Misha Sra

CRML Affiliated Faculty

Assistant Professor, Computer Science


Perceptual Engineering Lab


Dr. Sra's research is focused on perceptual engineering for the design of immersive systems. To address problems in this interdisciplinary area of research, the work builds upon insights from psychology and neuroscience to develop novel systems and interfaces. Projects involve tools and methods from human-computer interaction, wearable sensing technologies, and machine learning to create applications in areas like augmenting human ability, supporting health and wellbeing, and enabling learning and creativity.


Misha Sra is the John and Eileen Gerngross Assistant Professor and directs the Perceptual Engineering Lab in the Computer Science department at UCSB. Misha received her PhD at the MIT Media Lab in 2018. She has published at the most selective HCI and VR venues such as CHI, UIST, VRST, and DIS where she received multiple best paper awards and honorable mentions. From 2014-2015, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation wellbeing research fellow at the Media Lab. In spring 2016, she received the Silver Award in the annual Edison Awards Global Competition that honors excellence in human-centered design and innovation. MIT selected her as an EECS Rising Star in 2018. Her research has received extensive media coverage from leading media outlets (e.g., from Engadget, UploadVR, MIT Tech Review and Forbes India) and has drawn the attention of industry research, such as Samsung and Unity 3D.