Dr. Tom Furness, the *founder of the Virtual World Society and 'Grandfather of VR', * will be the Grand Marshall of a Halloween Parade.
Dr. Thomas A. Furness III ##
Professor & International Director
Human Interface Technology Laboratory
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington USA
Dr. Tom Furness is a professor, inventor, and entrepreneur who has worked continuously on the development of virtual reality technology for 54 years and earned the title "Grandfather of Virtual Reality." He is Professor in the University of Washington Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, and the founder of the Human Interface Technology Lab at the University of Washington and its sister labs at the University of Canterbury and University of Tasmania. He is known for his contributions developing virtual interface technology and its applications in education, training, medicine, design and entertainment. He and his students and colleagues have spun off 27 companies in the immersive computing space. He is also the general manager and owner of the RATLab (Rocking and Thinking Laboratory), the Founder of the Virtual World Society and a Fellow in the IEEE.
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