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SRI International Celebrates 65 Years of Innovation
MENLO PARK, CA — November 4, 2011 — On Nov. 6, SRI International celebrates 65 years of transformational innovations. Since 1946, when SRI (then named Stanford Research Institute) was established to conduct research and development and stimulate the post-World War II economy, SRI has been pioneering solutions that are part of our daily lives.
From the introduction of interactive computing and the computer mouse in the 1960s to recent advances such as the Siri virtual personal assistant, minimally invasive telerobotic surgery, and electroactive polymer "artificial muscle," SRI researchers and technologists continue to build on a rich legacy and push the boundaries of what is possible.
"In today's innovation-based economy, the world is limited only by people with the skills that allow development of the abundant opportunities before us," said Curtis R. Carlson, Ph.D., SRI’s president and chief executive officer. "SRI's many R&D successes are the result of terrific staff members with the passion to deliver on our founding mission: discovery and the application of science and technology for knowledge, commerce, prosperity, and peace. Our approach, which we call the Five Disciplines of Innovation®, is designed to create high-value solutions for our clients and partners."
Today, SRI's 2,100-plus staff members in Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., Princeton, NJ, and around the world work in multidisciplinary teams to address some of the most challenging problems of our time, such as the need for life-saving drugs and clean energy, security of physical and Internet infrastructures, and new educational methods that will develop the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Over the years, SRI's innovations have been meeting important customer and market needs and have created new industries and billions of dollars in market value. To date, SRI has launched more than 40 new ventures. Four spin-offs are now publicly traded and have a combined market capitalization of more than $20 billion.
A Sampling of Recent SRI Breakthroughs that Impact Our Lives
SRI Brings Artificial Intelligence to Consumers with Siri
SRI technology is transforming communication and human-computer interaction. Decades of SRI research in artificial intelligence, including leadership of the largest known artificial intelligence project in U.S. history, led to the development of the groundbreaking virtual personal assistant technology called Siri. SRI spun off Siri, Inc. in 2007 to bring the technology to consumers. In April 2010, Apple acquired Siri, and in October 2011, Siri was unveiled as an integrated feature of the Apple iPhone 4S.
SRI Improves Video Chat on Android
Earlier this year, SRI video stabilization technology was embedded into Google Talk applications on Android® devices—improving the user experience for video conversations, even if someone is moving.
SRI Leads U.S. Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan
The 2010 National Education Technology Plan, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology, calls for revolutionary transformation of education so that successful programs are brought to scale and every student has the opportunity to take advantage of their success.
Cancer Drug Co-Developed by SRI Saves Lives
In 2009, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved pralatrexate for the treatment of relapsed or refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL). Research on drugs of this class began at SRI in the 1950s.
A Rich Legacy of Innovation
Additional SRI innovations span a wide range of technical disciplines and global markets:
- Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
- Computing and Internet
- Biomedical Sciences and Health
- Vision and Image Processing
A comprehensive timeline of the first 65 years of SRI's growth and innovations can be found online.