Augmented and Virtual Reality


Our NSF-funded program on Interdisciplinary Graduate Training in the Science, Technology, and Applications of Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) is a structured, multi-disciplinary PhD training program on AR/VR. This NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program admits PhD students from multiple University of Rochester departments including:

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Brain and cognitive sciences
  • Computer science
  • Electrical and computer engineering
  • Neuroscience
  • Optics

Students admitted to the program take three new innovative courses and benefit from a variety of professional development mechanisms, including industry internships and immersive professional development encounters with industry leaders.

In addition students will also work on innovative, interdisciplinary research projects that focus on:

  • AR/VR platforms and computation
  • Perceptual-cognitive aspects of AR/VR design
  • Machine intelligence for AR/VR systems
  • AR/VR interfaces and applications

Upon completion of the training program requirements, students receive a certificate.

The program also offers one-year fully-funded fellowships to a subset of the trainees enrolled in the program. The funded fellowships can be offered to US citizens and permanent residents only.

Both funded and non-funded trainees are expected to complete all program requirements to receive a certificate.

Graduate students who do not enroll can still benefit from courses and other activities offered as part of this program.

See the PhD Training Program in Augmented and Virtual Reality page for program information and application requirements.