CADET Virtual Reality Lab

The CADET Virtual Reality (VR) Lab is a unique facility in which you can walk through virtual reality representations of products that are yet to be realised using virtual reality technologies. The VR Lab is the first of it's kind in the world, it is located within the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) facility located at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

What is the CADET VR Lab?

The CADET VR Lab features three-dimensional (3D) projections on the walls and floor, as well as sensory feedback, so participants can manipulate objects like medical tools. They are able to feel the weight of an object as well as the resistance of push back and pull creating a new level in the height of realism in a virtual environment.

Facility and team

The CADET VR Lab is a unique, world-class, cutting-edge virtual reality facility. It's designed specifically for developing VR and Augmented Reality (AR) solutions.

The facility is one of the first to offer reconfigurable large-scale VR interfaces that can be interacted with by individuals and large groups of people. It offers ambisonic 3D surround sound and full acoustic isolation across the lab and a large-scale six degrees of freedom haptic device for force-based VR interaction. The computing architecture of the lab supports deployment across the full range of VR and AR hardware – anything from large in-situ systems to wearable headsets and mobile devices.

The VR Lab's home to an interdisciplinary team with the diverse skill set required to work effectively in VR and AR.

The team consists of experts in computer-aided design, 3D modelling, programming, IT, computer science and mechatronics. We also hold strategic relationships with many of the world’s largest players in VR and AR, spanning industry, academia and research organisations. This enables us to leverage our expertise, resources and equipment to be able to scale, be responsive, and deliver projects to the highest standard.

Explore the CADET VR Lab

The VR CAVE (CAVE Automated Virtual Environment) is a very unique virtual reality facility. It is located at Deakin's Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus within the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET).

For me, the most exciting thing about working in virtual and augmented reality is seeing the potential of the technologies that are providing us with new capabilities. The opportunities are endless.

Dr Ben Horan

Director of Cadet VR Lab

Research areas

The CADET VR lab facilitates research across a number of areas:

  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) – virtual reality, haptics, new techniques and technologies
  • Deployable virtual reality
  • Virtual and augmented reality medical simulation and training
  • Mechatronics

Current research projects


In a collaborative project with Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, researchers in the CADET VR Lab have developed VeRITy, a ‘Virtual Reality Intrapartum Touch Trainer’.

VeRITy is a unique virtual reality and haptic technology developed by the research team. This gives nursing students hands-on experience caring for a patient in labour, which is traditionally quite difficult to access for teaching purposes.

The technology has been patented and the research team is pursuing commercialisation with the aim of the VeRITy technology becoming standard practice in education and training institutions.

VeRITy, a ‘Virtual Reality Intrapartum Touch Trainer’

Microrobotic Cell Injection

Cell injection requires a high level of skill and a large amount of training and experience to become proficient at the task. Cell injection success rates are low and successful injection is not easily reproducible.

Virtual Reality (VR) training utilises a simulated virtual environment to train professionals, it offers advantages such as situation repeatability and low-cost.

This research has shown to have significant potential to improve cell injection training.

This is a collaboration with Dr Mulyoto Pangestu, who's Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Australia.


The CADET VR lab is working with Flavourtech, a global technology manufacturer specialising in aroma recovery, extraction and evaporation solutions for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

The VR Lab team developed an immersive VR visualisation of Flavourtech’s spinning cone technology. This is used by the sales and technical teams as a marketing tool to provide an immersive experience to customers unlike any other.

The emphasis on this project has been on the low barriers to entry, where anyone with a computer or mobile device can access the 360-degree video representation of Flavourtech’s pilot plant and see how the machines look.

Flavourtech 360 virtual reality experience

The VR Lab team developed an immersive VR visualisation of Flavourtech’s spinning cone technology.This is a 360 video allowing you to see the video from all angles.

If you're viewing this on a computer, click and drag on video while it's playing to see from all angles. If you're viewing from a smartphone, move your phone around to see the environment from all angles.

Contact us

General enquiries

Building KE
75 Pigdons Rd, Waurn Ponds
Victoria 3125

Director – CADET VR Lab
Dr Ben Horan
+61 3 5227 2907 
Email Dr Horan