Dr. Dick Bulterman is a senior researcher at CWI in Amsterdam, where since 2004 he heads the Distributed and Interactive Systems group. He is also holds the professorship of Distributed Multimedia Languages and Interfaces with the department of computer science at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, where he teaches and does research within the Computer Systems and Web and Media groups. From 1988-1994 (and briefly in 2002), he led CWI's Department of Computer Systems and Telematics and from 1994 to 1998, he was head of the Multimedia and Human Computer theme.
In 1999, he started Oratrix Development BV, a CWI spin-off company that transfered the group's SMIL-based GRiNS software to many parts of the civilized world. In 2002, after handing the responsibilities of CEO over to Mario Wildvanck, he returned to CWI and started up a new research activity at CWI on distributed multimedia systems.
Prior to joing CWI in 1988, he was on the faculty of the Division of Engineering at Brown, where he was part of the Laboratory for Engineering Man/Machine Systems. Other academic appointments include visiting professorships in computer science at Brown (1993-94) and in the information theory group at TU Delft (1985) and a part-time appointment in computer science at the Univeristy of Utrecht (1989-1991).
Dr. Bulterman received a Ph.D. in computer science from Brown University (USA) in 1982. He also holds a Sc.M. in applied mathematics and computer science from Brown (1977) and a B.A. in political economics (with a minor in mathematics) from Hope College (1973). He started his academic journey at Tottenville High School on Staten Island, NY, where he learned (among other things) to play trombone and string bass.
He was born in Amstelveen (The Netherlands); after 35 years in the USA, he now resides with his family in Amsterdam.
His hobbies include flying airplanes (he holds an FAA private ASEL license with instrument rating and a Dutch commercial pilot's license with IR), singing in the Cantorij of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam and playing jazz trombone in the Amsterdam band the Jazz Warriors.
Bulterman is co-chair of the W3C Synchronized Multimedia working group and is a member of various conference steering committees. He is on the editorial board of the ACM/Springer Multimedia Systems Journal and Multimedia Tools and Applications. He is a member of Sigma Xi, the ACM and the IEEE.
Last Updated: 10 November 2010