Faculty Members

Pierre Boulanger

I worked for 18 years at the National Research Council of Canada as a senior research officer where my primary research interests were in 3D computer vision, rapid product development, and virtualized reality systems. I now hold a double appointment as a professor at the University of Alberta in the Department of Computing Science and in the Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging (Faculty of Medicine). I am the Director of the Advanced Man Machine Interface Laboratory as well as the scientific director of the Alberta Radiological Visualization Center. My main research topics and teachings are on virtualized reality systems. I am also a Principal Investigator for New Media at TRLabs. In 2004, I was awarded an iCORE/TRLabs Industrial Chair in Collaborative Virtual Environments and in 2013 the new CISCO chair in Healthcare Solutions. I have published more than 321 scientific papers in various journals and conferences. I am also on the editorial board of two major academic journals. I am on many international committees and frequently gives lectures on rapid product development and virtualized reality. On the commercial side, I am the President of PROTEUS Consulting Inc., an Alberta-based consulting firm specialized in Virtual Reality Applications (Full CV). For a partial publication list see ResearchGate website.

Nilanjan Ray

I received my bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India, in 1995, master′s degree in computer science from the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, in 1997, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in May, 2003. After having two years of postdoctoral research and a year of industrial work experience, I joined the Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta in July 2006. Now, I am an associate professor at this Department. I received the CIMPA-UNESCO fellowship for image processing in 1999; the graduate fellowship at Indian Statistical Institute from 1995 to 1997; and the best student paper award from IBM Picture Processing Society presented at the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, Rochester, NY, 2002. My research area is image and video analysis – analytics, segmentation, object detection, image classification, object tracking.

Walter F. Bischof (Emeritus)

Walter F. Bischof

I have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research, and my research projects are both within Computer Science and Psychology.In Computer Science, my interests are primarily focused on investigating human-computer interactions. In this area, I am interested in developing new ways in which the collaboration of humans and computers can be improved, ensuring that the focus is on the human, rather than the machine. In Psychology, I have strong interests in visual perception and attentional mechanisms. In visual perception, I study motion perception in the context of spatial navigation. With respect to attentional mechanisms, I have studied spatio-temporal characteristics of attention, and I work on investigating attentional characteristics in social attention and in navigation.

Administrative Staff

Melanie Calvert

Melanie Calvert

Melanie is our Administrative Assistant for the duration of the CISCO Chair. She is in charge of grants payment, invoices, travel, budget, etc. Melanie is working 14 hours a week for our group. You can contact her at (please cc: