(Victoria Advocate) — Alireza Tavakkoli, director of the University of Houston-Victoria digital gaming and simulation program and assistant professor of computer science, is leading research into human/robot interaction and the integration of robotics and virtual reality. Tavakkoli received a grant in January for $191,000 to purchase three robots and other pieces of equipment for research. Now, a second grant has been awarded for $412,000 from the Department of Defense that will help pay four student research assistants for three years. The research assistants will be three graduate students and one undergraduate student.
The research is following four tracks: computer vision for robots, modes of operation, the robots’ autonomy, and decision-making and virtual reality with interfaces. Each research assistant will focus on one of the four areas and look into how current state-of-the-art technology and methods will factor into the research, Tavakkoli said.Tags: Alireza Tavakkoli, Department of Defense, robotics, University of Houston-Victoria, virtual reality