Introduction to VRML 97
Lecturer Information

David R. Nadeau (Organizer)
    Title Principal Scientist
    Affiliation San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)
    University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

    Dave Nadeau is a principal scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), a national research center specializing in computational science and engineering, located on the campus of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Specializing in scientific visualization and virtual reality, he is the author of technical papers and articles on 3D graphics and VRML and is a co-author of two books on VRML (The VRML Sourcebook and The VRML 2.0 Sourcebook, published by John Wiley & Sons). He is the founder and lead librarian for The VRML Repository and The Java3D Repository, principal Web sites for information on VRML, Java3D, and related software.

    Dave has taught VRML at multiple conferences including SIGGRAPH 96-97, WebNet 96-97, VRML 97-98, WMC/SCS 98, Eurographics 97, and Visualization 97. He was a co-chair for the VRML Behavior Workshop in October 1995, the first workshop on VRML behavior technology, and a co-chair for the VRML 95 conference in December 1995, the first conference on VRML. He was on the program committees for VRML 97 and VRML 98 and is SDSC's representative to the VRML Consortium.

    Dave holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and is in the PhD program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.

John L. Moreland

    Title Senior programmer/analyst
    Affiliation San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)
    University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

    John Moreland is a senior programmer/analyst at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and specializes in scientific visualization and multimedia. He is an author of papers on VRML, and is a co-author of two books on VRML (The VRML Sourcebook, and The VRML 2.0 Sourcebook, published by John Wiley & Sons). He has developed multiple large VRML environments for scientific visualization, including a CAVE-based environment presented at Supercomputing 95, and a multi-user environment presented at Supercomputing 96-97.

    John has taught VRML courses at SIGGRAPH 96-97, InternetWorld Asia 96-97, and Web 97 East and West, and is a frequent presenter of courses in computer graphics, visualization, and the PERL programming language. He was a co-chair for the VRML Behavior Workshop in October 1995, and for the VRML 95 conference in December 1995.

    John holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego.

Michael M. Heck

    Title Vice President of Research and Development
    Affiliation Template Graphics Software, Inc.

    Mike Heck is the Vice President for Research and Development at Template Graphics Software (TGS), a developer of cross-platform graphics tools for browsing and authoring VRML. Both Mike and TGS are now focused upon making OpenGL, OpenInventor, and VRML available everywhere, including Sun, DEC, HP, and IBM workstations, as well as Macintosh and PC platforms.

    Mike is an author of technical papers on computer graphics and the first book on 3D programming with PHIGS (Understanding PHIGS). He has been a speaker in multiple conference courses, including SIGGRAPH courses on PHIGS (1986), PEX (1993), OpenInventor (1995), and VRML (1996-1997), as well as a course in 3D graphics with MFC at the Visual C++ Developers Conference (1996).

    Mike holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.