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Curtis Carlson, who won Emmy awards for leading the development of the American HDTV broadcast standard and optimizing satellite broadcast image quality, will be the speaker at the University of Richmond’s 181st commencement May 8.
 
Carlson, who has helped found more than 12 companies, is chairman, CEO and president of SRI International, formerly Sarnoff Corporation and RCA Laboratories. Widely sought after as a speaker and expert on innovation and competitiveness, he is a founding member of the Innovation Leadership Council of the World Economic Forum.
 
President Barack Obama appointed Carlson to his task force on research and development, and he advises government leaders around the world on innovation, competitiveness and educational reform. His book with William Wilmot, “Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want,” was published in 2006 by Random House and made BusinessWeek’s Top Ten Books of that year.
 
Also in 2006, Carlson, along with Roger Cohen, won the Otto Schade Prize for Display Performance and Image Quality from the Society for Information Display.
 
Carlson holds honorary degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Stevens Institute of Technology and Kettering University, and he has received professional achievement awards from Worcester Polytechnic and Rutgers University’s School of Engineering. He served as visiting distinguished scientist at the University of Washington in 1998.
 
Carlson has served on numerous corporate and government boards of directors and advisory councils, and he was a member of the original team that helped create the Army’s Federated Laboratories.
 
Carlson earned his bachelor of science degree in physics from Worcester Polytechnic and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Rutgers University. He has published or presented many technical publications and holds patents in the fields of image quality and coding, and computer vision.