UCSIM Participates in CCHMC Pediatric Grand Rounds – “Virtual Reality is Changing the Healthcare Game: The State of the Art at Cincinnati Children’s”

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, UCSIM participated in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Pediatric Grand Rounds to showcase and demo the Sports Medicine Division’s “Real-Time Sensorimotor Feedback for Injury Prevention Assessed in Virtual Reality,” project to implement and test fully-immersive virtual reality environments to assess sport-specific training improvements.

Cincinnati Children’s has a robust group of practitioners exploring the benefits of virtual reality for clinical practice.  Watch the full video:

Speakers include:

  • Landscape of Virtual Reality – Dan McLinden, EdD, Senior Director, Learning & Development – Overview of virtual and augmented reality applications in clinical practice.
  • Virtual environments and the future of simulation – Aimee Gardner, CP. Director, Center for Simulations & Research – Highlights advances in high fidelity mannequin simulation technology mixed with virtual reality.
  • A Virtual Reality Curriculum for Pediatric Residents Decreases Rates of Influenza Vaccine Refusal – Joe Real, MD, Community & General Pediatrics – Outcomes of a study using virtual reality curriculum to train pediatric residents to talk with families about the flu shot to reduce vaccine refusal.
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality: The Future of Sport Injury Prevention and Recovery – Adam Kiefer, PhD, Asst. Professor, Division of Sport Medicine – Preliminary results of trial using wireless, room-scale VR for female athlete ACL injury prevention and overview of augmented reality application of sport injury prevention training.

UCSIM is developing interactive soccer, basketball, and volleyball scenarios for student athletes that fully integrates with the CCHMC TEAM VR lab, Motion Analysis and Cortex system, and custom HMD system.  For more information about the project, see the CCHMC TEAM VR – VIRTUAL REALITY SPORTS SCENARIOS project page.

HTC Vive demonstration

Applications Now Being Accepted for Advanced Virtual & Augmented Reality Workshop Series

Applications Now Being Accepted for Advanced Virtual & Augmented Reality Workshop Series


Faculty are invited to apply to attend the UCSIM Advanced Virtual & Augmented Reality Workshops to learn more about authoring immersive content for teaching and research.  Five (5) faculty participants will be selected to attend each workshop series, which consists of two, 2-hour sessions held at the UCSIM | Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research in University Hall, including:

  • November/December 2016
    Authoring Augmented Reality Content for Android & iOS
    Learn how to develop your own mobile app using Vuforia and the Unity Development engine to create interactive augmented reality models that students can view with a smartphone or tablet.
  • February/March 2017
    Authoring Virtual Reality Content with Unity 5
    This workshop introduces how to use the Unity 5 Development engine to create basic virtual reality experiences.  Participants in this workshop will receive an Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) HeadMounted Display (HMD), an XBox One controller, and a Leap Motion gesture controller. 
  • April/May 2017
    Creating Gesture Controls with Leap Motion
    The movie Minority Report popularized the notion of using your hands to control computer interfaces, and in this workshop, you will discover how to use the Leap Motion controller to create your own hand mapping gestures and interfaces.  Participants of this workshop will receive a Leap Motion controller.

In addition, the workshops will include printed guides with instructions for installing, using, and developing basic content for the corresponding immersive technology covered in each workshop. Funding for the equipment to be granted to faculty participants of the workshop series was provided by the Office of the Provost through the Faculty Development Funds for Universal Providers program.

Applications are due by 5:oo PM EST on November 15, 2016.  Accepted applicants will be notified by email.

For more information, read the full application instructions and apply today!