Toward a shared research vision: An NSF-sponsored workshop in San Jose, CA

Where should the next generation of research funding be focused? The shared vision of research content and the instruments for research funding were explored at a workshop we were happy and honored to participate in at the end of March 2017. The workshop emphasized the need for shared vision building and the role of dialogue in it – not only between the research organizations but also with the funding agency.

The workshop was sponsored by the Directorate for Engineering of the National Science Foundation (NSF), which promotes engineering research and education in the US. It was organized by the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (ISSIP), in collaboration with San Jose State University.

The workshop brought together about 40 industry experts and academic researchers from around the world. There were at least 20 universities represented, about 10 people from research institutes and non-profits, and about 10 people from industry: Accenture, IBM, Cisco, and GE Digital just to mention a few. Also a representative from NSF was there to inspire and co-create with us.

All of us came to explore a long-term, human- technology research agenda that will propel the smart service systems in the future. As can be seen from the visualization of the presentations and discussions, much of the emphasis was on systems – which of course reflects the theme of “smarter service systems”.

ISSIP/NSF Workshop

Visualizing the presentations and discussion of the workshop.

The workshop was a wonderful experience: we got to hear brilliant presentations (for example Henry Chesbrough emphasizing both outside-in and inside-out innovations) and to participate in great discussions toward shared vision and agenda setting. And to conclude: most of the world class examples we saw are something that we have also seen here at VTT, so we can be proud of the quality and foresight of our research!

Kaisa Still Heidi Korhonen ISSIP/NSF Workshop

Kaisa Still (Senior Scientist; Twitter: @stillkaisa)
and Heidi Korhonen (Senior Scientist; Twitter: @korhonenheidi)

See also #ISSIP-NSF at Twitter!