Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

How to Build a Bad Research Center

David A. Patterson

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/EECS-2013-123
June 15, 2013

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2013/EECS-2013-123.pdf

This paper contains my advice on building and running research centers based on being involved in a dozen of them over nearly 40 years. In keeping with my past advice pieces on talks and careers, where the goal was to be informative and entertaining, I first lay down eight commandments to create a bad research center before describing how to do the opposite: multidisciplinary, five-year centers that rely on biannual retreats and shared open space to guide the research. Be forewarned that to persuade readers of the benefits of this approach I see no option but to cite impact on research results and on student and faculty careers I have witnessed in my decades at UC Berkeley. (Hint: the impact was positive.) My intent is to publish this piece in a journal, but early feedback is that it will have to be less satirical and a lot shorter, hence this technical report to share the full history.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Patterson:EECS-2013-123,
    Author = {Patterson, David A.},
    Title = {How to Build a Bad Research Center},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2013},
    Month = {Jun},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2013/EECS-2013-123.html},
    Number = {UCB/EECS-2013-123},
    Abstract = {This paper contains my advice on building and running research centers based on being involved in a dozen of them over nearly 40 years. In keeping with my past advice pieces on talks and careers, where the goal was to be informative and entertaining, I first lay down eight commandments to create a bad research center before describing how to do the opposite: multidisciplinary, five-year centers that rely on biannual retreats and shared open space to guide the research.

Be forewarned that to persuade readers of the benefits of this approach I see no option but to cite impact on research results and on student and faculty careers I have witnessed in my decades at UC Berkeley.  (Hint: the impact was positive.)

My intent is to publish this piece in a journal, but early feedback is that it will have to be less satirical and a lot shorter, hence this technical report to share the full history.}
}

EndNote citation:

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%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 2013
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