Virtual reality (VR) is an immersive technology that transports users into a simulated three-dimensional environment, allowing them to explore and interact with a virtual world that closely approximates reality. With its ever-growing potential, VR is set to revolutionize various aspects of our lives, including education, entertainment, and healthcare. In this comprehensive 10-hour course, we will overview technologies underpinning the design of virtual reality, focusing on how it engages our senses to create realistic experiences. Throughout the course we will demonstrate how we apply these advancements to enhance healthcare service in various settings, including managing pain and depression. The course will utilize a blend of online lectures and video demonstrations. Learners will gain insights into the challenges and barriers associated with integrating virtual reality into healthcare practices.
Dr. Bin Zheng studies performance and cognition of surgeons during surgery, especially in image-guided and remote manipulated surgery such as endoscopic and robotic surgery. As an engineer with full training in medicine, Dr. Zheng tries to understand a surgeon’s eye-hand coordination and decision-making under stressful environments such as operating and emergency rooms, then he designs an appropriate training system. Currently, Dr. Zheng is an associate professor in surgery and holds the Endowed Research Chair in Surgical Simulation position in the Department of Surgery of the University of Alberta. He collaborates with surgeons, engineers, clinical educators, and psychologists to develop simulators. His long-term goal is to promote the use of simulation in surgery for improving care quality and patient safety.