Who We Are


SREAL (pronounced Surreal) is a research lab at the University of Central Florida. The SREAL team consists of faculty researchers, affiliated faculty members, software developers, PhD studentsartists (modelers/animators) , interactors (digital puppeteers mostly associated with the TeachLivE project), undergraduate research assistants and a network of campus and institute collaborators, both faculty members and students.

The laboratory is housed in the Central Florida Research Park’s Partnership III Building. The lab space consists of over 7,000 square feet of experimental and office space. Space is divided to include areas for human surrogate research; robotics research; development of mixed reality experiences; delivery of interactive training using digital avatar technology; and developing cultural heritage and STEM experiences.

SREAL is part of several larger entities, most notably UCF‘s Institute for Simulation & Training (IST), which houses it, and the Department of Computer Science, which is the home department of most of SREAL’s students.

Institute for Simulation & Training

Founded in 1982, IST is one of the nation’s leading research centers for simulation, training, modeling, virtual, augmented and mixed reality research for both defense and commercial applications. The institute employs more than 260 full-time researchers, support personnel and student interns. Located in a dynamic, growing field, supported by government and industry sponsors, and charged with identifying new directions for this technology, IST is helping to define the future of simulation and training. IST also supports a multidisciplinary graduate program leading to a master’s and doctoral degree in modeling and simulation.

Department of Computer Science

The Department Computer Science within the College of Engineering and Computer Science is responsible for research and degree programs in the areas of Computer Science, Digital Forensics, and Information Technology. This unit offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Computer Science, a master’s in Digital Forensics, and a bachelor’s in Information Technology. Faculty members have internationally recognized expertise in research areas, including Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, Computer Networks, Databases, Bioinformatics, Modeling and Simulation, Virtual Reality, Human-Computer Interaction, and Computer Graphics. Its faculty members also have strength in more fundamental areas of Computer Science, such as Graph Algorithms, Programming Languages, Formal Methods, Computer Architecture, and Quantum Computation.