Syed Ibrahim Ghaznavi

I am a doctoral candidate at the Department of Computing, Imperial College London. I work with Prof. Abbas Edalat, Prof. Duncan Gillies and Prof. Dasha Nicholls on building an Immersive Virtual Reality platform for Self-attachment psychotherapy. My interests include (not limited to) Virtual & Augmented reality Systems, Human Computer interaction, Computer Networks and Information Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D). I also visited Media-Labs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a graduate researcher during Spring 2020.

My research involves designing, building and evaluating an immersive virtual reality platform for Self-attachment therapy (SAT) to treat patients with symptoms of chronic anxiety and depression. Under the Self-Attachment therapeutic framework, the causes of disorders such as chronic anxiety and depression are traced back to the quality of the individual's attachment with their primary caregiver during childhood. SAT protocols require that the user, in a simulated immersive VR environment, role plays as an adult and interacts compassionately with their customised photorealistic childhood avatar to enhance their capacities for self-regulation of emotions.

In the past, I collaborated with UC Berkeley's Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER) Lab to build the Rescue Base Station (RBS) - a customized cellular network which can reinstate GSM cellular services in catastrophe struck areas. This project was completed in collaboration with Prof. Umar Saif, Prof. Tapan Parikh and Prof. Kurtis Heimerl and our work received widespread international media coverage.

More details about my research here.

Curriculum Vitae

Imperial College London
Room 502, Computing Dept., Huxley Building
South Kensington Campus
London SW7 2AZ, UK
Email: s.ghaznavi16[at]imperial[dot]ac[dot]uk
Off: +44(0)020 7589 5111
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Twitter: @Ghaznavi