Joseph J. LaViola Jr. is the Charles N. Millican Faculty Fellow and Associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and directs the Interactive Systems and User Experience Research Cluster of Excellence at the University of Central Florida. He is the director of the modeling and simulation graduate program and is also an adjunct associate research professor in the Computer Science Department at Brown University. His primary research interests include pen-based interactive computing, 3D spatial interfaces for video games, human-robot interaction, multimodal interaction in virtual environments, and user interface evaluation. His work has appeared in journals such as ACM TOCHI, IEEE PAMI, Presence, and IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications, and he has presented research at conferences including ACM CHI, ACM IUI, IEEE Virtual Reality, and ACM SIGGRAPH. He has also co-authored "3D User Interfaces: Theory and Practice," the first comprehensive book on 3D user interfaces. In 2009, he won an NSF Career Award to conduct research on mathematical sketching.
Joseph received a Sc.M. in Computer Science in 2000, a Sc.M. in Applied Mathematics in 2001, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2005 from Brown University.