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  • Biometrics at the Perimeter: Keep Threats Out and Business Moving

    Biometrics at the Perimeter: Keep Threats Out and Business Moving

    From high school basketball games to sophisticated military operations, a strong perimeter is the first line of defense.  The challenge for commercial security is strengthening the perimeter without affecting business. Access control is a high priority for secure infrastructures such as nuclear power plants, corporate offices, universities, and financial buildings. The faster security can accurately…

  • Evidence Shows How the Right Use of Technology Can Increase Math Learning

    Evidence Shows How the Right Use of Technology Can Increase Math Learning

    SRI researchers published a series of studies that examine whether technology is effective and how it helps. Our findings show that technology can increase students’ understanding of math concepts, but only as part of a more comprehensive learning approach—one that also includes curricular content and teacher professional development.

  • SXSW: Sharing SRI’s Secrets to Successful Innovation

    SXSW: Sharing SRI’s Secrets to Successful Innovation

    This past weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking at SXSW. My session on “commercialization secrets at SRI” was over-subscribed, with a few hundred attending, and many being turned away. This was a pleasant surprise, given the time of the talk was 9:30am on a Saturday morning! Anthony Ha of TechCrunch was a superb interviewer, and for…

  • Growing the Bay Area Robotics Scene: Nine Companies to Watch

    Growing the Bay Area Robotics Scene: Nine Companies to Watch

    Silicon Valley Robotics (SVR) recently held its first Investor Breakfast at SRI headquarters in Menlo Park, with kudos from attending investors and the 10 participating early-stage companies. Part of SVR’s mission is to help nurture early-stage robotics companies in the greater Silicon Valley area. Both a growing list of start-up robotics companies in the Bay Area…

  • Continuing the Conversation: Engaging Industry and Students in STEM Middle Skill Jobs

    Continuing the Conversation: Engaging Industry and Students in STEM Middle Skill Jobs

    Discussion Thread 2: How Can We Encourage Greater Engagement of Students in Middle-skill STEM fields? Our research has found that workforce educators face students who are diverse in preparation, background, and goals, and so engaging such a diverse group poses a constant challenge. In our work, we have found: Students crave opportunities to try out…

  • Continuing the Conversation: Engaging Industry and Students in STEM Middle Skill Jobs

    Continuing the Conversation: Engaging Industry and Students in STEM Middle Skill Jobs

    Discussion Thread 3: What Are Some of the Innovative Directions That Can Support Workforce Training? In our study, we have found a few different types of innovation: Industry offering internships with relevant community college courses right on the factory floor, where students work 3 days and study 2 days and see the relevance of what…

  • Arecibo Observatory: 50 Years of Discovery in Astronomy, Space, and Atmospheric Science

    Arecibo Observatory: 50 Years of Discovery in Astronomy, Space, and Atmospheric Science

    Located in Puerto Rico, the William E. Gordon telescope at the site is the world’s largest, most sensitive single-dish radio telescope.

  • Continuing the Conversation: Engaging Industry and Students in STEM Middle Skill Jobs

    Continuing the Conversation: Engaging Industry and Students in STEM Middle Skill Jobs

    Discussion Thread 1: How Can We Foster Partnerships between Community Colleges and Industry? Our research has found that the more community colleges collaborate with local industry partners, the more “partnership capital” they develop, which leads to benefits such as: Greater responsiveness to changes in local economy, policy initiatives, and funding opportunities Greater innovation in instructional…

  • Engaging Industry and Students in STEM Middle Skill Jobs

    Engaging Industry and Students in STEM Middle Skill Jobs

    At the Feb. 25 “Engaging Industry and Students in Workforce Education Partnerships” webinar (see video below), we began the conversation about how community colleges and industry can collaboratively transform workforce education in the U.S. We hope to continue the conversation here and invite you to contribute to our research by entering your ideas below about…

  • Enabling Widespread Use of Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel

    Enabling Widespread Use of Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel

    U.S. natural gas production has surged in recent years and prices have dropped, reigniting interest in natural gas (NG) as a transportation fuel. Advantages include its domestic availability, low cost, and clean-burning qualities. Factors that have slowed widespread use—especially in light-duty passenger vehicles—include limited public fueling infrastructure, limited range compared to comparable gasoline-powered vehicles, and…

  • Enabling the Intelligence Enterprise to Empower Soldiers at the Forward Edge

    Enabling the Intelligence Enterprise to Empower Soldiers at the Forward Edge

    Forward-deployed troops in the U.S. Army need access to targeting, reconnaissance, and surveillance information from the enterprise of networks—the Army’s integrated communications infrastructure. As emerging technologies produce ever more data, the challenge is to provide soldiers with the most relevant information as quickly as possible. Troops at the forward edge—the front line—need real-time command information…

  • Building Tempo AI: SRI’s Newest Spin-Off Wants to Smarten Your Calendar

    Building Tempo AI: SRI’s Newest Spin-Off Wants to Smarten Your Calendar

    Tempo Smart Calendar for iPhone pulls everything you need for your next event and makes your calendar actionable, saving time and increasing productivity When I joined SRI Ventures as an entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) in 2011, I thought I would develop an idea, recruit my co-founders, and build a product within the first six months. As I’ve experienced,…