Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Dr. Eakta Jain

Eakta Jain is an Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. She received her PhD and MS degrees in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and her B.Tech. degree from IIT Kanpur. She has industry experience at Texas Instruments R&D labsDisney Research Pittsburgh, and the Walt Disney Animation Studios. Dr. Jain is interested in user modeling, with particular interest and expertise in visual attention and perception. Her areas of work include graphics and virtual reality, generation of avatars, human factors in the future of work and transportation. Dr. Jain served as the Technical Program Chair for ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications (2020) and ACM/Eurographics Symposium on Applied Perception (2021). She currently leads the human factors sub-group at the University of Florida Transportation Institute. Her research group at the University of Florida has been funded through faculty research awards from Facebook/Oculus and Google/YouTube, federal funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and state funding from the Florida Department of Transportation.


Awards/ Funding

  1. Meta Unrestricted Research Gift (2022-2023)
  2. Collaborative Proposal: SaTC: Frontier: Securing the Future of Computing for Marginalized and Vulnerable Populations
  3. USDOT Inclusive Design Challenge “Optimizing Highly Automated Driving Systems for People with Cognitive Disabilities” (2021-2022)
  4. NIH R21 “Protecting the privacy of the child through facial identity removal in recorded behavioral observation sessions” (2020-2022)
  5. NSF FW-HTF-P: Advancing the future work of nuclear operators through virtual reality-based training (2020-2021)
  6. UFII Seed Fund Award “Assessing Political Representation Using Neural Networks” (2020)
  7. UFII Seed Fund Award “Adapting In-Store Theft Prevention Technology to Detect Malicious Coughing and Product Tampering” (2020)
  8. Florida Department of Transportation “l-STREET lnitiative – Evaluation of lntelligent School Zone Beacon and Vehicle-Cyclist Detection and Warning System” (2018-2020)
  9. NSF CRII: RI 1566481 (2016-2018)
  10. Youtube Faculty Research Award (2016-2021)
  11. Facebook Oculus Research Gift (2016)
  12. Honorable Mention Best Paper: ACM Symposium on Applied Perception (SAP), 2012. (Project Page)
  13. Best Paper Award: Proceedings of the Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA), 2010. (Project Page)

Professional Activities

  1. SIGGRAPH EC Director (2022-2025)
  2. ACM SAP Steering Committee
  3. IEEE VGTC 2023 Awards Committee
  4. Reviewer: ACM SIGGRAPH 2023, ACM TOCHI
  1. SIGGRAPH EC Director (2022-2025)
  2. ACM SAP Steering Committee
  3. Program Committees: ACM SAP 2022, ACM ETRA 2023
  4. IEEE VGTC 2022 Award Committee
  5. ACM ETRA 2023 Doctoral Symposium Mentor
  6. Reviewer: ACM CHI 2023, IEEE VR 2023
  1. Technical Papers Chair: ACM SAP 2021
  2. Program Committees: ACM SIGGRAPH 2021
  3. Review Editor: Frontiers in Virtual Reality
  4. Reviewer: ACM Computing Surveys
  1. Technical papers chair: ACM ETRA 2020
  2. Program Committee: ACM SAP 2020
  3. Reviewer: ACM Computing Surveys, Computing Innovation Fellows
  4. Review Editor: Frontiers in Virtual Reality
  1. Program Committee: ACM SIGGRAPH Asia, ACM ETRA, IEEE VR
  2. Reviewer: ACM Transactions on Graphics, ACM Transactions on Applied Perception
  3. Posters Chair: ACM ETRA
  1. Program committees: ACM SIGGRAPH, ACM SAP, ICMR
  2. Reviewer: ACM Transactions on Graphics, ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, ETRA, AIVR
  1. Posters Chair: Eurographics
  2. Program committee: ACM SIGGRAPH, ACM SAP Pacific Graphics, Workshop on Human-Centered Computational Sensing, Eurographics
  3. Reviewer: SIGGRAPH Asia, ACM SIGCHI, ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR), ICME Workshop on Multimedia Artworks Analysis (MMArt)
  1. Reviewer: ACM SIGGRAPH, ACM SIGGRAPH Asia, ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, ACM Computing Surveys, Eurographics, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine
  2. Conference Co-Chair: ACM/Eurographics Symposium on Applied Perception (SAP)
  3. Program Committee: ACM/Eurographics Symposium on Applied Perception (SAP), ICME International Workshop on Multimedia Artworks Analysis
  1. Program Committee: ACM Multimedia, ACM/Eurographics Symposium on Applied Perception (SAP), Eurographics
  2. Technical Briefs and Poster Committee: ACM SIGGRAPH Asia
  3. Reviewer: ACM SIGGRAPH, ACM Transactions on Graphics, Graphics Interface
  4. Outreach: Posters Judge at the 2015 Florida Junior Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposium, Stop-motion Animation Camp at Harn Museum
  1. Reviewer: ACM SIGGRAPH, Eurographics, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia
  2. Outreach: Presenter at the 2014 Art in Engineering Museum Night at the UF Harn Museum of Art
2009 – 2012
  1. Reviewer: ACM Transactions on Graphics (2012), ACM SIGGRAPH Asia (2012), ACM SIGGRAPH (2011)
  2. Outreach: Fusion Forum, A recruitment event for under-represented minorities (2011, 2009)