Technology Emergence Tutorial at PICMET'18

A tutorial titled "Emerging Issues in Technology Emergence" will be held at PICMET (Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering & Technology) in Honolulu on August 20, 2018. The session led by Alan Porter; Arho Suominen, and Scott Cunningham) will cover three important questions:
1. What is Technology Emergence?
2. Why does a place become a nexus for the emergence of a technology?
3. How can technology emergence be detected at the earliest (research) stages?

VP Training at 2018 Manchester Forum on Data Analytics, Tech Mining & Innovation Policy

The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research in conjunction with the Innovation Co-Lab, the VP Institute and Search Technology is sponsoring the 2018 Manchester Forum on Data Analytics, Tech Mining and Innovation Policy. The Forum brings together active users of data science, tech mining, modelling, and visualization methods who are applying these methods to science and innovation policy, technology transfer, technology intelligence, and technology and innovation management. This year's event builds on the success of earlier Manchester Forums on Data Analytics and Innovation in 2013 and 2015. As part of the Forum, a half-day session of hands-on VantagePoint training and updates on new VantagePoint features will be offered. This will take place on Tuesday 4 September from 2pm – 5.30pm. For complete information on the training session, click here.  

8th Global TechMining Conference - Registration Open

We invite you to register now for the 8th Global TechMining Conference (GTM2018), being held this September 11th at the Stadsgehoorzaal in Leiden, The Netherlands. An Early Bird registration discount is being offerd through July 15th. In addition, learn more about hotels and special rates on our Venues website and secure your room today!

The conference program will address key CHALLENGES in maximizing potential of traditional and novel text data, tapping vital traits while minding limitations and matching analytical aims, advancing and integrating methods, and translating analyses to useful intelligence. With that in mind:

Address questions to Denise Chiavetta, Program C-Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Participants at the GTM conference are strongly encouraged to also attend the 23rd International Science, Technology, and Innovation Indicators Conference (STI2018) at the same location September 12-14, 2018.

Emergence scoring to identify frontier R&D topics and key players,

Indicators of technological emergence promise valuable intelligence. We present an implemented algorithm to calculate emergence scores (EScores) for topical terms from abstract record sets. We offer a family of emergence indicators. Primary emergence indicators identify "frontier" terms based on their EScores. We then tally organizations, countries, or authors especially active in publishing (or patenting) on high EScore topics in a target R&D domain. We can score research fields on relative degree of emergence. This paper illustrates EScoring for Nano-Enabled Drug Delivery, Non-Linear Programming, Dye Sensitized Solar Cells, and Big Data. The paper is part of a special TFSC issue on tech emergence.

Porter, A.L., Garner, J., Carley, S.F., and Newman, N.C. (2018), Emergence scoring to identify frontier R&D topics and key players, Technological Forecasting and Social Change,


Book Release: Current Challenges in Patent Information Retrieval

Luciano Kay, Alan Porter, Jan Youtie, Nils Newman, and Ismael Rafols' paper titled "Visual analysis of patent data through global maps and overlays" appears in the recently released book Current Challenges in Patent Information Retrieval Springer (2017). 

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