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Virtual Reality and Healthcare Symposium 2018

March 5, 2018 - March 6, 2018

Free – $899


VR/AR 101

Acclaimed Forbes writer and author Charlie Fink will provide interested attendees a special one hour introduction to the industry of virtual and augmented reality. For those attendees very new to the space, and looking to get the most out of the two day conference, we’ve developed this special introductory session to help ground you in the current state of the industry and where it will be going in the next 18-24 months.


Understanding Motion Tracking in Healthcare

Come and learn with each other in this classroom session led by Polhemus, the Experts in Motion Tracking.  High quality simulation & training tools as well as an increasing number of 3D navigated clinical procedures require the tracked movements of instruments in order to provide critical guidance and experiences.  There are many options to consider when using these tools in healthcare and understanding motion tracking is key to their overall effectiveness.

This class will discuss several of the most common motion tracking technologies and explore the associated pros and cons to be considered.  Q&A and general class discussion are encouraged.


The following workshop will be scheduled during the afternoon of the 2nd day of the conference, March 6th, 2018.

Space is limited, and is on a first come, first serve basis.

VR in Healthcare: Designing a Production Facility

This is not a technical seminar in how to build virtual reality projects. Rather, this is a three-hour consultation for healthcare executives who are considering the technical aspects of building a virtual reality facility in their own hospital or educational institution.

Ohio University’s Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) laboratory recently received a $900,000 grant to design and implement a virtual reality facility with state-of-the-art immersive audio, 360-degree video and full interactive capabilities.  In less than two years, they have created the Immersive Media Initiative working with a wide variety of healthcare institutions including Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Grant Medical Center, Riverside Hospital, the nursing, psychology and osteopathic medicine programs at Ohio University and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Northern Arizona University.

In this three-hour seminar, the GRID Lab team will discuss their process of building and maintaining a VR production facility that caters to healthcare production.  Using project examples from the field, this team of experts will outline equipment and software considerations, suggest personnel requirements, and navigate the audience through the production pipeline for VR, 360 and immersive audio projects.

Whether your institution is considering an investment of $100K or $1M, this seminar will help you better understand where, when and why to invest your time, energy and money in a new facility.

Projects Overview and Production Pipeline (90 minutes)

The GRID lab will discuss a variety of their present and past healthcare projects and the production pipeline required to execute these projects.

· VR for simulated healthcare techniques
· Live capture of 360-degree video/audio in ERs, ORs and ICUs
· Interactive experiences for observation and team building exercises in the medical field

Equipment, Software and Personnel Considerations (90 minutes)

Using the projects from the first presentation, the GRID lab will discuss hardware, software and personnel requirements for three separate production areas:

· VR Interactivity
· 360-degree Video
· Immersive Audio

Anticipated Future Technologies Q&A (45 minutes)

A broad overview of technologies that the GRID lab is expecting in the next 6-18 months, how they are preparing to engage with the technologies, and a summary Q&A from the audience.

· Augmented reality
· Artificial intelligence
· Collective VR Experiences


March 5, 2018
March 6, 2018
Free – $899


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Harvard Medical School Joseph Martin Conference Center
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
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