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Dr. Robert Miner

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Design Science Inc
140 Pine Ave 4Th Floor
Long Beach, California 90802
United States

Company Description: Design Science (DSI) was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Long Beach, California, with an engineering team in St. Paul, Minnesota. We are the worldwide...   more

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  • fields of electronic communication and software development
    University of Minnesota
  • Ph. D.
    University of Maryland
  • Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. , mathematics
    University of Maryland
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Design Science: Management Team, 20 Mar 2014 [cached]
Robert Miner Vice President, Research and Development
Robert led Design Science's research and development efforts since 2000. He passed away on December 6, 2011 from liver cancer. Robert was a pioneer and leader in the field of mathematics on the web, acting as co-chair of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Math Working Group that developed MathML. He oversaw the development of MathFlow, MathType, WebEQ, MathPlayer, MathDaisy and MathJax products, initiated research programs for adding value to electronic math content, including math-aware searching and mathematics accessibility, and wrote and spoke extensively on the impact of MathML on technical publishing. Robert is survived by his wife Emily and his son Bill.
Several Design Science employees are ..., 9 June 2012 [cached]
Several Design Science employees are members of the math working group that creates and maintains the MathML standard, including Robert Miner, DSI's Vice President for Research and Development, who is the co-Chair of W3C's Math Interest Group.
"AIP's use and financial ..., 15 Dec 2010 [cached]
"AIP's use and financial support of MathJax is a huge boost to the project," said Robert Miner, MathJax Project Director.
Design Science: WebEQ Press Release, 10 July 2000 [cached]
The company also announced it has hired Dr. Robert Miner, the chief developer of WebEQ and a founder of Geometry Technologies, as its Director of New Product Development.
"We are excited to have Robert Miner aboard. His vision for the future of math and science on the Web is priceless, his enthusiasm is contagious and we believe he can lead our effort to introduce cutting-edge technology needed by scientists and engineers in academia, industry and government."
Design Science, with a user base that consists of millions of scientists and engineers worldwide, said the move will accelerate its plans to develop Web-based software for scientific and technical publishing, as well as the introduction of new products for interactive science on the Web. Since the vast majority of scientific and technical documents are authored using Microsoft Word with Design Science's technology being used to compose mathematical notation (MathType and Equation Editor), the company is in a strategic position to offer its users easy-to-use tools for converting those documents to Web-based documents.
Prior to founding Geometry Technologies, Dr. Miner was co-chairman of the World Wide Web Consortium's Math Working Group and was co-editor of Mathematical Markup Language 1.0 Specification W3C Recommendation for the inclusion of mathematical expressions in Web pages. In addition he was a research associate at The Geometry Center at the University of Minnesota in the fields of electronic communication and software development and earned his Ph. D. from the University of Maryland., 31 July 2001 [cached]
This note of optimism is shared by Dr Robert Miner, technical director of the maths software company Design Science and a member of the MathML working group.Miner, previously a mathematician at the University of Minnesota, founded the company Geometry Technologies, which was later bought by Design Science for its MathML based software WebEQ, taking Miner along with it.The impetus behind the take-up of MathML, thinks Miner, is that related programs are coming of age."Mozilla and Netscape 6 now have added XML functionality, and XML processing tools are becoming more common," he explains."We are also starting to see a network effect within the software vendor community.There is a tacit assumption among them that there is strength in numbers, and by agreeing on a standard there is a sort of second-order effect."
According to Miner, the impact of MathML will be profound.He looks forward to the time when enough information is coded into an equation to support intelligent searching and indexing.This could prevent duplication of work, he says."In biology, for example, tons of scientists might write about a particular compound in different contexts, and it can take an age to realise they are writing about the same thing.The same thing can also happen in math, particularly across disciplines.Taxonomies of knowledge create artificial boundaries.Overcoming these will have a very profound effect, which could be comparable in scale to the last real quantum leap in collaboration - the peer-review process."
Miner and his colleagues at Design Science typify the enthusiasm to be found for XML among those working on it.The company is continuing development of XML-based products, with upgrades to the MathType equation editor and the WebEQ development tool on the way and a new MathML plug-in for IE6.0 coming soon.
In fact, it is hard to find detractors, although there will always be some resistance to change.Miner and Ion agree that converting those who are attached to the TeX language for expressing maths could be hard.
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