Dr Vartkes Goetcherian, has an extensive background in the computer consultancy business. Following his research into parallel image processing at University College London, he joined Logica in 1979 where he worked in R&D in the Space and Defence sector for over 7 years. He left Logica in 1987 to join a start-up AI company, Harlequin Limited in Cambridge, where he was the Director responsible for all its European R&D activities. He led the company's efforts in a number of collaborative research projects in European and UK funded R&D programmes.
In 1991 he set up Arax Limited. For a period between 1991 - 1994 he was an external consultant to the European Commission's Distance Learning and Education Unit in Brussels. Since 1995 he has participated in a number of EU funded projects as well as acting as evaluator and reviewer of R&D projects for the European Commission. He was the Editor of HLTCentral.org, a European language technology web site, between 1999 and 2005.
He is currently active in three EC funded Integrated Projects: he is responsible for the Web dissemination activities of the DIP Project coordinated by DERI Institute, Galway; he is the Project Manager of IP project PRESENCCIA, an FET project researching 'presence' in mixed reality environments; he also works for the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS) as a project management advisor to IPerG, a Pervasive Gaming IP project.