Lucio Tommaso De Paolis is the Research Director of the Augmented and Virtual Laboratory (AVR Lab) of the Department of Engineering for Innovation,  University of Salento and the Responsible of the research group on “Advanced Virtual Reality Application in Medicine” of the DREAM, a multidisciplinary research laboratory of the Hospital of Lecce.

He received his Master Degree in Electronic Engineering at the University of Pisa in 1994. He started his research at the Scuola Superiore S. Anna of Pisa and then has continued at the University of Salento where he is an Assistant Professor in Information Processing Systems.
His research interest concerns the computer-aided surgery (CAS) and the human-computer interaction (HCI). This study is focused on the applications of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies in medicine and surgery for the development of accurate models of the patient, the building of realistic simulators for surgical training and the design of systems for the preoperative planning and image-guided surgical navigation.

He was a visiting researcher in 2007 and 2010 at the Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnológico (CCADET) – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) – Mexico City (Messico) and in 2007 and 2009 at the Computer Graphics Laboratory – Sabanci University – Istanbul (Turkey).

De Paolis teaches “Virtual and Augmented Reality Applications” at the Department of Engineering for Innovation of the University of Salento. He was a visiting professor in 2020 at the Riga Technical University (Latvia), in 2014 at the Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), in 2012 at the Vytautas Magnus University of Kaunas (Lithuania) and in 2011 at the University of Tallinn (Estonia).

He is Vice-President of MIMOS, the Italian Movement of Modelling and Simulation.

De Paolis has been the coordinator of some Italian and international projects focused on the application of Virtual and Augmented Reality in medicine, cultural heritage and education.

He is the founder of AVR Med srl, a spin-off company of the University of Salento.

He is the organizer of the annual International Conference on Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Computer Graphics (SALENTO AVR –