Webinar: A Haptic Virtual Reality Midwifery Training Aid – When Visuo-Audio Virtual Reality are out of Touch

24 May 2017
12.30 to 1.30 pm
Online webinar

Virtual Reality (VR) and associated interactive technologies provide the ability to create immersive user experiences that are otherwise difficult to access or don’t exist in the real world. VR offers significant benefit to a range of applications including education, training, tourism, visualisation, product design and entertainment.

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Visual and auditory sensor stimulation provides compelling virtual experiences although they lack the stimulation of other important sensory modalities such as touch and smell. Technologies able to interact with these other sensory modalities currently remain relatively limited or non-existent in today’s range of VR systems.

This webinar will discuss how Virtual Reality experiences interacting with the human’s haptic sensory modality, i.e. the sense of touch and feel, can help achieve things not otherwise possible. In this context a midwifery training aid developed as a collaboration between Deakin’s School of Engineering and School of Nursing and Midwifery will be discussed.

About Dr Ben Horan

Dr Ben HoranDr Ben Horan is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Engineering, Deakin University. Ben is the Course Director for the Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering where he plays a role in overseeing the programme as well as teaching a number of courses in Mechatronics.

Ben is the Director of the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) Virtual Reality (VR) laboratory where they focus on both fundamental and applied research into VR, haptics, and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) paradigms. His technical expertise lies in mechatronics, robotics, virtual reality and soft computing. He also is a skilled technical communicator.

Ben has received a number of grants and accolades for his research working including an ARC Linkage Grant with the Australia Council for the Arts, and an Australian Academy of Science Early Career Researcher Fellowship undertaken at Seoul National University, South Korea.

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24 May 2017
12.30 to 1.30 pm


Online webinar

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