Prof. Thomas A. DeFanti

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Computer Science, University of Illinois Research Scientist, UCSD's Qualcomm Institute Research Scientist, UCSD's Qualcomm Institute

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Computer Science, University of Illinois

Thomas A. DeFanti, Ph.D, is a research scientist at UCSD’s Qualcomm Institute and a distinguished professor emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received the 1988 ACM Outstanding Contribution Award and became an ACM Fellow in 1994. He co-founded StarLight in Chicago with Joe Mambretti and Maxine Brown. He and Dan Sandin conceived the CAVE virtual reality theatre in 1991. Since coming to UCSD in 2004, he and Greg Dawe built the StarCAVE, NexCAVE, TourCAVE, WAVE, SunCAVE, and CAVEkiosk VR systems. With John Graham, Phil Papadopoulos and teams of colleagues, Tom designs and builds 40/100 Gb/s state-of-the-art wide-area computer networked computing, storage, graphics processing and visualization facilities to serve advanced computing needs. He is co-PI of the NSF Pacific Research Platform project and the CHASE-CI NSF community infrastructure project for machine learning.