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Charles Hughes

Affiliation: Department of Electrical Engineering & Compter Science, Synthetic Reality Laboratory, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA

Charles Hughes is a Pegasus Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Computer Science Division, at the University of Central Florida. He also holds appointments in the School of Visual Arts and Design and the Institute for Simulation and Training (IST), is a Fellow of the UCF Academy for Teaching, Learning and Leadership, and holds an IPA appointment with the US Department of Veterans Affairs. He is co-director of the UCF Synthetic Reality Laboratory ( His research is in augmented reality environments with a specialization in networked digital puppetry (the remote control by humans of surrogates in the form of virtual or physical-virtual avatars). He conducts research on the use of digital puppetry-based experiences in cross cultural and situational awareness training, teacher and trainer education, social and interpersonal skills development, and physical and cognitive assessment and rehabilitation. He is author or co-author of over 170 refereed publications. He is an Associate Editor of Entertainment Computing and the Journal of Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation, and a member of the Program Committee and co-chair of Research Exhibits for IEEE VR 2013. He has active funding to support his research from the National Endowments for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, Veterans Affairs and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His funding (PI or co-PI) over the last decade exceeds $15M.

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