Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

Report of Workshop on Basic Research in Telecommunication

Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

Report of Workshop on Basic Research in Telecommunication

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A. Michael Noll (Rapporteur); Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University, New York, NY; May 23, 2003; Available at www.citi.columbia.edu/research/module 6.htm Final report available from B. Bloom, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Tel. 212-854-4222.

This report summarizes the deliberations of a workshop to discuss the state of basic research related to telecommunications. Leaders of telecommunications research, most of whom have led or performed work at Bell Labs or one of its offspring, were invited to participate in the workshop, which took place May 23, 2003 at Columbia University.

The overall consensus was that there is a problem facing the future of basic research in telecommunications because of inadequate support and increasing emphasis on short-term applications. These factors were attributed to restructuring, the resulting competition, and the poor financial health of the telecommunication industry. The conclusion was that government support is warranted and required in the interest of innovation, economic growth, national security, balance of trade, and other national goals. While recommendations were made and potential models explored, the specifics of the mechanism for such support were unclear, as were the ways to assure relevance and connection between basic research and the practical problems of the telecommunications industry.

Most participants believed strongly that there is a problem with the current state of telecommunications basic research; namely, an emphasis on short-term practical applications rather than researcher-driven investigations. …

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