Department of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science

VIRTUAL REALITY AND HCI
 

Virtual Reality (VR) is a multidisciplinary area of research aimed at interactive computer-mediated immersive simulations of environments or experiences typically involving sight, sound, and touch. Simulations involving a blending of real and virtual objects is often referred to as Augmented Reality (AR). Research in VR/AR encompasses a wide range of fundamental topics, including computer graphics, multi-modal systems (e.g., displays, tracking, haptics, robotics), 3D interaction, illusions of presence/tele-presence, and human factors. One of our current foci is on human-centered experiences involving avatars and virtual humans for training teachers, healthcare practitioners, and military personnel.

Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is the scientific study how humanity communicates with all aspects of computing technology. HCI is an interdisciplinary field that spans computer science, computer engineering, psychology, human factors, and cognitive science. In our department, we focus specifically on developing and evaluating interactive systems that help to improve people's lives when using computer-based environments. We focus on improving the user experience in application areas such as education, entertainment, medicine, robotics, and general work productivity.


FACULTY
INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS & USER EXPERIENCE LAB
LAB DIRECTOR: LAVIOLA

The Interactive Systems and User Experience (ISUE) Lab at the University of Central Florida focuses on developing and evaluating innovative techniques, tools, and applications that improve the overall experience between humans and machines. More specifically, we are interested in the creation and evaluation of advanced interfaces that support education, entertainment, and general work productivity. The ISUE Lab delves into many areas of computer science including human computer interaction, virtual and augmented reality, human robot interaction, serious games, pattern recognition, and intelligent tutoring.
Interactive Systems & User Experience Lab

SYNTHETIC REALITY LAB
LAB DIRECTORS: HUGHES AND WELCH

The Synthetic Reality Lab (SREAL) carries out research programs in avatar-mediated interactive experiences (http://sreal.ucf.edu/teachlive); human surrogates (virtual and physical/virtual); robotics; rapid prototyping of mixed reality experiences; developing cultural heritage experiences; and experiential learning (embodied cognition and STEM games). SREAL’s external funding comes from grants provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for Humanities, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Army PEO-STRI. The lab has active collaborations with faculty and students from the Colleges of Arts & Humanities, Education & Human Performance, Medicine, Nursing, and Science.
Synthetic Reality Lab


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Nazih Abdallah

Lecturer
Nazih Abdallah


Ph.D., University of Paris, 1977

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Sarah Angell

Instructor
Sarah Angell

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Ulas Bagci

Assistant Professor
Ulas Bagci


University of Nottingham, 2010

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Mostafa Bassiouni

Professor
Mostafa Bassiouni

Distributed systems, operating systems, computer networks, databases
Ph.D., Computer science; Pennsylvania State University, 1982

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Issa Batarseh

Joint Faculty
Issa Batarseh

Power electronics, solar energy conversion circuits and systems, dc-to-dc conversion, dynamic and control of power converters, power factor correction.
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1990

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Ladislau Boloni

Associate Professor
Ladislau Boloni

Distributed systems, network agents, ubiquitous computing, and knowledge representation
Ph.D., Purdue University, 2000

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Ali Borji

Assistant Professor
Ali Borji

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Mainak Chatterjee

Associate Professor
Mainak Chatterjee

Cognitive radio networks, dynamic spectrum access, economic issues in networks, applied game and auction theories, ad hoc and sensor networks, resource management and QoS provisioning, mobile video delivery, subjective video quality assessment (QoE).
Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington, 2002

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Damian Dechev

Associate Professor
Damian Dechev


Ph.D., Texas A&M, 2009

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Ronald F. DeMara

Joint Faculty
Ronald F. DeMara

Computer Architechture, Intelligent Systems, Evolvable Hardware

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Narsingh Deo

Professor
Narsingh Deo

Parallel computation, combinatorial computing, graph theory, network optimization algorithms, parallel algorithms/parallel data structures
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1965

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Ronald D. Dutton

Professor Emeritus
Ronald D. Dutton

Computational complexity design and analysis of algorithms, graph theory

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Andrew Eisler

Instructor
Andrew Eisler

Expertise in Java programming and Cisco enterprise networking equipment.
Ed.S., Nova Southeastern University, 1998

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Rochelle Elva

Visiting Lecturer
Rochelle Elva


University of Central Florida (2013)

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Yaser Fallah

Joint Faculty
Yaser Fallah

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Deliang Fan

Joint Faculty
Deliang Fan

Ultra-low Power Brain-inspired (Neuromorphic), Non-Boolean and Boolean Computing Using Emerging Nanoscale Devices, Device/ Circuit/ Architecture Co-design for Ultra-low Power, High Performance System
Purdue University (2015)

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Michelle Farahbaksh

Adjunct
Michelle Farahbaksh

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Matthew Fontaine

Lecturer
Matthew Fontaine

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Hassan Foroosh

Professor
Hassan Foroosh

Computer vision, computer graphics visualization, signal image processing, bayesian estimation & decision theory, multimedia communications stochastic processes optimization theory
Ph.D., INRIA, France, 1996

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Stephen Fulwider

Adjunct
Stephen Fulwider

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Ivan Garibay

Joint Faculty
Ivan Garibay

Areas of Specialty:
Big Data, Data Analytics, Innovation, Simulation, and Agent-Based Models. In addition, complex systems, computational economics, evolutionary computation, complex adaptive systems, economic modeling, computational social sciences,

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Arup Ghosh

Adjunct
Arup Ghosh

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Demetrios Glinos

Lecturer
Demetrios Glinos

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Boqing Gong

Assistant Professor
Boqing Gong

Computer vision, machine learning, domain adaptation, transfer learning, object and human activity recognition
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2015

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Avelino J. Gonzalez

Professor
Avelino J. Gonzalez

Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, knowledge-based systems, automated diagnostics, intelligent simulations, validation and verification of knowledge based systems
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1979

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Arup Guha

Associate Instructor
Arup Guha


MS, University of Wisconsin

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Ratan K. Guha

Professor Emeritus
Ratan K. Guha

Distributed systems, computer networks, security protocols, modeling and simulation, and computer graphics
Ph.D., University of Texas, 1970

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Mark Heinrich

Associate Professor
Mark Heinrich

Computer architecture, parallel computer architecture, active memory and I/O systems, scalable cache coherence protocols, system-area networks, multiprocessor simulation methodology, and hardware/software co-design.
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1998

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Jerry Hensel

Adjunct
Jerry Hensel

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Christopher Hollander

Adjunct
Christopher Hollander


University of Central Florida

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Haiyan Hu

Associate Professor
Haiyan Hu

Data mining, especially frequent pattern mining across massive biological networks; integrative approaches to identifying phenotype specific pathways; DNA motif discovery and regulatory network interface; gene/protein function prediction; integration of e
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2006

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Kien A. Hua

Professor
Kien A. Hua

Multimedia databases, multimedia information systems, multimedia communications, Internet computing, wireless networks, parallel and distributed systems
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1987

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Charles E. Hughes

Professor
Charles E. Hughes

Mixed and virtual reality models of parallel and distributed computation theory of computation
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1970

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Sumit Jha

Associate Professor
Sumit Jha


Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2010

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Joseph LaViola

Associate Professor
Joseph LaViola


Ph.D., Brown University, 2005

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Josh Lazar

Adjunct
Josh Lazar

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Gary T. Leavens

Professor
Gary T. Leavens

Programming and specification language design and semantics, formal methods (program specification and verification), aspect-oriented languages, object-oriented languages, distributed languages, type theory, programming methodology, software engineering,
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988

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Richard Leinecker

Adjunct
Richard Leinecker


Capella University (2014)

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Xiaoman Li

Joint Faculty
Xiaoman Li

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Fei Liu

Assistant Professor
Fei Liu

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Mark Llewellyn

Associate Lecturer
Mark Llewellyn

Temporal databases, operating systems architecture
Ph.D., University of Central Florida, 1994

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Niels da Vitoria Lobo

Associate Professor
Niels da Vitoria Lobo

Computational vision, active vision and mobile robotics, visual modeling for graphics
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1993

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Hector Lugo

Adjunct
Hector Lugo

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Dan C. Marinescu

Professor
Dan C. Marinescu

Parallel and distributed systems, computational sciences, quantum information processing
Ph.D., Polytechnic Institute Bucharest, 1976

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Michael McAlpin

Adjunct
Michael McAlpin

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Euripides Montagne

Associate Lecturer
Euripides Montagne

Computer Architecture support for irregular problems, Parallel processing, Quantum Computing
Ph.D., Central University of Venezuela, 2004

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Edwin Nassiff

Adjunct
Edwin Nassiff

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Thomas Nedorost

Lecturer
Thomas Nedorost


Ed.D., Arizona State University, 2007

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Beth Nettles

Adjunct
Beth Nettles


University of Nevada, Reno, 1998

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Ali Orooji

Associate Professor
Ali Orooji

Database systems, object oriented systems
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1984

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Sumanta Pattanaik

Associate Professor
Sumanta Pattanaik

Realistic image synthesis and display, and visualization
Ph.D., Birla Institute of Science and Technology, 1993

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Guo-Jun Qi

Assistant Professor
Guo-Jun Qi


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2013)

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Nazanin Rahnavard

Joint Faculty
Nazanin Rahnavard

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Mubarak Shah

Professor
Mubarak Shah

Computer vision, gesture recognition, lipreading shape from shading, visual surveillance, visual motion, motion based recognition, optical flow
Ph.D. Computer Engineering, Wayne State University, 1986

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Randall Shumaker

Joint Faculty
Randall Shumaker


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2002

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Kenneth Stanley

Associate Professor
Kenneth Stanley

The evolution of increasingly complex neural networks
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2004

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Gita Sukthankar

Associate Professor
Gita Sukthankar

multi-agent systems, machine learning, robotics
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2007

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Sean Szumlanski

Lecturer
Sean Szumlanski

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Sharma Thankachan

Assistant Professor
Sharma Thankachan


Louisiana State University, 2014

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Damla Turgut

Associate Professor
Damla Turgut

Wireless ad hoc, sensor and vehicular networks, value of information and privacy in Internet of Things (IoT), big data in STEM education
Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington, 2002

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Liqiang Wang

Associate Professor
Liqiang Wang

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Jun Wang

Joint Faculty
Jun Wang

Computer Architecture, OS and High Performance

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Gregory Welch

Joint Faculty
Gregory Welch

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Karin Whiting

Instructor
Karin Whiting

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Paul Wiegand

Joint Faculty
Paul Wiegand

Research interests primarily focus on methods of natural computation, theory of coadaptive and coevolutionary computation, and application of coadaptive methods for multiagent learning.
George Mason University (2004)

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Pamela Wisniewski

Assistant Professor
Pamela Wisniewski

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Pawel Wocjan

Associate Professor
Pawel Wocjan

Quantum Computing
Ph.D., University of Karlsruhe, 2003

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Annie Wu

Associate Professor
Annie Wu

Genetic algorithms, evolutionary computation visualization, machine learning
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1995

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Shibu Yooseph

Professor
Shibu Yooseph

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Jiann S. Yuan

Joint Faculty
Jiann S. Yuan

Wireless circuit design for reliability, RF energy harvesting for biomedical applications, sensor interface circuits for internet of things, and secure integrated circuits using CMOS or emerging technologies

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Murat Yuksel

Joint Faculty
Murat Yuksel

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Shaojie Zhang

Associate Professor
Shaojie Zhang

Computational biology and bioinformatics
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2007

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Cliff Zou

Associate Professor
Cliff Zou

Computer and network security, network modeling and performance evaluation
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, 2005

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