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Tom Furness

Virtual World Society
Founder & Chairman
Tom Furness is widely known as the ‘grandfather’ of virtual reality in a professional career that spans 52 years.  Tom is currently a professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, Washington and founder of the international family of Human Interface Technology Laboratories.  He is the founder and chairman of the Virtual World Society, a non-profit for extending XR for humanitarian applications.  Tom and his students/colleagues have spun off 27 companies with an aggregate market capitalization of ~$10B that have formed the core of the VR/AR industry.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, June 30

6:10pm EDT