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About the Author


Steven Aukstakalnis is an author, research scientist, instructor and consultant is the area of advanced human-computer interfaces and interactive systems.

Educated in Physics and Computer Science, Steve is the former Director of the Virtual Environment and Interactive Systems Program for the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Computational Field Simulation. He has served on the professional research staff at the University of Washington and the faculty of Mississippi State University.

Steve is an invited lecturer and researcher for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, National Reconnaissance Office, University of Michigan, Pepperdine, Purdue, Dartmouth, National Taiwan University, the Smithsonian Institution and a host of other universities, corporations and government agencies across N. America and around the world.

Steve has authored three books on the topic of virtual and augmented reality, as well as dozens of papers, magazine articles and technology reviews. His second book, Silicon Mirage: The Art and Science of Virtual Reality, was published in 6 languages and adopted as an instructional text in schools around the world. His written work has served as background prep material for U.S. Senate hearings and is listed in the Congressional Record.

Steve’s third book, Practical Augmented Reality: A Guide to the Technologies, Applications, and Human Factors for AR and VR, was published in September, 2016 by Pearson – Addison Wesley Professional.

Steve is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Steve has significant broadcast media experience and has appeared as a guest on radio and TV shows around the world, including The Larry King Show, PBS, BBC,  the Blaze, as well as most major U.S. news networks.