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Curtis R. Carlson, Ph.D., Physics
President and CEO, SRI International. 1.*

Curtis Carlson was named president and chief executive officer of SRI International in December 1998 after 25 years with Sarnoff Corporation, an SRI subsidiary. Carlson joined RCA's Sarnoff Laboratory in 1973 as a member of the technical staff focused on testing and development of imaging systems. He was named head of the Image Quality and Perception Research Group in 1981, Director of Sarnoff's Information Systems Research Laboratory in 1984 and Vice President of the laboratory in 1990. In 1995, Carlson became Executive Vice President of Sarnoff's Interactive Systems Division. 2

In 1990, Carlson helped establish and served as Executive Director of the National Information Display Laboratory, a new collaborative model for research, development and commercialization between government and commercial industry. He also founded and led the HDTV program at Sarnoff, which culminated in the Grand Alliance HDTV system established by the FCC as the U.S. standard. Carlson has served on several government task forces, including the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board. He is also a charter member of the Highlands Group, which makes recommendations to senior government officials about technologies of importance to the U.S. government. Carlson received his B.S. in Physics from Worchester Polytechnic Institute and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University. 3




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