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First Name
Ben
Last Name
Rubinstein
Job Title
Technical Director
Institution
Cogapp

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Ben has a degree in Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence from Sussex University. After briefly working on real-time expert systems, he returned to Sussex to help develop the first graphical user interface system for their artificial intelligence programming environment POPLOG. In 1987 when this work was completed, Ben joined Cogapp, becoming technical director in time to help establish the new direction of the company towards hypertext and multimedia.

Since this time Ben has been responsible for the company's technical development. He was the chief architect and lead developer of Cogapp’s proprietary multimedia system, used at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the National Gallery, London and many other institutions. It was also licensed to Microsoft to deliver numerous CD-ROMs, some of which are still in print and regularly updated. He established Cogapp’s publishing system, and led the development of the online collection systems at the National Portrait Gallery and Cleveland Museum of Art.

More recently, Ben has been instrumental in creating the ground-breaking installation for the Museum of Modern Art, New York - the MoMA guide - and in creating the award winning website and online collection for the National Portrait Gallery, London. Ben's pivotal work on these and other projects displays his continued commitment to finding new ways for organisations to exploit digital technology to better serve their public audiences.

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