News

2017

  • April 10, 2017
    Dr. LaViola's new book, "3D User Interfaces: Theory and Practice, Second Edition", co-authored with Ernst Kruijff, Ryan McMahan, Doug Bowman, and Ivan Poupyrev" is now available.
  • April 7, 2017
    Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Holderness for successfully defending her PhD Dissertation, "Exploring the Multi-Touch Interaction Design Space for 3D Virtual Objects to Support Procedural Training Tasks".
  • Feburary 24, 2017
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for winning a UCF Research Incentive Award for 2017.
  • Feburary 17, 2017
    Congratulations to Eugene Taranta, Amirreza Samiei, Mehran Maghoumi, Pooya Khaloo, Corey Pittman, and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Jackknife: A Reliable Recognizer with Few Samples and Many Modalities" selected to receive an ACM SIGCHI Best of CHI Honorable Mention Award (top 5% of all submissions to CHI 2017).

2016

  • December 17, 2016
    Congratulations to Kyle Martin and Dr. LaViola for winning a best paper award for "The Transreality Interaction Platform: Enabling Interaction Across Physical and Virtual Reality" at The 9th IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things (iThings 2016).
  • December 12, 2016
    Congratulations to Bo Kang, Dr. Pam Wisniewski, and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Structured Input Improves Usability and Precision for Solving Geometry-based Algebraic Problems" accepted to ACM CHI 2017.
  • December 12, 2016
    Congratulations to Eugene Taranta, Amirreza Samiei, Mehran Maghoumi, Pooya Khaloo, Corey Pittman, and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Jackknife: A Reliable Recognizer with Few Samples and Many Modalities" accepted to ACM CHI 2017.
  • August 31, 2016
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for winning an NSF National Robotics Initiative award entitled, "NRI: Collaborative Research: Sketching Geometry and Physics Informed Inference for Mobile Robot Manipulation in Cluttered Scenes". This is joint work with the University of Michigan.
  • July 5, 2016
    Congratulations to Conner Brooks starting work at Meta.
  • May 26, 2016
    Congratulations to Mehran Maghoumi and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Object Manipulation in Cluttered Scenes Informed by Physics and Sketching" accepted to the RSS 2016 Workshop - Geometry and Beyond: Representations, Physics, and Scene Understanding for Robotics. This is joint work with Karthik Desingh and Dr. Odest Chadwicke Jenkins from the University of Michigan and Lionel Reveret from INRIA Rhone-Alpes.
  • May 5, 2016
    Congratulations to Dr. Jared Bott for successfully defending his PhD dissertation, "The WOZ Recognizer: A Tool For Understanding User Perceptions of Sketch-based Interfaces". Jared has started work at Meta.
  • February 10, 2016
    Congratulations to Arun Kulshreshth and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Dynamic Stereoscopic 3D Parameter Adjustment For Enhanced Depth Discrimination", selected to receive a SIGCHI Best of CHI Honorable Mention Award (top 4% of all submissions to CHI 2016).

2015

  • December 14, 2015
    Congratulations to Arun Kulshreshth and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Dynamic Stereoscopic 3D Parameter Adjustment For Enhanced Depth Discrimination", accepted to ACM CHI 2016.
  • December 9, 2015
    Congratulations to Corey Pittman, Eugene Taranta, and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "A $-Family Friendly Approach to Prototype Selection", accepted to the 2016 ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces.
  • December 9, 2015
    Congratulations to Bo Kang, Arun Kulshreshth, and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "AnalyticalInk: An Interactive Learning Environment For Math Problem Solving", accepted to the 2016 ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces.
  • October 22, 2015
    Jared Bott and Dr. LaViola's paper, The WOZ Recognizer: A Wizard of Oz Sketch Recognition System, has been published online in the ACM Digital Library in ACM Transactions of Interactive Intelligent Systems.
  • October 21, 2015
    Congratulations to Eugene Taranta, Andres Vargas, and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, Streamlined and Accurate Gesture Recognition with Penny Pincher, accepted to Computers and Graphics.
  • October 7, 2015
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola and Dr. Fiore for getting an Office of Naval Research grant to study visualization techniques that will improve data understanding under complexity and uncertainty.
  • August 17, 2015
    Dr. LaViola has been named the UCF Modeling and Simulation Graduate Coordinator.
  • July 1, 2015
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for being named the Charles N. Millican Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of EECS.
  • June 1, 2015
    Congratulations to Corey Pittman for taking an internship at Microsoft Research.
  • May 21, 2015
    Dr. LaViola gave a talk, "3D Spatial User Interfaces: Past, Present, and Future from the Virtual to the Real" at Visualization and Creativity in Immersive 3D Environments -- from Cave to YURT to inaugurate Brown University's latest large scale visualization system.
  • May 4, 2015
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for having his SIGGRAPH course, "Context Aware 3D Gesture Recognition for Games and Virtual Reality", accepted to ACM SIGGRAPH 2015.
  • March 24, 2015
    Congratulations to Dr. Arun Kulshreshth for successfully defending his PhD Thesis, "Exploring 3D User Interface Technologies for Improving the Gaming Experience".
  • March 19, 2015
    Congratulations to Eugene Taranta and Dr. LaViola for winning the Michael A. J. Sweeney Award for the best HCI student paper at the upcoming Graphics Interface 2015 conference.
  • March 8, 2015
    Congratulations to Sergiu Veazanchin and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "DynoFighter: Exploring a Physical Activity Incentive Mechanism to Support Exergaming", accepted to Graphics Interface 2015.
  • February 26, 2015
    Congratulations to Eugene Taranta and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Penny Pincher: A Blazing Fast, Highly Accurate $-Family Recognizer", accepted to Graphics Interface 2015.
  • January 22, 2015
    Congratulations to Eugene Taranta, Thaddeus Simmons, Dr. Rahul Sukthankar, and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Exploring the Benefits of Context in 3D Gesture Recognition for Game-Based Virtual Environments" accepted to ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems. The paper will appear in Volume 5, Issue 1 of this year.

2014

  • December 19, 2014
    Congratulations to Eugene Taranta and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Math Boxes: A Pen-Based User Interface for Writing Difficult Mathematical Expressions", accepted to 2015 ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces.
  • December 15, 2014
    Congratulations to Arun Kulshreshth and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Exploring 3D User Interface Technologies For Improving The Gaming Experience", accepted to ACM CHI 2015.
  • December 5, 2014
    Dr. LaViola gave an invited talk at Duke University entitled, "Intelligent Tutoring Interfaces with Mathematical Sketching."
  • November 17, 2014
    Congratulations to Jeff Cashion for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation entitled, "Intelligent Selection Techniques for Virtual Environments."
  • November 15, 2014
    Congratulations to Salman Cheema for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation entitled, "Pen-Based Methods for Recognition and Animation of Handwritten Physics Solutions."
  • October 14, 2014
    The Interactive Systems and User Experience Research Cluster of Excellence has joined the Immersive Technology Alliance.
  • July 18,2014
    Congratulations to Andres Vargas for successfully defending his Master's thesis entitled, "SKETCHART: A Pen-Based Tool for Chart Generation and Interaction".
  • July 7, 2014
    Dr. LaViola will be giving a short course, "Introduction to 3D Gestural Interfaces", at ACM SIGGRAPH 2014.
  • June 16, 2014
    Congratulations to Bo Kang and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Mixed Heuristic Search for Sketch Prediction on Chemical Structure Drawing", accepted to Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling 2014.
  • April 8, 2014
    Dr. Robert Cooksey, from the Intel Perceptual Computing Lab, gave an ISUE RCE seminar entitled, " Thinking Technology in the Age of Perceptual Computing."
  • April 2, 2014
    Congratulations to Arun Kulshreshth and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Exploring the Usefulness of Finger-Based 3D Gesture Menu Selection", selected to receive a SIGCHI Best of CHI Honorable Mention Award (top 5% of all submission to CHI 2014).
  • March 18, 2014
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for winning a UCF Reach for the Stars Award. This award honors highly successful research and creative activity at UCF.
  • March 11, 2014
    Dr. Tim Cowan, group technical director at Electronic Arts, gave the first ISUE RCE seminar entitled, " Madden NFL: Evolution & Innovation For 25 Years."
  • February 19, 2014
    The Interactive Systems and User Experience Lab is now known as the Interactive Systems and User Experience Research Cluster of Excellence.
  • January 14, 2014
    Congratulations to Emiko Charbonneau, Jared Bott, Sarah Buchanan, and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Dance Enhanced: Investigating How Earning Content Through Exertion Impacts Dance Game Enjoyment" accepted to the 2014 Foundations of Digital Games Conference. This is joint work with Dr. Floyd Mueller from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

2013

  • December 20, 2013
    Dr. LaViola has just published a review on 3D gesture recognition, entitled, "3D Gestural Interaction: The State of the Field". Check it out!
  • December 10, 2013
    Congratulations to Arun Kulshreshth and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Exploring the Usefulness of Finger-Based 3D Gesture Menu Selection", accepted to ACM CHI 2014.
  • December 10, 2013
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for having his paper, "Altering Gameplay Behavior using Stereoscopic 3D Vision-Based Video Game Design", accepted to ACM CHI 2014. This is joint work with Jonas Schild and Maic Masuch from the University of Duisburg-Essen.
  • December 5, 2013
    Congratulations to Corey Pittman and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Exploring Head Tracked Head Mounted Displays for First Person Robot Teleoperation", accepted to the 2014 ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces.
  • December 5, 2013
    Congratulations to Salman Cheema, Sarah Buchanan, and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "A Practical Framework for Constructing Structured Drawings", accepted to the 2014 ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces. This is joint work with Sumit Gulwani from Microsoft Research.
  • November 13, 2013
    Dr. LaViola gave a talk at Arizona State University entitled, "Intelligent Tutoring Interfaces with Mathematical Sketching."
  • November 6, 2013
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for having his paper, "The Effectiveness of an AR-based Context-Aware Assembly Support System in Object Assembly" accepted to IEEE Virtual Reality 2014. This is joint work with Andrew Miller at the University of Maryland and Kiyoshi Kiyokawa and Khuong Bui Minh at Osaka University.
  • August 9, 2013
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for being named to the editorial board of IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications.
  • August 2, 2013
    Congratulations to Sarah Buchanan, Will Holderness, Charles Floyd (from JHT, Inc.), and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Towards User-Defined Multi-Touch Gestures for 3D Objects" accepted to the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS) 2013.
  • July 2, 2013
    Congratulations to Emiko Charbonneau for successfully defending here Ph.D. dissertation entitled, "Bridging The Gap Between Fun and Fitness: Instructional Techniques and Real-World Applications for Full-Body Dance Games."
  • June 26, 2013
    Congratulations to Kevin Pfeil for successfully defending his Master's Thesis entitled, "An Exploration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Direct Manipulation Through 3D Spatial Interaction."
  • April 29, 2013
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for the UCF Teaching Incentive Program award for 2013.
  • April 23, 2013
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for winning the UCF Scholarship of Teaching and Learning award for 2013.
  • April 22, 2013
    Congratulations to Arun Kulshreshth and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Evaluating Performance Benefits of Head Tracking in Modern Video Games", accepted to the 2013 ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction.
  • March 15, 2013
    Congratulations to Bo Kang, Jared Bott and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "User Perceptions of Drawing Logic Diagrams with Pen-Centric User Interfaces" accepted to Graphics Interface 2013.
  • March 12, 2013
    Congratulations to Jared Bott and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Plugging In and Into Code Bubbles: The Code Bubbles Architecture" accepted to Software: Practice and Experience. This was a joint work with Dr. Steven Reiss at Brown University.
  • March 8, 2013
    Dr. LaViola has been named an associate editor for ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems.
  • March 6, 2013
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for winning the 2013-2014 Deans Research Professorship Award.
  • March 2, 2013
    Congratulations to Chris Zorn, Chad Wingrave, Miko Charbonneau, and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Exploring Minecraft as a Conduit for Increasing Interest in Programming" accepted to the 2013 Foundations of Digital Games conference.
  • February 14, 2013
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for winning a UCF Major Research Equipment Award. These funds will be used to buy a robotic arm and four humanoid robots.
  • February 5, 2013
    Dr. LaViola has joined the advisory board for the Formative Assessment with Computational Technologies (FACT) research project at Arizona State University.
  • February 4, 2013
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for being awarded the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award.

2012

  • December 20, 2012
    Congratulations to Kevin Pfeil, Seng Lee Koh, and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Exploring 3D Gesture Metaphors for Interaction with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles" accepted to the 2013 ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces.
  • December 12, 2012
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for having, "Creating and Analyzing Stereoscopic 3D Game Interfaces", accepted as a full paper to ACM CHI 2013. This is joint work with Jonas Schild, Liane Bölicke, and Maic Masuch from the University of Duisburg-Essen.
  • October 16, 2012
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for being named the CAE Link professor in the EECS department at UCF.
  • October 11, 2012
    Congratulations to Salman Cheema and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "3D Gesture Classification With Linear Acceleration and Angular Velocity Sensing Devices for Video Games" accepted to the Entertainment Computing journal.
  • October 11, 2012
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for having his paper, "Exploring the Trade-off Between Accuracy and Observational Latency in Action Recognition", accepted to the International Journal of Computer Vision (this is joint work with Dr. Marshall Tappen and his group).
  • October 11, 2012
    Congratulations to Prince Gupta and Dr. LaViola (with Dr. Neils da Vitoria Lobo), for having their paper, "Markerless Tracking And Gesture Recognition Using Polar Correlation of Camera Optical Flow" accepted to the Machine Vision and Applications journal.
  • August 10, 2012
    Dr. LaViola was a panelist at ACM SIGGRAPH 2012 on the future of video game motion controllers.
  • July 18, 2012
    Dr. LaViola gave a talk at the 2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit entitled, " QuickDraw: Improving Drawing for Geometric Diagrams."
  • May 25, 2012
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for being promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure.
  • May 15, 2012
    Dr. LaViola was interviewed for an article in New Scientist.
  • May 3, 2012
    Dr. LaViola will be a panelist at SIGGRAPH 2012 in the panel, " The Battle for the Future of Motion-Controlled Gaming".
  • April 25, 2012
    Congratulations to Travis Cossairt and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "SetPad: A Sketch-Based Tool For Exploring Discrete Math Set Problems", accepted to the 2012 Eurographics Symposium on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling.
  • March 30, 2012
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for winning a UCF Research Incentive Award for 2012.
  • March 29, 2012
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for being named an IEEE Senior Member.
  • March 10, 2012
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for winning an IEEE service award for co-chairing the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces in 2011 and 2012.
  • March 2, 2012
    Congratulations to Arun Kulshreshth and Dr. LaViola for having their paper, "Evaluating User Performance in 3D Stereo and Motion Enabled Video Games" accepted to Foundations of Digital Games 2012.
  • January 26, 2012
    Congratulations to the ISUE lab for having a technical demo accepted to ICSE 2012. This work was done in collaboration with Brown University.
  • January 24, 2012
    The ISUE lab particpated in the Orlando Science Center's Otronicon and was written up in the Central Florida Future.
  • January 3, 2012
    Congratulations to the ISUE lab for having two papers accepted to the IEEE Virtual Reality 2012 conference. These papers will be published in a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.

2011

2010

  • December 15, 2010
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola and Tad Litwiller for having their paper, " Evaluating the Benefits of 3D Stereo in Modern Video Games", accepted to ACM CHI 2011.
  • October 8, 2010
    Congratulations to Andrew Miller as a paper he worked on, " VizWiz: nearly real-time answers to visual questions" was selected as best paper at UIST 2010!
  • September 19, 2010
    Dr. LaViola and the IS&UE lab received a grant from US Army RDECOM to develop full body interfaces for navigation and communication in virtual environments. Chad Wingrave is the Co-PI on this project.
  • September 13, 2010
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for winning an NSF award with Brown University entitled, "A Working Set Approach to Integrated Development Environments".
  • August 8, 2010
    Dr. LaViola has been appointed the SAIC Faculty Fellow in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UCF.
  • July 28, 2010
    Dr. LaViola has been named an associate editor of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.
  • June 8, 2010
    Jared Bott and Dr. LaViola's paper entitled, "A Pen-Based Tool for Visualizing Vector Mathematics" was presented at SBIM 2010.
  • June 6, 2010
    Special thanks goes to NVIDIA Research for their equipment donation to the ISUE lab. NVIDIA donated several graphics cards and 3D Vision Kits to assist us in our 3D stereo interface research.
  • May 19, 2010
    Dr. LaViola and Dr. Richard Marks (Sony Computer Entertainment America) will be giving a course at SIGGRAPH on July 27th on 3D User Interfaces with Video Game Motion Controllers.
  • April 22, 2010
    Dr. LaViola wrote an article for Gamasutra on 3D interaction in video games.
  • April 8, 2010
    Watch a video of Dr. LaViola talking about mathematical sketching.
  • April 8, 2010
    Juliet Norton, Dr. Wingrave, and Dr. LaViola's paper entitled, " Exploring Strategies and Guidelines for Developing Full Body Video Game Interfaces" was accepted to the 2010 Foundations of Digital Games conference.
  • March 28, 2010
    Dr. LaViola and Salman Cheema's paper entitled, " Applying Mathematical Sketching to Sketch-Based Physics Tutoring Software" was accepted to Smart Graphics 2010.
  • February 4, 2010
    Congratulations to Dr. LaViola for being awarded a UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science Distinguished Researcher Award.

2009

2008