Misha Sra headshot photo

Misha Sra

Science/Data Team
Graduate Student
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?

I'm interested in multiplayer virtual reality systems that not only cross the physical/virtual divide but also the virtual/physical one i.e., things that happen in virtual world effect things in the real world. Even though virtual reality consists, in its barest form, a set of goggles allowing the view of computer generated 3D or 360 degree filmed environments. To say you are surrounded by screens misses the point. Virtual reality done well means being transported away from reality and into the created digital world.

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

I started out in virtual reality because of my interest in video games and the amazing experiences I've had during online play. With virtual reality I can create compelling immersive experiences – on distant planets, under water, at historic sites (and in historic times) by bringing together geographically separated users into a shared virtual world.

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

My family and friends have been incredibly encouraging.

What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?

The most fascinating is watching people experience what I've built and learning to see my work from their perspective.

What are your hobbies?

I love playing video games and I am really into Pokemon Go these days. I also enjoy Glass Blowing.



Misha participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: