Dr. Vanessa Freudenberg

Software Engineer
Los Angeles


Latest: Occasionally I post to twitter (professional) or instagram / facebook (personal stuff). More often than I update this home page, anyway.

2022: Separated from Laura, and moved to my own place in Downtown LA.

2020: Came out publicly as a transgender woman. Changing my name to Vanessa Ada Freudenberg.

2019: Something is afoot. Gotta figure it out soon. Trying some things, gender-wise.

2018: We moved to Los Angeles (Hollywood). Co-founded Croquet with David Smith and other colleagues from Alan's inner circle.

2017: Married Laura! Had a lovely honeymoon in Paris. She makes me very happy :)

2016: My research group is even larger now: HARC (part of Y Combinator Research). Also, Laura moved in with us :)

2015: Separated amicably from Rita, am now living alone with one of the kids.

2014: Viewpoints and SAP created CDG Labs, an international research collaboration. I'm still mainly working with them.

2013: Still freelancing, with Alan Kay's Viewpoints Research as my main client, working on Reinventing Computing.

September 2006: I started freelancing. First contract is porting Etoys to the $100 laptop

February 2006: I got elected as board member by the world-wide Squeak developer community. Update (2016): I was re-elected every year ever since.

June 2004: You can call me Dr. Freudenberg now - I defended my PhD thesis with "magna cum laude" (technically I'm an EngD).

March 2004: Won the Annual Faculty Research Award with four colleagues for our IEEE CG&A "Developer's Guide to Silhouette Algorithms" article.

January 2004: Started working at impara GmbH. We're writing authoring software for children in Squeak: Plopp.

November 2003: Submitted my PhD thesis. The defense is expected to take place early next year.

July 2003: We moved into our new-built home.

August 2001: Gave my first SIGGRAPH Talk. See my publications.

1999: Our twins Jakob and Spencer were born. We're doubling the number of kids every time. Probably should stop now.

1998: I married Rita! And since we chose my wife's last name as our family name, I'm no longer Bert Schönwälder. No umlauts anymore ... Bert Freudenberg is so much easier to spell. :)

1997: graduated as Dipl.-Ing. (basically a masters degree in Engineering). Will spend a year at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, next.

1995: Our son Paul was born – double the fun!

1993: Moved in with Rita and her son Sebastian.

1991: Went to the University of Magdeburg to study Computer Science – same year the World Wide Web began. This homepage actually started around 1995.

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