University College London
The University College London is one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, and it consistently ranks as one of the top research universities in the world (it was number seven in the QS World Rankings 2018). Based in Bloomsbury at the heart of London, it is well known for its multi-disciplinary nature with leading departments across science, engineering, medicine and the arts. UCL was established in 1826 to open up education in England for the first time to students of any race, class or religion. UCL was also the first university to welcome female students on equal terms with men.
The Department of Computer Science at University College London is the top computer science department in the UK as rated in the most recent (2014) UK Research Excellence Framework. It is also one of the UK’s largest computer science departments, with over 75 academic staff. The Department has a focus on ‘experimental computer science’ and it is known for taking fundamental computer science developments and applying them to real computer system that are tested with users.
The Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics (VECG) group is the UK’s largest group in computer graphics, virtual reality and associated technologies. It comprises eight academic staff and approximately 6 research staff and 30 doctoral students. VECG has two Masters programme in the area, the M.Sc. in Computer Graphics, Visual and Imaging and M.Res. Virtual Reality. The group runs four laboratory facilities that are relevant to Prime-VR2: a CAVE-like facility with integrated haptics, physiological sensing, motion tracking and eye tracking; a high-end HMD lab and an experimental HMD lab with large-scale motion tracking for AR and VR systems.