Virtual Environment for Surgical Planning and Analysis (VESPA) The VESPA system allows the surgeon to bring up a computer-generated model of their patient and to visualize, quantify, and interact with the patient's data in order to plan a surgery.
Soft Tissue Modeling Our main research effort has been in creating a simulator that can accurately model the dynamics of soft tissue at real-time, interactive rates.
Distributed Haptics. We are developing technologies to support networked, distributed haptic simulation. In this way, multiple users can share the same virtual environment space and each feel and interact with the same object. The major application we are working toward is shared virtual surgery.
The Surgical WorkBench (SWB) is an integral part of the Virtual Environment for Surgical Planning and Analysis (VESPA) system. This 4-foot by 6-foot interactive, stereo display allows the surgeon to see and interact with the data of their patient. Other surgeons can also collaborate using such a large virtual model display. This display, unlike other commercially available displays, is the only one specifically designed for medical applications.