Thomas J. Watson, Jr., University Professor of Technology and Education
and Professor of Computer Science
Brown University, Providence, RI 02912
phone: (401) 863-7640, fax: (401) 863-7657
Andries van Dam has been on Brown
University's faculty since 1965, and was one of the Department's
founders and its first Chairman, from 1979 to 1985. He is also
director of the NSF Science and
Technology Center for Graphics and Visualization, a research
consortium including Brown University, California Institute of
Technology, Cornell University, the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, and the University of Utah.
His research has concerned computer graphics, 3D interaction techniques, and hypermedia systems. He has been working for nearly thirty years on systems for creating and reading electronic books with interactive illustrations, based on high-resolution interactive graphics systems. Most recently, he has been concerned with teaching object-oriented programming and design with Java as an introductory computer science course.
Professor van Dam received the B.S. degree with Honors from Swarthmore College in 1960 and the M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963 and 1966, respectively. A member of Sigma Xi, IEEE Computer Society, and ACM, he helped to found and was an editor of Computer Graphics and Image Processing from 1971 to 1981, and was an editor of ACM's Transactions on Graphics from 1981 to 1986. He became a member of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics in 1995.
In 1966, Professor van Dam co-founded ACM SIGGRAPH , which has since become the computer graphics industry's premier conference and tradeshow. The widely used reference book Fundamentals of Interactive Computer Graphics, co-authored with J.D. Foley, was published by Addison-Wesley in 1982; the greatly expanded successor, Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, co-authored with J.D. Foley, S.K. Feiner, and J.F. Hughes, was published in June of 1990. An undergraduate version, by the same four authors and D. Phillips, Introduction to Computer Graphics, was published in 1993. Van Dam has authored or coauthored over 80 papers.
In 1974, Professor van Dam received the Society for Information Display's Special Recognition Award, and in 1984 the IEEE Centennial Medal. In 1988, he received the State of Rhode Island Governor's Science and Technology Award, and in 1990 he received the National Computer Graphics Association's Academic Award. In July 1991, he received SIGGRAPH's Steven A. Coons Award. In May 1992, Brown University named him to the L. Herbert Ballou University Professor Chair, and in March of 1995 to the Thomas J. Watson, Jr., University Professor of Technology and Education Chair. In 1994, he received the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, the IEEE Fellow Award and the ACM Fellow Award. In December of 1995 he received an honorary Ph.D. from Darmstadt Technical University in Germany, and in June of 1996 he received an honorary Ph.D. from his alma mater , Swarthmore College.
Selected Research Publications