UCF Center for Research in Education Simulation Technology


The mission of the center is to develop core ideas, technologies and societally relevant applications of UCF-developed education simulation technologies, and paradigms.

What we Do

Simulation Research & Technology

  • Assist in implementation of research-based teaching practices

  • Enable realistic interactions with believable virtual humans

  • Analyze verbal and nonverbal responses of participants

  • Afford observations/annotations in support of reflective learning

  • Perform supportive research in machine learning, HCI, and Virtual Learning Environments

Interactive Performance

  • Enable human connections through virtual technologies

  • Create authentic virtual interactions

  • Refine digital performance techniques for education


Customize virtual responses for every learner

  • UCF-patented virtual environment and paradigm for teacher preparation

  • Support for teacher practice in a “safe” environment

  • Commercialization to over 100 partners around the globe


Project RAISE is a collaborative project between UCP of Central Florida and the University of Central Florida that aims to improve the social skills of students with disabilities by creating a teaching toolkit featuring the Dash™ robot and an AI-driven socially assistive robot, Zoobee™. Through the experience students will have opportunities to learn basic coding while also practicing real-world skills like problem solving, collaboration, cooperation, and strategic thinking in a safe, distraction-free environment. The team at the University of Central Florida designed, created, and patented the AI-driven socially assistive robot Zoobee™


Partners across the country continue to use this cutting-edge technology for innovative uses. For more information about CREST or any questions specific to TeachLivE™, please contact us at teachlive@ucf.edu.


CREST is currently housed in the Teaching Academy on UCF’s main campus, which includes office space and equipment aligned with numerous simulation activities (computers, HMDs, Spire, etc.). The center is staffed by an administrative assistant, post-doctoral scholar, doctoral students and a director of education and training.