Dr Sameer Kishore


Dr Sameer Kishore
NameDr Sameer Kishore
Job titleDBI - Associate Professor in Robotics
Research institute
Primary appointmentDubai Campus
Email addressS.Kishore@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2793-0075
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

I’m currently the campus programme coordinator for the MSc. Robotics programme and senior lecturer at the Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics, Middlesex University Dubai. I also head the VRX Lab at the university. 

I completed my PhD at the EventLab, University of Barcelona with Prof. Mel Slater, where I worked on developing systems that allowed me to investigate the implications of body ownership over remotely located robots and applied this technology to various real-world situations. I was awarded a three-year pre-doctorate FI grant from the Government of Catalonia, Spain for carrying out my PhD.

Following that, I spent a year as a post-doctoral researcher at the EventLab, where I worked on a research project studying the effect of appearance of a virtual body on the higher-level cognitive functioning and implicit behaviours in immersive virtual reality.

Prior to moving to Dubai, I was the Head of Medical Rehabilitation and VR Innovation at Virtual Bodyworks, Barcelona, where I was involved in developing commercial VR applications for tackling personal and societal issues, such as domestic violence, racial bias and treatment of phobias.

I have an MSc in Computer Graphics, Vision and Imaging from University College London, UK and a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in computer science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Dubai.

Teaching

My main teaching and research interests involve humanoid robots, Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR), embodiment and body-ownership illusions. I teach modules related to emerging technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and research methods across various undergraduate programmes in the department of computer engineering and informatics, as well as computer vision, mobile robotics, software engineering modules, in addition to coordinating the dissertation module for the postgraduate robotics programme. 

Employment

Postdoctoral Researcher
EventLab, University of Barcelona, Spain
01 Jan 2016
01 Jan 2017
Head of Medical Rehabilitation and VR Innovation
Virtual Bodyworks, Barcelona, Spain
01 Jan 2017
01 Aug 2019
Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics
Middlesex University, Dubai, UAE
01 Sept 2019
Campus Programme Coordinator, MSc Robotics
Middlesex University Dubai, UAE
01 Jun 2021
Head and Founder, VRx Lab
Middlesex University Dubai, UAE
01 Nov 2019

Education and qualifications

B.E. (Hons) Computer Science Engineering
Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Dubai
MSc. (Hons) Computer Graphics, Vision, and Imaging
University College London, UK
PhD, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology
University of Barcelona
Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
Middlesex University Dubai

Grants

FI-DGR
Catalan Government and European Commission

Prizes and Awards

Innovation Award for Creating Impact on Global Challenges

Middlesex University Dubai

Impact

  • Panel Discussion: Enterprises and the future of work

Research outputs

Interactive multimodal learning: towards using pedagogical agents for inclusive education

Al Omoush, M., Salih, S., Kishore, S. and Mehigan, T. 2023. Interactive multimodal learning: towards using pedagogical agents for inclusive education. IEEE International Humanitarian Technologies Conference. Cartagena de Indias, Colombia 01 - 03 Nov 2023

Who is more ‘human-like’? Exploring gender and race in perception of avatars in an online classroom

Lamba, N., Kishore, S. and Khokhlova, O. 2023. Who is more ‘human-like’? Exploring gender and race in perception of avatars in an online classroom. 11th European Conference on Education (ECE2023). London, UK, and Online 13 - 17 Jul 2023

Examining sense of responsibility in an experience of robot avatar embodiment

Aymerich-Franch, L., Kishore, S. and Slater, M. 2018. Examining sense of responsibility in an experience of robot avatar embodiment. 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA). Prague, Czech Republic 24 - 28 May 2018

Developing an object detection and gripping mechanism algorithm using machine learning

Mohammad, H., Kishore, S. and Prasetyo, J. 2023. Developing an object detection and gripping mechanism algorithm using machine learning. Journal of Applied Science and Advanced Engineering. 1 (2), pp. 47-54. https://doi.org/10.59097/jasae.v1i2.15

Evaluating student evaluations: Evidence of gender bias against women in higher education based on perceived learning and instructor personality.

Khokhlova, O., Lamba, N. and Kishore, S. 2023. Evaluating student evaluations: Evidence of gender bias against women in higher education based on perceived learning and instructor personality. Frontiers in Education. 8. https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2023.1158132

PhD Work with Robothespian on display at Centre of Contemporary Culture Barcelona

Kishore, S. 2022. PhD Work with Robothespian on display at Centre of Contemporary Culture Barcelona. Centre of Contemporary Culture Barcelona (CCCB) 27 Jul - 11 Dec 2022

Using virtual avatars to explore the impact of instructors' gender, race, and qualification on perceived learning in an online classroom

Lamba, N., Kishore, S. and Khokhlova, O. 2022. Using virtual avatars to explore the impact of instructors' gender, race, and qualification on perceived learning in an online classroom. The 10th European Conference on Education. London, UK 14 - 17 Jul 2022

When your robot avatar misbehaves you are likely to apologize: an exploration of guilt during robot embodiment

Aymerich-Franch, L., Kishore, S. and Slater, M. 2020. When your robot avatar misbehaves you are likely to apologize: an exploration of guilt during robot embodiment. International Journal of Social Robotics. 12 (1), pp. 217-226. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-019-00556-5

A virtual reality embodiment technique to enhance helping behavior of police toward a victim of police racial aggression

Kishore, S., Spanlang, B., Iruretagoyena, G., Halan, S., Szostak, D. and Slater, M. 2019. A virtual reality embodiment technique to enhance helping behavior of police toward a victim of police racial aggression. PRESENCE: Virtual and Augmented Reality. 28, pp. 5-27. https://doi.org/10.1162/pres_a_00339

Automated psychological therapy using immersive virtual reality for treatment of fear of heights: A single-blind, parallel-group, randomised controlled trial

Freeman, D., Haselton, P., Freeman, J., Spanlang, B., Kishore, S., Albery, E., Denne, M., Brown, P., Slater, M. and Nickless, A. 2018. Automated psychological therapy using immersive virtual reality for treatment of fear of heights: A single-blind, parallel-group, randomised controlled trial. The Lancet Psychiatry. 5 (8), pp. 625-632. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(18)30226-8

Virtually being Einstein results in an improvement in cognitive task performance and a decrease in age bias

Banakou, D., Kishore, S. and Slater, M. 2018. Virtually being Einstein results in an improvement in cognitive task performance and a decrease in age bias. Frontiers in Psychology. 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00917

Beaming into the news: a system for and case study of tele-immersive journalism

Kishore, S., Navarro, X., Dominguez, E., De La Peña, N. and Slater, M. 2018. Beaming into the news: a system for and case study of tele-immersive journalism. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. 38 (2), pp. 89-101. https://doi.org/10.1109/mcg.2017.2801407

Multi-destination beaming: apparently being in three places at once through robotic and virtual embodiment

Kishore, S., Muncunill, X.N., Bourdin, P., Or-Berkers, K., Friedman, D. and Slater, M. 2016. Multi-destination beaming: apparently being in three places at once through robotic and virtual embodiment. Frontiers in Robotics and AI. 3. https://doi.org/10.3389/frobt.2016.00065

Comparison of SSVEP BCI and eye tracking for controlling a humanoid robot in a social environment

Kishore, S., González-Franco, M., Hintemüller, C., Kapeller, C., Guger, C., Slater, M. and Blom, K.J. 2014. Comparison of SSVEP BCI and eye tracking for controlling a humanoid robot in a social environment. PRESENCE: Virtual and Augmented Reality. 23 (3), p. 242–252. https://doi.org/10.1162/pres_a_00192

Real time whole body motion mapping for avatars and robots

Spanlang, B., Navarro, X., Normand, J.-M., Kishore, S., Pizarro, R. and Slater, M. 2013. Real time whole body motion mapping for avatars and robots. 19th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology. Singapore 06 - 09 Oct 2013 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/2503713.2503747
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