A decade of research


Cambridge Laboratory marks 10 years of industry-leading innovation

CAMBRIDGE, June 30, 1998 - Xerox has celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its Cambridge laboratory with a dedicated event featuring senior Xerox and XRCE (Xerox Research Centre Europe) representatives.

At the event, Bob Anderson, director of XRCE's Cambridge Laboratory, commemorated Xerox' first decade of European research with a speech addressed to a group of Xerox and VIP attendees.

'Over the last 10 years, our primary objective has been to develop flexible technologies that enhance the way Xerox' customers work, thus improving their competitiveness and profitability. After a decade of research we are very proud to say that we have fulfilled our mission and created innovative applications which add value to the services Xerox offers', commented Bob Anderson.

XRCE's Cambridge Laboratory focuses on creating new forms of interaction with document services and solutions. The centre is committed to developing tools and techniques that are not only innovative but also meet market requirements. Researchers work very closely with European organisations and Xerox' customers to assess their technology needs. Amongst others, the Cambridge Laboratory has collaborated with Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO), the International Monetary Fund, Cable & Wireless and Abbey National.

Patrick Bergmans, director of XRCE, Grenoble & Cambridge Laboratories, explained: 'Xerox has always recognised the importance of the European market and the uniqueness of its multilingual and multi-cultural environment. When Xerox examined these characteristics in the light of the fast technological development of the Cambridge area, it made perfect sense for the company to establish a R&D laboratory here'.

As a high-tech R&D centre based at the heart of the area known colloquially as 'Silicon Fen', XRCE's Cambridge Laboratory has played an important role in the IT industry over the last 10 years. In 1989, the laboratory's creation attracted many of the top talents in human computer interaction (HCI), including Allan Borning from the University of Seattle, Bill Buxton from the University of Toronto and two PARC researchers, Stuart Card and Austin Henderson. The initial research team also included leading local researchers such as Thomas Green and Richard Young from Cambridge's Applied Psychology Unit. Cambridge Laboratory R&D leaders have been invited to give keynote presentations at such prestigious events as the World Economic Forum of Davos, Switzerland, Freind21 in Japan and the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Cambridge Laboratory was established in 1988 and was joined with its sister facilities in Grenoble in 1993, forming XRCE. This European research centre invents and designs document technologies and solutions which bring real business value to Xerox customers. The centre's research teams analyse document processes and create technologies to support them, producing software which enhances human capacities and practices. To date, its innovations have included the 'digital desk' which has enabled the development of an entirely new paradigm in face up scanning and 'Intersite', a web-based collaboration facility for distributed commercial print shops. XRCE also incorporates a laboratory in Grenoble (France), the Advanced Technology and Systems (ATS) group and the TeXnology Showroom (both based in Grenoble).

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Xerox has always invested a significant part of its revenue back into basic and applied research. In 1997, the company spent more than $1.7 billion on R&D. Xerox research centres have been responsible for creating many of the technologies we now take for granted. For instance, industry changing innovations such as the laser printer, the graphical user interface, the Ethernet and the mouse were first developed at Xerox' Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC).