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ICCBR-10 Workshop on CBR Startups

CBR Startups

ICCBR 2010 Workshop / July 20, 2010 / Alessandria, Italy

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Over the past twenty-five years, Case-Based Reasoning has matured into a full-fledged discipline within AI, with an international community, strong research momentum, and many commercial successes. However, despite its many advantages as a technology, CBR is not well known in the entrepreneurial world. In part, this is due to few startups being created by CBR researchers, who are the best people to initiate commercialization of their ideas.

This workshop will focus on the merits and challenges of creating a technology startup out of cutting-edge research in academia or research labs. We will discuss technological issues, such as the application areas best suited for CBR approaches and scalability of CBR technologies. We will also discuss practical issues, such as the tension between academic goals (e.g., publishing papers) and commercialization goals (e.g., building applications), and the different types of expertise required to create a vision (researchers), market a product (marketers), and build a company (entrepreneurs).

In true CBR fashion, we will use cases to tackle these issues.  We will hear from CBR researchers who have created CBR startups, and use their experiences to discuss different ways to commercialize CBR technologies. Some have chosen a hands-on approach, taking on a management role (CEO) or a technology role (CTO). Others have partnered with experienced business people, who have taken their ideas forward. We will also provide a forum to help participants with their startup ideas.


CBR Startups will be a half-day workshop with short talks by people who have spun out companies from their universities, a panel discussion with open audience questions on the merits and challenges of doing a startup, alternative ways of commercializing CBR technologies, and advice to people interested in doing this.

We will conclude with a hands-on session with 3 minute pitches by participants. Think of it as throwing down the gauntlet—a friendly competition where you pitch your CBR startup idea. Prizes will be awarded for most innovative use of CBR technology, best business idea, and idea most likely to succeed. Our intention is to provide advice and mentoring by community members who have been-there-done-that, using these ideas as case studies for all of us to learn from.

Tentative agenda:

  • Introduction and context (Ashwin Ram)
  • Short talks by CBR researchers who have done startups
  • Panel discussion with open audience questions
  • 3 minute CBR gauntlet Pitch competition

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