Lectures by Professor T. Russell Hsing: Where Technologist and Entrepreneur Meet to Stimulate Academic Spin-offs Back to events list

Date: January 22nd, 2020 from 09:30 to 11:00
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Venue: NIMBUS Centre

Where Technologist and Entrepreneur Meet To Stimulate Academic Spin-offs:

(Lessons Learned from three old photos, Experiences Sharing and Suggestions)


Professor T. Russell Hsing

Executive Director of Applied Research, Bellcore/Telcordia/Ericsson (Retired)

Honorary Chair Professor, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Member of Advisory Council, Harvard Business Review, US

Visiting Professors for IIT Mumbai, India; Peking University, China; and ASU, Arizona, US

Board Member/Board Advisor/Mentor, High-Tech Start-Ups via Academic-Spinoffs, US



As indicated by Professor John L. Hennessy (President of Stanford University), “High - technology companies are both an important part of our world’s economic growth story as well as the place where many young entrepreneurs realize their dreams”.

Starting from three old photos which were taken over 21 ~ 37 years ago, the speaker will first share his own story on how and why to develop three world’s first prototypes:

Touch Phone (1982), ADSL (1987), and the Personal Access Communications System (1998), with audiences.

He will then couple his R&D experiences of over 35 years in US industry and 8 years in Academia across the world with his global touch and involvements with several start-ups, this talk will blend technologies, liberal arts, creativity, innovation, business and management together to guide the audiences to go through an entire process from

Curiosity > Opportunity> Business Model> Risk Management> Technology Commercialization> Money”.

At the end of this talk, the speaker hopes that the audiences will have a first-hand feeling to understand how an entrepreneur transfers his (her) curiosity, hard work, and ambition at the very early stage into decisive actions of establishing their own enterprise, and then eventually expand it to one of the top Fortunate 500 corporations in the world. In the meantime, the creation of academic spin-offs from universities research labs and research institutes are now playing a key mechanism of the technology commercialization for IPRs-based research prototypes. University spin-offs are now starting to play a critical role for economic development, Commercializing university technologies and also helping university with their major missions of research and teaching.

Based on speaker’s own experiences as corporate director and executive director for 26 years; university professor (since 2012); and board member, board advisor and mentor for several academic-spinoffs (since 2013), the action of “Academic Spin-offs: Why, How and What” will be discussed. Hopefully this talk might be able to stimulate audience’s entrepreneurial spirit, and ultimately encourage some of faculty members and students to make their dreams of having their own Technology Start-Ups through Academic Spin-offs.


Short Bio for Prof. T. Russell Hsing, PhD

T. Russell Hsing is the IEEE Life Fellow and Fellows of the British Computer Society, and SPIE. He received his B.S. from National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan) in 1970, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Rhode Island (US) in 1977. He accumulated rich R&D experience of 40+ years through affiliations with Burroughs, Xerox, GTE Labs, Telco Systems Fiber Optics Corporation, TASC and Bellcore/Telcordia/Ericsson as Technical Staff, Engineering Director, Research Director, and Executive Director since 1977. He is currently Honorary Chair Professor with National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, and Advisory Council Member for Harvard Business Review (HBS). During his tenure at Telcordia, he has established two significant R&D centers, one in Taipei, Taiwan, and the other in Poznan, Poland. Both centers focused on advanced technologies for Telecommunication and Information Sciences partnering with local institutions to win significant contract funding from both commercial and local government sources.

After March, 2012, He has held visiting positions at numerous universities around the world including Nanyang Technological University and Singapore University of Technology & Design (Singapore), IIT Bombay (India), Arizona State University (US), University of Electronics, Science and Technology in China, Peking University (China), POSTECH (Korea), and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been pioneering the technologies commercialization through joint business ventures and academic spin-offs. He is also serving as Board Director/Board Advisory/Mentor for several academic spin-offs in US and Taiwan. He had been board of director for the Open Fog Consortium in 2016-2018. He has been teaching the courses of “Technology Entrepreneurship: From IP to IPO” (since 2014) and “Internet Economics” (since 2017) during past seven years.

His research interests include Intelligent Fog/Edge Computing & Networking and Platform, Video Compression & Communications, Vehicular Telematics & Services, Wireless Technologies and Communication, Future Network Towards 6G, and Next Generation IoT Services and Applications, and Academic Spin-offs.

He has been active as an IEEE ComSoc volunteer for many years. He was a member (2006-2008) and then chair(2010-2011) of the Fellow Evaluation Committee, and a member of the Award Committee (2010-2012). He is founding chair (2010-2012) of Sub-TC on Vehicular Networks and Telematics Applications for Comsoc. Within the IEEE, he was a member (2008-2010)/ Chair (2010-2011)/Past Chair (2012) for the IEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award Committee, and then the IEEE Eric Sumner TFA Committee (2010-2012). He has been a member for the IEE Fellow Committee since 2012 and the Strategic Planning Committee in 2013. He was the Vice Chair for the IEEE TFA Committee in 2014. He has led an Ad Hoc Committee to Review the IEEE Fellow Evaluation Criteria and Process since June, 2015, and then made final recommendations to the Board of Governors for the IEEE ComSoc inDecember, 2017. He has been editorial board member for the IEEE Internet of Things Magazine (since 2018) and Advisory Board Member for the IEEE Fog/Edge Industry Community (since June, 2019).

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