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ATEC Dean’s Colloquium – Cancelled


ATEC Dean’s Colloquium – Special Lecture

Andries “Andy” van Dam

Reflections on a Half-Century of Hypertext

Computer graphics legend, Andries “Andy” van Dam is co-designer of HES and FRESS, the first and second hypertext systems allowing information to connect through hyperlinks. Crucial to the development of modern markup and browsing technology, van Dam’s work influenced how we use the web today. Van Dam founded the computer science department at Brown University and served as its first chair from 1979-1985. A pioneer in his field, he co-authored Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, a textbook that defined computer graphics that remains the classic standard introduction into the field.


Credited with founding the ACM SIGGRAPH conference van Dam’s distinguished career includes receiving the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, the SIGGRAPH Steven A. Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics, the IEEE Centennial Medal, and honorary doctorates from Darmstadt Technical University, Swarthmore College, the University of Waterloo, and ETH Zurich.


His talk will reflect on the development of five decades of hypermedia systems to include a demo of two systems that have been highlights of his journey in hyperland. Van Dam will also share his thoughts on both deliberately designed and unanticipated societal issues of social media that technologists must urgently help address.

This event has been cancelled.