Meet the Team

The Immer­sive Vir­tu­al Envi­ron­ments Lab­o­ra­to­ry is run by the Vir­tu­al Envi­ron­ments and Com­put­er Graph­ics (VECG) group in the Com­put­er Sci­ence Depart­ment at UCL.

Anthony Steed

Anthony Steed

Pro­fes­sor and Head of Vir­tu­al Envi­ron­ments and Com­put­er Graphics

Antho­ny has worked on vir­tu­al real­i­ty since the ear­ly 1990s. His work has spanned from low-lev­el tech­ni­cal hard­ware and soft­ware issues, through to user exper­i­men­ta­tion and social issues of the user of immer­sive technologies.

Simon Julier

Simon Julier

Pro­fes­sor of Sit­u­a­tion Aware­ness Systems

Simon is a pro­fes­sor at the Depart­ment of Com­put­er Sci­ence. His research inter­ests lie in the ver­ti­cal chain of how we can get from an envi­ron­ment to action­able infor­ma­tion for a user, com­bin­ing togeth­er ele­ments of both data fusion and UI design.

Dr David Swapp

Dr David Swapp

Senior Research Fel­low & VR Lab manager

David is a research fel­low in the Vir­tu­al Envi­ron­ments and Com­put­er Graph­ics group, and man­ag­er of the Immer­sive Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty Lab­o­ra­to­ry since its incep­tion in 2000. His inter­est is in how human per­cep­tu­al capa­bil­i­ties can influ­ence the design of immer­sive systems.

Dr Vijay Pawar

Dr Vijay Pawar

Co-founder of Touch Lab

With a back­ground in Com­put­er Sci­ence, Robot­ics and Vir­tu­al Envi­ron­ments, Vijay leads a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary team devel­op­ing autonomous and semi-autonomous robot­ic tools to help manip­u­late objects across mul­ti­ple scales beyond human capabilities.

Sebastian Friston

Sebastian Friston

Research Asso­ciate

Sebas­t­ian works on CASMS – Con­text Aware net­work archi­tec­tures for Send­ing Mul­ti­ple Sens­es. His inter­ests are in mak­ing high fideli­ty vir­tu­al worlds. He is par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in visu­al ren­der­ing, physics sim­u­la­tion and track­ing technologies.

Prof Mel Slater

Prof Mel Slater

Part-time Pro­fes­sor

Mel has been involved in research in vir­tu­al real­i­ty since the ear­ly 1990s, and has been the first super­vi­sor of 38 PhDs in graph­ics and vir­tu­al real­i­ty since 1989. He has been involved in and led sev­er­al inter­na­tion­al projects in this field.

Srini Srinivasan

Srini Srinivasan

Pro­fes­sor of Haptics
Kaan Aksit

Kaan Aksit

Asso­ciate Professor

Kaan con­ducts research at the inter­sec­tion of light and com­pu­ta­tion includ­ing com­pu­ta­tion­al approach­es in imag­ing, fab­ri­ca­tion, dis­plays ded­i­cat­ed to vir­tu­al real­i­ty, aug­ment­ed real­i­ty and 3D with glass­es and with­out glass­es applications. 


PhD students

Felix Thiel

Daniele Gunchi

Ben Congdon

Dan Archer


Drew MacQuarrie

Drew MacQuarrie

Research Asso­ciate

Drew works on issues relat­ed to 360 video, vol­u­met­ric video and con­tent pro­duci­ton pipelines.


Aitor Rovira

Will Steptoe

Maria Murcia Lopez

Jason Drummond

Jake Thorn

David Walton

Vinoba Vinayagamoorthy

Ye Pan

Wole Oyekoya

Jozef Doboš

Doron Friedman

Qizhi Yu

Jeren Chen

Manuel Oliveira

Richard Milton

Ashwin Beeharee

Russell Freeman

Simon Pilgrim

Andrea Brogni

Xueni (Sylvia) Pan

Marco Gillies

Danny Nahmias

Chris Parker

Angus Antley

Salvatore Spinello

Maia Garau

Jesper Mortensen

Joel Jordan

Joao Oliveira

Martin Usoh