Program

Cyberinfrastructure, Innovation, and University Policy
 
Room 100
Keck Center of National Academies
 
Feb 20
 
6:00 – 8:00 Reception – First Floor Atrium
 
Feb 21
 
8:00 Continental breakfast
 
9:00 Welcome and opening address: Charles M. Vest, National Academy of Engineering
 
9:30-10:45
I.  Cyber-Enabled Knowledge
Information technology changes the fundamental economics of information, as seen in institutional repositories, open courseware, and open access publishing.  But how does it change the economics of knowledge?  What are the implications of enhanced collaboration and virtual organization for knowledge institutions, markets, and public investment?  How does cyberinfrastructure affect the ecology of knowledge in different sectors and professions?  How can advances in research and education inform and extend to innovation, enterprise, and commerce – and vice versa? 
 
Guru Parulkar, Stanford
Fiona Murray, MIT
Simon Porter, University of Melbourne
moderator: Peter A. Freeman, Washington Advisory Group
 
11:00-12:30
II.  The Empowered University in the Global Economy
Leading universities, domestic and foreign, have responded aggressively to globalization, seeking human capital and research opportunities wherever they may be found.  IT is used to expand operating reach and scope: foreign campuses, tech/knowledge transfer, spin-offs, institutional collaborations, remote and informal learning, and alumni networking.  What are implications of extended institutional presence and its interaction with other institutions and private sector activities?  What are the implications for different models of innovation/ commercialization?  For the university’s public service mission?
 
Lesa Mitchell, Kauffman Foundation
Pradeep Khosla, CMU
Gerald Barnett, UC Santa Cruz
moderator: Jeff Lehman, Woodrow Wilson Center & Cornell
 
12:30 -1:45  Lunch
1:15: lunch speaker and discussion – Tony Hey, Microsoft
 
1:45-3:15
III.  Designing for Integration and Collaboration
Design of knowledge infrastructure can be approached top-down, bottom-up, or at strategic points in between.  It can strengthen relationships with industry, communities of practice and knowledge, the regional economy, and the global public.  How does cyber-empowered knowledge reshape functions, services, opportunities, and policies?  At what levels is cooperation or collaboration most effective and efficient – and at what scale? What are the best strategies for organizing and sustaining the scale and complexity of cyberinfrastructure?  How is this affected by architectural issues, such as complementarity, interoperability, transfers vs. transactions, serial vs. parallel interaction, closed vs. open, and organization and delineation of producer/user communities.
 
John Wilbanks, Science Commons
Chris Mackie, Mellon Foundation
Sara Kiesler, CMU
Mackenzie Smith, MIT
moderator: Linda Katehi, Illinois
 
3:30-5:00
IV.  On the Edge
By lowering or bridging barriers, cyberinfrastructure can bring different institutional, enterprise, and policy models into unaccustomed proximity.  The result may be powerful complementarities – or it may be competition or conflict. Since the separation between institutional and public policy also blurs, what kind of stewardship should the academy provide for advancing knowledge infrastructure?  When should it take the lead in developing standards? How should it account for industry and sector differences?  How should voluntaristic and cooperative models fit with market-based models?  How should universities navigate/mediate between open and controlled models of knowledge? 
 
Brian Kahin, Michigan & CCIA
Arti Rai, Duke
Elliot Maxwell, Committee for Economic Development
TBD, IBM
moderator: Kaye Husbands-Fealing, Minnesota
 
5:00-5:30
Adjourn; light refreshments