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Julian Lombardi, Project Lead/Principal Investigator

Julian Lombardi is a virtual world architect who serves as assistant vice president with Duke's Office of Information Technology, research scholar with the Duke ISIS program, and adjunct faculty member in Duke's Department of Computer Science.  Julian is focused on developing and deploying IT solutions that support the academic enterprise. Julian’s research is on the design of computational systems that support deep collaboration and resource sharing across large numbers of users.  A former biologist studying the evolution of complex dynamic systems, in the mid-1990s, he began designing and developing avatar-mediated virtual world technologies.  He eventually founded VIOS, Inc., a venture-capital funded RTP-based 3D software technology company. In 2002, he went on to manage a software research and development group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He joined Duke in 2005.  Julian is also one of the six principal architects of the Croquet project (along with Alan Kay and others) and is now the Principal Investigator of National Science Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon-funded efforts to advance that technology in the form of Open Cobalt. Julian also teaches about virtual worlds at Duke University.