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Sano PhD Position - Project title: Haptic Augmented VR for Improved Information Capture and Exchange in Medical/Social Environments

2/19/2021

PhD position in Health Informatics Research Group

Project title: Haptic Augmented VR for Improved Information Capture and Exchange in Medical/Social Environments

 

Supervisors:

University of Sheffield: Dr. John Fenner (dr. Andrew Narracott – 2nd supervisor, dr. David Randall – 3rd supervisor)

Sano: Dr. Arkadiusz Sitek

Project period: Apr 2021 – Mar 2024 (the project will start as soon as the candidate is accepted, and is planned for 4 years)

Degree Awarding Institution: University of Sheffield

 

This project will provide the methods and technologies for augmenting VR with cheap, adaptable, accessible haptic technology, designed to facilitate natural information exchange. Although VR currently finds application in numerous social contexts (eg. VR conferencing), it suffers from constraints, such as its capacity to isolate the user from traditional office tools such as keyboard, mouse, pen and paper. This project proposes a novel, cheap and effective solution incorporating haptics and  hand tracking, 3D printing etc. As proof of concept, the result will provide a haptic rendition of keyboard/mouse/pen/paper in VR that is seamlessly integrated with the VR environment. This will transform information exchange in a social VR context, by removing isolation from necessary office tools, and open the door to many potential applications.

For this PhD, the effectiveness of this strategy will be evaluated through two environments, namely surgical planning in the clinic, and supervision of in silico medicine R&D. Simple exercises will be assessed with and without the haptically-augmented tools, relying on relevant metrics and questionnaires to judge performance. A successful outcome will promote refinement and urge further acceptance (i.e. translation) within broader medical and technical environments.

This is innovative work and multiple publications and broad application is anticipated. Resolution of issues relating to IP will be a necessary feature of the PhD. 

Location Krakow, Poland
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