USF Inventions and Dr. Curt Carlson Kick Off ResearchOne

ResearchOne kicks off today, Thurs. Sept. 22 at 2 p.m., with a keynote address by Dr. Curtis R. Carlson, President and CEO of research giant SRI International, followed by a reception and exhibit show of new USF inventions and products at 3 p.m.


Presented by the Office of Research & Innovation, the Kick-Off Event will be held in the Interdisciplinary Research Building (IDR) Oak View Room and Galleria, 3720 Spectrum Blvd. in the USF Research Park in Tampa.  The event is free and open to the USF community and the general public. Free visitor parking is available. View map at:


Carlson will speak on "Innovation, Education and America:  Innovation is Now the Only Path to Growth, Prosperity, Environmental Sustainability and Security."


During the exhibit show, he will be signing copies of his book "Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want," selected as a Best Business Book by BusinessWeek magazine. The book will be available for purchase at the exhibit show USF Bookstore display for $29.42. 


Carlson, winner of an Emmy Award for the creation of HDTV, is a widely sought out speaker and thought leader on global competitiveness and a founding member of the Innovation Leadership Council for the World Economic Forum. He serves on the President's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and advises national and world leaders on innovation, competitiveness and educational reform.


The exhibit show will feature hands-on demonstrations of new USF products and inventions, including:


-The Skate Case by Looshes Labs, a skateboard and briefcase in one, with demonstrations on a custom ramp.


-Interactive Immersive Biology Experience & Learning System for learning anatomy interactively.


-The Shape Shifter, surfaces that retain their effectiveness as a physical barrier while undergoing changes in shape with motions like expanding, shrinking, twisting, encircling, wiggling, swallowing or constricting, for applications including shock absorption, vibration control, marine science and RF antennas.


-ARTHUR, a cutting edge medical education and diagnostic tool.


-Solar Spray & Solar Technologies, see through windows that generate electricity.


-Puff-N-Fluff Dog Drying System, winner of the 2011 USF Young Innovator Competition elementary division.


-Taking Off, the first pain free bandage remover invented by an eight year old USF Young Innovator competitor.


-The AbleNook: Modular Dwelling, a compact, rapidly deployable portable structure that can be assembled without tools and could provide disaster housing, replacing FEMA trailers.


-Hands-Free Mobility Device:  Dancing Wheelchair 2.0, a brand-new prototype that uses a sensory control system, without the need for the seat to mechanically "tilt."  With more stability, ease of control for the user and height control, the new chair has a clear, transparent seat mounted on a narrow, single post.


Companies and organizations exhibiting include:


-Modelithics, Inc., the premier provider of high-precision measurements and models for microwave/RF design simulation, founded by USF faculty members Lawrence Dunleavy and Thomas Weller. 


-USF's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), using simulation integrated with education and research excellence to push the latest advances in health care into practice.


-Graphicstudio, a USF artists' workshop committed to research and the application of traditional and new techniques for the production of limited edition prints and sculpture multiples.


-SRI International, an independent, non-profit research institute conducting client-sponsored research and development for government agencies, commercial businesses, foundations and other organizations.


-National Academy of Inventors, founded at USF in 2010 to honor academic inventors, currently with 22 Member Institutions and over 500 individual inventor members, and growing.


-Draper Laboratory, focused on advanced technological solutions in security, space exploration, healthcare and energy.


-Claro Scientific, providing optical profiling technology for blood analysis.


-Florida High Tech Corridor Council, a regional economic development initiative of the universities of South Florida, Florida and Central Florida to grow high tech industry and innovation in the region through research, workforce and marketing partnerships.


-Smith & Hopen, U.S. registered patent attorneys.


ResearchOne is sponsored by Smith & Hopen, P.A., Draper Laboratory, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and the Embassy Suites Hotel/USF.


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