Paul Torrens

** Recruiting Ph.D. students for Fall 2023 with interests in modeling and simulation for VR/AR (the simulation architectures that drive VR/AR systems, as well as applications that map them to real-world phenomena such as human behavior and hyper-realistic environments) and motion capture (we run a large mocap studio here at NYU). If you are interested in joining my group, please get in touch sooner rather than later. You should have an undergraduate degree (preferably also a Master's degree) in computer science and have some prior published research work. **

Dr. Paul M. Torrens is a Professor in Tandon's Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Center for Urban Science + Progress at New York University. 

Paul's research focuses on modeling and simulation (especially the simulations that drive VR/AR) and location-aware technologies and Geographic Information Systems (especially next-generation systems for autonomy, edge computing, and spatial computing for mixed reality). Paul runs a large motion capture facility (the "Simspace") at NYU, where a lot of these technologies are put to work as engineered systems to support urban computing. Currently, we are testing applications around shifting public behavior during the pandemic, behavioral simulation to make autonomous driving more responsive to pedestrians, and edge computing systems to help communities better understand their streetscapes.

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Torrens was the recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation in 2007, and in 2008 George W. Bush presented him with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Research Interests: Simulation for VR/AR (virtual human behavior and virtual environments), Geographic Information Science, modeling and simulation

University College London 2004



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