Research Management and Dissemination of Results
In addition to its far-reaching research agenda and potential
for significant social and commercial impact, another innovative
aspect of the CITRIS institute is its management plan and
the university and industry's approach to the handling of
intellectual property rights. None of the companies supporting
CITRIS, however, is looking for exclusive rights to the research
results. In fact, the situation is exactly the opposite.
the nature of the CITRIS research agenda and its potential
for very broad and positive impact on society, we were very
pleased to see that there will be a strong emphasis in the
program to make the research results available as widely and
openly as possible," said Douglas Leland, director of university
relations at Microsoft Corp. "Under the CITRIS proposal, the
University of California has proposed to work with industry
under a new, experimental intellectual property licensing
model developed to make all research results available openly
to any collaborating institution - from industry or academia.
This approach is most likely to maximize the impact of the
research and its long-term benefit to society."
innovative management structure also is built into the program.
Rather than a more conventional research laboratory structure
and top-down management style, the CITRIS team is proposing
a more open and flexible management approach. The companies
contributing to CITRIS research will work with the institute
director, professor Randy Katz of UC Berkeley, to fund faculty
and student research directly. "Highly centralized and overly
managed research just doesn't work in today's fast-moving
environment," said CITRIS director Katz. "With technology
evolving so rapidly, only a loose confederation of focused
research projects, jointly pursued with industry and integrated
by a shared vision of the future, is likely to stay relevant
and achieve high impact. Organizing CITRIS research in this
way will allow us to rapidly adapt our research agenda to
new discoveries emerging from the center and new breakthroughs
from our technology partners."
the CITRIS proposal evolved, we worked with the faculty to
develop a more effective approach to research collaboration
and technology transfer," said David Tennenhouse, former director
of the Information Technology Office of the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and now vice president of
research at Intel Corp. "Successful technology transfer is
dependent on the quality of the interactions among researchers
and, under this proposal, each company will collaborate directly
with the faculty and research students tackling problems of
interest to them. Instead of working through a management
hierarchy, our researchers will be able to directly connect
with Berkeley's. This has to be win-win for all involved."