Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

Research-on-Research Reports

Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

Research-on-Research Reports

Article excerpt

IRI's Research-on-Research working groups held meetings at IRI's Annual Meeting in Boston. Eight groups report on the status of their work, describe ongoing initiatives, and summarize preliminary results.

"Research on research" is just what it sounds like: an examination of the current research on a given topic--in this case, with an eye toward identifying best practices for the effective management of research and development. The Research-on-Research Committee (ROR) is IRI's "laboratory for innovation management."

IRI's first Research-on-Research (ROR) subcommittee was appointed by the Board of Directors in 1968, after an unsuccessful effort to convince the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish research-on-research centers at US universities. Convinced that the concept was important enough to be carried forward even without NSF support, the Board made ROR a regular standing committee in 1971, setting the stage for an ongoing program of robust, member-supported research studies. Currently, the ROR leadership team includes committee chair Sue Burek (Newell Rubbermaid); vice chairs Joseph George (Kellogg), Natalie Schoch (Kellogg), Len Huskey (US Army Research Lab), Darin Latimer (Danaher), and Stewart Mehlman (Emeritus); and Board liaisons Mark Matlock (ADM) and Karen Milley (JM Smucker).

The ROR committee supports a slate of working groups, each focused on a particular area of concern identified by members. Each working group brings together industry leaders in research, technology, and innovation to collaborate, share experiences, and research case studies in pursuit of best practices around an issue of common concern. The result is leading-edge research that provides a broad perspective for enhancing the effectiveness of technological innovation and leverages the expertise of IRI members from across industries. The ROR experience provides working group participants an invaluable learning experience and a wealth of network connections.

Individual ROR groups are initiated by members who express an interest in a particular area. Volunteers define each project and set each group's research agenda. Project leaders may invite experts from outside of IRI, such as academic researchers or consultants, to participate in the group. These outside participants provide additional subject matter expertise and can help facilitate the timely completion of the project.

All projects are open to all members, and a member may join a project at any stage in its life cycle. ROR working groups offer an unparalleled opportunity for learning and networking, while also allowing participants to give back to the community by contributing expertise and leadership. For more information about these groups or the ROR program, visit the IRI web site at, and click on Research-on-Research under the Collaboration Center menu.

For more information about joining or starting a working group, contact Lee Green at

Augmented Reality: Establishing Interoperability Standards

ROR Profile

Augmented Reality: Establishing Interoperability Standards

Goal: Exploring the current state of augmented reality and investigating ways of establishing clearer and more consistent standards of operation for industrial usage of augmented reality technology

Chair: John Simmins (EPRI)

Subject Matter Experts: none at present

For more information, contact John Simmins at

Somewhere between your typical bifocals and state-of-the-art virtual reality visors rests a different sort of vision technology: augmented reality (AR) devices. Not to be confused with virtual reality systems, which replace the real world with a digital one, AR devices overlay real-time information onto the real world. Applications range from locating restaurants by placing visible symbols on the camera view of a tablet or smartphone to overlaying complex maintenance procedures on specially adapted safety glasses. …

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