Carolina Cruz-Neira, Ph.D.

Joint Faculty
Agere Chair Professor in Computer Science
Director, VARLAB



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  • Agere Chair Professor, UCF

  • Senior Advisor, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

  • CEO, CG Heroes, LLC

  • Co-Founder and Steering committee member, Americal CyberAlliance

  • Steering Committee member, NSF Big Data South Hub


  • Live Immersive field trips (Unity funded)
  • Eye tracking interfaces (Lockheed Martin funded)
  • Visual Data Analytics (DHS funded)
  • Human Digital Twins (Army funded)
  • Digital Twin frameworks (UCF-funded)
  • vDen: Low-cost, Portable Immersive Display System (
  • Interactive dance performances, museum installations
  • IEEE Fellow, 2020
  • National Academy of Engineering member, 2018
  • Spark Star, Museum of Discovery, Little Rock, AR, 2016
  • Named among “the top 25 innovators in virtual reality,” Polygon Media, 2016
  • Named one of the three “Virtual Reality Greatest Female Innovators,” University Herald, 2016.
  • Winner, Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge 2014 (with Dirk Reiners and Don Pierce)
  • Member, National Research Council Panel on Human Factors Science for the Army Research Laboratory 2013-2015.
  • 2009 Distinguished Career Award, International Digital Media & Arts Society
  • IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award 2007
  • Inducted by the ACM as a “Computer Graphics Pioneer,” January 2003
  • Eminent Engineer, Tau Beta Pi, April 2002
  • Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellowship, Summer 2001
  • Chief Editor, VR and Industry, Frontiers in Virtual Reality Journal
  • Editorial Board, Computers and Graphics Journal
  • Editorial Board, Multimodal Technologies and Interaction Journal
  • Panel reviewer (NSF, NASA, NIH, NIST)
  • IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, Co-founder, and several roles (General conference Chair, Program Chair, Research Exhibits Chair, Publicity Chair, technical program reviewer)

Research Interests:

Applications of immersive technologies
Architectures for hetereogeneous collaborative experiences
Context-driven immersive interfaces and collaborative spaces
Design and development of new visual interfaces
Digital Twins
Software architectures for real-time visualization and interactive applications
Translational Research

Areas of Expertise:

Augmented Reality (AR)
Digital Engineering
Simulation and Training
Virtual Reality (VR)
Virtual Technologies
Visual Data Analytics

Application Areas:

Microelectronics and Semiconductor Fabrication
Smart Cities