American Innovation and the Bell Labs model in the 21st Century - Part 2

November 12, 2020

6:00 pm



7:30 pm


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6:00 pm  - 6:10 pm:  Introduction & Welcome
6:10 pm - 7:00 pm:    Fireside Chat
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm:   Audience Q&A

So much of the technology that we interact with every day can trace its history back to the pioneering work of Bell Labs. Their renowned model for innovation made its way from the many research and development campuses in New Jersey across the country to California and would pave the way for Silicon Valley's thriving successes. Parts of the Bell Labs model for innovation can still be seen today at companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and within many of today's fast growing startup communities.

In 2018, we hosted our initial event around this insightful topic and how it is still relevant in the world of technology startups to this day. That event was enjoyed by our members so much that we are following up the discussion with part two here.

Come join us for an evening of highly engaging discussion with experts in the emerging applications this next wave of communications technology will bring. Our topics for the evening will include:

- Where does big science and fundamental research fit in todays shareholder value driven technology world?

- What aspects of the Bell Labs innovation model should 21st century companies adopt?

- What can universities do to further align with the technology community?

- Where do you think the NYC area will be as a technology hub in 10 or 20 years?

- What specific STEM disciplines do you think would be good choices for young people entering college today?

Jelena Kovacevic, Ph.D., Dean of the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University

Jelena received her Ph.D. degree from Columbia University. She then joined Bell Labs, followed by Carnegie Mellon University in 2003, where she was currently the Hamerschlag University Professor and Head of the Department of ECE, and a Professor of BME.

She is currently the William R. Berkley Professor and Dean of the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University. She received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award, Dowd Fellowship at CMU, Belgrade October Prize, and the E.I. Jury Award at Columbia University.

She has co-authored a number of award-winning papers and is a coauthor of the textbooks Wavelets and Subband Coding and Foundations of Signal Processing. Dr. Kovačević is the Fellow of the IEEE and was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. She was a keynote speaker at a number of meetings and has been involved in organizing numerous conferences. Her research interests include applying data science to a number of domains such as biology, medicine and smart infrastructure; she is an authority on multiresolution techniques, such as wavelets and frames.


Daniel O'Sullivan, M.Sc. is Vice Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum New York City and CEO of Gyst Technologies

Dan received his M.Sc. degree from New York University. After that, he joined Bell Labs to develop real time switching software and data transmission protocols for high speed digital networks. He is Vice Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum New York City and serves on the Board of the New York University Polytechnic Alumni Association.

Dan has been an Entrepreneur and CEO for over 20 years. He has received several patents for his innovations in speech technologies and software engineering. He started and successfully sold two software startups and is now working on his third. He is currently CEO of Gyst Technologies, a company specializing in the development of advanced user interfaces for speech technologies.

Dan's professional experience includes technology based innovation and intellectual property development, software architecture and design, telecommunications research, web and cloud-based software development, business development and corporate strategy.

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