VR simulation with haptic feedback for medical procedures

Project Overview

We are developing a neonatology training device that uses a virtual reality (VR) system to simulate a virtual training environment. In this environment, a trainee can simulate neonatal intubation using haptic feedback motor arms which would mimic interaction with premature infant patients.

Medical procedures often require a great amount of precision and technical skill. Some procedures, such as intubation, are often emergent situations. As such, the ideal subjects when teaching these procedures are those that cannot be harmed. Currently, the best training options available are expensive mannequins that are unrealistic and limited in their capabilities. To alleviate these shortcomings, some mannequins are used in conjunction with VR systems to simulate surgical procedures (see reference link). However, this combination is still limited to a single type of procedure or specific body part.

Our goal is to create a 100% VR simulation environment that is accurate and adaptable for neonatology instruction.


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Team members from left to right: Isaac Hale, Joey Campagna, Carter Griest, Sara Martin, Jessi Kelley


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Contact Information

Team Members

  • Carter Griest - Team Leader
  • Isaac Hale - Communicator
  • Sara Martin - BSAC
  • Joseph Campagna - BWIG
  • Jessi Kelley - BPAG

Advisor and Client

  • Beth Meyerand - Advisor
  • Dr. Brandon Tomlin - Client
  • Dr. Ryan McAdams - Alternate Contact