Academia-Industry: The Roadmap for Open Innovation

“Open innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as the firms look to advance their technology,” according to Henry Chesbroug from Berkley Hass School of Business.

How can collaboration between academia and industry lead to technology advancement? What are the expectations from academia and industry? What are the challenges? How can they be overcome?

Join us to learn more about the potential, need, and challenges of the collaboration between academia and industry in the road to open innovation, by meeting distinguished professionals from both domains.


Ray Gosine

Ray Gosine

Memorial University, Canada

Bio: Following completion of an undergraduate degree (co-op) in Electrical Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Dr. Gosine attended Cambridge University in England where he completed a PhD in robotics.

Subsequently he held teaching and research positions at Cambridge University, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Memorial University of Newfoundland. These appointments included an NSERC Chair in Industrial Automation at UBC and the J.I. Clark of Intelligent Systems for Operations in Harsh Environments at Memorial University. He is currently Associate Vice-President (Research) at Memorial University, and he is also Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and J.I. Clark Chair.

Dr. Gosine’s research is in the areas of telerobotics, machine vision and pattern recognition for applications in the resource industries (i.e. mining, oil & gas, aquaculture and fisheries, and forestry). His teaching activities have covered a range of electrical and mechanical engineering topics including of electric circuit concepts, kinematics and dynamics, robotics and engineering design projects. Dr. Gosine has also taught graduate courses in the area of robotics and automation, computer vision and adaptive pattern recognition.

From August 2002 – September 2003 Dr. Gosine was the Interim Associate Dean (Graduate Studies and Research) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University. Dr. Gosine became Dean of Engineering at Memorial University in October 2003 and served in this capacity until March 2008 when he was appointed Acting Associate Vice-President (Research). From October 2008–September 2010, and from September 2014-April 2015 Dr. Gosine served as Vice-President (Research), Pro Tempore.

Dr Gosine serves on the Board of Directors for Shad Valley International, the Health Research Ethics Authority and he is Chair of the Public Review Panel to review hydraulic fracturing in Newfoundland and Labrador. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEG-NL), and he is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers (FCAE) and a Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC). He has served on the Board of Directors for a number of organizations and companies involved in research and technology development.

Academic Panelists

Vijay Bhargava

Vijay Bhargava

Professor, UBC, Canada

Bio: Vijay Bhargava obtained BASc, MASc and PhD degrees from Queen’s University at Kingston in 1970, 1972 and 1974 respectively. Currently he is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he served as Department Head during 2003-2008. Previously he was with the University of Victoria (1984-2003), Concordia University (1976-1984), the University of Waterloo (1976) and the Indian Institute of Science (1974-1975). He is in the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) Highly Cited list.

Vijay is a Fellow of the IEEE, The Royal Society of Canada, The Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada. Vijay is a recipient of the 2015 Killam Prize in Engineering and a 2015 Humboldt Research Award

Vijay has served as the Editor-in-Chief (2007-2009) of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He is a past President of the IEEE Information Theory Society and a Past President of the IEEE Communications Society.

Milica Stojanovic

Milica Stojanovic

Northeastern University, USA

Bio: Milica Stojanovic graduated from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 1988, and received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, in 1991 and 1993. She was a Principal Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in 2008 joined Northeastern University, where she is currently a Professor of electrical and computer engineering. She is also a Guest Investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Her research interests include digital communications theory, statistical signal processing and wireless networks, and their applications to underwater acoustic systems.

Milica is a Fellow of the IEEE, and serves as an Associate Editor for its Journal of Oceanic Engineering (and in the past for Transactions on Signal Processing and Transactions on Vehicular Technology). She also serves on the Advisory Board of the IEEE Communication Letters, and chairs the IEEE Ocean Engineering Society’s Technical Committee for Underwater Communication, Navigation and Positioning.

Sarah Katie Wilson

Sarah Katie Wilson

Santa Clara University, USA

Bio: Sarah Kate Wilson received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College with honours in Mathematics in 1979 and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering in 1994. She has worked in both industry and academia and has been a visiting professor at Lulea University of Technology, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Stanford University and Northeastern University. She is an Associate Professor at Santa Clara University. She has served as an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Communications Letters and IEEE Transactions on Communications and the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Letters. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Vice-President for Publications of the IEEE Communications Society.

Industry Panelists

Dragos Cristea

Dragos Cristea

Senior Manager, NFV & SDN Solutions and Network Engineering, Agility Division, Ciena

Bio: Dragos Cristea currently serves as a Senior Manager, NFV and SDN Solutions and Network Engineering in the Agility Division, Ciena Corporation. Mr. Cristea and his team provide in-depth expertise to educate, demonstrate, consult and advise Ciena’s customers and sales force, on Ciena’s Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions. The customer details his team obtains is key feedback into Ciena’s research and development teams that shape the product requirements.

With over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and IT industries, Mr. Cristea has held various system and network engineering, solution testing and global product support roles. Mr. Cristea joined Ciena from the Nortel Networks’ Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) acquisition.

Mr. Cristea holds a Master’s degree in Electronics Engineering, with a focus on Electronic Processing of Information, from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest in Romania.

Doru Calin

Doru Calin

Director, High Performance Wireless Technologies and Networks
Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA

Doru Calin is the Director of High Performance Wireless Technologies and Networks within Bell Labs, at Alcatel‐Lucent, Murray Hill, New Jersey. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in New York City. He received his M.S. degree (1994) in electrical engineering from the University of Bucharest, Romania, and a M.S. (1995) and Ph.D. (1998) with high honors in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Versailles and TELECOM SudParis in France.

Prior to joining Bell Labs in 2001, he was a researcher at the Institut National des Telecommunications (now TELECOM & Management SudParis), Paris, France, a technical consultant for Bouygues Telecom, and a senior research engineer at Motorola Labs in Paris.

He holds 23 granted patents and over 20 patents filed and pending, and has published over 65 papers in scientific journals, book chapters, and refereed conferences. Dr. Calin is a co-inventor of the patent that laid the foundation for the first lightRadio prototype in the wireless industry, which demonstrated the first live transatlantic and transpacific lightRadio video calls.

He has received a number of major awards, including two Bell Labs President’s Gold Awards, four Bell Labs Teamwork Awards, the IEEE WCNC 2015 best paper award, and the Motorola 3GPP standard award. His responsibilities include design of modern broadband wireless communication systems, cross-layer optimization, creation of high value wireless services and performance analysis.

Monique Marrow

Monique Morrow

CTO – Evangelist for New Frontiers Development and Engineering, Cisco

Bio: Monique Morrow is the CTO – Evangelist for New Frontiers Development and Engineering at Cisco as of November 2014.

Monique was the first CTO of Cisco Services from June 2013 to November 2014 where she lead the development of Cisco Services Technologies mapped to Services Customer Solution Reference Architecture that is now foundational for Cisco Customer Solutions implementation.

Monique has a track record of co-innovating with customers, that has transcended the globe from North America, Europe and Asia

Specialties: Networking technology; Grid, cloud computing, Intercloud-Federation, Internet of Things; M2M Security and E-Health; Semantic web; Business Development

Monique’s current focus in on the intersection between research – economics-technology to portfolio execution e.g. Circular and Exponential Economies as examples.

Mark Newell

Mark Newell

Sr. Manager, OTN Solutions, Altera NL, Canada

Bio: Mark Newell received his Electrical Engineering degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1998. From there he embarked on a cross-Canada journey, with stops in St. John’s, Ottawa, and Calgary, working for a variety of hi-tech companies along the way, including Nortel, Cadence, Catena and Wi-LAN. In 2007, he returned home to join a startup company called Avalon Microelectronics, who were developing FPGA-based IP cores for Optical Networking applications. Avalon Microelectronics grew from 7 to over 30 people and was acquired in 2010 by Altera, one of the leading vendors of the FPGAs targeted by Avalon’s designs. Still with Altera, Mark is currently the Senior Engineering Manager of the Newfoundland Technology Center (NTC). NTC continues to focus on Optical Networking Solutions, and is currently engaged in a partnership with Memorial University to research potential ways to apply Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM) algorithms, commonly used in wireless communication, to the field of Optical Communications. He is also the proud father of 3-year old twin boys, and an unapologetic Habs fan!