Princeton Computer Scientist Robert E. Tarjan Appointed Chief Scientist at Intertrust Technologies

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By Chad Glenn


Sunnyvale, CA, October 29, 2014 – Intertrust Technologies Corporation has announced that Dr. Robert E. Tarjan, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, will join the company as Chief Scientist.

Dr. Tarjan joins over 100 researchers and engineers at Intertrust who work on solving technical problems in trust and security on the Internet, and will lead basic research in these areas. Dr. Tarjan will focus on driving new research on technologies at the intersection of data science, algorithms and secure systems that help large networks of globally distributed service-enabled devices govern and secure the vast amounts of data that they collect and manage.

“Intertrust is growing its research capabilities to continue its legacy of making fundamental contributions to the way connected devices share and access information safely in a broad set of vertical markets,” said Talal Shamoon, chief executive officer of Intertrust. “We are exploring new frontiers related to digital trust and security for distributed Big Data systems in areas ranging from privacy preserving ad targeting to DNA sequencing to environmental data services and the Internet of Things. Dr. Tarjan is one of the world’s most esteemed computer scientists, and we look forward to driving another generation of breakthroughs with him.”

Intertrust has developed innovative technologies that allow people using Internet connected digital devices to trust each other when exchanging data and conducting commerce.  Initial applications of these inventions included digital rights management technology, but today, Intertrust’s initiatives range from Internet security technologies to privacy management and Big Data security.

“Intertrust has always looked over the technology horizon,” said Dr. Tarjan. “Their recent work on Big Data, privacy and secure systems technologies poses an exciting and challenging set of new research questions whose solutions could have far reaching effects on the way people use and trust the Web for everything from advertising to healthcare to the Internet of Things.”

Dr. Tarjan has made fundamental contributions in the fields of algorithms and data structures. He is the recipient of numerous academic distinctions including the Association for Computing Machinery A. M. Turing Award, and the Nevanlinna Prize in mathematical aspects of computer science.

From 1997-2002, Dr. Tarjan served as Intertrust’s chief scientist. He went on to serve as a Senior Fellow at Hewlett-Packard and Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Research.  Earlier in his career he was with AT&T Bell Labs and the NEC Research Institute. He has held academic positions at Cornell University, University of California Berkeley, Stanford University and N.Y.U.

Dr. Tarjan will split his time between Princeton, NJ and Silicon Valley.

Intertrust Technologies

Intertrust invents, develops, and delivers technologies for trusted computing among leading global corporations from mobile and CE manufacturers and service providers, to enterprise software platform companies. Intertrust and its subsidiaries are also developing new trust services for vertical markets related to consumer privacy, Internet processing of DNA data, and smart grids. Intertrust actively creates and invests in ventures that extend its market vision. Current and former portfolio companies include Personagraph, Kabuto, SyncTV, Nest Labs, Kiora, and Planet OS.

Intertrust is also committed to driving open standards, and is one of the founders of Marlin DRM. Marlin is the Digital Rights Management (DRM) solution for YouView in the UK, Italy’s Tivù and many IPTV services in Japan, and is currently the fastest growing DRM technology in China.  Intertrust’s Seacert subsidiary is the world’s leading digital certificate authority for Marlin.

Founded in 1990 on a revolutionary vision to bring trust to operating systems and open networks, Intertrust is based in Silicon Valley, with regional offices in London and Beijing. For almost 25 years, the Company has achieved a legacy of invention, and its fundamental contributions in the areas of computer security and digital trust are globally recognized. Intertrust holds hundreds of patents that are key to Internet security, trust, and privacy management components of operating systems, trusted mobile code and networked operating environments, web services, and cloud computing. For more information, follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.