SPRING 2002 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 3
Computer Research Points Way to Virtual Environments
the starship Enterprise is a place called the holodeck, a fantastic
space where powerful computers can simulate almost any environment
with a degree of fidelity indistinguishable from reality. Here,
the ship’s crew can stroll the streets of Victorian London, for
instance, or ride the trails of the Old West. This is the stuff
of science fiction. But if this tantalizing bit of fantasy should
become reality decades from now, it may be in some small part
thanks to the work of Claude L. Fennema Jr., chair of Mount Holyoke’s
computer science department, and his team of student researchers.
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