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Charting a Return to ‘Way Out There’ Research and Risk-Taking at the Edges
 
AGENDA
 
June 14, 2011 (dinner)                                   June 15, 2011 (meeting)
The Madison                                                  20 F Street NW Conference Center
Room: Montpelier Room                                Room: Conference Room A
1177 15th Street, N.W.                                  20 F Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005                                 Washington, DC 20001
 
The topic of 'way out there' research is a big one that requires, in our view, some inspiration and re-education of funding agencies and policy makers to regenerate our belief in 'neck snapping' advances as contrasted with incremental contributions.  With this meeting, GUIRR members will examine areas of high-risk and potentially high-impact/high-return research.  Furthermore, the group will consider how to best pave the way for the creation of more disruptive, revolutionary technologies from our government agencies, government labs, universities, and companies, and where opportunities for cross-sector collaboration might exist.  As with all GUIRR meetings, we will seek to identify ways in which the federal research agencies, research universities, and companies might better advance collaborative solutions  to complex national problems – in this case, by considering ways in which America can regain its 'mojo' in innovation and discovery.
 
6:00-6:30 PM Cocktails
 
6:30-8:00 PM Dinner
 
Moderator:  Lydia Thomas, President and CEO (Ret.), Noblis; GUIRR Co-Chair
  
The Department of "MAD SCIENTISTS"
Regina Dugan, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
 
Location:              20 F Street NW Conference Center, Washington, DC 20001 – Conference Room A
                                http://www.20fstreetcc.com/
               
7:30-8:00 AM      Continental Breakfast
 
8:00-8:15 AM      Welcome Remarks

C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr., Former President and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park; GUIRR Co-Chair           
 
8:15-8:45 AM     
Grasping the Future 
Dean Kamen, Founder and President, DEKA Research & Development Corporation, and Founder, FIRST®
Morgan Freeman/FIRST video
 
8:45-8:55 AM      Q&A      
                
8:55-9:25 AM
Catalyzing Energy Breakthroughs for a Secure American Future     
 
9:25-9:35 AM      Q&A
 
9:35-10:05 AM   
It Ain't Business as Usual at DHS S&T
 
10:05-10:15 AM Q&A
 
10:15-10:35 AM Break
 
10:35-11:05 AM
Pushing the Envelope With Quantum Technologies
 
11:05-11:15 AM                 Q&A  
 
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM        MODERATED PANEL DISCUSSION – ALL GUEST SPEAKERS (AM and PM)
    
12:15-1:30 PM    Lunch
 
Introduction: Lydia Thomas, President and CEO (Ret.), Noblis; GUIRR Co-Chair
                               
Myths in the debates about Innovation and Competitiveness
 
1:30-2:00 PM      
Innovative Government-Private-Academic Partnerships for Technology Breakthroughs
 
2:00-2:10 PM       Q&A
 
2:10-2:25 PM       OPEN DISCUSSION: What might GUIRR do to encourage more blue-sky research and risk-taking in developing technologies?
 
2:25-2:55 PM       Updates and Discussion on Current GUIRR Projects
 
Moderator:  C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr., University of Maryland; GUIRR Co-Chair
 
2:55-3:00 PM       Proposal of New Topics and Projects for GUIRR + Other Member Announcements
 
3:00 PM                Adjourn
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