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.

Sungchul Jung completes Ph.D., with dissertation: Personalized Digital Body: Enhancing Body Ownership and Spatial Presence in Virtual Reality


A person’s sense of acceptance of a virtual body as his or her own is generally called virtual body ownership. Having such a mental model of one’s own body transferred to a virtual human surrogate is known to play a critical role in one’s sense of presence in a virtual environment. The focus of this dissertation is on top-down processing based on visually personalized body cues.

Congratulations to Sungchul for completing your Ph.D.

Sungchul will graduate from the University of Central Florida on May 3rd, 2018.

Dr. Welch awarded IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award

We are pleased to let you know that Dr. Gregory Welch was selected by the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee (VGTC) to receive the 2018 IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award.

The brief award citation is:
“Gregory F. Welch in recognition for his contributions to human motion tracking and to mixed reality applications in medicine and training.”

This award was presented to Dr. Welch on March 21, 2018 during the recent 25th IEEE Virtual Reality Conference in Reutlingen, Germany. See

A more extensive award announcement and full citation will be included in an upcoming special VR 2018 issue of the journal IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG).