Lori Walters

Dr. Lori C. Walters

Research Associate Professor

Lori directs the ChronoPoints laser scanning project as Co-Director of the SENSEable Design Lab at IST, School of Modeling, Simulation & Training (SMST). Her research interests include the application of laser scanning, virtual and augmented reality to post-World War historical topics. She has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, Army Research Lab, Microsoft, and the State of Florida Bureau of Historic Preservation. Lori can never resist working on any project that addresses an aspect of Mid-Century architecture and design and is known to obsess about one amazing Mid-Century building, the Cocoa Beach Glass Bank.

Dr. Joseph T. Kider

Dr. Joseph T. Kider Jr.

Associate Professor

Joe is an Associate Professor at the School for Modeling, Simulation, and Training (SMST) and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Computer Science. He is the Co-Director of the SENSEable Design Lab at the Institute for Simulation and Training which is a transdisciplinary lab researching responsive sustainable architecture. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University. Joe’s research area focuses on changing current architectural and urban planning practices by developing, validating, and testing simulation methods utilizing complex illumination, material appearance, physically-based simulation, and spectral rendering to improve design solutions for building energy use and human-building interaction.

Michelle Adams

Ms. Michelle J. Adams, MA

Associate Instructor

Michelle is a member of the Department of History and associate director of ChronoPoints.  She travels to all locations to conduct laser scans, digitizes historical images, and transcribes oral history interviews. Michelle has presented on and written about project activities. While she diligently works to preserve the heritage of mid-century structures, her true interests are a bit earlier in the twentieth century.  It is quite possible a few more of those pre-World War II buildings will be added to the ChronoPoints portfolio.

Rob Michlowitz

Dr. Robert A. Michlowitz

Post Doctoral Researcher

Rob is a Postdoctoral Scholar at IST, School of Modeling, Simulation & Training at the University of Central Florida. His varied academic background includes degrees in Management (B.S.), Economics (M.A.), Computer Science (B.S.), and Modeling and Simulation (M.S., Ph.D.), which fits into the diverse research mission of IST. He has assisted Dr. Walters in the preparation of several National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and State of Florida grants. In 2015, Dr. Walters and Rob were one of ten awardees in the Microsoft HoloLens for Research competition which had over 500 universities and nonprofit teams competing. Additionally, he has over 15 years of experience in corporate information technology – at IBM, GE, Macy’s, and others, as a programmer and system administrator. Rob has a diverse love and knowledge of technology, economics, and has a good lay knowledge of history. He specializes in putting things together (people, technology, and ideas).

Jess in Turkey

Dr. Jessica Robkin, RPA

Visiting Assistant Professor

Jessica is an anthropological archaeologist with specializations in ancient Egyptian monumental art and fractal geometry. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, her Masters degree from Florida Atlantic University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida. Jessica’s fieldwork has taken her across the American Southeast and into Texas. For the last six years, Jessica has worked for the U.S. Army and the state of Texas, curating archaeology collections at Fort Benning Military Installation and for the Texas Historical Commission, respectively. Her training includes both terrestrial archaeology and emergency heritage response, which has allowed Jessica the opportunity to work with local, state, and federal governments, as well as military officials, to identify and stabilize at-risk heritage sites. Her research while at UCF will focus on cultural heritage protection during times of political unrest and social network analysis. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in History for the University of Central Florida.

Malic Dekkar adjusts scanner position

Mr. Malic Dekkar

LiDAR Researcher

Malic is a LiDAR Researcher with a broad educational background with degrees in Computer Engineering (BS), Management Information Systems (MS), Modeling & Simulation (MS), and he is working on his Ph.D. dissertation in Modeling & Simulation.  He speaks a variety of computer and spoken word languages fluently. His experience has been brought to bear on problems such as developing algorithms for commercial LiDAR and photogrammetry applications, and those in Augmented Reality headsets. Malic is a world traveler but enjoys spending time at home with his best friend/dog, Patch.  Additionally, he is infused with an entrepreneurial spirit, so he is well-versed in market trends, technology, and best business practices.  

Abbie Easter

Ms. Abbie Easter

Educational Researcher

Abbie Easter is a UCF Honors graduate with a degree in Exceptional Student Education and a minor in Art History. She first became interested in laser scanning after taking the Laser Scanning America’s Past course with Dr. Lori Walters at UCF. She then expanded this interest by completing an Honors Undergraduate Thesis analyzing various methods of creating digital models of small 3D artifacts. She now works as the Lab Manager of the DoD STARBASE Central Florida Lab, where she works to engage students of all ages and abilities in the world of STEM. Her focus is on how scanning methods can be used in a K-12 educational context.  

Courtney Verna-Brown

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