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From Facial Recognition to DNA Editor, Researchers File New Patents

Face recognition and gaze correction are growing fields in IT. Image courtesy of Fraunhofer Face Finder, Flickr

Prof. Lempitsky’s patent refers to face recognition and gaze correction are growing fields in IT. Image courtesy of Fraunhofer Face Finder, Flickr

Researchers at Skoltech filed three new patent applications in Russia and internationally through the university’s Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO). The technologies and methods developed relate to fields as diverse as computer vision, DNA editing and calibration systems. The applications reflect the university’s multidisciplinary and cross-cutting nature and its core mission: produce innovative science that impacts society and the economy.

Text: Ilan Goren

The first application relates to a gaze correction method and machine learning. It was filed in March as a national Russian patent application by Prof Victor Lempitsky, who heads the institute’s computer vision group, and Daniil Kononenko, a PhD student.

Their method addresses the well-known “gaze” problem in videoconferencing. The problem results from the disparity between  a user’s own web camera and the on-screen image of the other person. When you are video-chatting with somebody, you might choose to look straight into the webcam to make an impression of looking into the other person’s eyes, but then you would  miss everything that is happening on screen. On the other hand, you can watch the screen, but then the other side experiences the deeply unnatural feeling of talking to a person who is looking elsewhere.

To address the problem, Lempitsky and Kononenko developed a method that edits webcam images in real-time, ‘redirecting’ the gaze and reestablishing eye-to-eye contact. The method is applicable to previously unseen people and can run on a standard laptop with a standard web camera.

Lempitsky explains that “many people perceive the inability to look ‘eye-to-eye’ during video conferences as a big drawback. For those users, this patent application and subsequent commercialization will make videoconferencing more similar to real offline conversation.”

CRISPR, also known as the DNA editor, attracts the attention of many researchers, including Skoltech's Konstantin Severinov. Image courtesy of Wikipedia, under Creative COmmons license

CRISPR, also known as the DNA editor, attracts the attention of many researchers, including Skoltech’s Konstantin Severinov. Image courtesy of Wikipedia, under Creative COmmons license

More recently, Prof Konstantin Severinov of Skoltech’s Data-Intensive Biomedicine and Biotechnology research center and biomed student Sergey Shmakov filed, jointly with MIT professor Feng Zhang, a patent application for a Class 2 CRISPR-Cas system. This work on the so called DNA editor, dubbed ‘the biggest biotech discovery of the century’ by publications such as Quanta Magazine and MIT Technology Review, is a collaboration between Skoltech, MIT, and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Severinov explains that “the CRISPR-Cas9 technology is revolutionizing life sciences and has created a field of genomic editing and engineering. Sergey Shmakov, a graduate student jointly supervised by Eugene Koonin at NIH and myself, has predicted several completely new CRISPR-Cas systems whose biotechnological potential is currently being evaluated in the Zhang lab. Stay tuned for exciting results in the near future!”

Thirdly, a team led by Dmitry Kirsanov (ITMO) and supported by Skoltech’s Translational Research and Innovation Program submitted an international patent application (under PCT) for a calibration system and method. The project involved the development of a multi-sensor device and software for instrumental toxicity assessment in environmental monitoring.

Patent applications are crucial building blocks in Skoltech’s effort to “develop its IP portfolio, attract research sponsorships and become one of the most impactful universities in the world”, says the KTO’s manager Sergey Ulyakhin. “The ultimate goal is to bring more benefit for the general public through licensing the technologies to companies, either startups or industry leaders, for commercialization.”

A group led by Dmitry Kirsanov (left) and supported by the Skoltech Translational Research and Innovation Program submitted a PCT patent application titled Calibration system and method.

A group led by Dmitry Kirsanov (left) and supported by the Skoltech Translational Research and Innovation Program submitted a PCT patent application titled Calibration system and method.

 

 

 

Workshop: The Ins and Outs of Tech Commercialization

What does the future hold for technology transfer and commercialization? Image courtesy of Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education

What does the future hold for technology transfer and commercialization? Image courtesy of Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education

Why is technology commercialization so important for academic and research institutions? What role do local legislation and international context play in technology transfer? Which polices on Intellectual Property Ownership and Management are more effective in stimulating successful technology commercialization?

These and many other questions will be raised at Skoltech during a two-day Technology Transfer Workshop on November 19-20. The workshop will bring together Russian and international technology transfer practitioners, patent attorneys, inventors, industry and university representatives, and members of the Skoltech community.

The expected outcomes of this meeting include strategies to enhance commercialization activity at Skoltech as well as ideas for further possible collaborations between the workshop participants.

This event is by invitation only. For more information please contact Skoltech Knowledge Transfer Office at  .

 

 

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

Using Patents in and for Research: An Expert’s View

Dr. Zeljko Tekic, guest speaker at the Skoltech seminar about patenting

Dr. Zeljko Tekic, guest speaker at the skoltech seminar about patenting

Ever thought how crucial it might be for researchers and entrepreneurs to base their assumptions about patents on complex data?

 

Whether you replied with a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’, join us as we host Dr. Zeljko Tekic for a seminar on «COMPLEX PHENOMENA IN INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT THROUGH THE LENS OF PATENT DATA».

When: August 7, 2014, 13.30 – 15.00

Where: Beijing-1 Auditorium, China cluster, Skolkovo School of Management

SEMINAR ABSTRACT:

Quantum Patents are legal instruments and powerful business tools. At the same time patents are a unique and valuable source of technical, legal, business and public policy relevant information. The availability of all this information inside patents offers a full spectrum of possibilities for using them in research and practice in key areas of competitive intelligence, innovation and technology management.

The starting point of Dr. Tekic in using patents in research is the study on patent value under the strategy of threatening with litigation. The contribution in this field relates to understanding which patent characteristics make the threat of litigation more acute. It is based on unique empirical evidence about the monetization of 623 US patents. By regressing this exclusive and rare data on different sets of patent value indicators, he was able to outline a profile of patents most likely to accumulate high value under the new strategy.

To support this research,  researchers a software tool for competitive intelligence based on patent data, called PSALM. The established tool assembles patent data from publicly available databases, collects and analyses bibliographic parameters of patents but also does text mining. It enables visualizations of high as well as low-dimensional data. F

inally, as a part of his PhD research, Dr. Tekic has used patents and other primary sources of information to track patterns in the development of knowledge and related innovations in landline, mobile and smart phone industries over a long period of time. Based on recognized patterns he has developed a conceptual model – the House of Knowledge, which links concepts of knowledge creation and innovation into a meaningful system and advances our understanding about the knowledge – innovation interface.

In the seminar Dr. Tekic will briefly introduces the above mentioned research and results, offering a starting point for discussion about future plans in research, teaching and practice.

SPEAKER INTRODUCTION: Zeljko Tekic is an assistant professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at University of Novi Sad. He teaches subjects related to entrepreneurship, creative problem solving, innovation and technology management at bachelor and master level. Zeljko earned his PhD in engineering management at the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad. He also holds an M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship from the University of Nottingham and an M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Novi Sad. Recently he was a postdoctoral scholar at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering in Stuttgart and at Freie Universität Berlin.

His current research interests include the knowledge-innovation interface, patent valuation and patent data analysis, business intelligence, and youth entrepreneurship. He has published over 30 papers in refereed journals and international conferences. Zeljko is a head of the Faculty’s Center for Youth Entrepreneurship and a member of the University’s Intellectual Property Center. He successfully coordinated FP7 and TEMPUS projects.

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

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