The Communications Director of EmperorLinux Dr. Adriane Swalm Durey was born in
Kansas. In May of 1993, she graduated as salutatorian from Bonnabel High
School in Kenner, Louisiana. She then entered the
School of Engineering in New Orleans,
Louisiana, where she was the recipient of a Dean's Honor Scholarship.
(It was which at Tulane that she also discovered the joys of
Linux.) In May of 1997,
Adriane received her Bachelors of Science in
Computer Engineering, Summa Cum Laude
with Departmental Honors. She also received the department of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science's Award for Academic Achievement by a Computer
Engineering Major and the Annual Texas Instruments Award for Outstanding Senior
in the Computer Sciences. The following May, she received her Masters Degree
in Electrical Engineering from Tulane, as well, after successfully defending
her thesis on Object Recognition by Equal Area Reprojection. During
her undergraduate career, Adriane worked as a teaching assistant, a counselor
for the Louisiana Governor's Program for Gifted
Children, and as a student researcher.
In the fall of 1998, Adriane entered the
Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Electrical and Computer
Engineering to begin working on her doctoral degree. While a graduate
student, Adriane was first funded for two years by the award of a Claire Booth
Luce Fellowship. Her remaining years were funded by a Graduate Research
Assistantship. During this time, Adriane developed her interest from
computer-based transcription of music to the melody recognition problem, which
became the basis of her thesis, Melody Spotting Using Hidden Markov
Models. She was guided in this work by her advisor
Mark A. Clements.
Adriane received her doctorate in Electrical Engineering in December 2003.
While a graduate student at Georgia Tech, Adriane also participated in the
start-up of EmperorLinux (having married
Lincoln, its founder, in the same year).
She currently acts as the Communications Director, in charge of advertising, web
content, and many other technical challenges appropriate to years of schooling
in the fields of electrical and computer engineering.
Adriane is a member of IEEE, ACM, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Upsilon Pi
My official job here at EmperorLinux is to make pretty pictures for the web
site, banner advertising (like on
Linux.org), and print advertising (in
places like Linux Journal). Hence,
if someone is to blame for the funnily dressed
penguins floating around this web site, it is I (with help from
Larry Ewing and
The GIMP). You can find additional examples
that prove that I spend too much time with The GIMP---my
digital signal processing. My latest GIMP-related project has been to make
my computer talk to my new toy, a Wacom
Intuos graphics tablet. It works wonderfully, thanks to this
Wacom Tablet How-To.
When I'm not breaking the software on our latest computer offerings, (well,
that is what you're supposed to do with test equipment) I'm learning
new about new Linux related subjects and then using that information to further
break and rearrange things. My latest efforts revolve around creating a cross
stitch pattern plug-in for The GIMP. The first fruits of that effort will
appear eventually below. In the meantime, I have created a Tux cross-stitch
pattern the old-fashioned way.
A PDF version of the pattern
is available (and is still being tweaked from time to time). Tux enthusiasts
need not worry; the imperial crown and staff are entirely optional.