Chief Executive Officer, RealVNC
Dr Harter began his research career in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge, where he investigated designs for three-dimensional circuits. Since then he has contributed extensively and significantly in the fields of distributed systems, ubiquitous and context aware computing, user-interface design and thin-client systems, most notably VNC; with which he founded the high-tech Cambridge company RealVNC.
VNC is remote control software which allows user to view and fully interact with one computer desktop using a simple program on another computer desktop anywhere on the Internet. The two computers don't even have to be the same type. VNC is in widespread active use by many millions throughout industry, academia and privately.
His research has been conducted through his executive roles in industrial research and at the AT&T Cambridge Laboratory where he was responsible for many hardware and software projects.
Dr Harter is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional. In 2010, he received the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal, and in 2011 was elected a Fellow of the Academy. He is also a tutor, Fellow and Director of Studies in Computer Sciences at St Edmunds College, Cambridge.