Xerox Corp. has named Stephen Hoover chief technology officer, effective Jan. 1, succeeding Sophie Vandebroek, who will retire at the end of this year. Vandebroek joined Xerox in 1991 and has been the company's chief technology officer and president of the Xerox Innovation Group for more than a decade.
The U.S. Department of Energy has launched three RFID-based sensor projects as part of a $19 million investigation into identifying ways in which technology can make energy efficiency more accessible in homes, offices, schools, restaurants and stores. The Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies initiative is funding a total of 18 projects, encompassing sensors and controls, heating, ventilation and air conditioning and related technologies, windows, building envelopes and energy modeling.
The area around Hillview Avenue in Palo Alto is dotted with well-known tech innovators: Xerox's PARC, Microsoft's Skype, VMware Inc. and HP Labs, among others. Amid the research centers and campuses of these tech stalwarts is another well-known company, but one whose name might seem somewhat out of place among these Silicon Valley trailblazers.
IT pioneer will be honored for his pioneering work to develop the first digital printing script, revolutionizing the publishing and graphic design industries. Dr. Chuck Geschke is being honored with a lifetime achievement award at its annual gala March 16 by the Commonwealth Club of California , and few IT thought leaders deserve an accolade of that magnitude more than he.