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Egosurfing

Like everybody else, every once in awhile I search myself—there’s actually a technical term for doing this: Egosurfing.

Now, at least on US Google, I am happy to say that I come up immediately—however, I am not the only me out there. There are other parents who have named their kids Adam Lederer. If I could go back in time and stop them, I would, because I like to think that I am unique—but since I’m not the only me, I thought I would share some other facts about myself that I didn’t previously know—like the fact I play squash!

Now obviously I love movies (oops, I haven’t updated my ratings in like forever!), and books (seeking books for kids, very worthwhile!). Improbably I am also a co-captain of a high school football team in Connecticut, (more bizarrely) a member of the 1989 Boys’ High School All-American Team for Lacrosse, playing under famous Head Coach Joe Cuozzo! (The Harvard Crimson described me as “all-purpose, all-dominant Adam Lederer”!) Coming in 89th, I am also a photogenic trail runner. The 8 year old me (sorry, I won’t link to the 8 year old me), is already a competitive swimmer (although not very convincingly). In 2003, I was doing something in the Czech Republic.

But that’s not all.

Amazingly there is a very active version of me. Starting at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, (National Merit Scholar) I’ve composed a video game music—whilst in high school and even professionally for a game called sin(Surfing). (Plus I do video game music remixes, how cool is that!) I’m now a sophomore at CMU in Pittsburgh, where I study Electrical and Computer Engineering. You can even play Snake Ball, which I wrote the music for.

This version of me even did an internship at the Naval Research Laboratory, and co-authored a paper presented at the 2006 IEEE conference on Virtual Reality entitled “Vertical Vergence Calibration for Augmented Reality Displays“. I realize it sounds like a real page turner, especially after reading the summary:

Stereo and bi-ocular head-mounted displays (HMDs) require the user to fuse two images into a coherent picture of the threedimensional world. The human visual system performs this task constantly, but when the input images contain both real and graphical depictions, the problem becomes more difficult. A vertical disparity in the graphics causes diplopia for users trying to fuse the real and virtual objects simultaneously. We implement three methods to measure and correct this disparity and assess them with a collection of a single model of optical see-through HMD.

For those in the biz, I’m sorry to report, no citations.

Amusingly, I’m posting this as I am on my way to visit some people at, you guessed it, CMU.

I wonder if I’ll bump into myself.

PS: If you’re “me” and find “me”, please feel free to write to “me”–the email address is at the bottom of the “About Adam” page.

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