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The World's Leading Info Tech Research Labs

 
Here's how researchers themselves rank world laboratories doing work in four 
broad areas of information-technology research. The researchers were asked how 
they thought the labs ranked today and around 1978, as the personal computer 
industry was just beginning.

These standings are based on an informal E-mail survey done in May, 1997, by 
Business Week. The bulk of the researchers who participated were from U.S. 
labs, so the positions of European and Asian labs are probably lower than they 
would have been with greater international participation. The survey was not 
scientifically designed, so the results are not statistically valid. Labs that 
are grouped together in the lists below were approximately equal in rank.


COMPUTER SCIENCE

Circa 1978                           Today

AT&T Bell Labs                        Stanford University
MIT Lab for Computer Science (LCS)

Stanford University                   MIT Lab for Computer Science (LCS)
                                      University of California (UC)-Berkeley

Xerox Palo Alto Research Ctr. (PARC)  Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

Carnegie Mellon Univ. (CMU)           Bell Labs (Lucent Technologies Inc.)
IBM Research Div.

University of Calif.-Berkeley         IBM Research 

University of Illinois (Urbana)       Microsoft Research

Cornell University                    AT&T Labs (spinoff from AT&T Bell Labs)
SRI International                     University of Washington

Cambridge University                  MIT Media Lab
Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC)         Xerox Palo Alto Research Ctr. (PARC)

Hewlett-Packard Labs                  Cornell
MIT Media Lab                         U.Illinois
Princeton University

California Institute of Technology    Sun Labs (Sun Microsystems Inc.)
University of Toronto
University of Washington

Oxford University                     Caltech
University of Southern California     Cambridge
University of Edinburgh               DEC
                                      Princeton

University of Wisconsin               Georgia Institute of Technology
                                      University of Maryland
                                      USC

                                      Hewlett-Packard Labs
                                      UC-San Diego
                                      University of North Carolina

                                      German National Research Center for
                                        Computer Science (GMD)
                                      Industrial Light & Magic
                                      Pennsylvania State University
                                      Rice University
                                      Rutgers University
                                      Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
                                        (ETH, Zurich)
                                      U.Edinburgh

                                      Disney Imagineering
                                      Technical University of Munich
                                      U.Toronto


TELECOMMUNICATIONS, NETWORKING, GROUPWARE

Circa 1978                           Today 

AT&T Bell Labs                        Bell Labs (Lucent)

Xerox PARC                            AT&T Labs
                                      MIT LCS

Bolt, Beranek & Newman Inc. (BBN)     Stanford
MIT LCS

Stanford                              IBM Research
                                      Xerox PARC

IBM Research                          Bellcore

UC-Los Angeles (UCLA)                 BBN
USC                                   USC

Cambridge                             Cambridge
                                      Columbia University
                                      UC-Berkeley
                                      Washington University (St. Louis)

Bellcore                              Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (NTT)
DEC
SRI

British Telecom Labs                  Cisco Systems
NTT                                   Hewlett-Packard Labs
U.Illinois                            NEC
                                      UCLA

LM Ericsson                           Bell Northern Research
French National Institute for         British Telecom Labs
 Research in Computer Science(INRIA)  CMU
Hewlett-Packard Labs                  Corp. for National Research Initiatives
Siemens Central R&D                   INRIA (France)
                                      U.Illinois

                                      Fujitsu Ltd.
                                      Georgia Tech
                                      Motorola Inc.
                                      U.Wisconsin

                                      DEC
                                      Ericsson
                                      France Telecom R&D Center (CNET)
                                      Rutgers
                                      Siemens
                                      Sun Labs
                                      UC-San Diego
                                      University of Michigan

                                      Advanced Telecom Research (ATR)
                                        Institute (Japan)
                                      SRI
                                      U.North Carolina
                                      Virginia Polytechnic Institute


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ROBOTICS, NATURAL LANGUAGE,
INTERFACES, DATA MINING

Circa 1978                            Today 

Stanford                              MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab
                                      Stanford

CMU                                   CMU

Xerox PARC                            CMU Robotics Institute

MIT AI Lab                            MIT Media Lab
SRI 

AT&T Bell Labs                        Xerox PARC

IBM                                   AT&T Labs
MIT LCS

U.Edinburgh                           IBM Research
                                      Microsoft Research

Brown University                      Bell Labs (Lucent)
University of Texas (Austin)          Geogia Tech
                                      MIT LCS
                                      UC-Berkeley

BBN                                   SRI
UC-Berkeley                           University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
                                      U.Toronto

Apple Computer Inc.                   Apple Computer
Jet Propulsion Lab                    Brown
MIT Media Lab                         INRIA (France)
Rutgers                               U.Maryland
University of Pennsylvania            U.Pennsylvania
USC                                   USC
U.Toronto
Yale University

U.Illinois                            Cambridge
Caltech                               German Center for AI Research (DKFI) 
U.Maryland                            Jet Propulsion Lab
U.Massachusetts                       Swiss Machine Learning Institute (IDSIA)
University of Rochester               UCLA
                                      U.Michigan
                                      U.North Carolina
                                      U.Rochester

                                      Caltech
                                      Cornell
                                      Naval Research Lab
                                      Oregon Graduate Institute
                                      Purdue University
                                      Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
                                      Sandia National Labs
                                      Technical University of Munich


BIOLOGICALLY INSPIRED: ARTIFICIAL LIFE, COMPLEXITY THEORY,
GENETIC ALOGORITHMS, EVOLUTIONARY PROGRAMMING

Circa 1978                           Today 

U.Michigan                            Santa Fe Institute

Stanford                              Stanford

U.Maryland                            U.Michigan

Bell Labs                             ATR Institute (Japan)
Colorado State University             MIT AI Lab
Los Alamos National Lab
Santa Fe Institute
Technical University of Berlin
UCLA
U.Dortmund
U.North Carolina

CMU                                   Caltech
Cornell                               Los Alamos National Lab
UC-San Diego                          Naval Research Lab
U.Illinois                            Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
                                        (EPFL, Lausanne)
                                      UC-San Diego
                                      U.Dortmund
                                      U.Illinois
                                      University of Sussex

                                      CMU
                                      Colorado State
                                      Electrotechnical Lab (Japan)
                                      IDSIA (Switzerland)
                                      Natural Selection Inc.
                                      NEC Research Institute (Princeton)
                                      Sony Corp. (Japan)
                                      UCLA
                                      University of New Mexico
                                      U.North Carolina

                                      Cornell
                                      MIT Media Lab
                                      Sandia National Labs


DATA: BUSINESS WEEK SURVEY


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