PhD Student, University of Central Florida

Salam Daher is a PhD student in Modeling and Simulation and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Synthetic Reality Lab at University of Central Florida (UCF), focusing on healthcare simulation. Her research interests include synthetic environments, 3D characters, facial expressions (FACS), body language, simulation & training, medical simulations, virtual and mixed reality. She is currently a recipient of the Link Fellowship (given to 4 people per year in the USA) for academic year 2016-2017, and is recipient of the UCF Modeling and Simulation Fellowship for 3 consecutive years. Salam has an MS in Modeling and Simulation from the UCF (2015) [GPA 4.0/4.0], another MS in Digital Arts and Sciences from the Computer Engineering Department at University of Florida (2004) [GPA 3.8/4.0], and a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics and Arts [GPA 3.82/4.0]. Salam worked in the industry as a Lead Multimedia Software Developer focusing on the development of 3D virtual human models and simulations for education, healthcare, and military applications at Vcom3D (Orlando, FL).


Salam Daher POSTER: "Optical See-Through vs. Spatial Augmented Reality Simulators for Medical Applications" In: Proceedings of IEEE Virtual Reality 2017, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2017.

Salam Daher, Kangsoo Kim, Myungho Lee, Gerd Bruder, Ryan Schubert, Jeremy Bailenson, Greg Welch. POSTER: "Can Social Presence be Contagious? Effects of Social Presence Priming on Interaction with Virtual Humans" In: Proceedings of IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces 2017, , Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2017.

Greg Welch, Salam Daher, Jason Hochreiter, Laura Gonzalez. POSTER: "Interactive Rear-Projection Physical-Virtual Patient Simulators" Conference: 22nd Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (NextMed / MMVR), Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2016.

Salam Daher, Greg Welch. POSTER: "Humanikins: Humanity Transfer to Physical Manikins" Conference: 22nd Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (NextMed / MMVR), Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2016.

Salam Daher, Kangsoo Kim, Myungho Lee, Andrew Raij, Ryan Schubert, Jeremy Bailenson, Greg Welch. POSTER: "Exploring Social Presence Transfer in Real-Virtual Human Interaction" Conference Proceedings of IEEE Virtual Reality 2016, Greenville, SC, USA, 2016.

Myungho Lee, Kangsoo Kim, Salam Daher, Andrew Raij, Ryan Schubert, Jeremy Bailenson, Gregory Welch. The wobbly table: "Increased social presence via subtle incidental movement of a real-virtual table" In: 2016 IEEE Virtual Reality (VR), pp. 11-17, 2016.

Salam Daher, Laura Gonzalez, Greg Welch. POSTER: "Preliminary Assessment of Neurologic Symptomatology Using an Interactive Physical-Virtual Head with Touch" 17th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2016), 2016.

Laura Gonzalez, Salam Daher, Jason Hochreiter, Greg Welch. "Student Nursing Assessment of Discrete Neurology Symptoms using an Interactive Physical Virtual Head" Conference Presentation at International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, 2016.

Ryan Schubert, Greg Welch, Salam Daher, Andrew Raij. "HuSIS: A Dedicated Space for Studying Human Interactions" Journal Article In: IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 36 (6), 2016.

Jason Hochreiter, Salam Daher, Arjun Nagendran, Laura Gonzalez, Greg Welch. "Optical Touch Sensing on Non-Parametric Rear-Projection Surfaces for Interactive Physical-Virtual Experiences" Journal Article In: Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 25 (1), 2016.

Jason Hochreiter, Salam Daher, Arjun Nagendran, Laura Gonzalez, Greg Welch. "Touch Sensing on Non-Parametric Rear-Projection Surfaces: A Physical-Virtual Head for Hands-On Healthcare Training" Journal Article In: Proceedings of IEEE Virtual Reality 2015, pp. 69Ė74, 2015.

Vcom3D, Orlando FL

Salamís professional experience includes working as digital media software developer with Vcom3D, Inc since 2007 developing virtual training and simulations that include realistic 3D avatars. She is trained and certified in Paul Ekman's Facial Action Coding System (FACS) used for making the realistic 3D facial expressions. Her experience covers but is not limited to 3D modeling and animation, 2D Graphics and interface design, audio and video recording and editing, creating storyboards and content, creating prototypes, writing software and integrating all of the above, testing products and leading projects from start to finish including interfacing with customers and subject matter experts. She worked on many projects involving foreign languages where she interacts with people from different cultures and languages. Being a native Arabic and French speaker and an excellent English speaker helped her interface better with subject matter experts from different parts of the world to create software and content for language and culture training. Also, she can get through a basic conversation with American Sign Language since she got the chance to sign with deaf people at work.

Masters, University of Florida

Ms Daher graduated in 2006 from University of Florida with a Masters degree in Digital Arts & Sciences (Engineering) with a GPA of 3.8/4.0. She has teaching experience for 2 undergraduate courses at University of Florida, one is "Theory and Practice of Multimedia Production"and the other one is "Math, Art and Computing". Also during her graduate study she worked as a software developer and 3D modeler with the Digital Worlds Institute where she was part of the development and optimization team of a virtual 3D map of University of Florida in a CAVE like environment.

Digital Worlds Institute, University of Florida

As a part of a virtual environment team, she developed a low budget 3D Space Mission simulation ride in a CAVE like environment. Salam and 2 teammates built the hardware platform and the software from scratch in 1000 hours total during one semester. The project was featured on the main webpage of the department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering for over 1 year. Digital Worlds institute at University of Florida bought the project from the team to continue using it for further research.

BS in Computer Science

Since 2000 and during her BS in Computer Science (GPA 3.82/4.0) , it has always been Salamís passion to combine arts and science and to keep on learning, working and teaching in the digital media field. During that time, she modeled and led the development of a 3D virtual tour of the Lebanese American University campus to help new students get virtually around the campus.

Salam loves her field and has the mind of an engineer and the heart of an artist. She has a good artistic eye for details and excels in combining both arts and sciences. She is especially interested in user interfaces, user experience, virtual environments, 2D and 3D computer graphics, animation and simulations or related areas.