I am an Assistant Professor at Purdue University. My research revolves around virtual reality, computer animation, computer graphics, and artificial intelligence. In the past, I've been affiliated with the Visual Computing Lab at Dartmouth College as Postdoctoral Researcher, and with the Interactive Multimedia and Virtual Reality Lab at the University of the Aegean as Research Assistant. I received a Ph.D. in Informatics and a M.Sc. in Virtual Environments both from the School of Engineering and Informatics of the University of Sussex, and an integrated Master's degree from Ionian University. My goal is to understand the gap between virtuality and reality. To that end, I am broadly interested in motion, biometric, and physiological data analysis that compares virtual reality and real-world experiences and interactions.
Note: Outside of the office I enjoy playing tennis (#epicfail). If you are nearby Lafayette and you are looking for a partner, call or e-mail me.
I am actively recruiting motivated individuals for the Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. programs. If you are interested in Virtual Reality research, you are encouraged to contact me.
401 N Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
10/2019: Two papers have been accepted to ACM SIGGRAPH VRCAI Conference.
08/2019: A paper has been accepted to International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC).
07/2019: My project "A Virtual Reality Framework to Measure Psychological and Physiological Responses of the Self-Driving Car Passengers" that was part of "Purdue UTC/CCAT: Center for Connected and Automated Transportation (CCAT) - U.S. DOT UTC Regional 2016 Proposal" has been funded by U.S. Department Of Transportation.
07/2019: A paper has been accepted to EuroVR Conference.
06/2019: I am serving on the ACM Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) 2020 Program Committee.
05/2019: I am serving on the ACM Group 2020 as Program Committee.
05/2019: I am serving on the Conference Committee of IEEE Virtual Reality 2020.
04/2019: Varun to be awarded the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Scholars scholarship.
04/2019: I am serving on the ACM VRST 2019 Technical Papers Committee.
04/2019: A paper is accepted to Computer Animation and Social Agents conference and will be printed in Computer Animation & Virtual Worlds journal [IF: 0.697].
04/2019: A paper titled "The Effects of Motion Artifacts on Self-Avatar Agency" is accepted for publication to Informatics journal.
03/2019: I will serve as Associate Chair on ACM SIGCHI 2020 (Games & Play).
03/2019: I am happy to announce that Claudia to be awarded the Andrews Fellowship from Purdue University to pursue Ph.D. studies!
03/2019: I received in collaboration with Prof. Sherrick (CLA @ Purdue) and Prof. Kao (CIT @ Purdue) the Lamb School’s Internal Faculty Research Grant ($16,249.95) to work on the project titled "Development of a Computer Game to Measure Flow and Other Psychological Responses."
02/2019: I have three papers (one full and two poster) accepted by IEEE VR 2019 [H Index: 36; Acceptance Rate: 21.5%]! Kudos to all students and collaborators (Claudia, David, Alexandros, Dimitris, Christos-Nikolaos, and Banafsheh). See you in Osaka!
01/2019: I received in collaboration with Prof. Adamo-Villani (CGT @ Purdue) $24,610 to acquire a portable motion capture system as part of the 2018-19 Laboratory and University Core Facility Research Equipment Grants Program, Part I.
12/2018: Looxid Labs offered us a LooxidVR Research Kit ($2,999.99).
12/2018: Received the Unity Education Grant ($187.5K).
12/2018: A paper is accepted to IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing [Acceptance Rate: 24.79%].
11/2018: I received in collaboration with Prof. Karabiyik (CIT @ Purdue) $10K from the Holistic Safety and Security impact area to work on the project titled "Virtual Reality Training for Incident First Responders and Digital Forensics Investigators."
11/2018: I am serving on the ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications (ETRA) 2019 as Program Committee.
10/2018: I am happy to announce that my former MS student Chinmay Rajguru will join the School of Engineering and Informatics of the University of Sussex (my alma mater) as a Ph.D. student. Congrats Chinmay, you did it!
09/2018: I am serving on the ACM Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI) 2019 Program Committee.
08/2018: I joined Purdue University as an Assistant Professor.
07/2018: A full-paper is accepted to IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference [H Index: 57].
06/2018: I am serving on the ACM VRST 2018 Technical Papers Committee.
04/2018: A paper entitled "The Effects of Appearance and Motion of Virtual Characters on Emotional Reactivity" is accepted to Elsevier's Computers in Human Behavior Journal [IF: 3.536].
01/2018: A single-author full-paper on dance motion control of a virtual partner character is accepted to 2018 IEEE VR Conference [H Index: 36; Acceptance Rate: 20.6%].
01/2018: The "Master of Puppets" paper that describes an animation-by-demonstration authoring framework is accepted to Springer's 3D Research Journal.
01/2018: Gave a talk at Emerging Analytics Center @ UALR.
10/2017: A single-author paper on full-body locomotion reconstruction of virtual characters is accepted to Sensors Journal [IF: 2.677].
07/2017: New journal paper is accepted to Springer's 3D Research.