Software Inventions at the University of Illinois Dave Washburn Senior Technology Manager UIUC dwashbur@illinois.edu

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Nov 7, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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Software Inventions at the University of Illinois


Dave Washburn

Senior Technology Manager

UIUC

dwashbur@illinois.edu





How do we protect it?



Patent



Copyright



Trade Secret (hard in a university

Software Inventions at the University of Illinois



How does one commercialize?



Start a company



Release into the community



License to an existing company



do an iventures10 project

Software Inventions at the University of Illinois



Going forward with Software



What do the inventors want to do?



How mature is the software?


Disclosure



The Hierarchical Bayesian Optimization Algorithm (
hBOA
)





Disclosed to OTM in 2001, Filed for Patent in 2001 (issued in 2006)




“A combined technique leveraging genetic algorithms, evolutionary
computation, A.I., and Bayesian networks to solve really hard
optimization problems.”




Assessment

What are the uses of hBOA?



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Data Mining

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Decision Support

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Knowledge Management

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Engineering Design & Management

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Scheduling

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Supply Chain

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Operations Research

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Enterprise Resource Management



Marketing

Web posting


Leverage web site of inventors


Wrote Evaluation licenses with three tire kickers…
finance, biology and EDA. None panned out.




Marketing

Web posting


Leverage web site of inventors


Wrote Evaluation licenses with three tire kickers…
finance, biology and EDA. None panned out.




Licensing

NEXTUMI, Inc.
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Start up company in 2004 based on hBOA and related
techs


Social Network sites were emerging


Create a “consumer chromosome” capable of learning web users likes,
behaviors, and patterns. Used to assist businesses target advertising
towards selected consumers.





Idea to Enterprise

Idea: High powered optimization algorithm


Enterprise: ShareThis, Inc.







Software Inventions at the University of Illinois



What is exciting these days?



Search



Software that runs Parallel (Multi
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core)



Content Management Systems



Enterprise apps collide with the web