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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