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FORMAT Technology Forecasting Newsletter, April 2014

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This newsletter contains a published white paper and summary of the public workshop at Wroclaw, Poland.

Technology Forecasting Newsletter, April 2014

What is FORMAT ?

The FORMAT project started with a vision of using systematic methodologies for everyone to see what’s beyond the horizon in technology. To guide decision makers see far and beyond the obvious.

FORMAT Project Updates

FORMAT Technology Forecasting Workshop, Wroclaw, Poland, Feb 21, 2014

The mission of FORMAT project has been to create a repeatable and usable technology forecasting methodology. Whirlpool Italia has offered several key technologies to serve as case studies for the new FORMAT methodology. Vacuum forming was chosen as the technology showpiece. To invest or not to invest in vacuum forming in the coming years was the challenge the FORMAT core team undertook. The active audience participation led to interesting discussions and important feedback for the development of the methodology.
The event

Presenting Technology Forecasting Outcomes

This white paper describes an important aspect of the FORMAT (FOrecasting and Roadmapping of MAnufacturing Technologies) methodology. How to present outcomes from a technology forecasting project has been considered as a separate and important stage in the FORMAT methodology. The end user will consider a technology forecast worthwhile their time only if the forecast is easy to understand and can be applied for making decisions. The end user considered in this case is a decision maker in a corporate context.

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Events of Interest

 

Call for Papers for TRIZ Future Conference 2014, 29-31 October, 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland

European TRIZ Association (ETRIA) is organizing TRIZ Future Conference (TFC2014) along with Exelop SA will be hosted by EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland. TFC2014 is also sponsored by CIRP, the international Academy for Production Engineering. TFC2014 will provide an international forum for exchanging new ideas on knowledge‐ based innovation and TRIZ, presenting recent achievements by the scientific community and enabling further advances and collaboration also with the industrial community.
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International Symposium on Forecasting, Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 29-Jul 2, 2014

The International Symposium on Forecasting (ISF) is the premier forecasting conference, attracting the world’s leading forecasting researchers, practitioners, and students. Through a combination of keynote speaker presentations, academic sessions, workshops, and social programs, the ISF provides many excellent opportunities for networking, learning, and fun.
More details here

FORMAT Technology Forecasting Newsletter, May 2014

This newsletter contains a published white paper, summary of events and publications related to technology forecasting.

Technology Forecasting Newsletter, May 2014

The FORMAT project started with a vision of using systematic methodologies for everyone to see what’s beyond the horizon in technology. To guide decision makers see far and beyond the obvious.
What is FORMAT ?
FORMAT Project Updates

Envisioning the future of your technical system through analogies and adaptation

The definition of a finite set of possible alternative about the future development of technical systems is a critical issue in every company that aims at proposing innovative solutions to their customers. By means of this anticipatory analysis, the companies can plan, with appropriate resources and time, the development of their products, processes or services so as to both match the specific demands emerging in various contexts and consistently with the latest advancements of science and technology. 

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Events of Interest

WorldFuture 2014: WHAT IF? July 11-13, 2014, Conference in Orlando, Florida, US

Do you want to share ideas and information with futurists from around the world and discuss the trends and forces shaping the world of tomorrow? If yes, then the upcoming meeting of the World future society meets your expectations. In Orlando, Florida, “WorldFuture 2014: What If” gathers a thousand innovators fundamentally engaged to question our futures, provide answers and inspire new ideas. In this event various activities are planned, such as “Futurists: BetaLaunch 2014”, “Master Courses”, “Meet-the-Author sessions”; “Table-top Exhibits”.
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Research commercialization: (from ideas to IPO) 19-20 May, 2014, London, UK

This event is a platform to promote university-industry-investor collaboration, technology transfer and start-ups by building a cross-discipline partnering opportunity for participants.  In a two-day conference the role of research in innovation shall be discussed as well as its opportunities and threats through Plenary and parallel sessions, including case study presentations from both the US and Europe.
More details here
New Arrivals in the FORMAT Tech Forecasting Library
  1. Zhao, Xin-jun, and Ying Zhao. "Optimizing Six Sigma Processes to Satisfy Customers by TRIZ Innovation Methodology." Proceedings of 2013 4th International Asia Conference on Industrial Engineering and Management Innovation (IEMI2013). Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2014. URL: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-40060-5_72
  2. Vaseashta, Ashok. "Advanced sciences convergence based methods for surveillance of emerging trends in science, technology, and intelligence."foresight 16.1 (2014): 17-36. URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17105044
  3. Lee, Joonhyuck, et al. "A Novel Method for Technology Forecasting Based on Patent Documents." Soft Computing in Big Data Processing. Springer International Publishing, 2014. 81-90. URL: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-05527-5_9
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FORMAT Technology Forecasting Newsletter, June 2014

This newsletter contains a published white paper, summary of events and publications related to manufacturing or technology forecasting.

Technology Forecasting Newsletter, June 2014

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Method of Selection of Test Cases for FORMAT

From a staggering 21 potential technologies to forecast, 7 of them were screened and finally, 3 technologies were chosen for application of FORMAT, a new technology forecasting methodology. How was the selection done? 

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Events of Interest

Global Manufacturing Collaboration, World Manufacturing Forum 2014: July 1-2, 2014, Conference in Milano, Italy

Leading Enabling Technologies for Societal changes 2014: 29 Sept-1 Oct, 2014, Bologna, Italy

LET’S 2014 will be held in Bologna (Italy) from September 29th to October 1st 2014 with the aim of discussing the role of the Key Enabling Technologies pinpointed by Horizon 2020, the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, in bridging the gap between excellence in scientific and technological research, innovation in industry and access to the European and global markets.
More details here
New Arrivals in the FORMAT Tech Forecasting Library
  1. Cassar, Gavin. "Industry and startup experience on entrepreneur forecast performance in new firms." Journal of Business Venturing 29.1 (2014): 137-151.
    Available at http://goo.gl/vY5qUE
  2. Harvey, Cam, et al. "Utilizing predictive regression modeling to forecast equity returns." (2014).
    Available at http://goo.gl/QhLn0c
    Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina
  3. Wilsdon, James. "From foresight to hindsight: the promise of history in responsible innovation." Journal of Responsible Innovation just-accepted (2014): 1-7.
    Available at http://goo.gl/kAsTj8
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FORMAT Technology Forecasting Newsletter, July 2014

This newsletter contains a published white paper, summary of events and publications related to manufacturing or technology forecasting.

Technology Forecasting Newsletter, July 2014

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FORMAT Project Updates

FORMAT Handbook set to release in August 2014

Good news from our side - We are about to release the first version of the handbook of the FORMAT methodology that we have developed over the past 3 years. As a promise to our faithful subscribers, you will be the first ones to know about this.

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Requirements of the FORMAT methodology in terms of user friendliness and output

A questionnaire was sent out to the networks of the researchers involved in FORMAT, in order to assess the way companies handle innovation and problem-solving. What did we learn from the questionnaire about the requirements of a forecasting methodology? 

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Technology Forecasting Guest Seminar atKarlshochschule International University,Karlsruhe
Germany

Igor Kaykov and Prof. Mateusz Słupinski were invited as guest speakers at the Karlshochschule Internation University, Karlsruhe, Germany for the course - Introduction to Strategic Management. The FORMAT methodology and a case study from Whirlpool were presented in this talk. 

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Events of Interest

M2M Innovation World Congress, 22-24 September 2014, Marseille, France

Aimed both at M2M Industry players and their customers from verticals, this independent conference and exhibition will explore the new ways to translate M2M technologies into vertical business needs through:
- High level insights to rethink ecosystems, business models, Big Data, platforms, connectivity, security…
- Best practices from traditional markets and emerging ones: Smart Grids, Smart Cities, Retail, Smart Home / Cars / Devices...
- Discovery & experience through live demos, hands-on at the exhibition...
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EU Brokerage Event on Energy and Environment (Partnering for Horizon 2020 calls), Lille, France, October 9th 2014

The Energy and Environment brokerage event is organised by J’innove network, the Regional council of the Nord-Pas de Calais with the support of Entreprise Europe Network,Tandem project (Interreg IVA France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen), CD2E cluster and University Lille1. The aim of this event is to connect the research and innovation stakeholders willing to participate at the Energy and Environment challenges of Horizon 2020  framework program. The participants will have the opportunity to meet and discuss about their project ideas.

This event will allow you to make new contacts and find partners!
More details here
New Arrivals in the FORMAT Tech Forecasting Library
  1. The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind:
    Kaku, Michio. The future of the mind: The scientific quest to understand, enhance, and empower the mind. Random House LLC, 2014.
    Available at http://goo.gl/FNekbS
  2. Data Crush: How the Information Tidal Wave is Driving New Business Opportunities:
    Surdak, Christopher. Data Crush: How the Information Tidal Wave is Driving New Business Opportunities. AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, 2014.
    Available at http://goo.gl/QMqRVB
  3. Advances in Business and Management Forecasting, Volume 9, Kenneth D. Lawrence, Ronald K. Klimberg, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2013. 
    Available at http://goo.gl/qFWKPV
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FORMAT Technology Forecasting Newsletter, August 2014

Handbook, Release 1 Announcement

FORMAT Handbook is released!

Be the first one to know the future

Our first release of the FORMAT handbook is open for everyone to look, learn and assimilate how to know the future.

As a big thank you to you, the subscriber, we present the offline version (downloadable version) of the handbook, case studies and other downloadable files.

Subscribe to download:

http://handbook.format-project.eu/?page_id=354

Please feel free to tell us what you think about this release of our handbook. There will be further releases in the coming months.

We hope you enjoy reading, learning and using the FORMAT
methodology as much as we did creating the methodology.

Thank you and have a great August
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FORMAT Technology Forecasting Newsletter, September 2014

This newsletter contains a published white paper, summary of events and publications related to manufacturing or technology forecasting.

Technology Forecasting Newsletter, September 2014



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FORMAT methodology from project management perspective


From our experience of case study applications of the FORMAT methodology, forecasting results appear, thanks to a sort of learning process. Learning requires time and repetitions. These two elements - time and repetition have a direct consequence in project management life cycle. This paper addresses these elements and other project management solutions embedded in the FORMAT methodology that manifested themselves during case studies done for Whirlpool EMEA.

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Handbook of FORMAT Technology Forecasting Methodology is released

Good news from our side - We have released the first version of the handbook of the FORMAT methodology that we have developed over the past 3 years.

We present a systematic step-by-step methodology to boost your R&D projects and anticipate the next evolution of a technological system. Designed for forecasting industrial processes and aimed at supporting strategic management, this handbook guides you through practical steps and validated case studies along the whole forecasting project (from the point of setting up your project to the dissemination of your results).

We welcome all efforts to translate the current version into other languages.

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Events of Interest

MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy
September 26, 2014, Texas, USA

Find, Evaluate, Profit!

Ever wonder how those super successful people came up with that “great idea?” MINITRENDS helps you find great ideas by inspiring a creative mindset and providing a practical process for finding and exploiting emerging trends that have a realistic chance of becoming profitable in the next 2-5 years.  

During this unique conference, now in its 3rd year, you will discover how you can turbo-charge your company’s profit by combining MiniTrends methodologies with your innovation strategies.

More details here

4th Global Innovation Forum
November 19–20, 2014, London, UK

The 4th Global innovation Forum will discuss the latest trends in the field of innovation, creativity, design, R&D and new product development, as well as the major challenges for the future. We rely on a tremendous agenda, experienced speakers, key messages, global players and intense networking.  

More details here

New Arrivals in the FORMAT Tech Forecasting Library
  1. A Novel Methodology for the Sustainability Impact Assessment of New Technologies:
    Kornelis Blok, Mark Huijbregts, Lex Roes, Berthe van Haaster, Martin Patel, Edgar Hertwich, Richard Wood, Michael Z. Hauschild, Piet Sellke, Paula Antunes, Stefanie Hellweg, Andreas Ciroth and Mirjam Harmelink, PROSUITE – EU FP7 Collaborative, large-scale integrating project n°227078, Utrecht, May 6, 2013
    Available at http://goo.gl/G32CUF
  2. Handbook on a Novel Methodology for the Sustainability Impact Assessment of New Technologies:
    Anne Gaasbeek, Ellen Meijer, PROSUITE – EU FP7 Collaborative, large-scale integrating project n°227078, 2013
    Available at http://goo.gl/3X4hLC
  3. Looking Back at Four Years of Research in PROSUITE. Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead: Andrea Ramírez Ramírez, Kornelis Blok, Michael Hauschild, Richard Wood, Stefanie Hellweg, Paula Antunes, Andreas Ciroth, PROSUITE – EU FP7 Collaborative, large-scale integrating project n°227078, 2013    Available at http://goo.gl/LoMD5y
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FORMAT Technology Forecasting Newsletter, October 2014

This newsletter contains a published white paper, summary of events and publications related to manufacturing or technology forecasting.

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FORMAT Dissemination: Guest lecture by Igor Kaykov - "Technology Forecasting" September 19, 2014 at RISEBA, Latvia

A presentation of Technology Forecasting has been disseminated at Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration by Igor Kaykov, an experienced researcher in FORMAT project and recruited by Whirlpool Europe. This presentation prepared in frames of dissemination knowledge programme of European project “FORMAT” (Technology Forecasting).

Three main ideas of the presentation:

1. Forecasting is a process of learning about future.

2. How FORMAT methodology supports you?

3. Overview of FORMAT case study.

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On the definition of functions for the identification of system requirements


The evolution of technical systems depends on two different aspects: first, the emerging of new demands from the market and, second, the opportunity due to new scientific advancements resulting in the development of new technologies. In this context the definition of requirements for technical systems is the key to understand what is supporting or preventing the technical evolution of products and processes. Indeed, system requirements represent the knowledge elements linking technology to the demands from market.

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Handbook of FORMAT Technology Forecasting Methodology to Train and Guide Technology Forecasters

The Handbook of FORMAT methodology for technology forecasting provides a unique opportunity as a free step-by-step guide for technology forecasting projects based on real industrial case studies. You can view the first version of the handbook on-lineand give a push to your R&D projects. The handbook guides you through practical steps and validated case studies along the whole forecasting project (from the point of setting up your project to the dissemination of your results).

We welcome all efforts to translate the current version into other languages.

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Events of Interest

Brokerage Event for Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing
Brussels, November 13, 2014


A brokerage event for the incoming H2020 NMBP work program is organized by the European Technology Platform NANOfutures with the collaboration of EUMAT and Manufuture.

The attendees will have the possibility to:

- Cluster around each Call, proposing their organization or searching for partners with a coach to organize the contributions.
- Present project ideas in 5 min with a slide projector to the whole audience.

More details here

Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference
Detroit, Michigan, October 14-16, 2014

How does your company prepare for the future? What information is vital to your success? AMT's GFMC is key to strategic planning, at the right time, in a convenient place.
  • Manufacturing Technology & End-User Forecasts
  • Sales & Marketing Strategies
  • Networking Opportunities
More details here
New Arrivals in the FORMAT Tech Forecasting Library
  1. Pucillo, Francesco, and Gaetano Cascini. "A framework for user experience, needs and affordances." Design Studies 35.2 (2014): 160-179.
    Available at http://goo.gl/kM5xP1
  2. Cascini, Gaetano, and Francesca Montagna. "Modelling (pre-) Design Activities With a Multi-Stakeholder Perspective." Principia Designae-Pre-Design, Design, and Post-Design. Springer Japan, 2015. 175-197.
    Available at http://goo.gl/rY9KIL
  3. Baldussu, Alessandro. "A problem solving methodology for the development of bio-inspired products. Systematic use of natural design principles for designers without biological knowledge." (2014). Available at http://goo.gl/spk1XF
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FORMAT Technology Forecasting Newsletter, November 2014

This newsletter contains a published white paper, summary of events and publications related to manufacturing or technology forecasting.

Technology Forecasting Newsletter, November 2014



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FORMAT Tutorial at TRIZ Future Conference at EPFL
October 29, 2014; Lausanne, Switzerland.


Prof. Gaetano Cascini has given a tutorial in October 29 at the TRIZ Future conference during the primary activities of Day 1 at EPFL in Lausanne. Two full lectures about Forecasting and Road mapping of Manufacturing Technologies have been transferred to the audience attending Track 2 of the event.

For more info about the event, view here
Table 1 the categories of Technology Forecasting techniques with the 3 most popular techniques, based on Google Scholar searches. The values in brackets indicates the number of publications


FORMAT Dissemination at the Twelfth Edition of the Economy Day:


(FORMAT Project as a Driving Engine for developed forecasts at SMEs)

October 24, 2014; Treviso, Italy.


In October 24, a conference presenting the project "TECHNOLOGICAL FORECASTING FOR THE SMEs NETWORKS" was organized at the national level in Italy by the Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce during the twelfth edition of the Economy Day "dodicesima edizione della Giornata dell'Economia".

Prof. Gaetano Cascini, coordinator of FORMAT project, explained in details what Technological Forecasting is and how it can support business decisions.
Photo of Prof. Gaetano Cascini

Prof. Gaetano Cascini
Professor at the Politecnico di Milano
For the full presentation about "
TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING: Purpose, method and comparing experiences"follow this link: http://goo.gl/uY0v9m

Prof. Cascini then introduced the reports of the two working groups:

The first group of companies - made ​​up of Renato Buziol (Fmb Srl), Luigi Cover (Cst Stampi Srl), Tanja Colautti, Luca Nadal and Ivan Samogin (Meteor Sas),Silvia Stocco (Sac Serigrafia Srl), Giorgio Zanchetta(Anodica Trevigiana Spa) - has developed a forecasting with reference to the segment of "domestic ovens".

 


The second group - consisting of Marco Dedin (Cst Stampi Srl), Sandro Feltrin (Ric Srl), Gabriele Gerometta (Futura S.C.),Mario Lucchese (Lucchese Industria Srl), Paolo Santi (Sac Serigrafia Srl), Davide Staiano (Anodica Trevigiana Spa) - has told how the approach was applied to the segment of "car interiors" from the perspective of those who make plastic components.


The results of these two groups of companies have been achieved through the application of the FORMAT methodology: methodology that has been developed within a European project coordinated by Prof. Cascini with intent to provide a systematic guide to the development of technology foresight in the industrial sector .

These two experiences was accompanied by the talk of Pierluigi Petrali, ofWhirlpool Europe, industrial partner in FORMAT project. This large multinational is not only one of those cases that reinforce their investment in Italy, but also for several years has used a structured approach of forecasting to support their decision-making processes, and to contribute to the development and validation of the FORMATmethodology by various innovative case-studies.

Photo Pierluigi Petralia
Pierluigi Petrali
Whirlpool Europe
For the full presentation about "TECHNOLOGY FORECAST ACTIVITY IN WHIRLPOOL: Objectives and Requirements", follow this link: http://goo.gl/QCxkmI

The discussion continued with a speech by Prof. Antonello Pezzini, a member of the European Economic and Social Committee , which has placed the instrument of forecasting in the framework of European policies for development.

Photos of the audience


At the end of the conference, a summary of the day, from the perspective of those who work to promote business development and growth, has been provided by ' Regional Minister for the Economy and Development, Research and Innovation, Maria Luisa Coppola.

Strengths and Weaknesses of Some Popular Technology Forecasting Techniques


Analysis of some of the techniques used for technology forecasting (TF) revealed points in favour and against using a particular technique. The techniques were chosen based on the number of publications.

Download the paper here
Table 1 the categories of Technology Forecasting techniques with the 3 most popular techniques, based on Google Scholar searches. The values in brackets indicates the number of publications


Innovation through FORMAT Handbook for Technology Forecasting

(A Training Guide with Validated Case-Studies)


The Handbook of FORMAT methodology for technology forecasting provides a unique opportunity as a free step-by-step guide for technology forecasting projects based on real industrial case studies. You can view the first version of the handbook on-line and give a push to your R&D projects and creative management of your innovation. The handbook guides you through practical steps and validated case studies along the whole forecasting project (from the point of setting up your project to the dissemination of your results).

We welcome all efforts to translate the current version into other languages.

Watch this link
Events of Interest


Events Organised by European Commission:


Fast Track to Innovation Pilot (2015-2016)
A Free Interactive Information Event

January 9, 2015, Brussels, Belgium.

This is your chance to discover a new exciting opportunity for industry-driven innovation under Horizon 2020.

Participants at this event will:

  • Acquire insight into the objectives of this new scheme
  • Become familiar with the modalities of the Fast Track to Innovation call
  • Get practical tips and tricks on how to apply and how to maximise chances for success when applying
  • Be able to interact throughout the event with EU-officials

Register now via e-mail: [email protected]

Seats are free of charge and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Maximum two seats per organisation.

The event will be recorded and made available via webstream (link available soon).

 

More details here



Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Information Day, save the date!

February 2, 2015, Brussels, Belgium.

To support the preparation of proposals, DG RTD's Transport Directorate of the is organising an Information Day on Monday 2 February 2015 from 9 AM untill 6 PM in the European Commission Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170, in Brussels.

The aim of the day is to inform potential participants in the next round of calls under the Smart, Green and Integrated Transport Challenge of the new Horizon 2020 Framework Programme and to offer opportunities for networking.


The sessions will deliver a brief presentation of the surface transport, the aviation and the cross-cutting topics of the Transport challenge Work Programme 2015.


Information will be given on the Evaluation Guidelines and on the legal and financial Rules for Participation covering all aspects from the submission of a proposal to the signature of a grant agreement.

The participants will have the opportunity to address specific technical questions related to the Work Programme 2015 to European Commission's project officers.


More details here
New Arrivals in the FORMAT Tech Forecasting Library
  1. Lim, Dong-Joon, Timothy R. Anderson, and Oliver Lane Inman. "Choosing effective dates from multiple optima in Technology Forecasting using Data Envelopment Analysis (TFDEA)." Technological Forecasting and Social Change88 (2014): 91-97.
    Available at
    http://goo.gl/ngB1C1
  2. Lee, Joonhyuck, et al. "A Novel Method for Technology Forecasting Based on Patent Documents." Soft Computing in Big Data Processing. Springer International Publishing, 2014. 81-90.
    Available at
    http://goo.gl/v8Un1P
  3. The new Pictures of the Future Magazine by Siemens:  Available at http://goo.gl/XDozdU

 

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FORMAT Technology Forecasting Newsletter, December 2014

This newsletter contains a published white paper, case-study assessment and a summary of coming event of FORMAT project final conference for manufacturing and technology forecasting.
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Inspiring Next Generation of Futurists at EPFL, Lausanne:  (FORMAT Tutorial at TRIZ Future Conference)


Audience interaction with TRIZ Tutorial during and after TRIZ Future Conference has been an encouraging feedback for the dissemination of FORMAT Technology Forecasting Methodology inspiring both multinational companies and SMEs. Pictures of the event are shown below.
The conference presented:
  • The methodology digest
  • Practical case studies at Whirlpool Europe
  • Industrial-academia knowledge share in the Handbook of the methodology (view free online versionhere)
For more info about the event, view here

Table 1 the categories of Technology Forecasting techniques with the 3 most popular techniques, based on Google Scholar searches. The values in brackets indicates the number of publications

Contradictions in the domain of technological forecasting

Decision making about future technologies like founding into research, purchasing new equipment or  investing  into  human  resources  needs  a  forecast  about  future  socio-technological  changes. Technological  forecasting  as  a  regular  practice  started  to  grow  from  the  1950s. Forecasting  and roadmapping  of  technologies  started  to  grow  in  importance  from  the  middle of 1990s due  to increased  complexity  of  science  and  technology  management.  Forecasting  and  roadmapping  of manufacturing  technologies  are  more  and  more  demand  from  industrial  companies  and  research institutions  due  to  the  high  investment  cost  into  modern  technologies  and  the  rapid  pace  of technology changes in the beginning of 21st century.

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Fig. 3. A brief description of process for developing NoC model.

Assessment of Team experience - Technology Forecasting Case Study at Whirlpool Europe

Assessment is essential for team dynamics and insider insight for strengths, weaknesses opportunities and threats.
Analysing case study practice and knowledge transfer, this deliverable of FORMAT project represents the assessment of the case study of vacuum forming based  on  investigating  the  team  experience  through  interviews,  a  questionnaire  and  a preliminary  monitoring  of  similar/related  non-FORMAT studies in thermoforming processes.

More details here

FORMAT Coming Events

FORMAT Final Conference

May 14-15, 2015 in Milan, Italy

Driving Innovation in Industrial Processes
by Technology Forecasting



Day 1 - Session 1
Knowledge Sharing
(Invited Talks)


Day 1 - Session 2
FORMAT in Practice
(Case Studies)

Day 2
Practical Guide
to the FORMAT Methodology

A two-day interactive conference by both academic and industrial partners  in manufacturing processes.


A unique opportunity for SMEs and big companies to share Knowledge transfer and training sessions
in Technology Forecasting activities



Looking forward to seeing you in Milan.

FORMAT Technology Forecasting Newsletter, January 2015

This newsletter contains a summary of events and publications related to manufacturing or technology forecasting.

Technology Forecasting Newsletter, January 2015



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FORMAT Methodology in the Year 2014



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Registration to FORMAT Final Conference is Open
May 14-15, 2015; Milan, Italy

  • Conference description:
Polytechnic University of Milan is coordinating a two-day conference in technology forecasting at the department of mechanical engineering. Invited speakers from academia and industry in addition to FORMAT consortium researchers, engineers and consultants are going to present talks of technology forecasting. In addition, FORMAT team members will disseminate the latest advancement in the project and practical case-studies for forecasting manufacturing processes in a multinational company and SMEs. The conference also coexist with Expo Milan 2015, which shall allow a wider audience.
Events of Interest


INNOVEIT 2015 - The EIT Innovation Forum

May 5-7, 2015, Budapest, Hungary.

to bring together a large and wide group of actors from the European Innovation Community .

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The Green Innovation and Investment Forum

February 10-11, 2015, Stuttgart, Germany.

10th February from 08:30-18:00:
Green Training Day exclusively for start-ups, founders and SMEs

11th February from 11:00-19:00:
Pitching event with partners and investors


Venue

Steinbeis – Haus für Management und Technologie (SHMT)

Filderhauptstraße 142

70599 Stuttgart
Germany


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New Arrivals in the FORMAT Tech Forecasting Library
  1. Blackburn, Robert, et al. "A predictive analytics approach for demand forecasting in the process industry." International Transactions in Operational Research (2014). Available at http://goo.gl/EiIvb8
  2. Greitemann, Josef, et al. "Strategic Screening of Manufacturing Technologies."Enabling Manufacturing Competitiveness and Economic Sustainability. Springer International Publishing, 2014. 321-326. Available at http://goo.gl/ay93Ib
  3. Vishnevskiy, Konstantin, Oleg Karasev, and Dirk Meissner. "Integrated roadmaps and corporate Foresight as tools of innovation management: The case of Russian companies." Technological Forecasting and Social Change(2014). Available at http://goo.gl/f7ijXE
  4. Förster, Bernadette. "Technology foresight for sustainable production in the German automotive supplier industry." Technological Forecasting and Social Change (2014). Available at http://goo.gl/E0VON9
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FORMAT Technology Forecasting Newsletter, February 2015

This newsletter contains a published white paper, summary of FORMAT updates and a list publications related to manufacturing or technology forecasting.


 


Technology Forecasting Newsletter, February 2015



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The FORMAT project started with a vision of using systematic methodologies to see what’s beyond the horizon in technology and to guide decision makers to see far and beyond the obvious.

What is FORMAT ?

 

FORMAT Project Updates:


FORMAT Final Conference:  Registration and Programme Details
May 14-15, 2015; Milan, Italy


The consortium of FORMAT project is pleased to invite you to a two-day conference in technology forecasting at Politecnico di Milano, department of mechanical engineering.

Among the Speakers:


Mohsen Hamoudia - International Institute of Forecasters
Ralph Grothman - Siemens Corporate Technology
Gaetano Cascini - Politecnico di Milano
Pierluigi Petrali - Whirlpool Europe
Sandro Feltrin - RIC

FORMAT consortium researchers, engineers and consultants are going to present talks of technology forecasting and disseminate the project latest advancements and case-studies.

 

  • Download full announcement here
  • Download preliminary programme here
  • Free Registration here

 

The event is carried out within the Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) - Marie Curie Actions.

We are looking forward to see you in Milan.

White Paper: Expert Opinion Technique and Recommendations to Reduce its Bias


Information acquiring, gathering, analysing and using have dominated an important part in our life. Considering a traditional classification of quantitative and qualitative analyses, experts’ opinion usually plays a major role for the second one in addition to combined approaches of both. This white paper reviews the procedures carried out with the purpose of technology forecasting in order to gather and analyse information from knowledgeable experts. The aim is to provide a list of recommendations and guidelines to reduce the bias resulting from these procedures. 

For the full white paper, click here.

 

New Arrivals in the FORMAT Tech Forecasting Library
  1. A. L. Porter, S. W. Cunningham, J. Banks, A. T. Roper, T. W. Mason and F. A. Rossini (2011) “Forecasting and management of technology”, John Wiley. New York, NY
  2. R. J Hyndman and G. Athanasopoulos (2013) “Forecasting: principles and practice” An online textbook. Available at:https://www.otexts.org/fpp
  3. K. Cuhls (2003) “Delphi method”, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Germany. Available at:http://www.unido.org/fileadmin/import/16959_DelphiMethod.pdf
  4. M. R. Hallowell (2009) “Techniques to Minimize Bias When Using the Delphi Method to Quantify Construction Safety and Health RisksConstruction Research Congress: 1489-1498. Available at:http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/41020(339)151
> Click here for the entire library on MENDELEY.
For previous newsletters, Click this link: http://www.format-project.eu/deliverables/newsletters
Copyright © 2015 FORMAT Project, All rights reserved.
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MilanMI 20156
Italy

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