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Case-based reasoning research and development

Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning (ICCBR) edited by Ashwin Ram and Nirmalie Wiratunga

September 2011

Ubiquitous Computing for Business

A Pearson book, Financial Times Press; 2011

March 2011

Flexible electronics: materials and applications

vol. 11 of the book series: Electronic Materials: Science & Technology

2009

case studies

Uncovering new ways people use technology to connect

7 December 2012

Sony wanted to explore how people use technology to connect and share experiences and what this could mean for future consumer products and experiences. 

Turning a laboratory concept into a field-ready prototype

10 December 2008

The U.S. Army had achieved the ability to detect bioagents in lab fluids -- but doing so in dispersed water samples in the field involved greater challenges.

Designing a more engaging visitor experience

Based on observations of how Filoli visitors naturally engaged with audio guidebooks, PARC ethnographers realized that visitors wanted to listen to descriptive information together and share “listening spaces” with each other.

Going beyond usability and incremental innovation to target new markets

The projector industry has matured. Despite the increased number of competitors and need for differentiation, innovations have focused only on incremental improvements or component technologies.

Harnessing communal expertise sharing to enhance services

If Xerox could leverage service technicians' tacit and socially shared experiences into a codified expert system, it would help improve services, revenues, and customer satisfaction.

Entering an emerging product market through IP and new technology capability transfer

Dowa had significant materials expertise and in-house R&D, but lacked the knowledge to manufacture and develop an emerging product category of LED-based products.

Meeting a high-value, custom application need through low-cost, novel electronics

PARC scientists delivered the key components for a tape-like blast dosimeter with integrated memory, control electronics, and multiple sensors – which could be fabricated through printing techniques or be compatible with roll-to-roll processing (key for enabling the novel form factors and low cost), and be customized to specific application needs.

Enabling value-added offerings for new market

While BASF has significant chemistry expertise, it needed to integrate electronics into its materials to capture value-added opportunities with customers in the display market.

Creating a new media business opportunity and technology platform

2009

While global publishing company DNP had a long history of delivering information on paper and other materials, it wanted to capitalize on the emerging trend of delivering information in digital formats.

Pioneering and deploying a breakthrough consumer product

The founders of startup Powerset, Inc., were convinced that there had to be a better way for consumers to search the web.

Transforming employee learning and customer service practices

To better serve customers, reduce training costs, and increase revenue, a Fortune 500 company wanted to consolidate its fragmented call-center operations to provide a single face to customers.

Using conversational insights to guide new products

Motorola wanted to investigate sharing practices among family and friends, so it could develop personalized communications applications that helped people maintain and enhance their social bonds.

demos & tools

Parallel Grammar Project (ParGram)

producing wide coverage grammars for a variety of languages

WikiDashboard

a visualization tool for providing social transparency and dynamics for Wikipedia

MrTaggy

a social-tag based cross between a search engine and a recommendation engine for exploring topics quickly and efficiently on the web

ScanScribe

an easy-to-use image editing tool for manipulating meaningful image objects in scanned documents or screenshots

PixLabeler

pixel-level labeling of document image content for providing large-scale groundtruth data for document image recognition programs

information sheets

Filament Extension Atomizer

8 August 2016

PARC has developed the Filament Extension Atomizer (FEA) to address problems arising from difficult to spray materials. This technology is capable of spraying materials previously either difficult or impossible to spray for a wide range of applications including spray coating, particle creation, spray drying, drug delivery, or powder coatings.

Metamaterial Devices & Applications

25 July 2016

Metamaterials (i.e., engineered electromagnetic structures), are poised to disrupt industries, create entirely new markets, and change society. The ability to design and fabricate materials with new functionalities opens the door to a new world of possibilities ¾it is now possible to realize Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak and optical black holes, which we once thought was impossible. Beyond the realms of science fiction, metamaterials can be tailored to either augment the functionality of existing devices or create new devices with superior performances.

Metamaterials-Enabled Passive Radiative Cooling Films

17 February 2016

PARC is developing massively scalable and low-cost metamaterial films that can “self-cool” in broad daylight, without the need for electricity or consumption of water. The focus of the ARPA-E project is in dissipating heat loads to increase thermal power plant efficiency, especially in conjunction with other dry cooling approaches.

Condition Based Maintenance

1 January 2016

The reliability of fielded infrastructure systems is increasingly becoming a major concern as they age and operational budgets to maintain them get stretched.  PARC’s CBM technology suite empowers engineers, operators, and maintenance personnel to improve the reliability and maintainability of critical systems.

Spectrally-Selective Metamaterials for Thermophotovoltaics

1 January 2015

PARC is developing a spectrally-selective metamaterial emitter with an engineered emission spectrum that matches the spectral response of a low-bandgap photovoltaic (PV) cell (e.g. made of GaSb), allowing for an efficient way to convert heat directly and efficiently to electricity.

High-Performance Structured Battery Electrodes

1 June 2014

PARC offers a proven co-extrusion printing technique, CoEx, that can enhance both the energy and power densities of batteries. A cost-effective way to manufacture structured electrodes, this technique can be applied to both cathodes and anodes for most mature battery chemistries.

PARSE: Low-cost Sorting for Scrap Recycling Industry

6 May 2014

Take our light-metal sorting survey! Please click here.

Current sorting technologies for light metals are either too costly or ineffective, and therefore certain aluminum recycling streams are shipped overseas for sorting and recycling. We want to add value to the US recycling industry by improving the quality of their scrap streams through low-cost sorting.

Printed Integral Batteries

19 February 2014

PARC offers a novel co-extrusion printing technique that enables the printing of a full-thickness battery cathode, anode, and separator in a signle pass to dramatically improve battery performance and reduce production costs.

Very High Specific Power III-IV Solar Cells in a Rugged, Flexible, Low-Cost "Solar Blanket"

19 February 2014

PARC, together with Triton Systems and PV Scientific, is developing a flexible solar blanket based on micro-optic solar concentrators and high efficiency III-V solar cells.  This combination offers the best possible tradeoff among cost, weight, flexibility and efficiency.

Threat-Adaptive Installation Energy Management

19 February 2014

PARC is developing advanced energy management technologies capable of co-optimizing mission-critical energy needs with the economic value of energy assets

Adaptive Current-Collector Electrochemical Systems (ACES)

19 February 2014

PARC is developing an intrinsically safe battery architecture for high-assurance military applications.  Utilizing thin film electronic components, the flow of current is controlled locally so that the battery's output stays within safe limits at all times.

Hydrodynamic Separation: Innovative solutions for wastewater treatment

24 October 2013

PARC’s Hydrodynamic Separation (HDS) provides a compact, low-energy, cost-efficient method of concentrating biomass in wastewater processes.

PARC at-a-glance [fact sheet]

1 April 2012

An overview of PARC at a glance.

The Business of Breakthroughs [brochure]

1 April 2012

PARC corporate brochure. Provides an overview of why to work with us, what we do, ways to work with us, track record of companies and contributions, and client criteria.

Hydrodynamic separation: Cost-effective dewatering of microalgae for biofuels

2 March 2012

PARC’s hydrodynamic separation (HDS) innovation provides a compact, low-energy, cost-effective method to dewater microalgae for biofuels and other applications.

Optics and Optical Systems Services

1 March 2012

Companies, both large and small, can now take advantage of PARC’s expertise in leading-edge optics and optical systems development to further their business goals. PARC’s capabilities today include micro and large-area imaging and non-imaging optical system designs, prototyping, process optimization, and transfer to manufacturing.

LED and Laser Diode Services

1 January 2012

PARC offers a superior combination of world-class technical expertise, fully integrated on-site development and prototyping infrastructure, and the ability to develop new processes in a commercial MOCVD reactor that are readily transferable to high-volume full-production systems.

Printed and Flexible Electronics Services: Development and optimization of materials and devices

1 December 2011

Targeted primarily at suppliers and developers of substrate materials and printable semiconductors, dielectrics and metals, this suite of services provides development and optimization of materials and devices for many applications such as displays, sensing, and processing.

Printed and Flexible Electronics Services: Application Development

1 December 2011

Targeted at companies and institutions interested in developing products based on printed or flexible electronics, this suite of services provides design and fabrication of “proof of concept” level demonstrators.

Printed and Flexible Electronics Services: Full System Prototyping

1 December 2011

This suite of services is targeted at clients who require hardened prototypes to demonstrate their materials, fabrication tools or circuit product ideas.

Methods for Ethnography: REACT

1 September 2011

Ethnographic insights have the power to fundamentally change perceptions, but it is often difficult to share observation-based insights out of context, and many clients don’t have the time to participate in workshops to absorb insights. PARC's Rapid Ethnographic Assessment and Communication Technique (REACT) compresses the ethnography process into a relatively short period of time and delivers findings that are essentially "self-presenting"…

Intelligent Automation

31 December 2010

PARC’s integrated planning + control platform (“Plantrol”) enables enterprises in a number of industries to build modular systems that operate intelligently for higher flexibility and availability, with shorter development and testing timeframes than traditional automation approaches.

Low-cost mobile robotic mapping, localization, navigation

31 December 2010

PARC’s Mobile Entity Localization and Tracking (MELT) enables new indoor service, networking, and surveillance applications.

ClawConnect™ Compliant High-Density Interconnect

1 December 2010

PARC has invented and developed the ClawConnect™ compliant, high-density, interconnect (HDI) platform technology. This technology enables ultra-thin, ultra-small, high-performance solutions -- with low total cost of ownership and without sacrificing quality and reliability.

Social Analytics and Collaboration Applications

31 December 2009

PARC is modeling people’s behavior in social systems to develop solutions that enhance the usability and value of social analytics and collaboration systems.

Pioneering Ubiquitous Information Services [Fujitsu Journal reprint]

30 March 2006

Fujitsu's report on innovating with PARC-- in English and Japanese.

PARC Place Brochure

PARC Place 

Leverage Disruptive Technology for Competitive Advantage 

PARC Place is an invitation-only, facilitated executive innovation program, designed to keep you abreast of the critical disruptive technologies reaching the marketplace and to enable you to select and deploy the right ones for your business to gain a strategic advantage. 

Why Join PARC Place? 

› Identify early trends across industries and technologies, illuminating potential breakthrough applications 

› Cross-pollinate and capture ideas from the outside to benefit from insights and solutions used in non-competitive industries 

› Rapidly respond to market changes and increase speed to market

Hyperspectral Imaging Technology

PARC has developed a hyperspectral imaging technology with the potential
to be integrated into just about any existing imaging system. The technology
demands a minimal cost and size overhead as it relies on a liquid crystal layer about as thick as a human hair.

Embedded Fiber-Optic Sensing

PARC is working to commercialize a cost-effective solution for embedded high-fidelity, real-time battery sensing to provide unprecedented accuracy in measuring State of Charge (SoC) and State of Health (SoH).

Automated System Fault Modeling

PARC’s cloud-based fault analysis technology can automatically augment system models with a comprehensive list of fault modes and reason about how they affect system performance. Through automated fault analysis this tool suite gives system designers and engineers the insight of reliability experts.  It condenses design cycles and lowers development costs, allowing manufacturers to converge rapidly on a set of highly resilient system designs.

CCN protocol: Relieve telecommunications backhaul congestion

PARC has developed a communications protocol complementing existing IP infrastructure to dramatically reduce backhaul congestion on telecommunications networks.

PARC Engage Fact Sheet

PARC Engage is a service that explores how different

technology opportunities and technology-based

solutions can impact your business, and guides you

toward the best option. Our process helps to

thoughtfully and strategically turn your company’s

vision and growth ambition into an actionable

roadmap toward new offerings.

Get the holistic approach you need with the right

balance of knowledge and pragmatic action to get more

from your innovation investment. Gain immediate access

to our top experts and disruptive technologies.

technical publications

Toward Interactive Relational Learning

Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-16)

12 February 2016

Heat-Switch-Based Electrocaloric Cooling (invited)

Winton Meeting on Caloric Materials

11 February 2016

AlGaN-based ultraviolet laser diodes

III-Nitride Ultraviolet Emitters - Technology & Applications

1 December 2015

A Wearable and Mobile Intervention Delivery System for Individuals with Panic Disorder

The 14th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia

1 December 2015

Scalable Relational Learning for Large Heterogeneous Networks

IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics

19 October 2015

Printed Gas Sensor Network for Methane Leak Detection

CH4 Connections 2015

6 October 2015

A heat-switch-based electrocaloric cooler

Applied physics letter

25 September 2015

Achieving Privacy, Efficiency and Fault Tolerance in Aggregate Computations on Massive Star Networks

IEEE Workshop on Information Forensics and Security 2015

16 September 2015

Effective Interdisciplinary & Multidisciplinary Collaboration

2015 US Frontiers of Engineering- National Academy of Engineering

10 September 2015

Towards a Mobile and Wearable System for Predicting Panic Attacks

The 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2015)

7 September 2015

Automatic Spatial Planning For Machining

IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering

25 August 2015

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recent resources

Filament Extension Atomizer

PARC has developed the Filament Extension Atomizer (FEA) to address problems arising from difficult to spray materials. This technology is capable of spraying materials previously either difficult or impossible to spray for a wide range of applications including spray coating, particle creation, spray drying, drug delivery, or powder coatings.

Metamaterial Devices & Applications

Metamaterials (i.e., engineered electromagnetic structures), are poised to disrupt industries, create entirely new markets, and change society. The ability to design and fabricate materials with new functionalities opens the door to a new world of possibilities ¾it is now possible to realize Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak and optical black holes, which we once thought was impossible. Beyond the realms of science fiction, metamaterials can be tailored to either augment the functionality of existing devices or create new devices with superior performances.

Additive Manufacturing: Re-thinking Battery Design