Associates and colleagues
Richard Shoup obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon
University in 1970. His Ph.D. thesis was the first to explore the
idea of reconfigurable hardware, a technology now widely used in computers and other digital electronics.
That same year, Shoup became one of the first
employees at the pioneering Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, where
he spent the following decade researching computer graphics and
animation, digital video, and theories of computation. At Xerox
he built one of the first digital frame buffers and developed
painting software for graphic arts. The resulting "SuperPaint" system
now resides in the Computer Museum History Center collection at
Moffett Field in Mountain View, California.
In recognition of his work in computer graphics,
Shoup was awarded an Emmy by the National Academy
of Television Arts and Sciences, an Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences, and a Computer Graphics Achievement award
by ACM Siggraph. He remains one of only a handful of people in front of
or behind the camera to win both an Emmy and an Academy Award.
Dr. Shoup left Xerox in 1979 to
co-found Aurora Systems, a manufacturer of digital videographics and
animation systems. While serving as President and Chairman of Aurora, he
continued as designer of two generations of the company's videographics
systems, including PC- and workstation-based software packages, user
interfaces, and architecture for the real-time hardware of the high-end product.
In 1993, Shoup joined Interval Research Corporation, a unique research lab in Palo Alto founded by industry
pioneers Paul Allen and David Liddle. At Interval, he worked in the areas of
restructurable computing, theory of computation, quantum computing, and quantum theory.
Shoup cofounded the Boundary Institute in 2000, a non-profit research group
dedicated to the study of foundations of physics and mathematics, and various aspects of leading-edge science.
Richard resides in San Jose, California with his wife
and son, and frequently can be found playing jazz trombone with local ensembles.
received BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. In the mid-1980s, he was one of a handful of
individuals to recognize the potential of reconfigurable hardware, and was
among the first to expore mathematical techniques in the area of formal
modeling and verification.
In 1985, Dr. Furtek founded Concurrent Logic with the vision of reconfigurable
hardware as a new computing medium to greatly accelerate a wide range of
compute-intensive tasks. At Concurrent, he served as President, and later as
Chairman and Chief Technical Officer. The company’s innovative technology has
been licensed to several major companies including Apple Computer, National
Semiconductor and IBM. Concurrent was subsequently acquired by Atmel
Corporation, where Furtek also became principal architect of the successful
Atmel AT40K series of FPGAs.
Beginning in 1999, Dr. Furtek continued his earlier work on a suite of automated
tools for formal verification, simulation, and behavioral modeling at Interval
Research Corporation in Palo Alto, California, and subsequently at his company
Applied Combinatorics and at Boundary Institute.
Since 2001, Furtek has been active in Silicon Valley as architect and designer of
innovative reconfigurable hardware and software systems.
Dr. Furtek holds 22 issued, and several pending, U.S. Patents
holds a multidisciplinary Ph.D. in Research Methods, Educational
Psychology and Computer Science from Stanford University, and degrees in
Statistics (MS Stanford), Education (Diploma of Education, Monash University
Teacher's College, Australia), and Social Psychology (BA, UCLA). He has spent
over 20 years developing the tools and techniques of Boundary Mathematics, and
has also published widely in the fields of artificial intelligence, virtual
reality, and education.
Bricken began his career as a Wizard at Atari’s Sunnyvale Research Lab,
exploring advanced concepts in user interface. As Principal Research Scientist at
Advanced Decision Systems, he implemented the first high-performance
Boundary Math inference engines, applying these tools to algebraic
optimization of rule-bases, to reasoning in the presence of contradiction, to
semantic debugging of programs, and to asynchronous parallel implementations
of logical deduction.
As Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Autodesk Research Lab, Bricken and
his team developed one of the first fully immersive virtual reality systems
in the late 1980s. He continued development of innovative software tools as
Principal Scientist of University of Washington's Human Interface Technology Lab.
Beginning in 1993, at Interval Research Corporation, while contributing to a project to rebuild
the foundations of computing, Bricken designed and implemented innovative
algorithmic techniques for Boolean satisfiability, factoring and minimization,
with applications to semiconductor logic synthesis and design optimization.
Bricken's academic positions include Assistant Professor of Computer Science
and Software Engineering at Seattle University, where he led the Masters of
Software Engineering Program; and Research Associate Professor of Education
and Research Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at the University
In 2001, Bricken co-founded Bricken Technologies, a start-up company that focused on boundary logic
algorithms for area and delay optimization, partitioning, abstraction,
technology mapping, and performance parameterization of semiconductor designs.
Thomas Etter has an extensive
background in mathematics and philosophy. He has also worked in
both computer hardware and software, beginning with several early patents on integrated
circuits, one of which was demonstrated by National Cash Register Inc.
at the 1963 World’s Fair.
He worked as Senior Software Architect at the E-Speak division
of Hewlett-Packard, where he developed a new axiomatization of
relational structure aimed at helping to bridge the gap between logic
programming and relational database theory.
Etter also worked with Richard Shoup and others at Interval
Research Corporation on a new approach to mathematical relations called Link Theory.
Etter also has had a long-standing interest in anomalous phenomena known as 'psi' and
related interpretations of quantum mechanics. He has
conducted research in these areas under grants from the State of New
York and the University of Minnesota, during which time he developed
mathematical ideas about time loops and double boundary conditions
that have today led to the Link Theory representation of a core laws of quantum mechanics.
In past years, Tom has served as President of the Alternative Natural Philosophy
Association, an international scholarly organization, and editor of its
West Coast journal.
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