Walter D.. Furlan received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of La Plata in 1984 and 1988, respectively. Until 1990 he worked at the Centro de Investigaciones Opticas (CIOp), Argentina. At the end of that year he joined the Optics Departament of the University of Valencia, Spain, where he is currently professor of Optics. His research has been developed in the field of optics in two well differentiated areas. On the one hand, he investigated on theory and applications of phase-space representations (Wigner Distribution Function, Role Ambiguity, etc.). In these topics he published more of 25 papers in refereed journals and a chapter in the book Phase-Space Optics: Fundamentals and Applications (McGraw Hill Professional, 2009). On the other hand, mainly in the last ten years its research focused on the study of the focusing and imaging properties of non-conventional diffractive optical elements. The potentiality of these new elements in biomedical and optometric applications has led to innovative results especially in the development of intraocular lenses and multifocal contact lenses. He co-authored more than 30 papers and 3 patents related with these topics. He received public grants projects continuously since 1988, being the principal investigator in 8 opportunities.
His teaching activity is mainly focused on basic and advanced optometric instrumentation. He is coauthor of two textbooks on these topics. He recently wrote the chapter Basic ophthalmic instruments for the book Handbook of Visual Optics; Pablo Artal Ed.; Taylor and Francis Books Inc.(in Press)
Currently is co-director of DiOG, head of the UV section.