TrUE Alliance Innovation Genotype™ and Regional Collaborators

Tri-State University Energy Alliance

The Tri-State University Energy (TrUE) Alliance  is a collaboration between Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the University of Pittsburgh (PITT) and West Virginia University (WVU) to accelerate innovations by addressing challenges and opportunities facing the energy sector of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  Within the TrUE Alliance each university has a different focus: CWRU is focused on energy storage, PITT on the grid, CMU on energy efficiency, and WVU on shale gas. By applying the Innovation Genotype model we demonstrate a systematic method of identifying and locating suitable organizations, and people to collaborate with and or license intellectual property.
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Identifying Potentially Disruptive Innovators

Abstract: This paper examines new ways to extract more insights from the invention networks.  We have developed a way of graphing the social influence, diversity of thought and creative intensity of inventors that visually identifies people that we believe are more likely to be the source of disruptive innovations and/or influential subject matter experts.
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Thriving in the Innovation Economy through Collaborations of Government, Universities, and Industry

Abstract: Thriving in the innovation economy demands a different approach to policy and programs.  It requires a higher degree of collaboration between government, universities, and industry, and the establishment of regional innovation networks to generate new jobs and wealth.  It requires economic development policies that will facilitate the movement of intellectual property and human capital between academia, industry, and our Federal labs and institutions.  Further, it needs to be sustainable.  Thriving in the innovation economy is a journey, not a one-time event.  It is the creation of a persistent regional collective intelligence that continuously produces the innovations which are the foundation of a lasting competitive advantage.  This paper presents a new approach using Innovation Network Mapping, and the concept of an Innovation Genotype™, to accomplish these objectives.
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Innovation Network Based Economic Development

Abstract: For many regions of our nation the “old economy”, which we depended upon for decades, either doesn’t exist anymore, or is rapidly fading away. The new economy, the innovation economy, demands a new approach to economic policy and programs. It requires a higher degree of collaboration between government, academia, and the private sector, and the establishment of regional innovation networks, ecosystems, to generate new jobs and wealth. It requires economic development policies that will facilitate the movement of intellectual property and trained human capital from academia to the private sector, and leverages the inventions of our Federal labs and institutions. Further, this process needs to be sustainable. Thriving in the innovation economy is a journey, not a one-time event. It is the creation of a persistent regional collective intelligence that continuously produces the innovations that are the foundation of our competitiveness.

This white paper demonstrates the value of using Innovation Network Mapping and Innovation Genotype™ analysis to inform economic development efforts. These techniques enable economic developers to identify the technological strengths of academic, commercial, and government organizations within a city, region, or state. They enable identification of important technical domains, specific organizations, and key individuals, which if joined in collaborative networks, create a force to accelerate economic development. Finally, when combined with several network-based mechanisms for economic development, it results in the creation of a larger regional collective intelligence to drive job creation and wealth generation.
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Using IP to Visualize and Characterize an Organizations Capacity for Innovation


Innovation is a social phenomenon. New knowledge is generated and propagates at the speed of trust in connected and motivated networks of creative people. Based on work done with the US Navy this talk explains how intellectual property can be used to visualize and characterize an organization’s capacity for innovation, and further, by making the invisible innovation networks visible, how these insights can guide Leadership in designing and implementing actions to increase innovation.
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The State of Modeling & Simulation: An Inventor and Innovation Analysis

The following results of a first-order network/genetic analysis of Michigan, Texas, Alabama and Florida, in an attempt to visualize the role played by M&S in those states. These states are known to represent regions where there is a growing interest in and use of the techniques of M&S. It is hoped that these two forms of state-by-state analysis can help determine the degree to which M&S has progressed beyond the point of an enabling technology to become an emergent industry.
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COTS to the Rescue

In a previous article [Defense AT&L, September-October2005], we explored a method of leveraging the U.S. patent database to bridge the small worlds of technology and accelerate research and development (R&D). Sometimes, however, the need is so urgent that one must find commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions and press them into service as rapidly as possible.

Finding mature solutions to today’s problems is reactionary, however, and only half the answer. With the pace and complexity of modern warfare, we also need to put in place the knowledge tools and networks that will create an “innovation grid” to keep us one step ahead of tomorrow’s urgent needs.
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Bridging Small Worlds to Accelerate Innovation

The President’s Council on Competitiveness defines innovation as the ability of an organization to deliver a continuous stream of relevant products and services to its customers; and according to the National Innovation Initiative, innovation is the “single most important factor in determining America’s success through the 21st century. ”But our nation and the defense industry are facing an innovation gap. Driven by the complexity, uncertainty, and pace of world events, the demand for innovations is outstripping our ability to provide them. To close the gap and meet demand, we must innovate smarter not harder.
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