous computing
12 December 2004 | Forbes
by Robert Jaques

"The companies plan to develop technologies for a variety of environments including healthcare services, local disaster recovery systems, and personalised customer services that tie businesses and consumers together with 'ubiquitous customer relationship management'."


Conversational engagement tracked
1 December 2004 | Technology Research News
by Kimberly Patch

"As voice communication shifts from traditional telephone networks to the more flexible Internet it is becoming easier to seamlessly shift between different communication channels, said Paul Aoki, a research scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center. The system could be used to automatically adapt voice channels on-the-fly."


Electronic Paper
Continuously flexed screens would be rolled and unrolled repeatedly as a display scroll.
1 November 2004 | EETimes
by Ron Wilson

"'Right now, the industry is looking for something in between low-cost planar displays and real paper,' explained PARC area manager for hardware systems Eric Shrader. 'On the one hand, there's not really a compelling reason to abandon real paper... On the other hand, the quality of desktop displays right now is unimpeachable... So you have to find something in between those two.'"


Rising Stars of Industrial Research
Symposium recognizes the talent and innovative contributions of young R&D scientists.
20 September 2004 | Chemical & Engineering News
by Stephen K. Ritter

"Ana C. Arias, a research associate at Palo Alto Research Center spoke about using the polymers and ink-jet printing techniques to fabricate TFT arrays on flexible substrates. Potential applications include lightweight displays used as electronic paper and video monitors."


High-throughput biochemistry heats up
A calorimetric microarray a platform for high-throughput thermodynamic measurements for proteomics and drug screening.
1 September 2004 | Nature Biotechnology
by F. Raymond Salemme

"The elegance of the PARC approach lies in the integration of several elements to create a device array allowing 96 simultaneous measurements to be made on a single nanocalorimeter plate."


Sensors in the Martial Arts
29 August 2004 | CNN/Spark

SensorHogu, a martial arts scoring technology co-developed by Ed Chi of PARC and Jin Song of Stanford University is presented in this 3-minute video.


Advice + Dissent: Managing Technology
Real-time access to patient medical histories pits efficiency against privacy.
1 July 2004 | GovExec.com
by Shane Harris

Teresa Lunt [Manager, PARC Computing Science Laboratory] "says a privacy appliance could be tuned so that it would stop users from seeing too much anonymous data from multiple sources if it might, collectively, indicate who the person likely is."


Universal Display Corporation and PARC Announce Collaboration to Develop Backplane Technology for OLED Displays on Flexible Metallic Substrates
23 June 2004 | BNET

"The fabrication of the poly-Si TFT arrays at PARC builds on their long experience in developing novel TFT backplane technology for displays and image sensors, based on amorphous silicon, poly-silicon and polymer semiconductors. The PARC poly-Si technology has recently been demonstrated in image sensor arrays containing pixel amplifiers and shift registers."


Martial arts lands wireless blow
1 June 2004 | BBC News
by Alfred Hermida

"...using wireless technology, scientists at the Palo Alto Research Center in California have developed a system to measure the force of blows in the Korean sport of Tae Kwon Do. 'The reality is that various kinds of technology have been introduced in a wide variety of sports and their degree of adoption can be controversial,' says Dr. Ed Chi, PARC."


OLED Goes to Metallic Substrate
26 May 2004 | Electronic News

"...Universal Display Corp. has created a flexible OLED (FOLED) built on metallic substrate. The 6-inch by 6-inch icon-format OLED prototype was built on a 4-millimeter metallic substrate prepared by Xerox subsidiary, the Palo Alto Research Center. According to Universal Display, the novel use of metallic substrates for OLEDs is a complementary alternative to glass and plastics."


Wi-Fi Made Easy
1 May 2004 | Technology Review

"Researchers at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in California have come up with software that lets users set up secure communications between the devices in a home Wi-Fi wireless network in less than a minute. ...they hope to license the software to hardware companies this year."


Cancer detection with a laser
20 April 2004 | Geek.com
by Joshua

"Scripps-PARC has developed a technique using lasers that can detect the cancer cells in as little as two minutes— as much as 1,000 times faster than digital microscopy. PARC's head of biomedical research said, 'It's basically like scanning paper.' The technology can also be used to detect other types of cells, so the technology can be used in a wide variety of biomedical areas."


Center Uses Laser Method to See Cancer
19 April 2004 | The New York Times
by Andrew Pollack

"...the Scripps-PARC Institute for Advanced Biomedical Sciences partnership is announcing its first potential product: a system based on laser printer technology to detect cancer cells."


Sneak Peeks at Tomorrow's Office
From wraparound computer screens to "electronic assistants" that summarize data, here's what you have to look forward to.
13 April 2004 | BusinessWeek Online
by Olga Kharif

"Researchers at PARC...are developing so-called summarizing programs which should help, say, an office worker who's asked to develop a presentation on a 400-page report overnight. The program can sum up the main points and present them in grammatically correct sentences -- and in just a few pages."


PARC wants to make networks smarter, easier
8 March 2004 | Computerworld
by Stephen Lawson

"PARC's vision is that when consumers walk into a room, all the devices in that room will be able to find one another, and the user will be able to access any data or service from any of the devices on any other device, said Hermann Calabria, principal of business development, [PARC]."


PARC Aims To Smarten, Lock Down Mobile Tech
PARC's new wireless security technology -- intended to make security simple enough to be widely used -- requires a two-step, two-minute process to set up 802.1x for a WiFi logon at its highest security level, compared with a more than 30-step, 90-minute p
5 March 2004 | Tech News World
by Jay Lyman

"'These projects represent essential stepping stones -- robust, usable security and simple interoperability -- for operating in a world where computing is increasingly atomized, embedded and user-managed,' PARC president and director Mark Bernstein said."


PARC eases communications between devices
2 March 2004 | CNET News.com
by Richard Shim

"Researchers at the pioneering PARC labs have developed software that they say allows all consumer electronics devices to communicate with one another, making networked home devices easier to use. PARC is focusing on the consumer electronics market where manufacturers have said that ease-of-use and interoperability are essential to customer use."


PARC's New Networking Architecture
2 March 2004 | Slashdot
by CmdrTaco

"PARC announces a new software architecture, named Obje, to establish a device-independent networking system. Essentially, it allows two devices to teach each other how to talk amongst themselves. It does this by sending actual code over the network."


Digital Pioneers
Xerox PARC scientists honored for groundbreaking work on early computers.
25 February 2004 | San Francisco Chronicle
by Tom Abate

The National Academy of Engineering awarded the Draper Prize to Robert Taylor, Alan Kay, Charles Thacker and Butler Lampson, who "In 1971, at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, began a crash program to create personal computers that could be controlled by point-and-click commands and were linked over networks, ushering in the era of modern computing."


Xerox PARC Veterans Picked for Prestigious Draper Prize
24 February 2004 | TechNewsWorld
by John P. Mello Jr.

"The story of the first practical networked personal computer is a story that's dramatically affected all of us, but which few really know about," said NAE President William A. Wulf. "These four prize recipients were the indispensable core of an amazing group of engineering minds that redefined the nature and purpose of computing."