Jim Whitehead (computer scientist)

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Jim Whitehead
Occupation Professor, Department of Computational Media, University of California, Santa Cruz
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E. James Whitehead is Professor and Chair[1] of Computational Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, United States. He served as the Chair of the Computer Science department University of California, Santa Cruz from 2010-2014.[2] He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1989, and a PhD in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine, in 2000.

Previously, he performed hard, real-time firmware development as a software engineer for Raytheon, 1989–1992. From 1996–2004, Whitehead created and led the Internet Engineering Task Force working group on Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning,[3][4] and is considered the "father" of the WebDAV protocol.[citation needed] He is author on over 50 peer-reviewed articles on software engineering and hypertext systems, and seven Internet standards (RFC) documents.[2]

Whitehead led the creation of the BS Computer Science: Computer Game Design degree program at UC Santa Cruz, the first game oriented degree program within the University of California system.[2] He is also working with the Expressive Intelligence Studio as an advisor.[5]

He is the president of the Society for the Advancement of the Science of Digital Games,[6] the organization that sponsors the Foundations of Digital Games conference series.[7]


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