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Hi I'm Joseph

I use virtual reality to study how people move. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a doctoral student in Computer Science and a father of three wonderful kids. Using a head-mounted display and motion-capture technology, I create virtual worlds in which to study how people move. God has given us brains and bodies with incredible abilities. It's amazing to learn more about how they work. As we gain additional insights from observing people, I work to reproduce certain characteristics of human movement on both real and simulated robots. I also love cooking delicious meals with my kids and wife. I enjoy reading, playing piano, and riding my unicycle. I play racquetball without any significant skill and I'm trying to enjoy running.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors joined the Church during the early pioneer days. I have a heritage of faith in the restored gospel of Christ. However, I also have a personal testimony of the restored gospel of Christ. Living the principles taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Christ of Latter-day Saints leads to happiness. Straying from those principles tends to get me in trouble and leads to grief. I've had enough experience with both sides of that equation to know that the two distributions are significantly different, statistically speaking. I want to be happy; so I choose to live the gospel. More than that, a feeling of peace and reassurance that I can only attribute to the Holy Spirit confirms to me that the Book of Mormon is scripture inspired by God and that God continues to reveal His will to man through living prophets today just as He did in Biblical times.

How I live my faith

Music is an important part of Sabbath worship. Thanks, in large part, to my mother's persistence during my youth, I can play piano and enjoy singing. Now I use those talents to bless others by playing the organ for the congregation, teaching sacred (and fun) songs to the young children, and directing a small choir of Church members. I also try to live a Christ-like life. We read that Christ "went about doing good" (Acts 10:38) and we try to spend our lives doing the same. Living in a community of students, people are often coming and going. Helping people, even strangers, move in or out is a simple way to serve others and "lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees" (Hebrews 12:12) and I like to take the opportunity whenever I can. Volunteering as a math tutor has also allowed me to bless the lives of others while helping me retain skills in areas that I need desperately but infrequently for my work. It also helps me be happy.