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Prokopowicz is a leading software engineer and entrepreneur. He has made major technical contributions at
renowned R&D organizations and universities over the last 20 years. He co-founded the internet software company
Perceptual Robotics, Inc., and sold it after six years of growth. He is currently a senior developer in the
High Frequency Equity trading group with Citadel Investment Group.
Citadel Investment Group
of small, talented high-frequency equity trading team.
proprietary high-frequency trading strategies.
and maintained market-data feed software.
- Maintained and
enhanced market and client gateway software.
compiler enhancements and system-level libraries to enhance performance.
- Ported trading
platform to 64-bit environment.
Market Data Feeds, Cameron, C, C++, ACE, perl, ksh, IA32 assembler, SQL, Sybase, Oracle TimesTen, Tibco, Solaris,
course work in Financial Engineering with University of Chicago
PNP Video Software Associates
custom internet video software
on server farm design and deployment
include Silk Road Technologies and Hard Rock Hotel.
JSP, C/C++, JPEG/M-JPEG/MPEG, XML, J2EE, J2ME.
Chief Technology Officer, Perceptual Robotics, Inc.
Investigator for National Science Foundation SBIR start-up grant.
technical credibility to raise $20 million in venture capital.
and managed technical staff of 23, with outstanding Ph.D. and MS/CS team.
internal and external technical operations ($3 million per year).
in recruiting all senior management in sales, marketing, consulting, and
for CTO of the year award, Chicago Software Association, 2001.
local and national presentations and significant press exposure.
Software technology leadership:
user-controlled web camera in 1994.
years as chief architect for world’s leading web camera software maker.
and implemented first two versions of TrueLook
client, server, video, and robotics code.
design and development of TrueLook rewrites
using Microsoft ISAPI and Java/JSP.
product re-design to support software delivery as
a shared, hosted service.
access to engineering prototypes and support from Sony, Canon, JVC, Axis, Ultrak, Matrox, and others.
Operations and consulting leadership:
- Designed and
led deployment of scalable web server farm, using high-density Sun
servers, Network Appliance, Oracle 8i, and Linux, at Exodus
- Managed 24x7
rapid response support team.
- Led consulting
and on-site operations effort for many high-profile, deadline-driven
client events, including Detroit, New York, and Chicago Auto Shows;
professional and college stadiums; major league championship webcasts;
large auto dealers, military, construction, and manufacturing sites.
Technical and commercial highlights:
commercial Internet camera: the Oshkosh Air Show with partner MSN.
Intercam 1.0, one of earliest software products
with server-side java technology.
Grand Slam Tennis webcasts, with partner IBM.
adaptive bandwidth streaming video.
Early commercial servlet, later featured at Sun’s JavaOne conference.
Finals and All-Star game webcasts.
retail e-commerce site to employ live images: galleryfurniture.com.
showroom with e-commerce partner IBM: danier.com.
First live video content management system (web camera portal).
Baseball All-Star Game and World Series.
Main stage presenter at DEMO conference (also 2000, 2002).
cameras at Antarctica, Cape
Kennedy, Hubble Laboratory.
TrueLook version 4, using Java/JSP 1.0.
wireless robotic web camera appliance.
Sydney Olympics webcast.
PGA Tour, Masters
First phone-based control and display of Internet camera.
Development of linux-based camera management appliance.
Salt Lake City Olympics webcast
- Method and System for Preserving and
Communicating Live Views of a Remote Physical Location over a Computer Network, US Patent 6625812
Navigation History, US Patent App US53601, filed
Network Management System, US Patent App US53504, filed 09/00
and Apparatus for Remote Location Shopping over a Computer Network, US
Patent App US53448, filed 07/99.
developed, and deployed one of the earliest automated web hosting services.
a browser-based web site publisher; implemented in perl
business and consumer clients generating revenue from 1995 to 1997.
University of Chicago, Department of Computer Science
in DARPA and NASA funded research in robot vision, manipulation, and
LabCam, the first live Internet camera.
Gargoyle, a Java/C real-time distributed image-processing environment for
high-accuracy recognition, tracking, and grasping algorithms for robots.
annually in international robotics competitions and exhibitions.
research projects of four Ph.D. students.
and taught original graduate course in autonomous robotics.
and presented research on robotic navigation, visual tracking, task
Research Assistant, Northwestern University
- Equipped and operated the
Intelligent Perception and Action Lab, a vision and robotics research
laboratory, under Dr. Paul Cooper.
- Created Vislab,
an object-oriented vision, robotics, and machine learning software
- Published and presented research
on biological contrast and motion detection, Markov Random Fields for
pattern recognition, perceptual integration across eye movements,
high-level reasoning in computer vision, etc.
- Published an invited book review
in Artificial Intelligence.
Member Technical Staff,
Labs, Network Technology Dept.
for development and testing of network software across all Bell Labs
testing and deployment of Portable Distributed UNIX (PDU), an early
and implemented DIPSTC, a UNIX kernel module for routing IP over virtual
time recipient of Exceptional Contribution Award.
Systems Programming Intern, Merit Network, Inc., Ann
ICMP support for first Internet gateway deployed in Michigan, connecting three
universities to ARPANET. Developed
in PDP-11 assembly language.
Teaching Assistant, University
of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
undergraduate Computer Science courses in programming. Responsibilities included
lecturing, designing software assignments, and supervising course graders.
1989-1994 Northwestern University, Ph.D.
Thesis: Perceptual Integration Across Eye Movements in Visual Robots
Royal E. Cabell Fellowship, Graham
Doctoral Dissertation Award Nominee.
1983-1985 University of Michigan, M.S. Computer Science
1979-1983 University of Michigan, B.S. with Honors, Mathematics and
Class Honors, 1980-1983, William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize, National Merit Semi-Finalist.
Married, with one child. Interests include digital photography, chess,
astronomy, gardening, running, and cooking.