Bruce Damer

July 11, 2009

Damer is a founding director of the Contact Consortium, a Silicon Valley based non profit research membership organization dedicated to the development of inhabited multi-user virtual worlds hosted on the Internet. The Consortium has an extensive corporate and institutional membership base and a number of active special interest groups. The Consortium hosts many innovative conferences and other special events and presentations worldwide. Recent Consortium research and development projects undertaken include the collaborative construction and staffing of a virtual town , a virtual university and architecture competition and a virtual garden world.

Bruce has spent his life building both software and communities. His software includes commercial products for Xerox based on the Star interface and a biologically inspired behavior engine for virtual worlds called Nerves. He has formed numerous creative communities such as a salon for artists in Prague in the Czech Republic. Bruce lectures extensively around the world and recently completed a tour for his new book Avatars, Exploring and Building Virtual Worlds on the Internet. Bruce is working on another book and developing a cyber-biological community on a farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains known as the Digital Garden .

Bruce serves as President and CEO of DigitalSpace Corporation, a catalyst for applications of virtual worlds in business, entertainment and education. DigitalSpace has a number of groundbreaking projects going including the datafusion world, work with NASA Ames Research Center and several universities and companies. Bruce holds an MSEE from the University of Southern California.

He formerly served as chief technologist at Elixir Technologies and as a member of the Charles University Prague Math/Physics Faculty. He is also a founding board member of the International Academy of Networked Arts and Technology, A Silicon Graphics Vanguard of Visual Computing, a member of the staff of SFSU Multimedia Studies Program and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington Human Interface Technology Laboratory.

Links:
Bruce Damer's website
See essays by this author:
Global Cyberspace and Personal Memespace
See blog posts by this author:
The Planetary Mood Ring