Thomas (Tom) A. DeFanti

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  • University of Illinois, Chicago, Electronic Visualization Laboratory, Co-Director


  • Chicago, Illinois, United States of America


  • SIGGRAPH 1990

    Tom DeFanti is professor in electrical engineering and computer science, co-director of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also director of the UIC Software Technologies Research Center and an adjunct professor at NCSA. His current research interests include graphics system software development, televisualization (graphical networking), scientific visualization, virtual environments, computer animation, medical visualization, picture archiving, autostereo 3D presentation graphics and interactive performance art. He served as co-designer and curator of The Interactive Image. He was chair of ACM-SIGGRAPH, 1981-85, is the editor of the SIGGRAPH Video Review, and was co-editor of the special issue of Computer Graphics on “Visualization in Scientific Computing”. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Ohio State University.  

    SIGGRAPH 1989

    Tom is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He is a Co-director of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at UIC. Tom is an international lecturer and author in the computer graphics field and has had many interactive installations in museums and conferences worldwide. Tom is Past Chair of SIGGRAPH and Editor-In-Chief of the SIGGRAPH Video Review. He was Co-editor of the National Science Foundation report Visualization in Scientific Computing.  

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