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Academic Biography

Dr. Muhammad Zahid Iqbal works as a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Immersive Technologies at Teesside University. He also worked as associate faculty at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He completed PhD in Computer Science with a specialization in Immersive Technologies from University College Dublin, Ireland, with the thesis titled "Investigating Real-time Touchless Hand Interaction and Machine Learning Agents in Immersive Learning Environments". During his PhD, he worked as a graduate assistant for teaching Augmented & Virtual Reality and Mobile Computing labs at University College Dublin, Ireland. He also worked as an associate faculty member at the National College of Ireland.  

Research Publications 

He published his research in ISMAR, Technology in Society, Digital Chemical Engineering, Computer & Education: X Reality, Frontiers in Virtual Reality, Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, ACM International Conference on Interactive Media Experiences,  Education and Information Technologies, Interactions, Telematics and Informatics Reports and ACM IUI. 

Future Research Interests

His future research vision is to explore the convergence of immersive technology, digital twins, metaverse, and digital transformations. These emerging technologies can offer unprecedented opportunities and challenges for various sectors and domains, such as education, health care, entertainment, tourism, and manufacturing. One of his main research goals is to develop novel methods and frameworks for creating, managing, and interacting with digital twins of real-world objects and environments using immersive technology such as AR, VR, and MR. He is interested in how digital twins can enable seamless and immersive experiences across physical and virtual spaces and how they can support data-driven decision-making and innovation.

Another research direction he is pursuing is to investigate the metaverse's potential as a new immersive technology paradigm.  He is curious about how metaverse can foster new forms of learning, collaboration, entertainment, and expression and what are the ethical, social, and technical implications of this technology. To achieve these research objectives, he seeks motivated and talented PhD students interested in immersive technology, digital twins, metaverse, and digital transformations. He is willing to offer a supportive and stimulating research environment, access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations and industry partnerships. If you are interested in joining him as PhD student, please get in touch with your CV and research proposal.

Accepting PhD students in these areas; 

  • Virtual Reality (VR) and haptic feedback for industrial training.
  •  Use of immersive technologies for healthcare and nursing traning 
  • Immersive technologies for STEM education at secondary and higher education 
  • Digital Twins for healthcare and industry 
  • Immersive technologies for data-driven and safety training 
  • Digital transformation & Digital humanities 

External Roles and Professional Activities

            -Learning Education Committee

            -HCI Committee and Metaverse & Society

Experience as Paper Reviewer 

• Telematics and Informatics 

• SIGCSE TS 2022 Full Papers Track

• American Educational Research Association (AERA) - AERA Open

• Education and Information Technologies

• ACM SIGMIS Computers and People Research 2019

• ACM CHI Conference: 2020 alt.chi, 2021 alt.chi & WIP 2021

• ACM CSCW 2020 Posters

• ACM IDC Conference 2020 Works in Progress & Workshops

• Workshop on Novel Input Devices and Interaction Techniques (NIDIT) 2021

• ACM IDC 2021 Full Papers Track

• Computers & Education: Artificial Intelligence

• Applied Food Research

• Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction OzCHI 2021

Summary of Research Interests

His research interests are Human-Computer Interaction, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Virtual Reality, Digital Interaction Techniques, Digital Twins, Metaverse, Artificial Intelligence and Educational Technology. 

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Immersive Technologies (Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality)

Research Projects & External Funding

  • Real-time Hand Interaction and Machine Learning Agents in Immersive Learning Environments

  • Metaverse and Emerging opportunities in the Immersive Technologies

  • Touchless/Contactless Interaction Technologies

  • Ethics, Privacy and security issues with Extended Reality

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Investigating Real-time Touchless Hand Interaction and Machine Learning Agents in Immersive Learning Environments, University College Dublin

1 Sept 201831 Aug 2022

Award Date: 15 May 2023

Master, MS (Computer Science), Information Technology University

Sept 2014Aug 2016

Award Date: 17 Feb 2017

External positions

MSc (IT) Dissertation Supervisor, University of Glasgow

1 May 202330 Sept 2023

Postgraduate Dissertation Supervisor, National College of Ireland

Feb 2022Dec 2022

Reviewer of ACM SIGCHI Gary Marsden Travel Awards, Association for Computing Machinery

2021 → …

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