People at CISL

Robert Rouhani

Robert Rouhani
Sr. Research Specialist
Focus Area: 
Virtual Reality
Real-time Graphics
Game Development
Systems Programming
Open Source

B.S. in Computer Science, Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (dual), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Robert Rouhani joined CISL in April of 2017 after spending 2 years as a co-founder and the CTO of Ilium VR, Inc. He has a lifelong passion for video games and game development and has experience in many of the aspects of the process - from level design and 3d modeling in the Source engine, to game engine architecture and the direct use of real-time graphics APIs, to building plugins for and whole experiences inside commercial game engines like Unity and Unreal.

Robert backed the original Oculus developer kit on Kickstarter back in 2012 and has been experimenting with virtual reality since. Part of that experimentation was with input devices, which lead to the founding of Ilium VR.

Robert's role at Ilium VR was the development of a software stack to provide low-latency access to fused sensor data as well as input from a custom device. This software stack included plugins, samples, and public demos for popular commercial game engines. He gained valuable experience when Ilium VR took part in the Y Combinator Fellowship program (F2 batch).

During his time at RPI, he was a mentor and coordinator for the Rensselaer Center for Open Source (RCOS). Robert assisted in maintaining the organization's culture as it rapidly grew in size, and closely mentored a number of students working on RCOS projects related to videogames and computer graphics.

He brings to CISL a unique set of experiences that will push the Lab's vision forward.