(official Xerox press release, August 14, 1996)
PALO ALTO, Calif., August 14, 1996 -- Xerox Corporation today appointed Internet visionary Dr. Mark Weiser as Chief Technologist at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), the company's renowned high-technology incubator.
Weiser's objective is to channel the energies of innovation at PARC, managing the research center's mission of inventing the future and connecting it to Xerox. As one of his first assignments, Weiser will play an instrumental role in developing the corporation's strategic plan for leveraging the Internet as an opportunity for business growth and development.
"The Internet revolution has barely started," says Weiser. "It won't be done until everything is on the Web. Light switches, pagers, copiers, printers, as well as PCs, benefit from Web connections."
Weiser, 43, joined Xerox in 1987, and most recently held the title of Principal Scientist. In his off hours, Weiser marches to a different beat, as a drummer for the group "Severe Tire Damage," the first Rock 'n Roll band to appear live on the Internet.
"Weiser's vision of ubiquitous computing is applauded throughout industry and academe," said John Seely Brown, Xerox Chief Scientist and PARC Director. "As Chief Technologist, Weiser will continue PARC's tradition of radical innovation contributing to Xerox products."
Added Paul Saffo, director, Institute for the Future, "Mark is a world-class research scientist who thoroughly understands the entrepreneurial process of turning technologies into products that actually touch and change people's lives."
Xerox PARC is renowned for its many contributions to today's computing technology. PARC scientists invented the workstation computer, windows computer interface, laser printing, and the local area network. Recently PARC's work in 3-D user interfaces is described by industry analysts as harbingers of the next computer revolution.
Weiser headed the Computer Science Laboratory at PARC from 1988 through 1994. Under his direction, the lab created several technologies at the core of the next-generation Internet. Among these are IPv6, an advanced Internet protocol; RSVP, which enables multimedia traffic on the Internet; and the MBone, the experimental means of turning the Internet into a real-time, multi-point broadcast system.
"Xerox has some of the most innovative products in the industry," said Weiser. "It is my job to see that Xerox PARC continues to contribute to that innovation into the 21st century."
Weiser has distinguished himself in research and publishing, authoring more than 80 papers. He received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer and Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan.
"Mark is a very good choice, very creative and thought-provoking," said Bert Sutherland Vice President/Director Sun Microsystems Laboratory. "He displays technical ingenuity in applying computers in new areas for use by people."
Weiser succeeds Dr. Malcolm Thompson, who recently
became CEO of dpiX, a
Xerox company that has developed and markets the
flat-panel liquid crystal displays.
Weiser web page: www.ubiq.com/weiser
Severe Tire Damage web page: www.std.org
Lois Wong, Palo Alto Research Center, (415) 812-4434 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeffrey Simek, Xerox Corporation, (716) 423-5230 Jeff_Simek@mc.xerox.com