Sneak peak of the early development stages of the VR PD simulator developed in consultation with NHS and funded by the Kidney Research UK.

United Nations 2016 LEAD Symposium

United Nations 2016 LEAD Symposium

United Nations - Global Compact 2016 LEAD Symposium. LEAD participants are invited to help co-create a new and more ambitious pathway for the scaling and pace of radical innovation and market transformation required to achieve the future we need, at University of Cambridge

VR Driving Simulator v3.0

VR Driving Simulator v3.0

VRS Lab Driving Simulator in action during users' evaluation in Scotland.

VR/AR Medical Education systems

VR/AR Medical Education systems

VR/AR Medical Visualisation and Simulation of human anatomy, pathology and surgical operations.

ACM Siggraph Asia 2015 Kobe Japan

ACM Siggraph Asia 2015 Kobe Japan

Presentation of prototype Head Up Display system and 3rd Generation VR Driving Simulator paper

VR Medical Simulation

VR Medical Simulation

3D Visualisation and simulation of surgical operations in VR Environment. Development of prototype HCI systems.

Dynamically Configurable Vehicle

Dynamically Configurable Vehicle

Advanced biomimetic automotive design and engineering. 2 UK Patents.




Director Virtual Reality and Simulation Laboratory (VRS Lab)

Director Virtual Reality Driving Simulator Laboratory (VRDS Lab)

Research Group Leader of Visual Affective and Pervasive Systems research  group (VAPS)


Professor Vassilis Charissis’ academic background includes a BSc (Hons) in Technology of Graphics Arts and Mechanical Engineering, an MPhil in Advanced 2D/3D Motion Graphics and Virtual Prototyping and a PhD in Human Machine Interfaces and Head-Up - Display systems, the latter two from the University of Glasgow. He is awarded two patents in automotive design and engineering, regarding novel biomimetic mechanical design and he is the recipient of two international first places for prototype design and engineering in the automotive industry competitions for FIAT and Opel respectively. His research interests are in the areas of HCI, VR, AR, HUD, Simulation, Human Factors, User Experience Modelling, Serious games and User Behaviour. During his research career Dr. Charissis has developed systems for QinetiQ, Ford, Fiat, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Opel, Fisher Defence Submarines, NES, NHS Trusts, RCSEd and RCPSG amongst others. His research produced an extensive track record of international scientific publications. Dr. Charissis is also software development consultant for a number companies and public sector bodies and a member of BCS, IET, RSA, HEA, IEEE, SAE, AAAI and ACM.

LATEST activities...

Very excited to lead the development of a New Master programme which is now approved! The proposed MSc programme in User Experience and Interaction Design (MSc UXID) aims to equip graduates with multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills to design, develop and evaluate interactive systems that enable/enhance user experience. The course will prepare the students for the current and future industry demands, whilst maintaining academic rigour and values.
The course is expected to start in September 2022!


VR Peritoneal Dialysis Training Simulator is an innovative project funded by  Kidney Research UK (KRUK), led by NHS and developed by GCU
The proposed system under development aims to deliver a Virtual Reality application for theoretical and practical training in Peritoneal Dialysis for home dialysed patients and their families, as well as a training environment for allied health professionals and medical staff. Additionally, the VR application will aim to offer a safe environment for the users to experiment, minimise the learning time of the dialysis process and reduce the anxiety that occurs throughout the process and the troubleshooting.

The paper on “Machine-Learning Methods for Computational Science and Engineering” by Professor  Vassilis Charissis et al. has been shortlisted for the “Computation 2020 Best Paper Award”.
The paper was one of the most viewed papers in 2020 and top-cited in the last two years in Computation, a Scopus IF 2.9, a peer-reviewed monthly journal of computational science and engineering. The paper has been shortlisted for the “Computation 2020 Best Paper Awards”, the winner of which will be announced in March 2022.


RECENT activities...

Very recently I was invited to discuss the concept of Digital Twin Cities (VR/AI) and their applications in a live interview with Lisa Cooper from Strategy Analytics.

The Digital Twin Cities discussion expanded in a number of application areas which included current issues of emergency responses, pandemics, prediction models, future cities’ planning, and tourism amongst others. 


I'm currently editing a new special issue journal for MDPI related to AI and Emerging Technologies. If you are interested in sending a paper please let me know.

(Applied Sciences Journal, MDPI Publisher, Impact Factor: 2.474, Scopus Indexed, Open Access)


Looking forward to the 2021 meetings of the Technical-Streams Committee (SCTC), IEEE Consumer Electronics Society (CESoc), Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Displays (VAR) Committee.


Working on an AR and AI collaborative system for Emergency Services' Vehicles for supporting driver's decision making process and collision avoidance manoeuvring.

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For the latest research outcomes please check the                             page.