Tom Furness
Founder & Chairman Virtual World Society

Tom Furness is an amalgam of Professor, Inventor and Entrepreneur in a professional career that spans 53 years. In addition to his contributions in photonics, electro-optics, human interface technology, he is an original pioneer of virtual and augmented reality technology and widely known as the ‘grandfather’ of virtual reality. Tom is currently a professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering with adjunct professorships in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, Washington, USA. He is the founder of the family of Human Interface Technology Laboratories at the University of Washington, Christchurch, New Zealand and Tasmania, Australia. Tom is a Fellow in the IEEE and the founder and chairman of the Virtual World Society, a non-profit for extending virtual reality as a learning system for families and other humanitarian applications.


May 31

01:25 PM - 02:20 PM


Redefining Web 3.0 and Accelerating Metaverse

Rebecca Barkin | Lamina1

Yu Yuan | Metaverse Acceleration and Sustainability Association (MASA).

Tom Furness | Virtual World Society

Neil Trevett | Khronos Group

Sri Chandrasekaran | IEEE

Ramesh Ramadoss | IEEE

Thomas Coughlin | Coughlin Associates

Jun 2

11:00 AM - 11:35 AM


Spatial Computing for All: A Fireside Chat with the Virtual World Society

Tom Furness | Virtual World Society

Angelina Dayton | Virtual World Society

Alvin Wang Graylin | HTC

Linda Ricci | Consultant