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2004 World Technology Awards Winners & Finalists

Richard Marks

Please describe the work that you are doing that you consider to be the most innovative and of the greatest likely long-term significance.

My most innovative work is investigating man-machine interfaces. My group is studying video, voice, and touch interfaces for entertainment applications. The field of entertainment is an ideal testbed for new technologies and innovation. The technology slope in this area is very steep right now, enabling the science fiction of yesterday to become the reality of today. Though our work is focused on entertainment, I believe it will have a lasting impact on the manner people interact with computers and machines in general for years to come.

Brief Biography

Richard Marks majored in Avionics at MIT before getting his PhD at Stanford in the area of visual sensing for underwater robotics. He then joined Teleos Research, a computer vision start-up that was later acquired by Autodesk. He departed and consulted for a year, before the unveiling of the PlayStation2 hardware inspired him to join PlayStation R&D. His research focus has been studying real-time video input to the PS2, and he is credited as the inventor of the EyeToy technology. Richard now manages the Special Projects group of Sony Computer Entertainment US R&D, which includes Man-Machine Interfaces and Physical Simulation research.