Touro University presenting 'Grandfather of Virtual Reality' next week

Vallejo Times Herald
January 21, 2021

Touro University California (TUC) is holding a special presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 titled "Grandfather of Virtual Reality," featuring Dr. Thomas A. Furness, Ph.D., that will showcase current applications and future innovations of virtual and augmented reality in medicine (health sciences) and education.

This event, which begins at noon, is open to the public and free to attend thanks to sponsorships with the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching (TUC Western Division) and The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (TCUS New York).

Furness is a pioneer in human interface technology and has earned the title of "Grandfather of Virtual Reality."  Currently, he is a Professor Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Washington and the founder of the University of Washington's Human Interface Technology lab (HIT lab).

Prior to joining the University of Washington, Dr. Furness developed advanced cockpits and virtual interfaces for the Department of Defense.  He is the inventor of the personal eyewear display, the virtual retinal display, the HALO display and holds 19 patents in advance sensor, display and interface technologies.  Additionally, he is the founder of the Virtual World Society, which is dedicated to solving pervasive world problems by bringing together hearts and minds through virtual reality.

Touro is committed to preparing future educators and medical practitioners to actively engage in both the local and global community both now and into the future.

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