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Workshop at ICVL 2012: Haptic Feedback Systems in Education

   Workshop at ICVL 2011: "Haptic Feedback Systems in Education



Haptics is the science of merging tactile sensation with computer applications, thereby enabling users to receive feedback they can feel (in addition to auditory and visual cues). Multimodal environments where visual, auditory and haptic stimuli are present convey information more efficiently since the user manipulates and experiences the environment through multiple sensory channels.

The availability of haptic systems enables the augmentation of traditional instruction with interactive interfaces offering enhanced motivation and intellectual stimulation. Although the haptic devices have not made large inroads into education, we believe that the potential for revolutionary change now exists due to the recent availability of both the hardware and software components.

This workshop will be devoted to developments and issues involving haptic systems in education. Topics will range from haptics in human computer interaction to haptic applications in medical training.

Workshop Organizers

Ovidius University of Constanta / Cerva research team, Romania (www.cerva.ro)
PhD. Felix HAMZA-LUP, PhD. Dorin-Mircea POPOVICI

The abstract / full paper submission


Create a title page for your submission. The title page should include:

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5. title of the submission
6. paper abstract (250 words max.)

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All papers for the Proceedings should not exceed 8 pages in length, single-spaced.

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Please, remember the following important dates:

- Submission of abstracts for review: August 30, 2012
- Notification of abstract acceptance:August 30, 2012 |
- extended deadline : September 15 2012
- Submission of complete/full papers for the proceedings (Guidelines): September 15, 2012
- Notification of full paper acceptance (Review Process): September 15, 2012

Nr.crt. / Id.

Name, Title, Affiliation, Country

Title of paper, Abstract of paper

1. FELIX G. HAMZA-LUP (1,2), Assoc. Prof. PhD
(1)Computer Science, Armstrong Atlantic State University, USA
(2)Mathematics and Informatics, Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania

Title of paper: Haptics-Augmented Physics Simulation: Coriolis Effect

Abstract: The teaching of abstract physics concepts can be enhanced by incorporating visual and haptic sensory modalities in the classroom, using the correct perspectives. We have developed virtual reality simulations to assist students in learning the Coriolis effect, an apparent deflection on an object in motion when observed from within a rotating frame of reference. Twenty four undergraduate physics students participated in this study. Students were able to feel the forces through feedback on a Novint Falcon device. The assessment results show an improvement in the learning experience and better content retention as compared with traditional instruction methods. We prove that large scale deployment of visuo-haptic re-configurable applications is now possible and feasible in a science laboratory setup.

FELIX G. HAMZA-LUP (1,2), Assoc. Prof. PhD
(1)Mathematics and Informatics Department, Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania
(2)Computer Science, Armstrong Atlantic State University, USA
{dmpopovici, cbogdan}[at]univ-ovidius.ro,

Title of paper: Medical Simulation and Training: “Haptic” Liver

Abstract: Tactile perception plays an
important role in surgery. The surgeon must feel organic tissue hardness,
evaluate anatomical structures, measure tissue properties, and apply appropriate force control actions for safe tissue manipulation. Development of novel cost effective haptic-based simulators and their introduction in the minimally invasive surgery learning cycle can absorb the learning curve for residents. Receiving pre-training in a core set of surgical skills can reduce skill acquisition time and risks. We present the development of a cost-effective visuo-haptic simulator for the liver tissue, designed to improve practice-based education in noninvasive surgery. Such systems, canpositively affect the next generations of learners by enhancing their knowledge in connection with real-life situations while they train in mandatory safe conditions.
European Center for Virtual Reality, Labsticc-CERV, ENIB, France

Title of paper: An agent-based intelligent tutoring system in virtual environment

Abstract: In the biomedical domain, there is a need to train people for the use and maintenance of diagnostic analytical devices. We aim to use virtual reality and virtual environments with the purpose of giving them more freedom for their training programs. Virtual reality and virtual environment technologies are now widely used in the fields of training and education. Virtual environments can be combined with Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) in order to adapt learning situations according to learner activities. In the literature there are plenty of ITS models, however they seems incomplete for us despite they have some interesting assets. From our point of view the main characteristics of the ITS are genericity, modularity, individualization, scenario, adaptativity. The ITS Pegase is the most complete ITS according to these characteristics, we have decided to based our own ITS on it. Nevertheless Pegase lacks the pedagogical scenario characteristic and some others feartures can be improve. To do so, we choose to rely our ITS on Mascaret like Pegase, in order to use the Multi Agent System technology. Mascaret is a metamodel to describe virtual environments and the agents evolving in this environment and reify the entities, agents, etc. Our ITS lacks of a pedagogical scenario, so we based our works on Poseidon (a pedagogical scenario model) and aimed to perform it with Mascaret. In order to test our generic ITS we have made an application based on the biomedical devices. Its purpose is to train people to use a biomedical analyser.
[Ref.: http://www.cerv.fr/, École Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Brest (ENIB): http://www.enib.fr/ ]
Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania

Title of paper: Pre-Surgery Planning of Patient Specific Bone Fracture with a Haptic Interface

Abstract: Pre-surgery planning is a fundamental step in orthopedic surgeries. There are often used imaging technologies like CT (Computer Tomography) or MRI( Magnetic Resonance Imaging) that allows the 3D reconstruction of bone fracture, so that the doctor can decide which kind of implant to use and to create specific pre-operatory plans. But using just a visual representation will not permit the doctors to test and train in order to eliminate the problems that may occur during the surgery for a specific patient. Haptic systems offer a better perception of the pre-operatory plans due to the possibility to simulate the surgery by feeling every performed step. This paper presents the development of a visual-haptic simulator intended for the pre-surgery planning for patient-specific orthopedic surgery. In the first part of the paper is presented the development of a custom CAD software module used for the generation of specific orthopedic implants, followed by the description of the haptic based pre-operatory module. The haptic feedback is provided with SensAble PHANToM device, allowing the operator to touch and manipulate the orthopedic implants and the reconstructed 3D bones. The proposed method can be used for the simulation and planning of educational surgery.
[Transilvania University of Brasov - www.unitbv.ro ]