Vladimir Vukićević

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Vladimir Vukićević
Vukićević at the 2010 Mozilla Summit in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Born (1979-04-29) 29 April 1979 (age 44)
OccupationComputer Science
Known forMajor technological contributions to the Mozilla Firefox web browser, WebGL

Vladimir Vukićević (born 29 April 1979), is a Serbian-born American software engineer who has worked on many open source projects. He is known mostly for his work on open-source graphics libraries, including those used in the Mozilla project, and for being the creator of WebGL.


Vukićević at the 2013 Mozilla Summit

In 2006, Vukićević began work on a prototype OpenGL 3D context for the canvas HTML element, which he called Canvas 3D.[1] This work led to the creation of a "Accelerated 3D on the Web" working group within the Khronos Group in order to create a royalty-free standard API for OpenGL and OpenGL ES 2.0 capabilities,[2] which produced the WebGL specification.

In 2008, Vukićević publicly criticized Apple for using private interfaces in the Safari web browser to improve its performance, leaving third-party applications such as Firefox without solutions for similar performance problems.[3]

Vukićević made many important contributions to Firefox Mobile/Fennec, including an ARM backend for the TraceMonkey JavaScript engine[4] and the initial port of Fennec to Android.[5]

Vukićević also co-authored (with Stuart Parmenter) the APNG specification in 2004.

Vukićević served as the chair of the Khronos WebGL Working Group,[6] and has worked as Director of Engineering for Mozilla until 2017[7] where he created a prototype OpenGL 3D context in Canvas which became WebGL.[8]

He now works as Senior Software Engineer for Emerging Technologies at Unity Technologies.[9] In 2019, he was the company's team leader on Project Tiny, a technology to create light-weight games for the mobile industry based on WebGL and WebAssembly.[10]


  1. ^ ""Canvas 3D GL Power, Web Style", Vladimir Vukićević — Words". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
  2. ^ "Khronos launches initiative for free standard for accelerated 3D on Web", Khronos Press Release, [1] Archived 2011-03-07 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Broersma, Matthew (3 March 2008). "Apple slammed over programming secrets". Techworld.com. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  4. ^ Gruener, Wolfgang (19 September 2008). "Firefox mobile web browser scheduled for 2010". TG Daily. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  5. ^ Claburn, Thomas (29 April 2010). "Mozilla Tests Mobile Firefox For Android". InformationWeek. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Khronos Releases Final WebGL 1.0 Specification". Khronos Group. Archived from the original on 6 March 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  7. ^ Vukićević, Vladimir. "Games Meeting Cancelled". Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  8. ^ Anthony Frausto-Robledo (12 February 2019). "WebGL 2.0—Why It's the Path to Stable Open Standards-based 3D Web Graphics". Architosh. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  9. ^ Vukićević, Vladimir. "LinkedIn Profile". LinkedIn.[dead link]
  10. ^ Seth Barton (12 March 2019). "Unity on why Project Tiny is going to be huge at GDC 2019". Mcvuk.com. Retrieved 29 October 2020.

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