Services Science, Engineering and Management Conference, at IBM Palisades, October 6-7

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Stu Feldman, vp of exploratory research

Excitement:  it's a new area, a new way of thinking

This is the time for snowballing

Lead to socio-economic value

The way you tell pioneers is by the arrows in their back

At least four clusters of intellectual impetus:

  • Math/OR
  • Industry engineering / systems engineering
  • Computer science / information management
  • Physics, complexity

Already recognize success will come from crossing individuals

  • T-shaped individual, but reality we need for pi-shaped people, deep in two directions and broad across everything else

Not just intellectual output: experience factor, not just cognitive, you won't understand why it's hard

  • Describing contexts (invisible relationships) is hard

Services are, at base, about people

  • The most we talk about: humans as actors, operands.
  • They also provide purpose, goals, impetus
  • Humans are at the core of a small enterprise
  • But want to maximize value, e.g. Moore's law

What are service activities?

  • Designing / building / operating
  • Monitoring
  • Managing
  • Understanding, looking at long-term questions, e.g. societal

Sat on an agenda-building model in Europe, for people to focus on 10 years

Book: Academic charisma -- basically, everything came from German academics in 1870s.

  • What did it take to make a radical change in the world, and what does it take?
  • Changes will be evolutionary

Tenure the usual block, only mentioned twice here:

  • Mostly likely to do new is the young, and they shouldn't do things that will hurt them from getting tenure.

Respectability: computer science only got this after 25 years, still some questions as to whether it's a real field.

Who is going to support this?

  • Have spoken to Brussels and Washington
  • Think that they should do something, but they're reactive, not proactive.
  • Feedback loop, that no one starts
  • Cross-disciplinary

Need to build constituents in governments, also foundations.

Curriculum: the master's degree is the soft spot, where can sneak in new courses and experiment

  • At an early stage, want diversity

How do we create graduate programs?

  • What perterbations should happen in the undergraduate programs?

IBM will help, fund a little (although not a government)

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