Current research projects

2016-: Collaborative VR-Skills Laboratory

Objective: Design, development and evalaution of an immersive and collaborative minimally invasive surgical trainer for technical and non technical skills

Keywords: VR simulation, Training, Collaboration, Human Factors, Haptics

Funding: Genopole, University of Evry

Partners: University of Evry, Centre Hospitalier Sud Francilien, Wright State University


2015-: RecoVR

Objective: Design, development and evalaution of a self low cost rehabilitation tool based on VR technologies

Keywords: VR simulation, Rehabilitation,Gestural interaction

Funding: groupe Interaction Healthcare, University of Evry

Partners: University of Evry, Centre Hospitalier Sud Francilien, Clinique des 3 soleils, Interaction Healthcare


Past research projects

2012-2015: Physically Realistic Virtual Surgery (2nd-Genration VR cognitive simulator)

GEN2

Objective: The goal of this project is to design, develop and evaluate the next generation ('Gen2') surgical simulators that will provide both cognitive and psycho-motor skill training in high fidelity virtual reality enviroment.

Keywords: VR simulation, Training, Laparoscopy, Human Factors, Immersive VR, Cognitive fidelity

Funding: NIH

Partners: Cambridge Health Alliance, Tufts University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


2011-2014: Developing Physics-Based Virtual Simulation Technology for Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES

NOTES

Objective: NOTES is an emerging revolutionary surgical paradigm, being viewed as a natural successor of laparoscopic surgery, where internal organs are accessed by perforating the viscera (stomach, colon or vagina) using a flexible endoscope inserted through natural orifices such as the mouth, anus or vagina; without making any incisions on the surface of the body. While VR-based simulators exist for both laparoscopic surgery and gastrointestinal endoscopy, none exists for NOTES. The goal of this project is to design, develop and evaluate the first virtual reality (VR)-based NOTES simulator with both visual and haptic feedback.

Keywords: VR simulation, Training, NOTES, Human Factors, Haptics

Funding: NIH

Partners: Cambridge Health Alliance, Tufts University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Wright State University


2011-2014: Development and Validation of Virtual Basic Laparoscopic Surgical Trainer (VBLaST)

VBLaST

Objective: Development and validation of a virtual reality simulator (VBLaST) to replace the current gold standard for training and certifying laparoscopic surgeons, the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Skills (FLS) trainer. In addition, VBLaST is expected to be superior over FLS as it provides realistic haptic feedback to the trainees, enables self administration and objective feedback on learning and performance, and saves on consumables.

Keywords: VR simulation, Training, Laparoscopy, Human Factors, Haptics

Funding: NIH

Partners: Cambridge Health Alliance, Tufts University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital


2011-2013: Human Factors studies for surgical robotics for the Da Vinci system

Da Vinci console

Objective: Perform human factors studies on the utilization of the Da Vinci system in the operating room (team communication issues, port placement issues, surgeons' robot interaction issues...) and the design of new interaction tools to improve the overall use of the system (procedures planning, team communication...)

Keywords: Surgical robotics, Team communication, Human-machine interaction, Haptics, VR, Surgical simulators

Funding: Ecole des Mines de Nantes, Tufts University

Partners: Ecole des Mines de Nantes, IRCCyN, Tufts University, CSIRO Australia, Institut de Cancerologie de l'Ouest


2009-2011: Virtual Reality for Design (VR4D)

2D Sketch
3D visulalisation

Objective: Designing and evaluatiing new collaborative interactions in virtual environments for the design of confined spaces (cockpits, boats..etc.)

Keywords: CVE, 3D interaction, haptic, VR, design, collaboration, 3D sketch

Funding: Europe, French Ministry of Industry, Regional Council

Partners: Ecole des Mines de Nantes, Ecole de Design Nantes Aatlantique, Clarté, STX Europe, DCNS, Beneteau, Gruau, BE Mauric, SIA et Atelier St Victor


2009-2011: Haptic Evaluation procedure

Needle insertion
Task analysis

Objective: Evaluating humans' haptic perception and designing new training tools to enhance the human haptic performance in needle insertion tasks (biopsy, anesthesiology..)

Keywords: Human Perception, Haptic sense, Knowledge/skills transfer, training/evaluation systems

Funding: AtlanSTIC

Partners: Ecole des Mines de Nantes, IRCCYN, LISA, CHU Nantes, CHU Angers, ONIRIS


2007-2009: Robotique Medicale (RobMed project)

Biopsy procedure
Real-time needle insertion

Objective: Designing a VR training tool for a robotic assisted biopsy system in minimally invasive surgery

Keywords: skills learning, haptics, robotic surgery, needle insertion

Funding: Region council, Ecole des Mines de Nantes

Partners: IRCCYN (UMR CNRS 6597), CHU Nantes, Staübli, Haption


2006-2008: InterActeurs project

Off line path planning
Experimental setup

Objective: Studying new forms of collaborative interactions in shared virtual spaces to support haptic and spatial communciation

Keywords: CVE, 3D interactions, haptic, spatial interactions, skills learning

Funding: Orange Labs

Partners: IRCCYN (UMR CNRS 6597), Orange Labs, Ecole des Mines de Nantes


2003: REPOSIT project

Robotics Tele learning

Objective: Developing a collaborative virtual environment to support distant realtime e-learning

Keywords: CVE, e-laboratory, robotics

Funding: FP6 European Project

Partners: IRCCYN (UMR CNRS 6597), Thales, CNES, Alcatel, OptiBase, NCSR Demokritos, University of Cantab

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