Rob Tow


ROB TOW is a computer researcher and developer with 28 years of wide-ranging experience. A Xerox PARC veteran, he was the principal inventor of Xerox "DataGlyph", with several patents including the fundamental patent as sole inventor. At Interval Research he pioneered affective computing and holds two patents for emotional robotics with Charles Darwin as the major prior art. He also co-developed the "Placeholder" virtual reality project, and explored perceptually based video search techniques. Rob worked at AT&T Labs in wearable computing, and was one of the principle developers of the Sun SPOT wireless sensor network platform at Sun Microsystems Labs, for which he has six pending patents, ranging from swarm intelligence theft detection to emergent network resource allocation to MEMS gesture UI. His most recent position was at NASA Ames Research Center.

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