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Spirit of Innovation: The SRI Model
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Highlands Room
This event is for JMU faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders.
Presentation on innovation by Dr. Curtis R. Carlson, President and CEO of SRI.
Founded as a center of innovation and research at Stanford University, SRI International became an independent nonprofit research institute in 1970, and remains a recognized leader in Silicon Valley’s innovation ecosystem. SRI’s research has generated over 1,000 patents, and touches on virtually every sector in the U.S. economy, including (but not limited to): banking, robotics, national security, economic development, energy and environmental technology, biomedicine, atmospheric research, computing, and sensing technologies. One of SRI’s most widely recognizable innovations revolutionized personal computing—the computer mouse.
Other discoveries attributed to SRI during the early history of computing are the “Windows” concept, hypertext, and videoconferencing. Countless people around the world have benefited from SRI’s drug development programs, which produced Halofantrine, a drug used to treat malaria. In order to further their biological research, SRI established the Center for Advanced Drug Research (CADRE) in the Rockingham Center for Research and Technology, located just north of Harrisonburg. A more recent technological innovation in the field of communications is Siri, the virtual personal assistant for Apple’s iPhone. Launched in October of 2011, Siri was made possible as a result of decades of SRI research in artificial intelligence and leadership of the Personalized Assistant that Learns (PAL) Program.