Tyler C. Folsom


Sacred Activism



Tread lightly on the earth. Be truthful.


I have alternated between industry and academia..  I work at QUEST Integrated, Inc. , a small company that does contract research and development and builds electro-optic instruments for industrial inspection. I was on the Computer Science faculty at DigiPen Institute of Technology, focusing on how to program video games. In summer 2006 I took a position with UBC’s Thunderbird Robotics.  Several of the key people there have founded a start-up company, Cogneta, which seeks to commercialize the technology and maybe use it to stop global warming.

I completed a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering under the late Prof. Robert Pinter at the University of Washington in 1994. My dissertation looks at visual signal processing techniques of the brain and uses these for a new machine vision method of finding primitive features. Other research interests are neural networks, parallel programming, image understanding, data modeling, and C/C++ programming for Windows and Linux. Member of IEEE and Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.


Happily married to Fran Solomon for 27 years. We live in Seattle, Washington, USA in a house that we designed. We enjoy bicycling, hiking, cross country skiing, yoga, music and the arts.


Have visited 60 countries around the world. Most often Fran and I tour by bicycle. We enjoy exchanging home visits with other couples and belong to Servas. I speak fluent French and can get by in Spanish, Italian, Russian and German. I have picked up smatterings of other languages along the way.

Fran and I each have a folding Bike Friday. It fits inside a suitcase! Mine is green, with drop handle bars.

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Last update: Oct 8 2008