Charles E. Hughes

Charles E. Hughes, Ph.D.

Dr. Hughes is a 45-year veteran of the computer industry and academia. He is Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and of Digital Media. He is the Graduate program Coordinator for Computer Science and is the Media Convergence Laboratory's Director and Chief Scientist. His research interests are in mixed and virtual reality, computer graphics, distributed computing, and theoretical computer science. He has authored or co-authored over 140 research papers and has been PI or co-PI on over $5M in federally funded grants in the last five years. His most recent research is being applied to teacher training, soldier training, situation awareness, cognitive rehabilitation, decision making in complex terrain, and free-choice learning.


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science from Penn State
  • M.S. in Computer Science from Penn State
  • B.A. in Mathematics from Northeastern

Research Interests

Avatar-mediated interaction, digital puppetry, human surrogates, human-technology interaction, mixed and virtual reality, virtual heritage, computer graphics, theory of computation, tree of life

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