January 24, 2017

Professor of Virtual Environments

University College London

Mel Slater

The Virtual Self

Respondent: Dr. Doron Friedman, Advanced Reality Lab, School of Communication, IDC Herzliya

Mel Slater is an ICREA Research Professor at the University of Barcelona in the Faculty of Psychology and a Professor of Virtual Environments at University College London. His research focuses on virtual reality and technical development in this field. He has also contributed to the use of virtual reality in the field of psychology (in relation to clinical psychology - studies of paranoia - and social psychology) and cognitive neuroscience (how the brain represents the body). He has aimed to bring the use of virtual reality as a tool in scientific research in these areas to the highest level through his publications in PNAS, Neuron, Trends in Cognitive Science, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, and ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH). In 2005 he was awarded the Virtual Reality Career Award by IEEE Virtual Reality 'In Recognition of Seminal Achievements in Engineering Virtual Reality.' He has been Co Editorin-Chief of Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments (MIT Press) and Field Editor of Frontiers in Robotics and AI. He co-authored Being There Together: Experiments on Presence in Virtual Environments (1990s) (2013) and Computer Graphics and Virtual Environments: From Realism to Real-Time (2001)