About Quentin

Thanks for visiting my site! There’s quite a lot of information here, but I promise you that I didn’t set out to build such a substantial monument to myself online! It just kept growing gradually since around the start of the millennium, and I’m not very good at trimming it. So you might appreciate…

An executive summary:

I’m a computer scientist, entrepreneur, part-time academic and full-time gadget enthusiast based in Cambridge, England.

  • I’m the CEO of a small company called ‘Telemarq’, which does a mix of software development, tech consultancy, photography, teaching and writing.

  • At the time of writing, I’m also serving as the interim Director of Engineering at the Digital Catapult, helping out while they search for a permanent, full-time candidate.

  • For most of the past few years, I’ve held a part-time research post at the Cambridge University Computer Lab, most recently working on the Endeavour project.  Before that I was working on Pico. There’s a partial list of publications here.

  • I have a blog called Status-Q at statusq.org.

  • You can find me as ‘quentinsf’ on most online services, and my name makes me easy to search for on others! Keep in touch on Twitter, YouTube500px, SmugMug and Flickr, LinkedIn and Skype, GitHub and Wikipedia, Google Scholar and ResearchGate.  You can email me as quentin*@*pobox.com.

  • I have often been credited in the media with inventing the webcam. This is not entirely justified, though I certainly did have something to do with it. You can find the story here.

  • I love gadgets, and have quite a few of them around the house, but the biggest one yet was when I bought an electric car! I’ve also become rather fond of home automation, connecting almost everything in my home up through the amazing Home Assistant system.

  • My previous startup, before Telemarq, was Camvine (Cambridge Visual Networks), a company developing new applications based around networked displays, which I started in 2007. You can read more about Camvine here.

  • I was also a founder and managing director of the Ndiyo project. This attempted to find new, more affordable network computing architectures for the billions of people who will never be able to afford one PC each.

  • Before that I was working on Exbiblio, which I co-founded in 2004, with the aim of endowing paper documents with some of the power of digital ones.

  • I also co-founded Newnham Research, now DisplayLink, in 2003 and was the CEO for its first couple of years. 

  • I’ve authored and/or been listed as an inventor on dozens of patents. None of these have yet made me any money, but they’ve done OK for other people! Most are now owned by Google.

  • For several years I was a Research Scientist at AT&T Laboratories Cambridge, UK, the lab which was formerly ORL. You can find out about what I did at AT&T here.

  • I did a Ph.D. on Augmented Reality in the Rainbow Group at the University of Cambridge Computer Lab. I was sponsored by (and spent much of my time at) Xerox EuroPARC. More details on my research interests can be found here.

  • I was, I think, the first full-time Computer Officer at a Cambridge college. During this time, I believe I may have created the world’s first ten-set Venn diagram.

  • If your browser will let you, you can also hear me say hello. You can find some other personal info here.

  • I think I ran the first web server in Cambridge. I certainly ran the first one in the University, which then became the platform for Computer Science students who wanted to do projects around this new-fangled World Wide Web thing…