There was a lot of speculation recently that Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs had abandoned its traditional mission after it cut back on some fundamental physics research. However, Bell Labs president Dr. Jeong Kim, speaking at Telephony LIVE this week in Chicago, promised that a leaner agency would continue its tradition of innovation in new ways.
He said that Bell Labs is getting more focused on disruptive near-term innovation than visionary long-term innovation. Basic and applied research will remain big parts of the recipe, but Bell Labs also will take some projects further into the development phases. He also said Bell Labs's research has to be broader than just Alcatel-Lucent's telecom industry focus.
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