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. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the summer of 2020, I will be interning at Microsoft Research, mentored by Andy Wilson. In the past I have interned at Adobe Research (San Francisco) and Autodesk Research (Toronto), and have gotten a chance to work with amazing mentors and collaborators: Cuong Nguyen, Stephen DiVerdi, Fraser Anderson, Tovi Grossman, George Fitzmaurice.
"TransceiVR: Bridging Asymmetrical Communication Between External and VR Users" - PDF local link
Balasaravanan Thoravi Kumaravel, Cuong Nguyen, Stephen DiVerdi, and Björn Hartmann. 2020. TransceiVR: Bridging Asymmetrical Communication Between External and VR Users.
Will be presented at UIST'20
"Living Paper: Authoring AR Narratives Across Digital and Tangible Media"
Stephanie Claudino Daffara, Anna Brewer, Balasaravanan Thoravi Kumaravel, and Bjoern Hartmann. 2020 Living Paper: Authoring AR Narratives Across Digital and Tangible Media. In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '20). Association for Computing Machinery
"Loki: Facilitating Remote Instruction of Physical Tasks Using Bi-Directional Mixed-Reality Telepresence" - PDF local link
Balasaravanan Thoravi Kumaravel, Fraser Anderson, George Fitzmaurice, Björn Hartmann, Tovi Grossman. 2019. Loki: Facilitating Remote Instruction of Physical Tasks Using Bi-Directional Mixed-Reality Telepresence.