Dr. Alan Porter

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Alan Porter is Professor Emeritus of Industrial & Systems Engineering, and of Public Policy, at Georgia Tech, where he remains with the Technology Policy and Assessment Center. He is also Director of R&D for Search Technology, Inc., Norcross, GA. He is author of some 200 articles and books, including Tech Mining (Wiley, 2005). Current research emphasizes measures of research interdisciplinarity and science overlay maps to track research knowledge transfer and emerging technologies.


Dr. Ismael Rafols

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Dr. Ismael Rafols is Research Fellow at SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research), the University of Sussex. He studies the emergence of hybrid scientific fields, such as bionanotechnology or synthetic biology, relying on bibliometric tools and expert interviews. His recent research focuses on the development of mapping methods to identify areas/topics of knowledge integration.


Dr. Dave Roessner


David Roessner is Associate Director of the Science and Technology Policy Program at SRI International, and Professor of Public Policy Emeritus at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests include technology policy, the evaluation of research programs and the management of innovation. He recently served as Project Director for a National Science Foundation study, Indicators of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Research (2009). Dr. Roessner is a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and a member of Tau Beta Pi.


Dr. Loet Leydesdorff

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Loet Leydesdorff (Ph.D. Sociology, M.A. Philosophy, and M.Sc. Biochemistry) reads Science and Technology Dynamics at the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR) of the University of Amsterdam. He is Visiting Professor of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC) in Beijing, Honorary Fellow of the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) of the University of Sussex, and at the Virtual Knowledge Studio of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published extensively in systems theory, social network analysis, scientometrics, and the sociology of innovation (see for a list of publications ). With Henry Etzkowitz, he initiated a series of workshops, conferences, and special issues about the Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government Relations.