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From: InfoSec News (alertsinfosecnews.org)
Date: Fri Nov 01 2013 - 04:04:22 CDT
By John Leyden
31st October 2013
RSA Europe 2013 Declining support for young science and technology researchers
from the US government could hurt technology innovation in the long term, a top
computer scientist has warned.
Robert Griffin, chief security architect at information security biz RSA, said
complaints about funding featured in all three pairs of Nobel Prize acceptance
speeches this year.
Funding is not too much of a problem for established researchers but for
"younger researchers there's pressure to publish early or quickly," said
Griffin. Government funding for academic research has been cut because of tough
economic conditions – but, said Griffin, this is a short-sighted approach
because it will hurt researchers over the long term.
Zurich-based Griffin, who has given lectures at MIT and is heavily involved in
the EU's Smart Grid project, said that industry needs to engage in the research
community. Yet other sources of support are also needed because research
breakthroughs can take years to filter down into front-line products.
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