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Aitor Rovira

MSc, PhD

Lead Virtual Reality Engineer / Postdoctoral Researcher

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Human-computer Interaction

I am the Lead Virtual Reality Engineer and a postdoctoral researcher in the O-CAP team where I currently explore new applications for immersive virtual reality in mental health.

My research interests are under the umbrella of human-computer interaction and connected to virtual reality with a strong focus on its applications to mental health and more broadly, health sciences. I am interested in understanding the underlying mechanisms that make people respond to events in virtual reality as if they were real, despite knowing that it is a computer-generated simulation. From understanding human perception to creating experiences that can help study human behaviour and develop therapies to address mental disorders. I am also interested in related research fields such as augmented reality, haptics, and machine learning.

Before joining the University of Oxford, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) in Nara, Japan. Before that, I was a research associate at the University College London (UCL), where I completed my PhD in Computer Science.

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