Richard R. Burton, PhD

Richard Burton

Title: Senior Scientist
Company: Acuitus, Inc.
Location: Palo Alto, California, United States

Richard R. Burton, PhD, Senior Scientist at Acuitus, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements and leadership in computer science.

With more than 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Burton has been a senior scientist with Acuitus, Inc., since 2004. Prior to obtaining his current role, he was an area manager with CSL, PARC, Inc., from 1996 to 2004 and a consultant with Windrose Consulting from 1989 to 1995. From 1986 to 1988, he was an area manager for user systems research at Xerox PARC, having been a member of their research staff since 1978. Earlier in his career, Dr. Burton was a member of the research staff at Bolt Beranek and Newman, Inc., from 1973 to 1978.

Dr. Burton was inspired to pursue a career in the field from an early age, having been brought up in a family of educators. He also found himself frustrated with his own educational experience, and wanted to help adopt the then-emerging computer field and incorporate it to help others in their own educational experience. He pursued an education at the California Institute of Technology, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in mathematics in 1970. Dr. Burton continued his studies with the University of California Irvine, earning a PhD in information and computer science in 1976.

A respected voice in his community, Dr. Burton has written extensively in his areas of interest. The co-author of “Diagnostic Models for Procedural Bugs in Mathematical Skills,” he also co-wrote “An Investigation of Computer Coaching for Informal Learning Activities” and “Reactive Learning Environments for Teaching Electronic Troubleshooting.” A life-long member of ACM, he has been recognized by the association as a Charter Fellow and by awarding him the Software System Award in 1994. For his contributions to the field, the department of Information and Computer Science at the University of California Irvine has named Dr. Burton to their Hall of Fame.

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