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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity (OE) Delivery & Energy Reliability Announces Investment in New Research to Improve Grid Reliability and Resilience through the Expanded Use of Distributed Energy Resources
13 June 2017 | Energy.gov
by Patricia A. Hoffman

The OE is investing nearly $10 million in early stage research intended to help utilities make more informed decisions about — and expand the deployment of — distributed energy resources such as solar photovoltaics, combustion engines, and energy storage systems onto the grid.

PARC’s TRANSENSOR: Transformer Real-time Assessment Intelligent System with Embedded Network of Sensors and Optical Readout project is one of seven projects selected for funding. PARC will develop, prototype and demonstrate TRANSENSOR, an innovative, low-cost optically based monitoring system that will increase the capacity of grid infrastructure to accommodate accelerating the integration of distributed energy resources.

 

Swinburne Partners With PARC, a Global Leader in Technology Innovation
3 May 2017 | Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne has signed a new partnership agreement with PARC, a Xerox company, to globalise the university’s strengths in data science, data driven manufacturing systems and smart structures. 

“We’re excited to work with Swinburne to develop innovative programs in the areas that are impacting the growth of the IoT and industrial IoT,” PARC’s Director of Business Development Aki Ohashi, says.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

PARC Launches Condition-Based Maintenance Platform
1 July 2016 | IOT Journal

PARC, a Xerox-owned technology-development company, has launched a platform to enable companies to monitor the health, safety and performance of their equipment. Called the Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) platform, it is a suite of software and hardware products that collect data from sensors and other sources and then process that information using such tools as machine diagnostics, machine learning and predictive analytics.

 

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

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

report by the Council's Economic Institute touts California's growing manufacturing sector — especially in beverages, fabricated metals, machinery, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment and supplies — and suggests ways to make its growth more robust.

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

 

5 Things You Need to Know About the State of Energy Innovation
Highlights from the 2016 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit
15 March 2016 | City of Fremont, California
by Christina Briggs

The IoT “revolution" is making energy democracy a reality. Kicking off the Summit, Xerox CTO Dr. Sophie Vandebroek gave an impassioned speech about the importance of democratizing energy — increasing competition and providing people with greater choice for energy sources. Through its Silicon Valley research institute, PARC, Xerox is working toward commercial applications in gas monitoring systems (preventing methane leaks), sensor technologies to improve battery stability, and mobility marketplace tools.

 

Innovation and Technology at Xerox PARC, with Stephen Hoover, CEO
47 minute video
8 December 2015 | CXO Talk
by Michael Krigsman, interviewer

Some of the topics in this conversation include PARC’s history creating “the office of the future,” its open innovation business model as a wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox, current innovation areas and commercial offerings, the future of work, and embracing risk.

 

Teaching Machines to Learn on Their Own
Stephen Hoover, CEO of Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, talks with Scientific American tech editor Larry Greenemeier about the revolution underway in machine learning, in which the machine eventually programs itself
10 November 2015 | Scientific American
by Larry Greenemeier

Over the next decade or so, machines will more easily mimic inherently human abilities. And they’ll learn to do it much the same way we do — through experience.

“Experience” in this case means computers will be fed data patterns over and over again until they’re able to automatically identify a particular sound or image on their own. This process is called machine learning.

To better understand the dawn of intelligent machines and what it means for our daily lives, I spoke with Stephen Hoover, CEO of Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, at a recent Intelligent Assistants conference in New York City.

 

Fiber-Optic Sensors Enable Smart Battery Charge Management
7 October 2015 | Electronic Design
by James Morra

In the pursuit of more efficient and low-cost designs, a growing number of battery storage devices are turning to embedded fiber-optic sensors and machine learning to optimize the main battery charge. PARC is partnering with LG Chem Power Inc. to develop such a battery management system, with an initial focus on lithium-ion battery packs used in hybrid and electric (xEV) vehicles.
 
The Smart Embedded Network of Sensors with Optical Readout (SENSOR) is capable of monitoring cell degradation and health information (SoX), in addition to predicting remaining battery life. During initial validation, the system demonstrated “2.5% or better SOX accuracy across various xEV use-cases” at both the cell and module levels, explains Ajay Raghavan, research area manager at PARC and the principal investigator of the technology.

 

Fiber Sensor Systems for Automotive Applications (video)
An optically based smart monitoring system prototype for battery packs promises better range and greater efficiency for electric vehicles.
23 September 2015 | SPIE.TV

PARC Principal Scientist Peter Kiesel describes fiber sensor systems for automotive applications.
 
Under the ARPA-E Advanced Management and Protection of Energy-Storage Devices (AMPED) program for advanced battery management systems, PARC, a Xerox company, and LG Chem Power (LGCPI) are developing SENSOR (Smart Embedded Network of Sensors with an Optical Readout), an optically based smart monitoring system prototype for battery packs. The system will use fiber optic sensors embedded inside Lithium-ion battery cells to measure parameters indicative of cell state online, such as state-of-charge (SOC) and state-of-health (SOH).
 
The team has already presented exciting results achieved over the project's first half focused on cell-level state features detectable, initial SOX algorithm development, low-cost optical readout development, and early validation test results at SPIE DSS 2015 and elsewhere.

 

PARC and LG Chem Power Advance Development of SENSOR to Improve Battery Performance
14 July 2015 | The Battery Show News

PARC, a Xerox company, has announced the final stages of development with LG Chem Power, having successfully transitioned to module-level testing of SENSOR, a next-generation fiber-optic sensing battery management system, with specific initial focus on hybrid and electric vehicles (xEVs).

The SENSOR system uses PARC’s compact wavelength-shift detection technology, along with its machine learning and sensor network expertise for effective real-time performance management and optimized battery design to enable cheaper, lighter and more reliable battery packs. Capabilities range from accurately inferring cell state and health information to predicting remaining life. The resulting commercial xEV-grade battery module with embedded optical sensors and readout unit will undergo industry-standard validation.

 

Sensors Could Make Electric-Car Batteries Smaller and Cheaper
ARPA-E says better sensors and controls could allow automakers to cut battery size by 20 to 50 percent.
30 August 2013 | MIT Technology Review
by Kevin Bullis

"Electric-vehicle battery packs could shrink 20 to 30 percent, and make electric vehicles more affordable, if new sensors were developed to monitor the cells in a pack, according to the U.S. government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E). The agency says such sensors could have an even greater effect on hybrid gas-electric vehicle batteries, causing them to shrink by half.

Better sensors could tell what’s happening inside each of the hundreds of cells that make up an electric vehicle’s battery pack, allowing automakers to safely store more energy in them. A $30 million ARPA-E program that’s been underway for about a year is seeking to develop the necessary technology."

 

The Three Biggest Aviation Advances From This Year
How RFID tags, carbon-fiber airframes, and battery sensors will change the course of flight
5 June 2013 | Popular Science
by David Hambling

"Batteries are little black boxes of chemistry, and when they fail, it can be hard to diagnose the problem. Scientists at PARC have embedded batteries with fiber-optic sensors. With internal data, engineers could optimize performance in real time or pinpoint the source of a problem to fix the trouble in future designs."

 

$4 Million To Improve Battery Performance
20 September 2012 | Hybrid Cars
by Philippe Crowe

"PARC announced yesterday it has signed a $4 million contract with the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) under the program for Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED).

This contract will have PARC, along with project partner LG Chem Power Inc. (LGCPI), a subsidiary of LG Chem, develop a fiber optic monitoring system capable of providing detailed information about the internal condition of batteries. The end goal is to allow batteries to perform better in applications such as electric vehicles (EVs)."

 

Sensors Are Key to Better EV Batteries
ARPA-E wants to get more out of lithium-ion batteries
7 September 2012 | IEEE Spectrum
by Prachi Patel

ARPA-E has awarded more than $4 million to PARC.

"The PARC team has developed a wavelength-shift detector about the size of a quarter. A single detector could handle optical fibers from many battery cells, and it should cost only a few hundred dollars, as opposed to $10 000-plus for conventional detectors, which require lasers and charge-coupled device arrays...

One of the project’s goals is to figure out the best set of internal variables to monitor in a battery, says Raghavan. The researchers are also developing intelligent algorithms that would read the raw data from the sensors and translate it into relevant numbers for a car’s battery-management system...Battery maker LG Chem Power, a partner on the project, will test the fiber-optic sensors in real batteries."

 

Men, women – and machines
The rise of interconnected digital machines is threatening to change our economy in profound ways
9 December 2011 | Financial Times
by Gillian Tett

"One might almost call these machines the third great sex: in the labour market now, it is not simply a question of men versus women, but men, women – and machines.

Does this matter? Brian Arthur, an esteemed economist, scientist and visiting scholar at PARC, thinks it does. For the crucial thing to understand about these new digitised machines…is that they are not automating human processes; …these machines have been communicating with each other and interacting with decreasing human oversight. The net result is the rise of a second, 'digitized economy', which is operating alongside the 'real' human world – and threatening to change our economy in profound ways."

 

NASA ARC Award
FRACSAT: An integrated Lifecycle Decision Support Toolkit for Fractionated Spacecraft Architectures
13 May 2011 | SpaceRef
by Ames Research Center

"PARC and its partners will design, develop, and deliver an integrated lifecycle decision-support toolkit for fractionated spacecraft architectures. When completed, the FRACSAT toolkit will enable space mission designers to rapidly generate feasible mission architectures, select optimal design solutions given programmatic uncertainty, justify the business case using mission-relevant cost and benefit metrics, and adapt to unforeseen events or changes during the program lifecycle for maximum mission impact."