Josef Spjut


Adjunct Associate Professor in the Engineering Graduate and Professional Programs

Josef Spjut is an Adjunct Associate Professor in theĀ Game Design, Development & Innovation Master of Engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University and a Research Scientist at NVIDIA. His current research interests include online gaming including esports and competitive gaming. His past work included ray tracing hardware, virtual and augmented reality hardware and user experience, computer graphics, and display technology.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Adjunct Associate Professor in the Engineering Graduate and Professional Programs

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. University of Utah, 2015
  • B.S. University of California, Riverside, 2006

Research Interests

Josef's current research interests include competitive video games (or esports), real time computer graphics, and human performance. Online video games in particular create a novel set of human-to-human interactions enabled by computing and simulated worlds.

Representative Publications

  • Watson, B; Spjut, J; Kim, J; Lee, B; Yoo, M; Shirley, P; Raymond, R; Potel, M, Department: Applications Is Less More Rendering for Esports, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol 44 no. 2 (2024), pp. 110-116 [10.1109/MCG.2024.3361733] [abs].
  • Boudaoud, B; Spjut, J; Kim, J, Mouse Sensitivity in First-Person Targeting Tasks, IEEE Transactions on Games, vol 15 no. 4 (2023), pp. 493-506 [10.1109/TG.2023.3293692] [abs].
  • Kim, J; Spjut, J; Boudaoud, B; Watson, B; Whitted, T, Rethinking Display Requirements for Esports and High Interactivity Applications, Digest of Technical Papers - SID International Symposium, vol 54 no. 1 (2023), pp. 251-254 [10.1002/sdtp.16538] [abs].
  • Spjut, J; Boudaoud, B; Kim, J, Constant Field of View Display Size Effects on First-Person Aiming Time, Frontiers in Optics: Proceedings Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science 2023, FiO, LS 2023 (2023) [10.1364/FIO.2023.FTu6A.1] [abs].
  • Kim, J; Madhusudan, A; Watson, B; Boudaoud, B; Tarrazo, R; Spjut, J, Display Size and Targeting Performance: Small Hurts, Large May Help, Proceedings - SIGGRAPH Asia 2022 Conference Papers (2022) [10.1145/3550469.3555396] [abs].