** Recruiting Ph.D. students for Fall 2022 with interests in 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.**
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.
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
University College London 2004
Chen, M.; Liu, X.; Claramunt, C.; Batty, M.; Kwan, M.; Senousi, A.M.; Cheng, T; Strobl, J.; Arzu, C.; Wilson, J.; Bandrova, T.; Konecny, M.; Torrens, P.M.; Li, H.; Wang, J.; Ratti, C.; Kolditz, O.; Klippel, A.; Li, S.; Lin, H.; Zhang, F.; Lü, G. (2022) "Geographic information science in the era of geospatial big data: a cyberspace perspective". The Innovation, 3(5): 100279. (Open access pdf is here.)
- Torrens, P.M. (2022). "Agent models of customer journeys on retail high streets". "Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination (JEIC), https://doi.org/10.1007/s11403-022-00350-z. Open access here
- Torrens, P.M. & Gu, S. (2021) "Real-time experiential geosimulation in virtual reality with immersion-emission". In GeoSim '21: Proceedings of the 4th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on GeoSpatial Simulation. November 2, 2021, pp. 19-28. 10.1145/3486184.3491079.
- Prakash, B.A.; Torrens, P.M.; Wigginton, K.; Yin, J. (2021) "National Symposium on PRedicting Emergence of Virulent Entities by Novel Technologies (PREVENT)". NSF Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention (PIPP) Workshop Summary Report. Atlanta, GA: Georgia Tech. 52 pages. https://prevent-symposium.org/.
- Potdar, K. & Torrens, P.M. (2019) "Modelling spatio-temporal patterns in pedestrian behavior at the edge with Jetson SOMs". NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC), Washington, D.C., November 4-6: DCP91291.