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