Stanford EE Computer Systems Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, Oct 08, 2008
HP Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B03

Excubate: A new model of new technology business development

Ted Selker
MIT Media Lab
About the talk:

Innovation cultures exist in self funded and venture funded entrepreneurial activities, universities, and large research labs. What are the various values and strengths of the different models for innovation business development ? This the talk will expand beyond the problems of open innovation and offer a new entrepreneurial investment model which can increases innovation's chances for success.

Excubation will support ideas and people though competitions to reduce risks of starting new technology companies. A prototyping team will create competing new ideas to find ones that could make great companies. The successful ideas then become part of open funded competitions to test market viability and teams that might take the company forward. The original prototyping team and serious business experts are part of evaluating and mentoring the participants to create successful technology companies.


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About the speaker:

Dr. Ted Selker develops and tests new user experiences. He spent ten years as an associate professor at the MIT Media Laboratory where he ran the Context Aware Computing group, co-directed the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, and directed the Counter Design Intelligence: product design of the future project. His work is noted for creating demonstrations of a world in which human intentions are recognized and respected in complex domains, such as kitchens, cars, on phones, and in email. Ted's work takes the form of prototyping concept products supported by cognitive science research.

Prior to joining the MIT faculty in November 1999, Ted was an IBM fellow and directed the User Systems Ergonomics Research Lab. He has served as a consulting professor at Stanford University, worked at Xerox PARC and Atari Research Labs, and taught at Hampshire College, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Brown University.

Ted's research has contributed to products ranging from notebook computers to operating systems. For example, his design of the TrackPoint in-keyboard pointing device is currently used in many notebooks, his visualizations have been responsible for performance and usability improvements in products, and his adaptive help system has been part of many IT products as well. Ted's work has resulted in numerous awards, patents, and papers and has often been featured in the press. He was co-recipient of the Computer Science Policy Leader Award for Scientific American 50 in 2004 and the American Association for People with Disabilities Thomas Paine Award for his work on voting technology in 2006.

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