Translating Research to Business

Abstract & Motivation

Prototypes can be used to evaluate concepts and design proposals, and as a creative and explorative method. The aim of a prototype changes the method of creating them, how we assess them and how one should convey them. Therefore, fundamental knowledge about prototypes and the methods we use to develop them are helpful.

Collaboration between researchers and industry partners presents valuable opportunities, and is mutually beneficial. Innovations continually disrupt the status quo, which could result in established best practices being outdated. The skill to not become outdated, but rather thrive in disruptions are therefore desirable. Prototypes and the method making them, in collaboration with the industry, is ideal for repositioning researchers from the impacted to partakers in the technological advances. In this workshop we will focus on the creative process and how the use of prototypes in Universities—Industry Collaboration can benefit both research and the industry.

A similar workshop to this was a part of the MMM2023 to great feedback from the participants. The benefits for researchers who participate in this workshop are:

  • Researchers will gain valuable insight about prototyping and different ways of engaging in University—Industry collaboration.
  • Researchers will be presented real-world projects demonstrating prototypes developed in University-Industry collaborations.
  • Researchers will be guided through a half-day session which encourages them to transform their research ideas into prototypes and receive feedback from the organizers and other participants.

Expected Contributions

With the increasing amount of research taking place, there is less focus on training our early stage researchers in the processes of transforming valuable research outputs into real-world implementation. This is the mission, to bridge the gap between research and implementation. Consequently, each accepted participant will be expected to prepare a short paper for the workshop, which is a demo-style paper (6 pages LNCS or equivalent), but including details of the commercial rationale for the prototype. The papers will be published in an accompanying workshop proceedings, to be published in 2024.

To the participants in the session, we expect them to understand the necessity of generating a prototype along with their research and take away the techniques that could be used in framing the prototype. In addition, we would expect a number of prototypes to be presented and discussed by the participants at the tutorial session.

In this first running of the Research2Biz workshop, we would hope to receive at least 5 prototypes and fully engaged participants, though many more of the participants can partake in the public sessions. We will heavily promote this tutorial session through the usual channels, on social media and via our research connections.

Additionally, an academic output of this session will be an academic report authored by all participating attendees on the current status of the commercialization process for Multimedia Retrieval-related ideas.

Workshop format

  • One short keynote talk by a leading researcher and innovator who has deep experience in innovation, business design and transforming research into prototype. The speaker of the session is João Costa Ribeiro.
  • A follow on half day tutorial by the organisers on experiences of commercialising their research.
  • A closed session for workshop participants with prototypes who will present their prototypes and receive panel feedback from the organisers in a dragons’ den. The session will be highly interactive with an extensive Q&A session after the presentations and feedback.

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission: April 1, 2024
  • Paper Notification: April 15, 2024
  • Camera-Ready Submission: April 25, 2024

Workshop organizers

  • João Costa Ribeiro (Galp Energia, Portugal): João Costa Ribeiro is an Assistant Professor at the University of Bergen and Innovation Lead at Galp Energia, Portugal.
  • Fredrik Håland Jensen (University of Bergen, Norway): Fredrik Håland Jensen is a PhD candidate at the University of Bergen, specialises in prototyping, innovation, and emerging technologies.
  • Minh-Triet Tran (University of Science, VNU-HCM, Vietnam): Minh-Triet Tran is currently an associate professor and vice president of University of Science, VNU-HCM.
  • Duc-Tien Dang-Nguyen (University of Bergen, Norway): Duc-Tien Dang-Nguyen is currently an associate professor at the University of Bergen and adjunct associate professor at Kristiania University College.
  • Cathal Gurrin (Dublin City University, Ireland): Cathal Gurrin is an Associate Professor at the School of Computing, at Dublin City University, Ireland and he is a Principal co-investigator at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics.

Submission Instructions

See the Paper Submission section.