Telestration in surgical settings

Through collaboration with Anne Arundel Medical Center, I was able to research and develop a system for telestration in conjunction with the Bodies in Motion Lab at UMBC. This telestration system used the Kinect as a means to assist attending surgeons in instruction and help residents with laparoscopic surgical training.

My main roles in this project were as a usability expert and user researcher. I first broke down a typical operation into very specific tasks after talking with surgeons at the hospital. From this, I was able to understand what role our technology was supposed to play. I then helped co-ordinate with hospital personnel and technology creators from Spain in order to address a number of issues with implementing this technology in the hospital. I also helped review and assist with programming on the Kinect as well as doing research to understand the exact problems we were addressing in our research study. Our first prototype interaction is enclosed below, and academic papers are in the Academic Publications section.

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