DCXR Group

What will the future of work, entertainment, and everyday life be like 5-10 years from now?

To envision the possibilities, the Design Computing and eXtended Reality (DCXR) group conducts research in the following areas:

  • Computer Graphics:
    • How to streamline the production pipeline of virtual worlds and objects by automation?
    • How to build effective computational design tools to facilitate the creative process of digital artists and general users?
    • How to let computers generate designs that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing?
  • Computer Vision:
    • How to let computers analyze the real world from visual inputs (e.g., images, videos, 3D point cloud)?
    • How to produce 3D digital archives of our surroundings?
    • How to enable computers to gain a human-level understanding of our surroundings in terms of functionality, physics, intentionality, and causality (FPIC)?
  • Human-Computer Interaction:
    • How to devise VR/AR/MR interfaces to bridge the gap between the virtual world and the real world?
    • What computational tools can we create to augment human performance in workplace and everyday life?
    • How can computers leverage human perceptual and behavioral data to power smart user interfaces & creativity tools?
Along this direction, we are also interested in interdisciplinary research in topics such as:
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning: to explore how we can incorporate AI/ML techniques to devise convenient, efficient and powerful design tools;
  • Robotics & Automation: to explore how humans and robots can collaborate seamlessly in design and solving real-world problems;
  • Cognitive Science: to better understand human perception towards everyday surroundings so as to create user-friendly design tools and interfaces.
Our recent research has largely focused on devising tools and techniques for enabling next-generation extended reality (XR) experiences and applications, including:
  • Personalized XR Training: to explore how we can automatically adapt XR training content w.r.t. individuals' performances to enhance skill training and education;
  • XR Content Creation: to devise automatic algorithms or interactive tools for synthesizing or authoring XR content such as AR stories and animations;
  • XR Robot Teleoperation: to create intuitive user interfaces and techniques to facilitate robot teleoperation via extended reality.

Interested in doing a PhD/visiting our group/doing an independent study/doing an Honors Thesis/working as a RA (for GMU students)? Please see here.

It is my privilege to work with a team of highly energetic, talented and passionate students and visiting researchers:

Haikun (Quincy) Huang (Postdoctoral Scholar, GMU)
Changyang Li (PhD student, GMU)
Yongqi Zhang (PhD student, GMU, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship winner, Beacon Student Success Fellowship winner, Oracle Undergraduate Research Fellow, McNair Fellow)
Minyoung Kim (PhD student, GMU)
Liuchuan Yu (PhD student, GMU)
Erdem Murat (MS student, GMU)

Research Assistants@GMU DCXR:

Ian Lang (GMU)
Wasiq Muhammad Ali (GMU)
Jacob Matthew Wojtecki (GMU)
Michael Szilagyi (GMU)
Nathan Alan Moy (GMU)
Amilcar Gomez Samayoa (GMU, OSCAR Scholar)
Nirajan Adhikari (GMU, OSCAR Scholar)
Quang Vo (GMU, OSCAR Scholar)


Lai Sum Yim (2022, visiting MS student, NCTU, Taiwan)
Yujia Wang (2019-2020, visiting PhD student, BIT, China)
Prof. Jiachuan Sheng (2018-2019, Visiting Scholar, TJUFE, China)
Dr. Yasuhito Sawahata (2017-2018, Visiting Scholar, NHK, Japan)
Dr. Qianwen Chao (2018, Postdoctoral Scholar)

Rawan Al Ghofaili (2022, PhD, GMU, GMU CS Distinguished Academic Achievement Award winner)
Wanwan Li (2021, PhD, GMU, next position: Visiting Assistant Professor@University of South Florida)
Haikun (Quincy) Huang (2020, PhD, UMB, McNair Mentor, UMB CS Graduate Program Award Winner)
Elisa Ogawa (2018, PhD, UMB, co-supervised with Prof. Tongjian You)
Noah Duncan (2017, PhD, UCLA, co-advised with Prof. Demetri Terzopoulos)
Tian Feng (2017, PhD, SUTD, co-advised with Prof. Sai-Kit Yeung; next position: Assistant Professor@La Trobe University)
Mahdi Jampour (2016, PhD, TU Graz, Marshall Plan Fellow, co-advised with Prof. Horst Bischof; next position: Assistant Professor@Quchan University of Advanced Technology)

Biao Xie (2022, MS, GMU)
Michael Solah (2018, MS, UMB)
Chris Quigley (2016, MS, UMB, Oracle Undergraduate Research Fellow)
Divya Venkatesh (2015, MS, UMB, next position: software developer@State Street)
Niti Agrawal (2015, MS, UMB, next position: software developer@Sabre)
Ni-Ching (Monica) Lin (2017, MS, National Chiao Tung University)

Javier Talavera (2021, BS, GMU, OSCAR Scholar)
David Naccash (2021, BS, GMU, OSCAR Scholar)
Siem G. Sium (2021, GMU, OSCAR Scholar)
Biao Xie (2020, BS, UMB, Oracle Undergraduate Research Fellow, McNair Fellow)
Yongqi Zhang (2019, BS, UMB, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship winner, Beacon Student Success Fellowship winner, Oracle Undergraduate Research Fellow, McNair Fellow)
Kristen Laird (2019, BS, UMB, JFK Award Winner, Oracle Undergraduate Research Fellow, 29 Who Shine Award recipient)
Flavio Andrade (2019, BS, UMB)
Walter Meiss (2019, BS, UMB)
Alexandria Sheehan (2018, BS, UMB)
Changyang Li (2017, Senior, BIT, co-advised with Prof. Wei Liang)
Carla Aravena (2017, BS, UMB, Oracle Undergraduate Research Fellow, McNair Fellow, Tanimoto Prize Winner, Louis H. Scholarship Winner, Honorable Mention Award Recipient at NSF-GRFP, next position: software developer@IBM)
Mark Vo (2017, BS, UMB, Oracle Undergraduate Research Fellow, McNair Fellow)
Lorenzo Barrett (2016, BS, UMB, McNair Fellow, next position: system engineer@IBM)
Vincent Luczkow (2016, BS, UMB, Oracle Undergraduate Research Fellow, Miller Award winner)
Sean Fraser (2016, BS, UMB)
Darian Springer (2015, BS, UMB, McNair Fellow, next position: software engineer@IBM)