Steven M. LaValle

Steven M. LaValle
  • Chief Scientist of VR/AR/MR, Huawei Technologies


Steven M. LaValle is Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois. He is also the Chief Scientist of VR/AR/MR at Huawei Technologies, Ltd. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1995. From 1995-1997 he was a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University. From 1997-2001 he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Iowa State University.

His research interests include robotics, virtual reality, sensing, planning algorithms, computational geometry, and control theory. He is mostly known for his introduction of the Rapidly exploring Random Tree (RRT) algorithm, which is widely used in robotics and other engineering fields. He was also an early founder and chief scientist of Oculus VR, acquired by Facebook in 2014, where he developed patented tracking technology for consumer virtual reality and led a team of perceptual psychologists to provide principled approaches to virtual reality system calibration, health and safety, and the design of comfortable user experiences. He also authored the books Planning Algorithms, Sensing and Filtering, and Virtual Reality.

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Topic of Speech:”Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality: Where is it All Going?”