Divine Maloney (2016 Summer Intern in the SREAL Lab at UCF) receives Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship

Divine Maloney, ada lovelace winner

Divine Maloney


The Ada Lovelace Fellowship is a new fellowship for Microsoft Research, established to support diverse talent getting doctorates in computing-related fields by providing three years of funding for second-year PhD students from groups underrepresented in computing.

“My hope is that the Ada Lovelace Fellowship will inspire an abundance of unconventional problem solvers and thought leaders—those who don’t fit the mold but who are excited to address challenges in their respective communities and global society,” said Divine Maloney of Clemson University.

Maloney’s research seeks to understand the role of implicit biases in embodied virtual avatars and to establish guidelines to minimize unwanted biases in the design of avatars and other immersive virtual reality content.

More information on Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace and PhD Fellowships.

More information on Ada Lovelace Fellows.

Professor Welch was interviewed for a British Sunday Times Article – Where technology breakthroughs could take us next.


“There is no single factor that will make VR adoption go critical mass,” says Professor Gregory Welch, chair at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing. “The US military has just bought $100m of HoloLens units which it is using for training and UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle] surveys. It is also being used to train medical professionals in childbirth. AR has been around since the 1960s and the technology is improving all the time. When the hardware can be packaged like eye glasses, I suspect people will be more comfortable, but it still lacks a killer app.”

Read the full article here.

Find Article online here.


Gerd Bruder earned Best Paper Award at ICAT-EGVE 2018


"Prof. Gerd Bruder received the Best Paper Award at the ICAT-EGVE 2018 conference in Limassol, Cyprus, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Hamburg, Germany.


Susanne Schmidt, Gerd Bruder, and Frank Steinicke. "Effects of Embodiment on Generic and Content-Specific Intelligent Virtual Agents as Exhibition Guides," in Proceedings of the International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence and Eurographics Symposium on Virtual Environments (ICAT-EGVE), 2018, pp. 161-169, Limassol, Cyprus.

Sungchul got Best Paper Award at ACM SUI 2018 in Berlin

Former UCF student Sungchul Jung, PhD had a great conference at SUI and was honored to receive the Best Paper Award. Co-awardees are Prof. Charlie Hughes (SREAL) and Prof. Gerd Bruder (SREAL). Congratulate our KIWI colleague from the world down under and his co-authors.
Sungchul is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow at University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in The Human Interface Technology Laboratory.
Sungchul Jung, Gerd Bruder, Pamela J. Wisniewski, Christian Sandor, and Charles E Hughes. Over My Hand: Using a Personalized Hand in VR to Improve Object Size Estimation, Body Ownership, and Presence. ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction (SUI) 2018.