Exploratory Research: Hybridizing Internal & External Innovation


Date Thursday February 24th 2005
Time 4:00-5:00pm
Venue George E. Pake Auditorium

PARC Forum

Intel’s exploratory research program is a coordinated effort involving four key components: university research grants, open and collaborative research labs located adjacent to major universities, corporate venturing, and proprietary strategic research projects. This talk describes how Intel developed its exploratory model which fosters collaboration enabling research to be carried out concurrently in different venues to produce enhanced results and accelerated technology transfer.


David Tennenhouse is an Intel Vice President in the Corporate Technology Group and Director of Research. He has been one of the pioneers of Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) networking, Active networks, Software Radio, and Desktop Media processing.

Tennenhouse previously served as Chief Scientist and Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Information Technology Office. At DARPA, he directed a research program focusing on information technology issues of strategic concern to the U.S. government. As Office Director, Tennenhouse formulated DARPA's PRO-Active Computing research strategy which emphasizes the networking of embedded and autonomous systems. He was also a key player in the development of the U.S. government's Information Technology for the 21st Century (IT2) initiative.

Tennenhouse received his B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. degrees from the University of Toronto. In 1989, he completed his Ph.D. at the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge. He then joined MIT, where he held appointments in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and in the Sloan School of Management.

In addition to his research activities, Tennenhouse has been actively involved in the development of commercial technologies and business strategies. He is one of the founders of a consulting firm with expertise in fault tolerant transaction processing and has been a consultant to a range of technology, venture capital and financial organizations.

Dr. Tennenhouse is a member of the ACM and a Fellow of the IEEE. Dr. Tennenhouse is currently a Director of the Computing Research Association (CRA), a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) Directorate and a member of the Defense Science Board Task Force on High Performance Microchip Supply. He is also a member of the Dean's Advisory Board of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science and on the Industrial Advisory Board of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Tennenhouse previously served on the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, was a member of the National Science and Technology Council's Sub-committee on Computing Information and Communications R & D, and chaired the Technology & Policy Working Group of the President's Information Infrastructure Task Force. In addition to his journal and conference publications, Dr. Tennenhouse has chaired various workshops and studies concerned with Information Infrastructure, ATM/Gigabit networking, and Advanced Digital Television (HDTV).

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