Technical Advisory Board

Carolina Cruz-Neira

Cruz-Neira is the Chief Scientist of the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITETM). She is also the William Hansen Hall Endowed Chair in Computer Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She co-founded the Virtual Reality Applications Center at Iowa State University (ISU) and co-founded and co-directed the Human-Computer Interaction graduate program at ISU.  Cruz-Neira’s work in virtual reality started with her Ph.D. dissertation, the design of the CAVETM Virtual Reality Environment, the CAVETM Library software specifications and implementation, and preliminary research on CAVETM Supercomputing integration. She shares the recognition of the invention of the CAVE with Tom DeFanti and Dan Sandin. Cruz-Neira has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) (1995) and a Master’s degree in EECS at UIC (1991). She graduated Cum Laude in Systems Engineering at the Universidad Metropolitana at Caracas, Venezuela in 1987.

Henry Fuchs

Fuchs is a Federico Gil Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina. Fuchs is primarily involved in the field of virtual reality in medicine through his work in three-dimensional biomedical imaging, and his research in head-mounted displays. He is one of the inventors of the Pixel-Planes family of high-performance graphics engines. Fuchs is a past member of the National Research Council Computer Science and Telecommunications Board.  He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Computer Graphics Achievement Award from ACM/SIGGRAPH, the National Computer Graphics Association Academic Award and the Satava Award at the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference. In 1997, he was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Fuchs received his M.D. from The George Washington University and a B.A. degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

David Hughes

Hughes, now an independent consultant, specializing in advising on collaborative visualization concepts and decision making technologies, has more than 25 years experience in the advanced visualization business. During 19 years at Silicon Graphics, he held a wide range of technical, commercial and research roles across support, sales, marketing and product development functions. He was the driving force behind a number of key graphics initiatives, including OpenGL Performer, the Reality Centre environment – a pioneering visualization facility for advanced decision making, and Media Fusion – a collaborative 3D workspace for sharing and interacting with complex visualization media across networks. He is a Honorary Professor of Glasgow University and a fellow of Teesside University.

Theo Mayer

Mayer is an entrepreneur, visionary and creative technologist.  He holds a variety of patents, and his professional credits include: musician/composer, educator, presenter/performer, writer, director/producer, software programmer, consultant, technology advisor and marketing expert.  With a unique vision on the application of new technologies, he has provided consultation and strategic development on a variety of new technology implementations as well as deploying 250 large-scale visualization and command center facilities in more than 18 countries for some of the largest and most progressive organizations in the world. As CEO and President of Panoram Technologies he focused on advanced, high-resolution, large-scale data visualization technologies for oil/gas, manufacturing, engineering, aerospace, scientific and military/government applications. Currently, he heads, LLC which he founded in 2008.

Thomas Ruge

Ruge is currently a Software Manager at NVIDIA. Previously, he was the Co-Founder and CTO of ModViz, a venture capital backed start-up in Oakland, CA founded in 2004 and acquired by NVIDIA in 2008. Before his arrival in the US in 2001 he was responsible for the Virtual Reality Lab at the Siemens research labs in Munich, Germany and prior to his activities at the Siemens Research Labs worked for multiple European research institutions. Ruge holds a Masters degree in Physics from the Technical University in Munich, Germany and is currently pursuing a MBA from the Columbia Business School at Columbia University, New York and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds six US and European patents in model optimization and visualization.