Erdem Murat

I am a first year Computer Science PhD student at George Mason University where I have a research focus on virtual reality, game development, and machine learning. I hope to connect with those in the industry on collaboration or internship opportunities.

About Me

  • Innovation-driven Computer Scientist with expertise in virtual reality, game development, machine learning, and research.

  • Computer Science PhD student at George Mason University.

  • Open to internship roles in mixed reality, game development, or AI/machine learning.

Resume

Education

2023 -
George Mason University

Computer Science PhD

•  Advisor: Prof. Lap-Fai (Craig) Yu

• Member of the Design Computing and eXtended Reality (DCXR) research group.
• Leading member and Secretary of the Computer Science Graduate Students Association (CSGSA).

2022 - May 2023
George Mason University

Computer Science M.S

• Member of the Design Computing and eXtended Reality (DCXR) research group.
• Leading member and Secretary of the Computer Science Graduate Students Association (CSGSA).

2018 - 2021
George Mason University

Computer Science B.S

Experience

January 2022 - Current

Researcher, Lab Member

Design Computing and eXtended Reality (DCXR) - George Mason University

• Advisor: Prof. Lap-Fai (Craig) Yu

Conducted research in virtual reality, gameplay design/engineering, machine learning, and systems analysis with the aim of publishing in the top academic conferences.

• As a member of the lab, I have been able to:

  • Receive mentorship from Prof. Yu.
  • Collaborate with lab members.
  • Access equipment and software required in research & development.
  • Attend seminars, conferences, and  related events.
July 2022 - Current

Virtual Reality Director

Global Co Lab Network

• Created virtual reality hubs for the  Global Co Lab to host conferences and present fieldwork addressing social issues.

• Optimized the prior build by 70% by utilizing functionalities in Blender, Spoke and Photoshop to reduce rendering workload.
• Instructed and mentored 3 teams towards developing educational and entertaining VR environments for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Metaverse Competition

Presented work at the United Nations Science Technology and Innovation Forum.

January 2023

Reviewer

IEEE VR 2023
June 2022 - July 2022

Building in VR Camp Instructor

Cyber Bytes Foundation

• Developed a comprehensive, 5-day curriculum with 30 hours of educational content to teach virtual reality development concepts to 20 students.
• Harnessed knowledge based on emerging VR technology through attending lectures, conducting research, and attending seminars & conferences to construct content from the field of VR.
• Integrated advice from the Mozilla Hubs team to further improve the quality and comprehensiveness of teaching materials.

Publications

2024

Understanding Online Education in Metaverse: Systems and User Experience Perspectives

George Mason University

View paper here

Proceedings of the 31st IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR 2024), Orlando, FL, March 16-21, 2024

Ruizhi Cheng, Erdem Murat, Lap-Fai Yu, Songqing Chen, and Bo Han

2022

Machine Learning Automation for Virtual Reality - Master’s Thesis

George Mason University

View Paper Here

• Developed a system to address a limitation in VR development research and proposed a solution that improves user experience through machine learning to automate the manipulation of experience-affecting parameters in VR.
• Deployed a testing system to record the effect of parameter manipulation on user experience based on a 10-point rating scale of difficulty, fun, and stress.
• Used collected data to train a machine learning regressor the relations between game parameters and perceived difficulty with low prediction error (26%).
• Obtained IRB certificate for social and behavioral research and conducted user studies with over 50 participants

Coding Languages

Python

95%

C#

90%

C++

85%

C

85%

Java

85%

SQL

70%

JavaScript

65%

HTML / CSS

65%

R

60%

SAS

60%

Assembly

55%

Tools

Unity

95%

VS Studio

90%

OpenGL

85%

Eclipse

85%

Amazon Web Services

80%

Unreal

70%

Certificates

Group 1 Social and Behavioral Research

CITI Program

Projects

My Works
AI Sentiment Analysis Game Testing Solution

AI Sentiment Analysis Game Testing Solution

A.I, Game Development Research
Predicting Users’ Difficulty Perception in Virtual Reality Games

Predicting Users’ Difficulty Perception in Virtual Reality Games

Game Development Research, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality
Computer Vision Based Driving Assistance for Video Game

Computer Vision Based Driving Assistance for Video Game

A.I, Computer Vision
Virtual Reality Education

Virtual Reality Education

Distributed Systems, Systems Analysis, Virtual Reality
Motion Planning for A Multi-Robot System

Motion Planning for A Multi-Robot System

A.I, Autonomous Robotics
Test the Heights – Virtual Reality Game

Test the Heights – Virtual Reality Game

Virtual Reality
Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? – Virtual Reality Game

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? – Virtual Reality Game

Game Development Research, Virtual Reality

Contact

Feel Free to Get in Touch

Alexandria, VA, USA

PhD at George Mason Fairfax & Arlington Campus

emurat@gmu.edu

Primary professional email.

erdemmurat1905@gmail.com

Personal Email.

linkedin.com/in/erdem-murat

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