Web3D 2020 Member Meeting

Join us at our virtual Web3D Consortium Member Meeting 3 August 2020 10:00 AM-1:00 PM EDT

See archives/recordings below.

This meeting is open to all and is free of cost. You do not have to be a Web3D member to attend the Web3D member meeting.

Web3D Member Meeting Agenda:

Video Presentation Description Presenters - Bios below
Web3D and X3D Overview Overview and Highlights Welcome, Web3D Overview and Highlights Nicholas Polys and Anita Havele
Member Case Studies

Deployed business critical X3D applications 

SynergyNational Institue of Health (NIH)3dMDMBARI

Virginia TechKSHELL.

Web3D Members: 

Mike Russalesi, Darrell Hurt, 

Chris Lane, Mike McCann,

Nicholas Polys, Vince Marchetti

Working Group Activities

Geospatial, Medical, DPS, UX, Heritage, HAnim,

Semantic, Mixed Augmented Reality, and X3D

Web3D Working Group Chairs
X3D4 Highlights X34 Highlights X3D Version 4.0 Highlights and Delivery Mike Russalesi - Web3D Vice President
Engage with Web3D Engage with Web3D Events, Working Groups, SDO Liaisons Anita Havele, Web3D Executive Director
Strategic Roadmap 2020 Roadmap Web3D Consortium Roadmap Nicholas Polys, Web3D President
Open Discussions   Stratergy Discussions All Presenters

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Webinar Schedule: These webinars will be recorded and archived to our YouTube Channel.

Title Date Time Topics
Web3D Member Meeting 3 Aug 2020 10AM-1PM EDT Annual report, Roadmap, Case Studies, WG activities and X3D4
Learn X3D 4 Aug 2020 10AM-1PM EDT Build and Publish X3D
X3D Browsers 5 Aug 2020 10AM-1PM EDT Open Source X3D Browsers FreeWRL, X3DOM, X_ITE, Castle Game Engine
X3D Authoring Tools 6 Aug 2020 10AM-1PM EDT TITANIA and White Dune

This meeting's Live Director is Leonard Daly Daly Realism - Creating the Future.



Dr. Michael Aratow

Chief Medical Information Officer of San Mateo Medical Center - Medical Working Group Co-Chair

Michael Aratow is Chief Medical Information Officer of San Mateo Medical Center, an integrated delivery network which is part of the nation’s Safety Net institutions. Besides working for ICD10 readiness, Meaningful Use and management of three different Electronic Medical Records, he is currently helping to direct the business intelligence strategy for San Mateo County Health System and also promotes clinical innovation through piloting solutions from early stage companies. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics and continues to practice. Michael received his MD degree from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and his Emergency Medicine training at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. He performed a research fellowship at UCSD School of Medicine in Orthopedics and was a research consultant at NASA/Ames Research Center in basic physiology and virtual environment projects. Besides being a member of the Board, Michael is Co-Chair of the Medical Working Group of the Web3D Consortium.

Dr. Don Brutzman

Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School - X3D Working Group Co-Chair

Don Brutzman is a computer scientist and Associate Professor working in the Modeling Virtual Environments & Simulation (MOVES) Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California.  Currently he cochairs the Extensible 3D (X3D) and X3D CAD Working Groups for the Web3D Consortium.  Together with Leonard Daly he is coauthor of the book X3D Graphics for Web Authors, published April 2007 by Morgan Kaufmann.  He is a retired naval submarine officer.  His research interests include real-time 3D computer graphics, underwater robotics, artificial intelligence, and high-performance networking.

Anita Havele

Executive Director, Web3D Consortium

Anita Havele has over 15 years’ of experience in computer graphics and a strong background in technical marketing of open standards in 2D/3D graphics. She has developed strategic roadmaps to build and deliver next-generation new media 3D successfully.  She has extensive experience in developing and managing programs for promotion and adoption of standards. She is currently the executive director of the Web3D Consortium implementing strategic plans for the global growth and adoption of the Consortium’s standards and 3D technology. She also coordinates and works with other standards organizations such as W3C, OGC, HL7, DICOM, ISO, and Khronos.

Before joining the Web3D Consortium her standards work extended to the automotive industry as part of a leading group at GM/EDS standardizing the design engineering processes. The nonconformance and revenue loss at GM lead to her strong support of open standards for the advancement of emerging technologies. After leaving EDS she continued her involvement in standards development developing methodologies and standards procedures in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for the automotive design analysis industry. 

She is a member of ACM, IEEE Computer Society, and the Web3D Consortium. She holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Marquette University, USA.

Dr. Darrell Hurt

Chief, Bioinformatics Branch (BCBB) at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Darrell Hurt, Ph.D., heads the Computational Biology Section of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch in the Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Dr. Hurt focuses on computational structural biology, including protein folding, docking, and molecular dynamics. He also provides special expertise in 3D printing, visualization, and modeling. Before working at NIAID, Dr. Hurt did postdoctoral work in lipid signaling and cell trafficking using X-ray crystallography with Dr. James Hurley at National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). His educational background includes a B.S. in Chemistry with honors from Brigham Young University and a combined M.S./Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University under the mentorship of Dr. Jon Clardy. His doctoral work was recognized with the Pauling Award from the American Crystallographic Association, and he is the author of several scientific research articles.

Christopher Lane

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, 3dMD Ltd

With more than 40 years of experience in the IT industry, Lane has held senior technical and chief executive positions in globally-recognized high-tech and services companies, as well as serving as a board member for both privately and publicly held companies in the US and Europe. Following an early career in software engineering and as a consultant with a U.K. government agency focused on the promotion of IT and Standards, Lane joined Oracle, the world’s largest business-to-business software company. During his six years with the company, he held VP positions in Europe and the U.S., including head of Consulting Operations. Lane then joined the IT investment team at EM Warburg, Pincus & Co., one of the world’s leading venture capital investors. In 1994, Lane was appointed as CEO and president of TSW International, which he shaped to be the acknowledged market leader and visionary company in the Enterprise Asset Management market. Just prior to joining 3dMD, Lane held the position of COO at ECSoft, a European IT services provider.

Lane co-founded 3dMD in 2000 with the goal of establishing a highly-reliable, non-invasive 3D technology platform for efficiently imaging of people in 3D to a level of anatomical shape precision required to fuel growth in applications such as medical, biometrics, human factor, high-end fit apparel, and anthropometrics.

Dr. Feng Liu

Professor, Mercer University - Web User Experince Working Group Co-Chair

As a professor Dr. Feng works in the areas of Informatics. Her computer graphics background started with her Ph.D. research on platform-independent shaders. Dr. Feng Liu’s research interests include data and information visualization,  computer graphics and algorithms, human-computer interaction/user experience for 2D or 3D Web applications, and usability studies. Dr. Liu is also interested in informatics innovations, which include applying Web3D/XR technology to solve real-world problems.

Dr. Vincent Marchetti

President, Kshell - Design Printing and Scanning  Working Group Co-Chair

Vincent Marchetti is a consultant currently working on projects involving GPS applications for surveying and the construction industry, and machine learning techniques for financial market analysis and bioinformatics. He has developed X3D applications for landfill management and is currently working on using the X3D standard as a tool for visualization of CAD/CAM information represented in STEP files. A component of this work is an online web application that extracts solid models from STEP files and renders them as X3D or X3DOM content.

He received a Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University for work in experimental atomic physics and has held teaching positions at Oberlin College and Clarkson University.

Mr. Mike McCann

Software Engineer, MBARI - Geospatial Working Group Co-Chair

As a software engineer in the Support Engineering Group, Mike develops and supports applications and systems for acquiring, storing, and visualizing MBARI collected data. There are interesting challenges in the effort to glean information from the diverse collections of data that MBARI has the unique capabilities to acquire.

To provide good service Mike draws on his background in physical oceanography, scientific visualization, and his volunteer service at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Before coming to MBARI in February 1996 Mike worked for 11 years at the Naval Postgraduate School, the last few years of which he spent analyzing and visualizing the output from various versions of eddy-resolving global ocean circulation models.

Dr. Meghan McCarthy

Meghan McCarthy, M.S., Ph.D., is Program Lead for 3D Printing and Biovisualization in the Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Her work encompasses a range of projects related to development and adoption of 3D printing and VR/AR for bioscientific and medical applications, including enhanced 3D visualization of molecular models, medical imaging data, and large-scale, multidimensional datasets.

Dr. Nicholas F. Polys

Director of Visual Computing, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Computing - President, Web3D Consortium

Nicholas F. Polys is Director of Visual Computing with Virginia Tech Research Computing Group and Affiliate Research Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He has developed interactive 3D graphic content and systems for over 15 years. His research interests lie at the center of graphics and Human Computer Interaction: the intersection of visualization, virtual environments, and perception. After his undergraduate research in Cognitive Science at Vassar College (1996), he jumped into the networked information space of the WWW developing audio, visual, and 3D assets and software. His doctoral work at Virginia Tech (2006) examined perceptual cues and layout behaviors for Information-Rich Virtual Environments for desktop to immersive platforms.

He is a member of ACM, IEEE Computer Society, and the Web3D Consortium. He is a co-author of the international standard (ISO) Extensible 3D (X3D), elected Director and President of the Web3D Consortium, and Chair of the Web3D Medical Working Group.

Michael Russalesi

Chief Operating Officer, Synergy Software Design - Vice President, Web3D Consortium

Michael Russalesi is currently the co-owner and Chief Operating Officer of Synergy Software Design, LLC. Michael is also responsible for business development, user interface/experience design, and software development. Under his lead, Synergy deployed to the Navy an all-digital web-based solution for specialized facility inspections (SPIDERS). SPIDERS has reduced the total cost of Navy specialized facility inspections by 30%. Michael also lead the team that deployed the first and only enterprise 3D facility planning tool to the Navy that utilizes X3D. He has been contracting with the Navy for 12 years and has worked on various tasks ranging from project management, scanning services, and custom software programming to marketing and outreach.