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Tom Meyer - Computer
Tom Meyer has
a Master's degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor's degree in
Modern Culture and Media from Brown University, working with Andries
van Dam. He also studied traditional animation at the Rhode Island
School of Design. He has worked on VR-based scientific visualization
systems for NASA. He also was the technical director of the first
feature-length film on the Internet, WAXweb - also the very first VRML
site. He was a member of the VRML Architecture Group, which developed
the VRML 2.0 standard (included as part of MPEG-4), and he helped to
found the VRML Consortium. While at First Virtual Holdings (now part
of DoubleClick), he developed the first Java-based interactive
advertising banners, and architected a toolkit to simplify the
creation of the extremely small (10-12k) but rich advertisements.
Tom has been granted six patents, with two more patents pending for
his work on Internet, digital entertainment, and telecommunications
applications. He has worked with a number of Internet startups,
including InterVU (now part of Akamai) and Impulse! (now part of
Yahoo!). He has published research in collaborative environments,
object models, user interfaces, and hypertext.
Josslyn Motha -
Josslyn Motha is
an independent producer, director and writer who has worked in film, television,
and video production. In addition, she has developed and managed commercial
and educational software products. She has served as a personal advisor
on business strategy to the CEO and Chairman of a publicly held Internet
She began working
in multimedia production in 1987 when she co-produced a promotional video
called Voices of Africa. She travelled through West Africa coordinating
the project with Olatunji, a Chief, Elder and Master Drummer of the Yoruba
tribe, with whom she also studied West African drumming and dance.
In 1989 Ms. Motha, a former teacher, founded the Endangered
People Project, a California non-profit educational organization which
utilized the media to 1) provide a voice for Indigenous people
suffering human rights abuses and 2) develop awareness to influence
international policy affecting rainforest development. She produced a
multi-media documentary on the Penan and the Rainforests of Borneo
which was presented to members of the U.S. Congress, the Canadian
Parliament and the United Nations. As a result of her efforts, plans
to establish a Joint Commission on the Human Rights of Indigenous
People proceeded. She also co-ordinated an international effort to
establish a UNESCO Biosphere reserve in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Josslyn produced, for TVOntario, thirteen interactive Laserdiscs to
teach French as a Second Language, as well as other Interactive CD-ROM
Titles. In addition she has worked as a Production Manager,
Co-ordinator, and Script Supervisor for film, television, and video.
She produced and directed The Millennium Bug, which aired
nationwide on PBS. Her content from Borneo was used in one of Apple's
very first interactive prototypes. Josslyn has been granted three
patents, and has two more pending.
Dick Morley - Business
is best known as the as the father of the programmable logic controller
(PLC) and is a leading visionary in the field of advanced technological
development. He is also an entrepreneur whose consistent successes in the
founding of high technology companies have been demonstrated through more
than three decades of revolutionary achievements. Mr. Morley is the recipient
of the Franklin Institute's prestigious Howard N. Potts Award and is an
inductee of the Automation Hall of Fame. He holds more than twenty US and
foreign patents, including those for the parallel inference machine, the
hand-held computer terminal, anti-lock brakes, the programmable logic controller
and magnetic thin film. He was also part of the team that invented the
floppy disk and drive.
In recognition for
his contributions, Mr. Morley has received numerous awards
and honors from such diverse groups as Inc. Magazine (Entrepreneur of the
Year) and Society of Manufacturing Engineers (Albert M. Sargent Progress
Award). He recently made International Engineering News for his invention
of the PLC, which was cited as number three of the top 100 most significant
inventions of the century. The PLC is the most common embedded system used
in manufacturing throughout the world.
new book, The
Technology Machine, has recently been reviewed in Fortune Magazine,
and can be purchased directly from Amazon.
Robert Rines - IP
Now deceased. Born in Boston in
1922, Robert H. Rines has achieved success in many different areas throughout
his life. He is an accomplished international patent attorney, professor
of law, prolific inventor, and musical composer. Rines earned a B.S. in
physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he developed
his first contributions to the technology of high-resolution image-scanning
radar. After serving as a Signal Corps radar officer in World War II in
both the European and Pacific theaters, during the time when his microwave
high-resolution radar inventions were secretly being developed, Rines went
on to receive a law degree from Georgetown University while serving as
a patent examiner in the United States Patent Office.
Holding over 80
patents, Rines' inventions were also basic to solid state Loran boat and
air navigation and to high-definition sonar scanning used in submarine
detection, and the successful location of the Titanic and the Bismarc.
They are used in new medical instrumentation that allows for noninvasive
ultrasound imaging of internal organs. Rines has also adapted the same
technology to perform scientific sonar searches for the Loch Ness "Monster"
in Scotland from which he has attained images that appear to show a large
flipper and body, some of the most noteworthy photographs ever taken of
the monster. "The Beast of Loch Ness," a documentary of his Loch Ness expeditions
was produced by NOVA in 1997. His patents are credited by the U.S. Army
Signal Corps as the basis for nearly all the high-definition image-scanning
radar used to provide early warning, weapons fire control and some artillery
and missile detection radars used during the Persian Gulf War.
As a practicing
attorney, Rines represents scores of inventors to secure legal protection
for their innovations and he has commercialized technology through business
formation and licensing in the US and throughout the world. He has entrepreneured
start-up businesses, including several based on his own inventions. He
is also a national spokesman for independent inventors. Rines founded the
Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, New Hampshire, in 1973 and held the
position of President until 1992 when he became Chairman of the Executive
Board and Overseers. A professor at the Law Center and at MIT with classes
on inventions, patents, and innovation at MIT, he was earlier the Gordon
McKay Lecturer on Patent Law at Harvard.
He has served on
the Technical Advisory Board of the US Department of Commerce and has also
helped establish an invention-encouraging patent system in mainland China,
and earlier in Taiwan, where he completed a Ph.D. thesis at Chiao Tung
University in 1972. Rines is founder and president of the Academy of Applied
Science, a nonprofit organization that conducts the National Junior Science
and Humanities Symposia Program sponsored by the US Army, Navy and Air
Force to encourage and reward high school scientific research, as well
as the New Hampshire Young Inventors Program for primary schools.
Rines has written music for more than 10 Broadway and off-Broadway shows,
including collaborating in the Emmy-winning television and then later Broadway
production Hizzoner - the Mayor. He has also produced a ballet, Life at
MIT, which was based on a musical suite he created at the tender age of
18. A workshop performance of the ballet debuted in May 1999 at the Lincoln
Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.
In 1994 Rines was
honored with induction into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame in recognition
of his high-resolution image-scanning radar and sonar inventions, and later
that year he was inducted into the U.S. Army Signal Corps Wall of Fame.
In 1995, the Robert H. Rines Building was dedicated at the Franklin Pierce
Law Center, and in 1997, M.I.T. dedicated a distance-learning center in
Andries van Dam
- Computer Scientist/Advisor
Andries van Dam (Andy) is the Thomas J. Watson, Jr., University Professor of Technology and Education
and Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. He has been on Brown's faculty since 1965, and was one of the Computer Science Department's co-founders and its first Chairman, from 1979 to 1985. He was a Principal Investigator and was the Director from 1996-1998, in the NSF Science and Technology Center for Graphics and Visualization, a research consortium including Brown, Caltech, Cornell, North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and the University of Utah. Professor van Dam received the B.S. degree with Honors in Engineering Sciences from Swarthmore College in 1960 and the M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963 and
1966, respectively. In 2007, he received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Mathematics, University of Waterloo.
His research has concerned computer graphics, hypermedia systems, post-WIMP user interfaces, including pen-centric computing, and educational software. He has been working for nearly four decades on systems for creating and reading electronic books with interactive illustrations for use in teaching and research.
The widely used reference book Fundamentals of Interactive Computer Graphics, co-authored with J.D. Foley, was published by Addison-Wesley in 1982; the greatly expanded successor, Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, co-authored with J.D. Foley, S.K. Feiner, and J.F. Hughes, was published in June of 1990. An undergraduate version, by the same four authors and D. Phillips, Introduction to Computer Graphics, was published in 1993. Pascal on the Macintosh - a Graphical Approach, co-authored with David Niguidula, was published by Addison-Wesley in 1987. Object-Oriented Programming in Pascal, A Graphical Approach, co-authored with D. Brookshire Conner, and David Niguidula was published in April, 1995. Frontiers of Human-Centered Computing, OnLine Communities and Virtual Environments, (with Rae Earnshaw, Richard Guedj, and John Vince [Eds]) was published in February 2001, and Object-Oriented Programming in Java: A Graphical Approach, co-authored with Kathryn E. Sanders was published by Addison-Wesley in 2005. Van Dam has authored or coauthored over 100 papers.
Among his awards are the Society for Information Display's Special
Recognition Award (1974), the IEEE Centennial Medal (1984), the
National Computer Graphics Association's Academic Award (1990), the
ACM SIGGRAPH Steven A. Coons Award (1991), the L. Herbert Ballou
University Professor Chair (1992), the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award (1994), the Thomas J. Watson, Jr.
University Professor of Technology and Education Chair (1995), the IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal (1999), and the ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education (2000).
In 1994 he became an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow.
He received an honorary Ph.D. from Darmstadt Technical University in
Germany (1995), and an honorary Ph.D. from Swarthmore
College (1996). In 1996 he was inducted into the National Academy
of Engineering, in 2000 he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 2002 he received the CRA Distinguished Service award and the Brown University Sheridan Teaching award, and in 2004 was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
In 1967, Professor van Dam co-founded ACM SIGGRAPH and from 1985 through 1987 was Chairman of the Computing Research Association. He has been Associate Editor of the "ACM Transactions
on Graphics" (1981-1986), Editorial Board Member of "Computers and
Graphics", Pergamon Press (1983 -1994), Advisory Editor, "Journal of Visual
Languages and Computing", Academic Press (1989-1998), and Editorial Board
Member of the "IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer
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