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RESEARCH

Ongoing projects in the iLab broadly fall into the following areas.

Healthcare Simulation (Center for Health Insights at UMKC, Dept. of Anesthesia at MU)

We have multiple projects exploring VR/AR simulations for training and performance evaluation of healthcare professionals. Collaborating with UMKC, we performed quantitative and subjective analysis of human performance in simulated clinical settings. We are developing an immersive and interactive virtual reality (VR) simulation of a clinical setting. The VR model will accurately represent medical devices and furniture in 3D and capture their interactive affordances. We are integrating 3D simulation and motion-capture to rapidly assess configurations of clinical space for subjective and objective metrics of human performance. The VR model will be used to rapidly iterate through multiple room configurations and assess performance. We are currently exploring commercialization of these simulation tools. (Funded by UM-IDIC, MUITC IIF grants)

Driving Simulation Studies (with Transportation Research Group)

We have developed driving simulations to study geometric design alternatives. We used the simulator to analyze driver behavior to different J-turn configurations. We are also part of a FHWA funded team (1 of 9 nationally) to explore the data from SHRP2 Naturalistic Driving study. We are using actual crash data to develop simulations for crash avoidance training. We also have multiple proposals under review involving a network of simulators (driving, bike, wheelchair and pedestrian) (Funded by FHWA, Mo DOT and Regional University Transportation Centers Program).

Environment-Behavior Simulations for Enhancing Disaster Resiliency (with CARES, MU Terrorism & Disaster Center, Health Communication Research Center)

The iLab team developed proof-of concept behavioral agents and simulations that capture human-environment interactions during disaster. When fully developed, these agents and simulations can be used to test proposed facilities for their resiliency during a crisis scenario. A related goal of the project is to develop prototypes of multi-modal displays that present spatial information at the building level to disaster management teams. (Funded by Mizzou Advantage)

Media of the Future in 3D (2014-2017 with Futures Lab, VIMAN Lab at MU and Newsy)

We are developing workflows that integrate 3D visualization and imaging techniques to create a more immersive, interactive, multi-modal media environment for journalism, scientific communication and advertising. This project takes a variable-centered strategy, approaching media in terms of its affordances and examines their impact through controlled experiments on a variety of audience outcome variables – immersion, engagement, user experience, comprehension, memory and recall and content credibility. (Funded by Mizzou Advantage)

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