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Dr John A Black Jr
In 1972, after earning a BS in Electrical Engineering, and attending the Army Signal Corps Officer School, John Black spent 13 years in industry, as a hardware/software engineer, project engineer, and engineering manager. During that time he authored the VMEbus Specification, which was eventually adopted as an IEEE, ANSI, and ISO standard, and which currently serves as the primary multiprocessing backplane architecture for the US Military and NATO. VMEbus also provided the embedded computing hardware architecture for the two Mars rovers: Spirit and Opportunity.In 1985 John left Motorola to earn an MS in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Computer Science, and then founded his own company (Micrology pbt, Inc) to consult with start-up companies seeking to offer leading edge embedded computing products, based on the VMEbus standard.At the same time he and two partners launched a technical publishing company (OpenSystems Media) to promote the development of open standards, and to assist start-up companies in introducing products based on those standards. In addition to his responsibilities as Publisher, John served as editor-in-chief of VMEbus Systems magazine and Real-time Engineering Magazine. OpenSystems Media is currently a leading publisher of embedded computing industry journals. In 1992 John compiled and edited The System Engineer’s Handbook, which was published by Academic Press In 2000 John returned to Arizona State University to earn a PhD in Computer Science, and then accepted a position as Research Scientist, helping to launch the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC) research lab which conducts research aimed at the development of assistive technologies for people who are visually impaired. He is the Principle Investigator on the NSF-funded Note-Taker project, which is the basis for this web site.