Monday, June 18, 2012

Video: Keynote at Research to Standards workshop

Here's the video of my keynote (joinly with Steve Bush) at the Research to Standards workshop on June 10, alongside ICC 2012 in Ottawa.

"Standards and Innovation in Emerging Technologies: Why Industry and Academia Need Each Other"

This is a playlist. You can also see it directly on YouTube.

Abstract and speaker bios after the jump.


There is a large gap between industry and academia. Industry views academia as publication-focused: insular (professors only talk to other professors), ungrounded in reality, and reinventing the wheel (unaware of the vast amount of Intellectual Property that already exists). Academia views industry as money-focused: driven by the bottom-line, innovating both too narrowly and too quickly (perhaps running in circles), and too product-focused. Both sides have much to learn from each other with emphasis on understanding "innovation" to close this gap. Moreover, standards can be used as an interface between academia and industry. Innovation is apparent in the process of research and the intellectual property process but often less apparent in standards. How do standards help increase innovation rather than hinder it, as is often perceived? And how can standardization help bridge the academic-industrial gap? We examine these questions, particularly looking at our experiences in nanoscale networking.


Stephen F. Bush is a researcher in Algorithmic Communications Network Theory at the GE Global Research Center. Stephen explores novel concepts in complexity and algorithmic information theory for applications ranging from network management and wireless ad hoc networking to RNA sequence analyses and novel concepts in nanotechnology-based networking. Dr. Bush was presented with a Gold Cup Trophy Award from DARPA for his work in fault tolerant networking. Stephen F. Bush received the B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, M.S. degree in computer science from Cleveland State University, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Kansas. He is currently a researcher at General Electric Global Research, Niskayuna, NY. He is the author of Nanoscale Communication Networks (Norwood, MA: Artech House, 2010). He coauthored a book on active network management, titled Active Networks and Active Network Management: A Proactive Management Framework (New York, NY: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2001). He is an internationally recognized researcher in Active Networking and Algorithmic Communications Networking Theory with over 75 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Bush is the past chair of the IEEE Emerging Technical Subcommittee on Nanoscale, Molecular, and Quantum Networking and currently chair for the IEEE 1906.1 standards working group on nanoscale communication networks. Dr. Bush is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer on the smart grid and nanoscale communication networks. He is also on the steering committee for the IEEE Smart Grid Vision Project.

Andrew W. Eckford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at York University, Toronto. With over 50 publications in the peer-‐reviewed literature, Dr. Eckford is a noted expert on nanoscale networking and cutting-‐edge communication technologies; his research has been profiled in media including ACM TechNews and Technology Review. Dr. Eckford received the B.Eng. degree from the Royal Military College of Canada, and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto, all in electrical engineering. Dr. Eckford is the vice-chair of the IEEE 1906.1 standards working group on nanoscale communication networks, and he is a recipient of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario Gold Medal. 

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