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xREZ Student Spotlight: Luke

xREZ Student Spotlight: Luke

Meet Luke, a UNT graduate student researching VR/AR, AI, machine learning, HCI and more!

In his research, Luke is passionate about helping people and solving problems by  applying machine learning and deep learning to wearable medical technologies. Luke has been a researcher in the lab since his freshman year at UNT and will be graduating in May 2021 with his master’s degree in computer engineering. As a lab member, he’s worked on INSTRUMENT | One Antarctic Night, ATLAS in Silico, 3D Segmentation and HCI research, Elemental Mayhem, and more! 

Outside of the lab, Luke loves games of all sorts. Whether it’s a board game like Magic the Gathering or a video game like Dota, he’s down to play. He also enjoys creating pixel art in his free time.

Here’s a quick Q + A to get to know more about Luke’s experience as a member of the lab and her life outside of it:

Q: What motivates you to pursue art + science research?

A: I feel like people are so scared to accept that art and science complement each other and I want to help others see the connection. Art helps communicate and innovate science and science helps to analyze and create art. Both are important. 

Q: What is your most memorable, meaningful, proud, or fun experience at the lab?

A: When I was a freshman, we had a lab party where we played the game Mafia and I “killed” the entire lab because nobody thought that I could be the bad guy. I’m also very proud of contributing to several xREZ publications on 3D Segmentation and other topics. 

Q: What is your most meaningful, memorable, proud, or fun experience in your life?

A: My most meaningful experience has been meeting my boyfriend in-person after dating online long distance for five years.

Q: What is something about you that might surprise your labmates?

A: I’m really into theme parks and rollercoaster research and that’s what got me into science for the first time. 

Q: What are your hobbies outside of the lab?

A: I love board games, video games, and making pixel art. Some of my favorite games are Magic the Gathering, Dota 2, and Final Fantasy 14. 

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: The Martian and Interstellar 

Q: What is your favorite place to visit?

A: I used to visit a game store that I love every other week and I miss it.

Q: Who is your favorite musical artist?

A: Savant and Daft Punk

Q: What is your favorite charitable cause?

A: The Trevor Project and Games Done Quick

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