CS Associate Professor Dr. John Quarles Recognized as UTSA 2018 Innovator of the Year

As the fall semester draws to a close, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) recognized faculty, students, and community leaders for their research and innovative discoveries at the sixth annual UTSA Innovation Awards.

UTSA recognized Dr. John Quarles, Associate Professor of Computer Science, as its 2018 Innovator of the Year Award. Fox will be presented with a trophy recognizing the highest innovation impact based on technology disclosures, patent filings, issued patents, and licenses signed in the previous fiscal year. Quarles directs the San Antonio Virtual Environments (SAVE) Lab, which conducts research in augmented, mixed, and virtual reality (VR) and applies this technology to real world applications such as, medical training, education, rehabilitation, and exercise.

Quarles uses cutting edge technology to create video games and other devices to help people in need. His interests include virtual reality, mixed reality, augmented reality, serious games, 3D user interfaces, interactive computer graphics, human-computer interaction, and modeling and simulation.

Over his career, he has developed a world-wide reputation as a leader in the use of augmented and virtual reality for medical training, stem education, exercise, and physical and cognitive therapies. He has widely published in the fields of augmented and virtual reality and is recognized as one of the world's leading experts in the use of this technology. He has also received nearly a million dollars of research funding, most coming from the National Science Foundation.

As a co-founder of MedCognition, Quarles integrated the latest augmented reality and computing technology into a patient simulator called PerSim™. Portable and affordable, PerSim™ is a combination of proprietary software and off-the-shelf hardware that allows first responders to be trained in a number of medical emergency scenarios.

UTSA honored 41 total members its research community in three additional categories, reflecting the university’s success at commercializing new knowledge and technologies.

Garret Fox, a current PhD Computer Science student, received recognition in the award category of issued patents, trademarks, and/or copyrights. Fox is receiving this award to honor his work in the collaborative project, Cyber Threat Defender, a collectable card game that teaches cyber security principles and techniques. For more information on Cyber Threat Defender, visit the CIAS website at http://cias.utsa.edu/ctd.php.

Organized by the UTSA Office of Commercialization and Innovation (OCI), these annual awards are presented in four categories, reflecting UTSA’s success at commercializing new knowledge and technologies.

The UTSA Innovation Awards ceremony was held Wednesday December 5, 2018 at 12:00PM in the Denman room, located in the Student Union Building (Room 2.01.28) to honor all award recipients.

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