Cali M. Fidopiastis

Cali M. Fidopiastis is a PhD. student in the Modeling and Simulation program at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Cali has been interested in adapting VE technology to the field of Cognitive Rehabilitation since 1995 when the work of Emilio Bizzi and Colleagues at MIT showed that a VE trainer could more effectively train persons learning motoric tasks such as table tennis. Given the advanced VE technology and the energetic environment provided by the ODALab and the Institute for Simulation and Training at UCF, the opportunity to create an optimal VE solution for Cognitive Rehabilitation is emerging from a dream state into reality. Her current work combines understanding of head-mounted displays, computer graphics, and user perception to create optimal VE training solutions for military, surgical, and rehabilitation scenarios.

Research Interests: Virtual reality applications for cognitive and physical rehabilitation, user-centered assessment of immersive and augmented virtual environments, mathematical modeling for medical applications, visual perception, skill acquisition, naturalistic decision making, brain plasticity

Educational Background:
August 2002-Present University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, PhD. Candidate in Modeling and Simulation
August 2000 University of Denver, Denver, CO, Advanced Certificate in Computer Science
June 1998 University of California, Irvine, CA, M.A. in Experimental Psychology
Master's Thesis: Color from Motion: Effects of Dot Density and Dot Placement published in Perception (2000), 29, 567 - 580.
June 1994 University of California, Irvine, B.S. in Biology (emphasis Molecular Biology), B.A in Psychology (emphasis Neuropsychology)
2005-Present Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
2005-2006 NSF Fellowship for Teaching Science in K-12
2004-2005 LINK Fellowship (4 US wide Awards from all Modeling & Simulation fields)
2000-2001 Teaching Assistant Excellence Rating, University of Denver
1996-1998 Teaching Assistant Excellence Rating, University of Irvine
Summer 1997 ATR Human Information Processing Research Internship, Kyoto, Japan