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Next-Generation Research and Breakthrough Innovation
November/December 2009 (vol. 11 no. 6)
pp. 76-84
Thomas C. McMail, Microsoft Research

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Index Terms:
multidisciplinary research, breakthrough research, research futures, predicting innovation
Thomas C. McMail, "Next-Generation Research and Breakthrough Innovation," Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 76-84, Nov.-Dec. 2009, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2009.201
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