Virtual Experience Research Accelerator (VERA)


Supported by five collaborative grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Virtual Experience Research Accelerator (VERA) project is developing a human-machine system for carrying out human subjects research related to extended reality (XR), including Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, for the XR researcher community. The project also seeks to foster a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive VERA research community, and to foster the professional growth of individual researchers.

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To serve the community of XR researchers by providing tools to accelerate and improve the quality of their human subjects research, building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive collaborative community of XR researchers, and fostering the next generation of XR researchers.


[03 JUL 2024] We are planning a tutorial on testing at ISMAR 2024.
[28 MAR 2024] The 2024 VERA Community Committees are out!
[27 FEB 2024] The VERA Accessibility Survey is out!
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Principal Investigators


Development and Operations

    • Ali HASKINS LISLE, Director of Development and Operations, University of Central Florida
    • Dylan FOX, Accessibility Lead and XR Access Director of Operations

Additional Support

    • Ryan SCHUBERT, Special Projects Coordinator, University of Central Florida
    • Alex MOLINA, Administrative Assistant to Prof. Greg Welch, University of Central Florida


External Advisors

    • Anthony STEED, Senior Technical Advisor, University College London

Student Teams

Community Committees

Outreach and Engagement Committee

    • Chaired by Jeremy Bailenson, focuses on broad community involvement and building/growing a diverse user community.
    • Members: Shakiba Davari, Francesco Ferrise, Isabel Fitton, Meg Fozzard, Joseph Grannum, Aleshia Hayes, Eileen McGivney, Nathan Ornick, and Billy Woody.

DEIA Committee

    • Chaired by Valerie Jones Taylor and Dylan Fox, focuses on project-wide DEIA efforts.
    • Members: Isayas Adhanom, Lysette Chaproniere, Zuri Chavers, Stephen Gilbert, Abraham Glasser, Haley Hatfield, Shalece Kohnke, Amanda Lannan, Cassidy Nelson, Tiffany Pilgrim, and Allyson Vignola.

Ethics and Privacy Committee

    • Chaired by Jonathan Beever, focuses on potential ethical concerns related to engagement, research participation and data reuse, and platform design.
    • Members: Brendan David-John, Alexander Giovannelli, Natalie Laurent, Michael Middleton, Mark Miller, Jason Ortiz, Lauren Stanger, and Allyson Vignola.

Participant Pool Committee

    • Chaired by Tabitha Peck, focuses on all matters related to the participant pool including demographics, payments, IRB approvals, and the inclusion of vulnerable populations.
    • Members: Isayas Adhanom, Zuri Chavers, Pablo Figueroa, Isabel Fitton, Lee Lisle, Laura Sheerman, Jeanine Stefanucci, and Billy Woody.

Systems and Operations Committee

    • Chaired by Gerd Bruder and John Murray, focuses on development and operations of VERA systems, services, and tools.
    • Members: Aryabrata Basu, Christos Mousas, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Evan Suma Rosenberg, and Daniel Zielasko.


Community Advisory Board

The VERA Community Advisory Board (CAB) provides strategic perspectives, critical thinking, and specific advice to the entire VERA organization.



19 MAY 2024
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This material is based upon work supported primarily by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 2235066.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.