Summit Speaker: Robert Sproull


Vice President and Director
Sun Labs, Oracle

Robert F. Sproull is Vice President and director of Sun Labs, an applied research group at Oracle. Since undergraduate days, he has been building hardware and software for computer graphics: clipping hardware, an early device-independent graphics package, page description languages, laser printing software, and window systems. He has also been involved in VLSI design, especially of asynchronous circuits and systems. Before joining Sun Microsystems in 1990, he was a principal with Sutherland, Sproull & Associates, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. He is a coauthor with William Newman of the early text, "Principles of Interactive Computer Graphics." He is an author of the recently-published book "Logical Effort," which deals with designing fast CMOS circuits. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has served on the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and as a technology partner of Advanced Technology Ventures.

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