Two recurrent themes appear throughout Robin's career: imaging and color.
The formal start was with his earning a BS in Chemistry where the curriculum included making and using various colorants and a foundation in spectroscopy. He then parlayed a computer hobby into a job at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he developed a variety of software applications, some involving imaging and graphics.
With color knowledge gained from a hobby making color photo prints, he was hired at Versatec, a Xerox company, to develop color management and graphics software for their newly developed liquid color electrostatic printer. For his color management work there, he received his first patent. He also represented Versatec on an ANSI committee for computer graphics standards.
Robin then found a position at Apple Computer working on color management for a solid wax inkjet. The work on this project, and others, led to four more patents, one of which formed the basis of ColorSync 1, the world's first color matching system available on desktop computers. While in Apple's research division, he worked with the first digital cameras and how they could be applied to imaging tasks such as stereo and panoramic imaging. During his tenure at Apple, Robin also served on the board of directors for the Open Systems Color Association.
As part of his cost-cutting measures, Steve Jobs put an end to Apple's research division, leading Robin to start a business in color management consulting. After a few years helping printers, publishers, artists and photographers set up color managed imaging systems, he accepted a position at Better Light, a digital scanning camera manufacturer.
While at Better Light he developed methods for color accurate digital photography and performed research in applying digital cameras to IR, UV, panoramic, stereo and stereo panoramic photography. Throughout his tenure at Better Light, the owner encouraged him to keep his consulting business going, including expanding it to include making gray reference cards for neutral balancing digital cameras. To understand the issues involved in getting color accurate images of artwork, Robin developed an application to acquire and analyze visible light spectra. This program aided him in finding solutions to problems encountered with artists materials, lighting and the camera's rendition of colors. He also trained photographers from museums and libraries around the US and internationally in the techniques he developed for color accurate imaging.
When Better Light was closed by its owner, Robin turned his part-time imaging business into a full-time one: providing software for spectral acquisition and analysis, an application for flat fielding images, and manufacturing color reference targets for the American Institute for Conservation and consulting on various imaging projects.
One recent project involved the development of a high color quality LED light for copy work and fine art imaging that achieves the highest color quality ratings on the market for LED lighting. Another interesting project involved using IR light and special imaging techniques to recover the original image erased by Rauschenberg and displayed as the Erased de Kooning Drawing, which is in the collection of SFMOMA.