, Volume 115, Issue 1, pp 35–49 | Cite as

An indicator of technical emergence

  • Stephen F. CarleyEmail author
  • Nils C. Newman
  • Alan L. Porter
  • Jon G. Garner


Developing useful intelligence on scientific and technological emergence challenges those who would manage R&D portfolios, assess research programs, or manage innovation. Recently, the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity Foresight and Understanding from Scientific Exposition Program has explored means to detect emergence via text analyses. We have been involved in positing conceptual bases for emergence, framing candidate indicators, and devising implementations. We now present a software script to generate a family of Emergence Indicators for a topic of interest. This paper offers some background, then discusses the development of this script through iterative rounds of testing, and then offers example findings. Results point to promising and actionable intelligence for R&D decision-makers.


Emergence indicators Technological emergence Scientific emergence Tech mining 



This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under EAGER Award #: 1645237 for a Project, “Using the ORCID ID and Emergence Scoring to Study Frontier Researchers.” Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia TechAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Intelligent Information Services CorporationAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Search Technology, IncNorcrossUSA
  4. 4.Georgia TechAtlantaUSA

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