The Spring Simulation Multi-conference (SpringSim) is an annual conference sponsored by The Society for Modeling and Simulation International which covers state-of-the-art developments in computer simulation technologies, as well as scientific, industrial, and business applications. Areas covered include high-performance computing technologies, models and algorithms, GUI visualization technologies, communications and much more. Application disciplines covered include advanced telecommunication; computer systems; aviation and aerospace; environment, energy, and other industries. Conference proceedings will possibly be archived in the ACM and IEEE Digital Libraries.
About Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS):
SCS is the premier technical Society dedicated to advancing the use of modeling & simulation to solve real-world problems; devoted to the advancement of simulation and allied computer arts in all fields; and committed to facilitating communication among professionals in the field of simulation. To this end, SCS organizes meetings, sponsors and co-sponsors national and international conferences, and publishes the SIMULATION: Transactions of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International and the Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation magazines. In addition to this, SCS also created The McLeod Modeling and Simulation Network (M&SNet) in 2003, which is a consortium of co-operating independent organizations active in professionalism, research, education, and knowledge dissemination in the modeling and simulation (M&S) domain.
Virtual Medical Environments Laboratory
Simulation has become an integral part of modern medical education and training. There is growing consensus within the medical community that simulation can provide a consistent and safe environment for learning dexterous and cognitive skills. Medical simulation resources can be broadly divided into three categories: Standardized patients, human patient simulators, and virtual reality. Standardized patients are individuals trained to present a consistent portrayal of a patient in a medical scenario. Human patient simulators are computerized mannequins capable of modeling and presenting human physiology to the learner. Virtual reality presents a computer-generated representation of a medical scenario that challenges learners in a manner intended to optimize learning.
The Val G. Hemming Simulation Center is a 30,000 sq. ft. medical simulation facility. It is part of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. The Center’s mission is to research, develop and adapt simulation technology in support of the University’s educational goals. The Center houses the Wide Area Virtual Environment. The WAVE is an 8,000 sq. ft. immersive virtual reality theater that combines virtual reality with theatrical effects, live actors, and part task trainers to deliver an unparalleled learning experience for small medical teams. Using the WAVE, the Center is one of the first medical simulation facilities in the world to combine all three categories of simulation into an integrated learning experience. This talk will share our experience in building and operating this distinctive facility. Challenges both technical and procedural will be discussed. This talk will highlight the design, construction, and use of the Wide Area Virtual Environment, a unique training resource capable of simulating a very wide range of medical scenarios for both military and civilian applications.
Dr. Alan Liu is the Director of the Virtual Medical Environments Laboratory at the Val G. Hemming Simulation Center, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is the principal architect of the Center's pericardiocentesis and diagnostic peritoneal lavage simulators. They are the world's first computer-based trainers for these procedures. These simulators were used in the nation's first Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course conducted without animals or cadavers. Dr. Liu was on the 2008 DoD Joint Analysis Team to address the use of live animals in medical education and training. He led the effort to develop the Center’s 3D virtual reality haptic feedback system for surgical training. The system forms the basis of the Center’s VR trainers for cricothyroidotomy and emergency craniotomy. Dr. Liu’s current research focus is on the 8,000 sq. ft. Wide Area Virtual Environment (WAVE). The WAVE is the world’s largest immersive virtual reality theater for medical team training.
The University of Arizona
Enhancing Patients’ Safety through Simulation Modeling, High Technology, and Human Skills
Healthcare is changing at a very rapid pace. So does its attendant complexity and ever-increasing reliance on high technology support. Simulation in healthcare, where sophisticated, technology-based methods are used in education of healthcare professionals and in treatment of patients, is becoming a recognized branch of knowledge and practice. Such methods require a new generation of engineers, scientists, systems designers, modelers, and physicians to integrate medical and technical domains. This talk will provide an overview of modeling and simulation technologies as applied to healthcare. A historical perspective will be given, followed by the discussion of how simulation helps in gaining professional competency and how it helps improve healthcare outcomes. Systems for support of medical training and clinical practice will be discussed from both engineering and clinical perspectives.
Challenges and opportunities for further development of complex simulation-based medical trainers will be presented as well. Examples in the use of simulation and augmented reality to assist in minimally invasive surgical training will be presented. An illustrative design of a surgical training and assessment system that provides sensing and reasoning capabilities in laparoscopy education will also be shown along with the vision for future use of this technology as a surgical assistant system in the operating room.
Dr. Jerzy Rozenblit is a University Distinguished Professor and Raymond J. Oglethorpe Endowed Chair in the Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Arizona. He also holds a joint appointment in the Dept. of Surgery in the College of Medicine. During his tenure, he has established the Model Based Design Laboratory with major projects in design and analysis of complex, computer based systems, software engineering, and symbolic visualization, and computer guided, minimally invasive surgical training. The projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, US Army, Siemens, Infineon Technologies, NASA and other entities. Currently, jointly with the Arizona Surgical Technology and Education Center, he is developing computer guided surgical training methods and systems. He has established the Life Critical Computing Systems Initiative intended to improve the reliability and safety of technology in life critical applications. He is a Fellow of the Society for Computer Simulation International.