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Bill Kapralos

Associate Professor

Game Development

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Contact information

Software and Informatics Research Centre (SIRC) - Room 4383
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 2882


Dr. Bill Kapralos is an Associate Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Engineering and Computer Science at York University (Toronto, Canada), and an Honourable Guest Professor at Shizuoka University (Hamamatsu, Japan). His current research interests include: immersive technologies, serious gaming, multi-modal virtual environments/simulation/reality, the perception of auditory events, and 3D (spatial) sound generation. He has led several large interdisciplinary and international medical-based virtual simulation/serious gaming research projects with funding from a variety of government and industry sources. He has been invited to speak on the topic of immersive technologies, virtual simulation, and serious gaming for medical education at numerous international events, including a keynote presentation at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication, Technologies and Learning, San Diego, California on October 17, 2016. At the invitation of the Federal Republic of Germany, he took part in the weeklong Electronic Start-Up: Industry 4.0 in Germany, Country of Innovation Visitors Programme in August 2016. He currently leads the serious gaming theme within the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Interactive and Multi-Modal Experience Research Syndicate (IMMERSe) initiative. He also chaired the 2014 IEEE Games, Entertainment, and Media (GEM) conference, and the ACM FuturePlay International Conference on the Future of Game Design and Technology from 2007 to 2010. He co-chaired the 2015 IEEE GEM conference, and the ACM Virtual Reality Software and Technology Conference in 2012. He is a past recipient of an IBM Centers for Advanced Studies Faculty Award, a past co-recipient of a Google Faculty Award, and a past recipient of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship to conduct research in Japan. He recently completed a two-month stay at Shizuoka University in Hamamatsu, Japan as a Visiting Research Fellow and Guest Professor as part of this fellowship.


  • Bachelor of Science (Honours Computer Science, first class, with distinction) York University in Toronto, Ontario
  • Master of Science (Computer Science) York University in Toronto, Ontario
  • PhD (Computer Science) York University in Toronto, Ontario

Research and expertise

  • serious gaming 
  • immersive technologies (virtual and augmented reality)
  • multimodal interactions and perceptual-based rendering
  • spatial (3D sound)
  • perception of auditory events
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