What makes one more firm, more innovative than another? Why is Silicon Valley the world’s center for innovation and technology commercialization?
The Fung Institute answers these questions through academic research and industrial collaboration. Our methods span engineering and computer science methods including machine learning, empirical modeling from economics and statistics, and field methods from history and anthropology. Our results are published in peer-reviewed journals, practitioner magazines, and in technical notes. Our databases are opened for wider use by academia and the industry, and support research programs around the world. The Fung Institute Inventor Database, supported by NSF, the US Patent and Trademark Office, and the American Institutes for Research has been downloaded over 60,000 times since its creation at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Our tools allow automated graphing of inventor networks and mobility, the visualization of innovative and entrepreneurial success, and the recombinant flow of technology.