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.

Prof Anthony Steed

Prof Anthony Steed

Head of Group

Anthony is the head of the Vir­tu­al Envir­on­ments and Com­puter Graph­ics group at UCL. His research area is in real-time inter­act­ive vir­tu­al envir­on­ments, with par­tic­u­lar interest in mixed-real­ity sys­tems, large-scale mod­els and col­lab­or­a­tion between immers­ive facil­it­ies.

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Dr Simon Julier

Dr 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Srini Srinivasan

Srini Srinivasan

Pro­fess­or of Haptics
Drew MacQuarrie

Drew MacQuarrie

Research Asso­ci­ate

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.

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PhD students

Felix Thiel

Daniele Gunchi

Ben Congdon

Alumni

Aitor Rovira

Will Steptoe

Maria Murcia Lopez

Jason Drummond

Jake Thorn

David Walton