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Invited talk: Roy Eagleson-Surgical Simulation and Training in 3D Virtual Environments

Wed, 01 Jun 2011

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Time: 14:30 to 16:00
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Contact: Gabriela Avram -
Location: ER0008, Ireland

As part of the Interaction Design Talks Series, the Interaction Design Centre announces a talk by Roy Eagleson, from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Title: \\\"Surgical Simulation and Training in 3D Virtual Environments: An overview of the Canadian HLTHSIM Project.\\\" The HLTHSIM Project is aiming to develop methodologies and tools for the design, development, and evaluation of augmented reality based, educational, game-like collaborative simulations. Platforms integrating sensing devices to perceive the real world, virtual-reality tools to simulate environments and phenomena and novel interfaces through which to change the state of the real and virtual worlds for training for health professionals are among the objectives of the project. The researchers involved have chosen to address two kinds of training scenarios with these platforms: surgical training and inter-professional health team problem solving. Surgeons tend to perform better after playing video games, according to reports in the media. Far from being merely anecdotal reports, recent studies have continued to add substance to these media news items. Indeed, the interesting question is not \\\'whether\\\' interactive multimedia exercises will improve surgical performance, but how can multi-modal training exercises best be designed for a range of surgical procedures? On the other hand, health-care delivery is becoming increasingly team based: medical diagnoses can be made by a team of specialists and epidemic tracking and containment can be managed using online collaboration between front-row health teams and researchers. Realistic virtual-world scenarios are developed in order to train future health professionals to effectively communicate and collaborate to solve problems. Roy Eagleson ( is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Western Ontario, an Associate Scientist at the Robarts Research Institute, and a Scientist and Principal Investigator at CSTAR (The Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics research centre; part of the London Health Sciences Centre). His research interests lie in the areas of: - 3D Biomedical Visualization and Surgical Simulation. - Human-Computer Interface Design for Surgical Skills Training. - Haptic Interfaces and Interactive Immersive Graphical Interfaces (Volumetric Visualization with GPU programming). Everybody is welcome!