Dr. Dave Fracchia

Dr. Dave Fracchia | faculty

Dave is a Professor of Professional Practice at the Centre for Digital Media and a digital media consultant. He joined Radical Entertainment in 2007 as Vice President of Technology and was responsible for leading the development of the company’s proprietary core game engine before taking the helm in 2012 as Studio Head of Radical and Senior Director within Activision’s Central Studios division.  Prior to this Dave served as Senior Software Developer, then Vice President of Technology at Mainframe Entertainment (now Rainmaker) from 1997-2007.  As VP he oversaw software development, information technology, motion capture, technical operations, video post, sound and facilities.

From 1992-2000, Dave was an Associate Professor in the School of Computing Science and co-director of the Graphics and Multimedia Research Lab at Simon Fraser University.  Prior to this he was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Mathematics Department and Lecturer in the Computer Science Department at Yale University from 1991 to1992. Dave has authored over 50 journal and conference papers in the areas of computer graphics and scientific visualization, and has over 35 credits in video games, direct-to-video movies, and television series. He is currently a member of the AIAS, IGDA, and ACM SIGGRAPH (Pioneer).

Dave has served on multiple media industry advisory boards for institutions such as the Great Northern Way, FCAT/SFU, VFS, MITACS, HP, Autodesk, the Entertainment Software Association of Canada, and the Canadian Video Game Awards, as well as several conference program committees and juries.

Courses: Foundations of Game Design

Projects: ARenamaker, Forgotten Highway, Glitch, Lively Web, One Blue Eye Studios, Team Phantom, Walkies, Willow