• Title:
    Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Department:
    Mathematics and Computer Science

Darlene Barker, Ph.D.



Dr. Darlene CRC Barker’s specialties lie in the intersection of computer science, virtual reality (VR), and emotion recognition. While working on her Ph.D., she developed comprehensive expertise in designing frameworks for emotion recognition, both within the immersive environment of virtual reality and in real-world scenarios. Her research encompasses a range of topics, including machine learning, deep learning, data preprocessing, and ethical design methods, all with a focus on understanding and interpreting emotions. She aims to help create better systems and enhance human communication despite distance. Her work not only advances the academic understanding of these areas but also contributes to their practical application in industries such as video game development.


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Dissertation: “Creation of Thelxinoë: Emotions and Touch in Virtual Reality”
  • M.S., Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Thesis: “An Eulerian Path Approach to Next-Generation DNA Sequencing with Pre-Sorted Reads”
  • B.S., Computer Science, Rivier University

Specialties & Research Interests

  • Emotion Recognition
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Speech and Natural Language Processing
  • Virtual Reality
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Computer Graphics
  • Video Game Design and Development

Courses Taught

  • CS557 Algorithms
  • CS610 Database Management Systems

Upcoming courses

  • Algorithms
  • Database Management Systems
  • Topics in Computer Science: Deep Learning
  • Topics in Computer Science: Speech and Natural Language Processing
  • Professional Seminar


  • Barker, Darlene, and Haim Levkowitz. “Emotions in Virtual Reality.” 7th International Conference on Computer Science and Information Technology (CSTY 2021), December 2021. Vol. 11, pg. 39-46.
  • Barker, Darlene, and Haim Levkowitz. “Thelxinoë for Emotion Recognition and Touch Processing.” 2023 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Systems and Emergent Technologies (IC_ASET’2023), February 2023. This piece was awarded the “Second Best Paper Certificate.”


  • Lightning Talk Presentation, 2023 Grad Cohort Workshop for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Leadership Skills (IDEALS), Honolulu, Hawaii, 2023
  • IEEE ISMAR 2022 – Tutorials, 2022 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality Adjunct (ISMAR-Adjunct), Singapore, Singapore, 2022.
  • Tutorial 5: Emotion and Touch in Virtual Reality, IEEE VR 2022.
  • Tutorial 5: Emotion in Virtual Reality, IEEE VR 2021.