Dmitry Vasilyev, Developer in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Dmitry Vasilyev

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Toptal Member Since
January 12, 2022

Dmitry is a VR/AR/XR and Unreal Engine expert with 15+ years of prior experience as a full-stack developer. He is a great communicator with a strong product vision who loves to help build excellent products and perfect them in every aspect. Dmitry has brought tens of products from scratch to the market and has delivered them to Vodafone, Pfizer, H&M, Accenture, BMW, and others.


C++, Machine Learning, Unreal Engine, Python, WebRTC, Cloud Infrastructure, C#...
C++, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Investor Relations...
Marketing, Web Marketing, Offline Marketing, Product Design...




Preferred Environment

Unreal Engine 4, Unreal Engine, Node.js, JavaScript, WebGL, C++, Three.js, Unreal Engine 5, ARKit, Web3.js, OpenAI

The most amazing...

...things I’ve developed are a unique full-body tracking technology for my location-based VR parks—, and an AI system for character animation—Elize.AI.

Work Experience

CEO | Founder

2020 - PRESENT
  • Developed technology for automatic character animation, which is now used to animate one of the world's best conversational AI–Kuki, Mitsuku.
  • Created an Unreal Engine 4 plugin and full MetaHuman support.
  • Developed a back-end API with speech-to-text and text-to-speech integrations with Google Voice and Amazon Polly.
Technologies: C++, Machine Learning, Unreal Engine, Python, WebRTC, Cloud Infrastructure, C#, Animation, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Conversational AI

Co-founder | CTO

2017 - PRESENT
  • Developed proprietary full-body free roam tracking technology; we were the first in the world to implement real full-body tracking with haptic feedback and hands tracking in LBVR venues.
  • Designed and developed Phantom Squad and Arena games for the project, Unreal Engine 4-based.
  • Managed the whole process of building and opening our first VR park, hired and managed operational staff.
  • Raised $1 million of investment to bring parks to China.
Technologies: C++, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Investor Relations, Fundraising, Unreal Engine, Game Development, Entertainment & Leisure, Unreal Engine 4, Blueprint, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Multiplayer, Blueprints Visual Scripting, 3D Games, Unreal Development Kit (UDK), Interactive UI, Interactive UX, GitHub, CTO, Express.js, GraphQL, Networking, 3D, Visual Effects (VFX), Technical Leadership, Software Architecture, Gameplay Development, Game Production, Oculus Rift, Oculus, Unity, Vue, Game Design, Desktop, Next.js, Babylon.js

Head of Marketing | Product Manager | Advisor

2016 - PRESENT
  • Joined the Senso team to help market and sell their products when the company had no clients. Now Senso products are being sold in more than 30 countries worldwide, and clients include NASA, US Military, Disney Research, and Airbus.
  • Designed Senso Suit and Senso Eye systems for industrial VR training and LBE venues.
  • Developed and designed an MVP of SensoRehab product, a haptic glove helping patients to rehabilitate after stroke.
Technologies: Marketing, Web Marketing, Offline Marketing, Product Design, User Experience (UX), MVP Design, Interactive UI, Interactive UX, CTO, Redux, 3D, Plugins, Extended Reality (XR), Project Management

Project Manager

2011 - 2016
  • Designed and managed developer teams to create iOS, Android, HTML5, web application for Galaxy social network with 60+ million users.
  • Managed team of 14 developers and artists to create Parallel Worlds, cross-platform social app and game.
  • Developed MVP and later managed developers team to create and support MTS Fitness, a mobile health app for the largest mobile carrier in Russia.
Technologies: Product Management, Product Design, IT Project Management, Web Project Management, Web Programming, Web Product Management, Mobile UX, Mobile UX Design, User Experience (UX), Jira, Scrum, Agile, Enterprise SaaS, APIs, Full-stack, Git, Web Development, Interactive UI, Interactive UX, Team Leadership, App Infrastructure, React, 3D, Visual Effects (VFX), Mobile Development, iOS, Android, Technical Leadership, Mobile Game Development, Architecture, Mobile, Databases, Blockchain, RPG, MMORPGs, Object-oriented Programming (OOP), WebSockets, HTTP, Data-oriented Design, WebXR, Data Scraping, Data Processing, Full-stack Development, CI/CD Pipelines, Code Review, Leadership, TypeScript, Xcode, PHP, MySQL, MongoDB, Laravel, Smartphones, Tablets & Smartphones, Front-end, Shopify, Project Management, User Interface (UI)

Lead Developer

2007 - 2015
  • Led the development team to create Web, iOS, and Android versions of the product.
  • Designed the cross-platform architecture, which significantly reduced development time and budget.
  • Ported the application from feature phones (J2ME) to emerging smartphone platforms, where the application grew to over 70 million users.
Technologies: Full-stack, Adobe Flash, ActionScript 3, JavaScript, Node.js, MySQL, Redis, Android, iOS, Web, IT Project Management, Web Project Management, Scalability, REST APIs, PostgreSQL, Data Management, Web Scraping, API Integration, Software QA, Back-end, Next.js, JSON, TCP/IP, UDP, Quality Assurance (QA), Software Design, Technical Design


A breakthrough solution for post-stroke rehabilitation based on VR technology and gamification.

I've used VR haptic gloves from Senso, which were created for VR games, and developed MVP of post-stroke rehabilitation product - games that motivated patients to exercise more and restore theirs hand motoric. I developed a cross-platform JavaScript app and later hired and managed a team of an artist and three developers to expand the product. Nowadays, I'm providing advisory for the project, which has successfully passed several clinical trials and is used in many hospitals in Russia.

AI for Character Animation

Technology for automatic character animation in real-time. Traditional manual character animation takes a lot of time/budget; existing face capture technology helps but still requires a lot of human hours to achieve clean results.

I developed in-house technology for my projects for real-time automatic 100% procedural animations of character facial expression and lipsync. The project gained much interest from developers and game studios, so I started a company and allowed third-party use of the technology. Now it is used to animate one of the world best conversational AI – Kuki and

Breakthrough Full-body Tracking Technology
I developed real-time full-body tracking technology based on tracking suits, haptic gloves, and computer vision. Later I've managed the developers' team in the joint venture of Senso and to scale the product and make the technology affordable. We were able to lower the cost of the technology for opening a freeroam full-body tracking arena for four players from $150 thousand to $20 thousand and made the technology available for a much wider audience. We were the first (2018) to have finger tracking and haptic feedback in a location-based VR venue.
2009 - 2012

Specialization in Parallel Computing

Institute of Computational Modelling of the Siberian Branch of the RAS - Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2007 - 2010

Specialist Degree in Economics

Siberian Federal University (former Krasnoyarsk State University) - Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2004 - 2009

Engineer's Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science

Siberian Federal University (former Krasnoyarsk State University) - Krasnoyarsk, Russia


Node.js, WebGL, React, REST APIs, Babylon.js, Three.js, Web3.js, WebRTC, WebXR, Vue


Git, GitHub, Jira, Unreal Development Kit (UDK), Visual Studio, Cluster, Xcode, Adobe Flash


Unreal Engine 4, Unreal Engine, Blueprint, Express.js, Redux, Unity, Next.js, ARKit, Laravel


JavaScript, C++, TypeScript, Python, GraphQL, RPG, ActionScript 3, C#, PHP, HTML5, Flash ActionScript


Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Data-oriented Design, Data Science, Mobile Development, Management, Parallel Computing, Mobile UX Design, Scrum, Agile


Oculus Rift, Oculus, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Mobile, Desktop, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Shopify, iOS, Android, Blockchain, PlayStation, Xbox, Web


MySQL, MongoDB, JSON, Databases, PostgreSQL, Redis

Industry Expertise

Healthcare, Project Management, Cybersecurity, Marketing


Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Game Development, User Experience (UX), APIs, Full-stack, Blueprints Visual Scripting, Multiplayer, 3D Games, Interactive UX, App Infrastructure, CTO, Networking, 3D, Plugins, Mobile Game Development, Architecture, MMORPGs, WebSockets, HTTP, Data Scraping, Data Processing, Full-stack Development, Game Design, Leadership, Animation, Smartphones, Tablets & Smartphones, Front-end, Data Management, Web Scraping, API Integration, Software QA, Back-end, Visualization, Quality Assurance (QA), Software Design, User Interface (UI), Technical Design, Mathematics, Video Streaming, Healthcare Services, Healthcare IT, Gameplay Development, Web Development, Interactive UI, Team Leadership, Cloud Infrastructure, Visual Effects (VFX), Technical Leadership, Software Architecture, Game Production, Extended Reality (XR), CI/CD Pipelines, Code Review, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Airtable, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), TCP/IP, UDP, OpenAI, Econometrics, Statistics, Programming, Economics, Business, Supercomputers, Distributed Systems, Machine Learning, Investor Relations, Fundraising, Entertainment & Leisure, Web Marketing, Offline Marketing, Product Design, MVP Design, Product Management, IT Project Management, Web Project Management, Web Programming, Web Product Management, Mobile UX, Enterprise SaaS, Frameworks, Tracking, Location Based Virtual Reality (LBVR), Unreal Engine 5, Scalability, Conversational AI

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