With more than 20 years of industry experience, Christoph Runde is one of the pioneers in the field of professional systems and applications of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).
After starting his career at Porsche, he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) in 1999, where he led the institute's activities in VR/AR. In 2006, he
achieved a PhD degree with his thesis on "Conception and Industrial Implementation of VR as a Digital Factory Building-Block". From 2007 on, he developed the Virtual Dimension Center (VDC) to
become one of the biggest and most successful cluster initiatives for VR/AR in Europe. Under Runde's leadership, the VDC was decorated with the European Cluster Management Excellence Label GOLD
and numerous awards for its innovation capabilites and quality of services.
Runde's expertise is in demand by governmental bodies and VC funds, which he supports as an advisor. In parallel to his position as director of VDC, he acts as the Vice President for Industry of
the European Virtual Reality Association (EuroVR). In 2017, he was awarded with a honorary professorship by the Heilbronn University.
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