Alan Porter

Alan Porter

Director of R&D, Search Technology, Inc

Alan Porter is Professor Emeritus of Industrial & Systems Engineering, and of Public Policy, at Georgia Tech, where he is Co-director of the Program in Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (STIP).  He is also Director of R&D for Search Technology, Inc., Norcross, GA (producers of VantagePoint and Thomson Data Analyzer software).  He is author or co-author of some 240 articles and books, including Tech Mining (Wiley, 2005) and Forecasting and Management of Technology (Wiley, 2011).  He co-founded the International Association for Impact Assessment and later served as president.
Research interests key on “forecasting innovation pathways” for newly emerging technologies.  This entails text mining of science, technology & innovation information resources to generate Competitive Technical Intelligence.  He currently serves as principal investigator on a U.S. National Science Foundation program to develop “Indicators of Technological Emergence.”
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June 12, 2019
Conference Opening: Leading Innovation in Times of Constant Change
8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM