Robby is a researcher, entrepreneur, and standards professional known for creative and disruptive innovation in industry and academia. He is co-founder and CEO of Eduworks Corporation, serves on the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, and is currently developing transformative infrastructure for competency-based education, training, and workforce development.
- Industry: Co-founder and CEO of Eduworks Corporation, a company that applies AI and text analysis to improve human performance. Entrepreneur with experience in software development and product management, corporate leadership, and product strategy. Led teams that applied machine learning, computational linguistics, and other leading edge technologies to improve training and education for customers in academia and industry. Past Board Chair of the Oregon Center for Applied Science and current Adviser to Squirrel AI Learning.
- Academia: Regular mathematics faculty (tenured) at Oregon State University (now courtesy faculty in the Business School); Alexander von Humboldt Fellow; Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Research Professor; academic administrator (university education reform coordinator). Pioneer in undergraduate research, competency-based approaches to education, and online learning.
- Research: Proved fundamental embedding theorem in semi-algebraic geometry and was Principal Investigator for the first implementation of the General Number Field Sieve in computational number theory. Continued to pursue research in learning technology within Eduworks. Made multiple contributions to the National Science Digital Library and the US Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative. Continue to publish in the fields of learning technology and standardization.
- IEEE Standards: Past chair of the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee (2000 – 2008); Currently Member of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors (IEEE-SA BOG); Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Standards Activity Board Standards Committee (C/SAB); Chair of the IEEE Standards Education Committee; and Chair of the IEEE-SA BOG ad hoc committee on open source.
Education: PhD Mathematics, Stanford University
BA Mathematics / Music, Hampshire College