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Telecommunications Research and Development
 Renewing U.S. Telecommuncations Research This report examines telecommunications research in industry and academia, discusses the implications for the health of the sector, and recommends ways to enhance U.S. telecommunications research efforts.

Project Scope

CSTB will convene an expert committee to conduct a comprehensive assessment of telecommunications research and development (R&D). The study will develop a picture of telecommunications R&D in the United States, including areas that are and are not being emphasized, the interplay between telecommunications and neighboring fields such as computer science and electrical engineering, and the relationships between basic research, pre-competitive R&D, and more advanced research and development such as standards-setting. The study will examine changes in the level of support, research focus, and research time horizon at the major U.S. industrial labs as well as more broadly across the industry, including startups. The study will also examine telecommunications research within universities, considering how much is done, where, and under what conditions. It will assess the implications of these changes for the U.S. telecommunications industry--recognizing that that industry itself is changing and considering possible future trajectories for the industry--and compare the U.S. research model to R&D initiatives being undertaken in other countries (especially Europe and Japan) and by the European Union.

Looking across industry and academia, it will consider future research directions, the interplay between telecommunications and other fields, and assess whether new institutional arrangements or programs are needed. The committee will provide a consensus report recommending ways to strengthen the U.S. research base, sustain education and training of future telecommunications researchers, and maintain the competitiveness of the U.S. telecommunications sector.

Committee Members

Robert Lucky, Chair
Corporate Vice President (Retired)
Telcordia Technologies

James D. Adams
Professor of Economics
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Frederick R. Chang**
Research Professor, Department of Computer Sciences
Director, Center for Information Security
The University of Texas at Austin

John M. Cioffi
Department of Electrical Engineering
Stanford University

Richard A. DeMillo
Imlay Dean of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology

Reed Hundt
Senior Advisor
McKinsey and Company

Jeffrey M. Jaffe

Edward Kozel
Managing Director
Integrated Finance Ltd.

Rajiv Laroia
Vice President

David Messerschmitt
Robert A. Strauch Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of California, Berkeley

Eli Noam
Professor of Finance and Economics
Columbia University

Daniel Pike
Chief Technology Officer
GCI Cable and Entertainment

Lawrence Rabiner
Associate Director
CAIP Center at Rutgers University

Theodore S. Rappaport
William and Bettye Nowlin Chair in Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

William J. Spencer
Chairman Emeritus

David Teece
Professor of Business Administration
Walter A. Haas School of Business
University of California, Berkeley

Hemant Thapar
Chief Executive Officer
Link A Media Devices

Jack K. Wolf
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California, San Diego


**Frederick Chang resigned from the committee in October 2005 when he became director of research at the National Security Agency.


Jon Eisenberg, Study Director and Director of CSTB
David Padgham,
Associate Program Officer
Jennifer Bishop, Program Associate

Related Publications from Other CSTB Projects

Broadband: Bringing Home the Bits (2002)
Looking Over the Fence at Networks (2001)
Embedded, Everywhere (2001)
The Internet's Coming of Age (2001)
Making IT Better (2000)
Funding a Revolution (1999)
The Evolution of Untethered Communications (1997)
Computing and Communications in the Extreme (1996)
Computing the Future: A Broader Agenda for Computer Science and Engineering (1992)


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