Mohan Zalake

Mohan
Zalake

AR/VR Prototyper & PhD Student

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About Me

I am Mohan Zalake, currently a student in the Human-Centered Computing Ph.D. program at the University of Florida. I work in the Virtual Experiences Research Group. My research interest revolves around developing embodied conversational agents (ECAs). ECAs are computer generated human like 3-D characters and converse through natural language-style dialogues with humans. I am particularly interested in creating interactive ECAs as an interface to deliver and collect medical information. Previous research has shown that automated ECAs with social skills have great potential to improve population health. Although large population is aware of conversational interfaces like smart home speakers, very few are familiar with ECAs. My research focuses on identifying and understanding user needs of diverse healthcare population to build intuitive and usable ECA interfaces.

I have developed ECA interfaces to provide medical support for suicidal patients and to increase awareness of colon cancer screening among elderly population. Developing such interfaces involves interdisciplinary collaboration (like doctors, computer scientists, communication scientists), interacting with target population, understanding user needs, building prototypes and testing with target population through out the design process. .

I have also developed several Unity based VR experiences which demonstrate applicability of VR in various domains. My interests include virtual reality, natural language processing, machine learning, computer graphics and human-computer interaction. .

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My Skills

User Experience Design Expert
Virtual Reality Expert
Unity3D Expert
C# Intermediate

Experience

Research Assistant

Virtual Human, Virtual Reality, Human Centered Computing.

Simulation Engineer

Mixed Reality, Medical Simulations, Intelligent Tutor

AR/VR Prototyper

VR enthusiast, 10+ projects

Software Engineer

Autonomous Robot, OpenCV

Projects

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VR Shopping Experience VR

Unique shopping platform in VR based on user study which integrates VR concepts and re-defines the shopping experience.

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CPR Trainer Hackathon

VR based trainer to perform CPR. Built in a day. Hackathon Winner - Best First-Time Hack.

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Voice Assistant Dialog System

First web based CPR dialogue assistant to train and assist during emergencies.

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