By Professor Ben Horan
Virtual Reality (VR) is a key element of Industry 4.0 and provides the ability to access environments and scenarios which either don’t exist or are difficult to access. Low-cost, consumer grade VR technologies have created new opportunities for training applications. The CADET Virtual Reality (VR) lab at Deakin University, Australia, is working with partners to develop new VR solutions for training across a range of different applications. This presentation will overview a series of mixed-reality/virtual reality training systems/solutions developed by the VR Lab and look at how the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) techniques employed needed to go beyond the video and audio provided by consumer grade VR headsets to provide custom haptic interaction. The systems/solutions overviewed include the Verity midwifery and nursing training for intrapartum contractions; embryologist intracellular injection training; snowboard and board sports training; and remote training in safely operating complex plant.
Associate Professor Ben Horan is the Associate Head of School (Research) for the School of Engineering, Deakin University, Australia. In 2015, Ben established the CADET Virtual Reality Laboratory, a new cutting edge research facility with a research team that is recognised locally and internationally for their Research & Development in Virtual Reality, Mechatronics and Advanced Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Ben has over 90 publications and received a number of awards and recognitions for his work including in 2018 being awarded as one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers by Engineers Australia.