Lee Kent

Lee Kent

Project Researcher


Lee Kent is a University of Reading graduate with a BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering. Since then he has completed an IET accredited graduate scheme and spent a year as part of a Virtual Reality Research and Development team. He has a PhD in researching Mixed Reality Prototyping tools for Participatory Prototyping with the Design and Manufacturing Futures Lab at the University of Bristol and was a resident at the Bristol Virtual Reality Lab.

Lee has been looking at how Mixed Reality technologies can be utilised to make complex design tasks feasible for everybody. This has included ventures from the small with configurable, personalised video game controllers to the very large, with citizen designed cities. He is working towards integrating the physical and digital domains to democratise design, utilising simple physical design kits and complex integrated analytics to get the best out of both.

After his PhD, Lee continued with the University of Bristol as a postdoctoral researcher exploring how AI can be used to support Mixed Reality prototyping tools. He is now part of the Toyoda Lab in the University of Tokyo, focusing on designing and developing the next generation of mixed reality communication tools.

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1991 Born in United Kingdom
2011-2015 University of Reading, BEng Electronic Engineering with Year in Industry, First Class Honours
2013-2014 Symantec Corp., Quality Assurance Engineer
2014-2015 FunTech School of Computing, Tutor
2015-2018 AWE, Virtual Reality Specialist
2018-2023 University of Bristol, Design and Manufacturing Futures Lab, PhD
2020-2021 Prox and Reverie, Mixed Reality Specialist
2022 University of Bristol, Design and Manufacturing Futures Lab, Project Researcher, AI
2023- Toyoda Lab, Project Researcher