Dr. Sharad SharmaProfessor, Department of Computer Science
Director, Virtual Reality Laboratory
14000 Jericho Park Road, Suite 317
Bowie State University
Bowie, MD 20715
Ph: (301) 860-4502
Fax: (301) 860-3979 (CV)
Software Engineering, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Human-Computer Interaction, Modeling and Simulation of Emergency Evacuation, Human Behavior Modeling, Agent-Based Modeling, Multi-Agent System, Gaming, Fuzzy Logic, Data Science and Data VisualizationTeaching (Spring 2020)
- COSC 729: Virtual Reality and its Applications
- COSC 906 & 907: Dissertation
Sharad Sharma is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Bowie State University. He is currently also serving as the graduate program coordinator for Department of Computer Science. He has received Ph.D in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI in 2006, M.S. from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 2003, and B. Arch from Birla Institute of Technolgy, Mesra, India in 1999. He has recently won the "2018 USM (University System of Maryland) Board of Regents "Faculty Award" for Excellence in Research and Scholarship. This award is given to a nominee from USM's 12 institutions, who shows evidence of exceptional scholarship and research that extends or deepens the bounds of knowledge and are recognized as innovations in the nominee's discipline. He has also won the "Outstanding Researcher Award" in year 2013, "Outstanding Faculty Award" in year 2012, "Outstanding Researcher Award" in year 2011, "Outstanding Publication Award" in year 2010, and "Outstanding Young Faculty Award" in year 2009 at College of Arts and Science in the Bowie State University. He has also received the "Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student Leadership Award" for the year 2005-2006 at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. He has acquired several research grants from various funding agencies such a Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Army Research Laboratory, and the National Science Foundation. He has worked on a faculty research fellowship in the Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED) division in Army Research Laboratory (ARL) at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Aberdeen, Maryland. His continued collaboration with APG involves developing new data and visualization methods for course of action planning, visualization, training, and assessment. He is also exploring socio-cultural issues in Collaborative Virtual Environments (CVE) for emergency response and decision making in dense urban environments. He has published around 100 peer-reviewed conference, books, and journal articles in top conferences including IEEE (VR, ICMLA, CSCI, SSCI, SoutheastCon), SPIE, Elsevier-Future Generation Computer Systems (FGCS), and IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems. [Talk].
Dr. Sharma is the Director of the Virtual Reality Laboratory at the Bowie State University. His research focus is on modeling and simulation of multi-agent systems (MAS), multi-user virtual reality (MUVR), and mobile augmented reality applications (MARA) environments for emergency response and decision making strategies. He specializes in investigating modeling strategies to simulate human egress behavior during emergency evacuation. His research focuses also on using virtual reality and augmented reality as tool for learning, training, and education. The current projects in the Virtual Reality Laboratory focus on emergency response stratergies and evacuation drills for Multi‐User Virtual Reality (MUVR) evacuation (Examples: subway evacuation, airplane evacuation, bus evacuation, VR city evacuation, and university campus evacuation) environments. The VR lab has also developed and evaluated virtual reality Instructional (VRI) modules/Game-Theme based Instructional (GTI) modules, CVE (patient care, disaster response) augmented reality (way finding and navigation), mobile devices (Hololens, building evacuation, emergency response and campus safety), multi-agent system, and online virtual classroom. Dr. Sharma was the Program Chair for the 26th International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering (SEDE 2017), the Program Chair for the 27th International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering (SEDE 2018), and the Program Chair for the 28th International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering (SEDE 2019) in San Diego, CA, USA on September 30 - October 2, 2019.