Semantics of Innovation

Presented on 24 Oct at IC3K 2014

Keynote Lecturer: Michele Missikoff

Abstract: Innovation is today one of the most used terms, when talking about strategies to recover from the current economic downturn. However, in the large majority of cases, the term is used as a generic 'place holder', a sort of container whose actual content is left to the intuition. If you ask questions, trying to get a deeper understanding, then you realise that the notion of 'innovation' is very rich and articulated and, in parallel, ideas are in general rather vague. In the European project BIVEE, active since 3 years, we studied business and enterprise innovation, proposing a solution based on the use of semantic technologies, with a focus on Virtual Enterprises (essentially, networks of cooperating SMEs). Innovation in its essence is seen as a complex, ill-defined process of knowledge enrichment: starting from a given problem or idea, the process requires a large amount of (existing) knowledge to produce the new knowledge, necessary to solve the given problem and/or transform the idea into a concrete product (tangible or intangible). This talk starts with an overview on the broad, encompassing notion of innovation, with its facets and articulation, and then illustrate an approach to innovation support and management based on a knowledge-centric approach. Such an approach has the desirable property to be largely independent from a specific industrial sector, and can be easily adapted to different kinds of production, from manufacturing to the service industry.