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Jaron Lanier
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Jaron Lanier
Chief Scientist,
Advanced Network and Services, Inc.
Composer and Visual Artist



Jaron Lanier is lead scientist of the National Tele-Immersion Initiative, a coalition of research universities studying advanced applications for Internet 2. He also is chief scientist of Eyematic Interfaces, which researches computer vision. His latest research, dubbed "phenotropics," was introduced in the book The Next Fifty Years: Science in the Twenty First Century.

Best known for his work in virtual reality, a term he coined, Mr. Lanier founded VPL Research and helped develop the first implementations of multi-person virtual worlds using head-mounted displays. He also co-developed the first implementations of virtual reality in surgical simulation and vehicle interior prototyping and the first widely used software platform architecture for immersive virtual reality applications.

As a musician, Mr. Lanier has performed with Philip Glass, Ornette Coleman, George Clinton, and others. He also writes chamber and orchestral music. Recent commissions include works celebrating the 1000th birthday of the city of Wroclaw, Poland, and a symphony for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Lanier's band, Chromatophoria, has toured the world in venues such as the Montreux Jazz Festival. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and Europe.

Mr. Lanier's writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harpers Magazine, Scientific American, and other major publications.

Mr. Lanier has taught at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University among others.
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