Dr Andy Harter

CEO at RealVNC

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.

  • 6 June 2013, 5:30pm

    CSaP Distinguished Lecture: Chi Onwurah MP

    Chi Onwurah, Shadow Minister, Cabinet Office discusses the relationship between citizen and Government in a world of interdependent cyber security.

  • 24 September 2012, 6pm

    BBC World Service Forum Programme on Education

    CSaP is hosting a discussion programme in front of a live audience, for the BBC World Service Forum programme, which takes place at 6pm on 24 September at Murray Edwards College in Cambridge – the first time the Forum has been hosted at the University.