Misha Sra

Education and Experience

Assistant Professor UCSB
Research Affiliate 2018-2019 MIT Media Lab
Technology Consultant 2018-2019 VR/AR Startups
PhD 2018 MIT Media Lab
Visiting Researcher Spring 2017 EventLab, Barcelona
Research Intern Summer 2016 Microsoft Research, Cambridge
Visiting Researcher Summer 2015 UT Austin
S.M. MIT Media Lab
M.S. UT Austin
B.A. India

Awards and Honors

2018 Named Rising Star in EECS by MIT
2018 Best Paper Award (top 1%), ACM CHI
2018 Best Paper Nominee (top 5%), ACM CHI
2017 SIGGCHI Student Representative at the 50th ACM Turing Awards
2017 Silver Edison Award Winner, Global
2017 Doctoral Consortium Award, IEEE VR
2016 Best Paper Award (top 0.02%), ACM VRST
2016 Best Paper Student Prize, ACM VRST
2016 Doctoral Symposium Award, ACM UIST
2016 MIT Council for the Arts Grant
2015 ACM UIST Tshirt design winner
2014-2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellowship Winner
2013 MIT 100K Competition Pitch Finalist
2013 Google Glass Research Grant
2012, 2013 Avery Ashdown Leadership Award

Recent Invited Talks

Stanford EE, Information Theory ForumDec 2018
TEDxBeaconStreet Oct 2018
Microsoft Research, Redmond June 2018
CMU, HCII April 2018
UCSD, Design LabApril 2018
MIT Course 6.835: Intelligent Multimodal User InterfacesApr 2018
Princeton, CSMarch 2018
Cornell, Information ScienceFeb 2018
MIT Media Lab Biota Beats: Your Musical Microbiome WorkshopJan 2018
University of Barcelona, EventLab April 2017

Selected Press

Forbes India: Fresh off the (MIT Media) Lab2019
PCMag: Microsoft's Project Zanzibar Mat Brings Objects to Life 2018
The Verge: Microsoft's smart mat project could blend Lego and Minecraft together2018
Engadget: Microsoft's object-detecting playmat brings toys to life2018
UploadVR: Oasis Reconstructs Your Physical Room Into A VR Paradise Using Google Tango2017
VRInside: MIT Media Lab announces "oasis"2017
NGE Japan: Change the familiar reality space to a different world. 2017
Alphr: Google Tango project turns real-world rooms into VR havens.2017
MIT Technology Review: Disability-Stimulating VR Promotes Empathy2016
Business Insider: MIT's virtual scuba simulator makes you feel like you are really underwater2016
Phys.org: SCUBA simulator advances the field of virtual reality.2016
MIT News: Experiencing underwater worlds, virtually2016


Spring 2018 MIT Course 2.S972 Designing VR Applications for Learning and Creativity
IAP 2018 Mobile VR Design Challenge at MIT
2013 Instructor: Intro to Electronics workhop at MIT Splash ESP
2013 Instructor: Intro to Programming workhop at UT Austin


2018 CHI Workshop: Natural Interaction Techniques for Collaboration in VR
2016 - 2019 Organizer: Reality Virtually Hackathon at the Media Lab with 375+ participants
2016 Mentor: HackMIT with 1000+ participants
2013 - 2015 Organizer: Design workshop series in India with 400+ participants.