Future concepts

Building on a legacy of breakthrough innovations

In 2023, the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) joined SRI, bringing together two iconic Silicon Valley research organizations to build, expand, and scale capabilities, and offer an even more diverse technology set for our government and commercial customers. It formed the foundation for SRI’s sixth division – the Future Concepts division. With expertise across numerous areas, including developing solutions for a more sustainable world and creating a digital future for the workplace, the division puts a premium on developing integrated concepts for complex problems and driving and catalyzing collaboration across SRI. The labs in the Future Concepts division focus on basic research and real-world applications by creating and maturing breakthrough technologies. 

80+ Researchers across two labs

50+ Years of extraordinary innovations

50+Projects in 2023

“As a division within SRI, we deliver solutions across a wide range of technologies, especially as we grapple with global issues like climate and energy. We are a passionate group of scientists and engineers with a solid track record of innovation in creating new technologies and bringing them to the world for the benefit of humanity.”   

Jan VandenbrandeSenior Vice President Future Concepts division

Find out about our labs

Developing climate solutions to produce less and sequester CO2, expend less energy, and cool the planet

Delivering novel and ubiquitous sensing through device fabrication and edge analytics 

Creating new materials that perform in new ways 

Engineering bio-devices for cell screening, drug discovery, and drug delivery 

Offering our fully developed cleanroom to design, develop, fabricate, prototype, and scale device production

Working with partners to bring technologies to market 

Developing and embedding resilience into autonomous systems 

Enabling human-machine collaboration to enable physical task guidance 

Meshing AI with physics models across applications to inform and assist people 

Providing security at scale by modeling both the physical and cyber domain of real-world distributed systems  

Democratizing the next generation of design and digital manufacturing

Real-world impact