CUPERTINO, Calif. - April 25, 2000 -- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the appointment of Dr. Per-Kristian Halvorsen to the Symantec Board of Directors. Halvorsen is director of the Information Sciences and Technology Laboratory (ISTL) at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.
Halvorsen has extensive experience in private sector research activities and under his direction, ISTL has established a reputation as a leader in web and Internet research. The lab has conducted projects including innovative studies and simulations of the large scale dynamics of web usage.
"Kris' expertise and active involvement in research around the Internet technology environment will be incredibly valuable to Symantec as we continue to expand our research efforts into the broad realm of Internet security," said John W. Thompson, Symantec chairman, president and CEO. "As a long-term security partner for our customers, Symantec must be at the forefront not only of today's threats and solutions, but also of tomorrow's possibilities."
During his tenure at Xerox, Halvorsen has spearheaded the spin-out of several technologies from the lab's Internet research. In 1996, he was central to the creation of the Inxight Corp., to commercialize the ISTL's innovation in "Information Visualization" and lexical technology for analysis of multi-lingual content. From 1995-1998, he served on the board of directors of XBS/Document Technology Centers.
Halvorsen is an inventor on more than 10 patents. In 1995, he created the Intellectual Property Working Group at Xerox PARC, which has implemented trend-setting IP management processes. In addition, Halvorsen maintains a broad set of collaborations with local, Asian as well as European research institutes. He and his team earned I.D. Magazine's bronze prize for their work in India in 1998. Halvorsen also serves on the board of directors of Autodesk Corp., and on the advisory board of Groupfire Inc., an Internet services start-up based on research from Xerox PARC.
Halvorsen received his doctorate degree in linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977. Prior to joining Xerox Corp. in 1983, he had been a professor at the University of Oslo and the University of Texas at Austin. He also worked as a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the Sloan Center for Cognitive Science.
Halvorsen is the co-author of the book "Situation, Language and Logic" and has published widely in the areas of linguistics, natural language processing and information access. He currently holds appointments as professor at the University of Oslo and consulting professor in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University. He is a principal at the Center for Study of Language and Information at Stanford University.
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