Tracking Technical Emergence: Can we predict the future?

Nils C. Newman , Search Technology, USA

Extracting “who, what, when and where” from scientific, technical and patent databases is now a relatively well understood process. Given the current technical and computational advances, can we now turn our attention to forecasting the future? This discussion explores some of the issues related to technical forecasting using bibliographic data and outlines some of the current research on identifying technical emergence. Included in the discussion are practical indicators for identifying emergent researchers, organizations and technologies.

About the speaker
Nils C. Newman ( is the President of Search Technology in Norcross, Georgia, USA. For over two decades, Mr. Newman has worked on the development of analytical tools to assist in the management of technology. His activity focuses on the use of bibliographic and patent information in research evaluation, competitive intelligence, and strategic planning. Mr. Newman has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Technology and Science Policy from Georgia Tech.

Venue: Conference room (room 0.16 & 0.17)

Date: 14 October 2016

Time: 12:30 - 13:30  CET