Regis Kopper

Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

External Address: 
101 Science Drive, 3563 Fciemas, Durham, NC 27708-0271
Internal Office Address: 
90271, 305 Teer, Durham, NC 27708-0271
(919) 660-5570

Dr. Regis Kopper is an Assistant Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering and the director of the Duke immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE). Dr. Kopper has experience in the design and evaluation of virtual reality systems in the areas of interaction design and modeling, virtual human interaction and in the evaluation of the benefits of immersive systems. At Duke, Dr. Kopper investigates how immersive virtual reality technology and experiences can benefit different domain areas, such as archeology, health care, engineering, psychology and neuroscience. His research interests include 3D user interfaces, novel interaction techniques and immersive display systems. Dr. Kopper is a recipient of the best paper award in the IEEE Symposium in 3D User Interfaces and was a member of the first team to be awarded the IEEE 3D User Interfaces Grand Prize. His research has been funded by the DoD, NSF, NIH, FAPESP (Brazil) and CNPq (Brazil). Dr. Kopper received his B.A. and M.S. from the Pontifical Catholic University in Porto Alegre, Brazil and his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.


  • Ph.D., Virginia Polytech Institute and State University 2011

Stinson, C, Scerbo, S, Ragan, E, Kopper, R, and Bowman, D. "The Effects of Visual Realism on Training Transfer in Immersive Virtual Environments." 2011.

Bowman, D, Sowndararajan, A, Ragan, E, and Kopper, R. "Higher Levels of Immersion Improve Procedure Memorization Performance." 2009.

Kopper, R, Ni, T, Bowman, DA, and Pinho, M. "Design and evaluation of navigation techniques for multiscale virtual environments." October 24, 2006. Full Text

Rieder, R, de Araújo, FB, Silva, , Kopper, R, dos Santos, MCCA, Trombetta, AB, and Pinho, MS. "An Evaluation of the Use of Tactile Stimuli in a Virtual Environment." 2006.

Kopper, R, Santos, MCC, Prochnow, D, Pinho, MS, and Lima, JC. "Project and Development of Touch Generation Devices." 2004.

Tarouco, L, Fabre, M-CJM, Keller, RDS, and Kopper, R. "Visual Collaboration Environments in Education." 2000.