John F. Akers

Extended Reality and Accessibility

Research and Software Engineer

About Me

Hello, my name is John Akers and I am the Director of Research and Education for the UW Reality Lab. I am a recent graduate from the Master's program in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. I am also currently researching extended reality and accessible technology at the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology.

My areas of focus are extended reality, user experience engineering, and interaction design with five years of experience developing software programs ranging from low-level systems to client-facing websites. My most recent work has predominantly been in the area of innovative virtual and augmented reality applications as well as some exploration into applications of traditional machine learning and neural nets.

To learn more about the work I have done recently please refer to my project pages.


  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Vision
  • Virtual Reality
  • User Experience Engineering
  • User Research
  • Interaction Design
  • 3D Modeling
  • Graphic Design
  • Data Visualization

Known Tools and Frameworks

  • Unity 3D
  • Android
  • ReactJS
  • A-Frame
  • Redux
  • Jupyter Notebook
  • PyTorch

Known Languages

  • Java
  • C#
  • Javascript
  • C++
  • C
  • Python
  • SQL
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