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SRI International CEO, Curtis Carlson, Receives 2006 Otto Schade Prize from the Society for Information Display

MENLO PARK, Calif. -- June 9, 2006 -- SRI International, an independent, nonprofit research and development organization, today announced that Curtis R. Carlson, Ph.D., president and CEO of SRI International, was selected by the Society for Information Display (SID) to receive the 2006 Otto Schade Prize in Display Performance and Image Quality. Dr. Carlson and Roger Cohen, Ph.D., were co-recipients of the Schade Prize, presented at the SID 2006 International Symposium, Seminar & Exhibition held in San Francisco, California on Monday, June 5.

Drs. Carlson and Cohen were presented with the award for their many contributions to the objective assessment and prediction of display image quality. The award citation was "for their many contributions to the objective assessment and prediction of display image quality, including the development of the first display-quality metric quantified in perceptual units of just-noticeable differences (JNDs)."

Dr. Carlson started and helped lead the program that created the U.S. standard for high-definition television (HDTV). In 1997, Dr. Carlson’s team at Sarnoff Corporation, a subsidiary of SRI International, won an Emmy® Award for outstanding technical achievement. Dr. Carlson held many leadership roles at Sarnoff, including executive vice president of ventures and licensing. A Sarnoff team started and led by Dr. Carlson also won an Emmy in 2000 for the development of a system that measures broadcast image quality based on the earlier work that was recognized by the Otto Schade Prize. Since 1998, Dr. Carlson has served as president and CEO of SRI International.

SID is an international organization of technical and business professionals working in all of the technical and business disciplines that relate to display research, design, manufacturing, applications, marketing, and sales. The organization’s largest gathering is the annual Symposium, Seminar and Exposition, which attracts thousands from around the world.


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