Mohan Zalake

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    College: Applied Health Sciences Department: Biomed and Health Info Sciences
    Title: Research Assistant Professor
    Office: 206 AHSB
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Intelligent Virtual Agents, Human-Computer Interaction, Adaptive Technologies, Health Behavior Change

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 5

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Minimum GPA:3

    Preferred skills and experience: Prior experience in conducting user studies, working with 3D game engines, AR/VR technologies, and web development. These skills are preferred, but not required. If you don't have these skills, you must learn them while conducting research.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    The V-ARE lab (Virtual healthcARe Experiences Laboratory) focuses on the use of technologies across the Reality-Virtuality spectrum, such as Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR), to develop virtual healthcare experiences. Students at the V-ARE lab will aim to advance the research from two fronts: 1) study user behavior when interacting with virtual healthcare technologies, and 2) use the knowledge gained from studying user behavior to iteratively develop technologies for positively influencing health-related outcomes.

    Interested students can contact me at In your email, please attach a resume/CV and include the following information:
    1. Your research interests to determine projects that align with your interests,
    2. Your year at UIC,
    3. Any experience relevant to lab research,
    4. List any research papers that you have read which intrigued your interests in this particular research, and
    5. Provide 1 to 2 research questions that you are interested in exploring if you were to join the lab.

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