at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

Virtual Environments Staff

Kevin Ponto


Principal Investigator

Kevin Ponto is Assistant Professor in the Design Studies Department in the School of Human Ecology and faculty in the Virtual Environments Group (formerly the Living Environments Lab) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Karen Schloss


Assistant Professor, Psychology

Karen Schloss is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the Department of Psychology and Wisconsin
Institute for Discovery.

Ross Tredinnick


Systems Programmer

Since joining WID in 2012, Tredinnick has been involved in a multitude of collaborative research projects, ranging from the digital humanities to astrophysics and cultural preservation to healthcare in the home.

Simon Smith


Research Assistant

Research includes analyzing the Impact of Virtual Reality and 3D Capture Technology on Crime Scene Investigation (Ponto Lab)

Bryce Sprecher

Research Assistant

Catherine Arnott-Smith


Discovery Fellow

Catherine’s current interests include consumer health vocabulary, consumer comprehension of clinical text in various environments including personal health records and electronic medical records.

Alex Peer


Graduate Assistant

Current interests fall in perception of space in virtual and augmented reality

Melissa Schoenlein


Graduate Assistant, Psychology

Melissa Schoenlein is a Ph.D. student whose research interests is the role of perceptual features (e.g. color) in cognitive processing and information visualization

Benny Wysong-Grass

Undergraduate Assistant

Kudirat Alimi

Undergraduate Assistant