Gregory Welch, Ph.D.

Joint Faculty
Pegasus Professor
AdventHealth Endowed Chair in Healthcare Simulation
Co-Director, SREAL


Partnership 3: 110


Gregory Welch is a Pegasus Professor, the AdventHealth Endowed Chair in Healthcare Simulation, and co-director of the Synthetic Reality Lab at the UCF Institute for Simulation & Training. A computer scientist and engineer, he also has appointments in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and in the Institute for Simulation & Training and is a member of UCF’s Learning Sciences Faculty Research Cluster. Welch’s research interests include human-computer interaction, human motion tracking, virtual and augmented reality, computer graphics and vision, and training-related applications. He has co-authored more than 140 publications in these areas, and his work has resulted in 18 patents to-date,  including 10 at UCF. The simulation and modeling expert has received several awards for his contributions to the field, and has shared his expertise in numerous workshops and seminars and on numerous international program committees. Prior to joining UCF, Welch was a research professor at the University of North Carolina. He also worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at Northrop-Grumman’s Defense Systems Division.


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • M.S., Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • B.S., Electrical Engineering Technology, Purdue University


  • Pegasus Professor

  • AdventHealth Endowed Chair in Simulation

  • College of Nursing, Department of Computer Science, and Institute for Simulation & Training


  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2022
  • Fellow, National Academy of Inventors, 2021
  • Scroll & Quill Society, University of Central Florida, 2021
  • Pegasus Professor, University of Central Florida, 2020
  • Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award, IEEE, 2018
  • IEEE Technical Expert for Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality 2018
  • Luminary Award, University of Central Florida, 2017
  • Research Incentive Award, University of Central Florida, 2017
  • “Long Lasting Impact Paper” award, ISMAR 2016.
  • IEEE Outstanding Performance, Co-Chair, VR 2013
  • 1995 “An Introduction to the Kalman Filter” cited over 8,000 times according to Google Scholar
  • Senior Member, IEEE Computer Society and Member, ACM
  • Pioneer, ACM SIGGRAPH
  • Excellence in Teaching award, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2007

Research Interests:

Applications of Virtual and Augmented Reality
Digital Twins
Hardware-software Controls
Human Motion Tracking
Human-computer Interaction (HCI)
Patient Simulation Systems
Virtual Humans

Areas of Expertise:

Augmented Reality (AR)
Extended Reality (XR)
Simulation and Training
Virtual Reality (VR)

Application Areas: