Hi, I am Bala! I am a 3rd year PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley. I am advised by professor Björn Hartmann. I completed my Bachelors at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. My Bachelors' thesis - "IoT enabled CNC Milling machine" won the best interdisciplinary thesis project amongst all engineering departments and the best thesis in Mechanical engineering.
My research interests are primarily in the domain of Virtual/Augmented reality. With AR/VR set to enter and modify out homes, cities, workspaces and daily lives in unimaginable ways, my research hopes to address the new challenges and problems that would arise in these scenarios. My research explores the applications and usages of AR/VR for a diverse set of activities, such as interacting with robots, creating art forms, 3D designing workflows, Augmented Reality teleoperative support for maintenance and Enhancing learning using AR/VR. I recently won a research grant sponsored by HTC Corporation and the Faith Hope & Love Foundation through the FHL Vive Center for Enhanced Reality . You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Most recently I was a winter'18 research intern at Autodesk research, Toronto supervised by Fraser Anderson, Tovi Grossman and George Fitzmaurice and my PhD advisor Bjoern Hartmann. We contributed and explored a design space that explores real-time bi-directional mixed-reality based remote training of physical tasks. Developed a real-time bi-directional depth-capture based mixed-reality telepresence system and associated set of interaction techniques that help users navigate across the contributed design space. This work has been accepted to be presented at the UIST'19 conference.
"Loki: Facilitating Remote Instruction of Physical Tasks Using Bi-Directional Mixed-Reality Telepresence" - PDF local link
Balasaravanan Thoravi Kumaravel, Cuong Nguyen, Stephen DiVerdi, and Björn Hartmann. 2019. Loki: Facilitating Remote Instruction of Physical Tasks Using Bi-Directional Mixed-Reality Telepresence.
To be presented at ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) 2019 conference at New Orleans
"TutoriVR: A Video-Based Tutorial System for Design Applications in Virtual Reality" - PDF local link
Balasaravanan Thoravi Kumaravel, Cuong Nguyen, Stephen DiVerdi, and Björn Hartmann. 2019. TutoriVR: A Video-Based Tutorial System for Design Applications in Virtual Reality. In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Paper 284, 12 pages. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3290605.3300514
"Development of an Internet of Things enabled Manufacturing system for tool wear characterization" - local ink
B. T. Kumaravel, R. Bhattacharyya, J. Siegel, S. E. Sarma and N. Arunachalam, "Development of an Internet of Things enabled manufacturing system for tool wear characterization," 2017 IEEE 3rd International Symposium in Robotics and Manufacturing Automation (ROMA), Kuala Lumpur, 2017, pp. 1-6.
"Speed vs efficiency and storage type in portable energy systems"
M. E. Kiziroglou, M. Cowell, B. T. Kumaravel, D. E. Boyle, J. W. Evans, P. K. Wright, and E. M. Yeatman
International Conference on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications (Power MEMS 2017)