How can IETTN benefit to researchers, technology transfer professionnals and industrials?

What is technology transfer (a.k.a. “tech transfer”) ?

For sure, we are not inventing this. The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) defines it as “(…) the process of transferring scientific findings from one organization to another for the purpose of further development and commercialization”. Hence, getting new ideas on the market or leveraging research centers to get more innovation into products is not done “by chance” or a “mystery”: it is a real and complex process composed of many gates and requirements called technology transfer.  Please find below a great video from AUTM describing this process.

Why a new publication on technology transfer ?

From an IES perspective, we have observed that there exists a lot of misunderstanding among people from both research and industry on the process and on the institutions involved in technology transfer. We think that those misunderstandings create a lot of lost opportunities, frustrations and ineficiencies on both research and industry sides. Hence, a publication on this specific topic would certainly help people better understand all components of this process and at the end, increase the chances of succesful collaboration between research and industry.

How is IETTN different from other technology transfer publications ?

There are many existing publication on the topic of technology transfer but most of them (if not all) treat this subject on an horizontal perspective, i.e. giving no particular focus on a specific vertical of applications like biotechnologies, industrial electronics or pharmacology. Hence, it quickly gets into technicalities of technology transfer – getting interest from the technology transfer practionner – but getting harder to read for those involved in creating or using technologies who typically are non technology transfer experts.

IETTN differentiates from other technology transfer publications (1) by having its focus strictly on industrial electronics and (2) by being designed to be readable by non technology transfer experts.

How is IETTN different from other IEEE-IES publications ?

IES has 3 other main publications other than IETTN: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (TIE), IEEE Transactions on Indutrial Informatics (TII) and Industrial Electronics Magazine (IEM). TIE and TII publish articles on the state-of-the-art of technical knowledge and audience is the expert in the field. IEM is also a technical magazine but having more an educationnal objectives and a wider audience (the typical electrical or computing engineer) than TIE and TII.

IETTN completes those publications by being a “tech business” publication, not a technical publication. Hence, the focus is not on the technology itself but on the process to have technology benefit to society, i.e. commecialization of technology. Its audience is then very large and extends well beyond the technical community of IEEE.

How can IETTN reach its “education” role on technology transfer?

The philoshophy behind IETTN is “to share and to learn”. This converts into two types of blog articles:

  1. “News articles” about events happening in the industrial electronics scene regarding invention/technology, intellectual property, technology transfer and entrepreneurial/startup success stories. By reading success and stories shared by its peers, one can challenge its own understanding of technology transfer and then better operate its own reseach/industrial projects toward collaboration. Those news articles are typically published by TTOs.
  2. “Content articles” on topics related to invention/technology, intellectual property, technology transfer and entrepreneurial/startup success stories. By reading content on – for exemple – the basics of intellectual property (patents, copyrights, etc.), one can better understand how it can fit in its research/industrial project maximize chances of getting a larger and more valuable patent. Those content articles are taken from other existing publications (bloggers, associations, etc.).

What do you mean by “industrial electronics”?

Industrial electronics is quite a large field a can be defined broadly as the diverse range of technical activities devoted to the application of electronics and electrical sciences for the enhancement of industrial and manufacturing processes (from IES website). It includes and it is not limited to: intelligent and computer control systems, robotics, factory communications and automation, flexible manufacturing, data acquisition and signal processing, vision systems, and power electronics. IES continually updates its program of technical activities to meet the needs of modern industry.