Haptics and Applications

Session Chairs:

Prof. Carlos Rossa

Prof. Arnaud Lelevé


Prof. Abdulmotaleb El Saddik

Prof. Bin Zheng

Invited Talk: A Simulation Platform for early haptic training in surgical and medical education

AbstractHaptic training in simulation is a rising pedagogical method in medical education for several good reasons. On the one hand, haptic skills are barely taught especially in the beginning of curriculum with consequences on resident’s basic skills. On the other hand, in surgery, the adage “see one, do one, teach one” is less and less applicable mainly due to public consideration for patient safety and the risks of residents practicing their skills for the first time on patients. However, knowing which range of force is suitable for a given task can only be learned by experiencing it. This is not a skill one can retrieve from books or only by “seeing” the procedure. Haptic training on virtual patients offers a good opportunity to tackle this problem but at the price of a constant tradeoff between what technology can do and the expectation of realism. The platform presented here is an ecosystem which aims to study how to extend haptic simulations on a broader, eventually simpler, range of applications, especially earlier in education. Apart from simply learning the task, using enactive cognition framework along with multimodal inputs may also bring great benefits in the learning process itself. In that respect, we believe that simulation tools should be introduced earlier in education, not only for advanced surgical procedures as it is usually the case. The talk will cover both a presentation of a high-performance multimodal haptic platform and will introduce the concept of dynamic anatomy as a means to improve the overall expertise of students all along their curriculum.

Dr. Sylvain Bouchigny
Sylvain Bouchigny is a researcher in Human-Computer Interaction at the CEA LIST institute, France. Trained in Physics, he received a M. Eng. in scientific instrumentation from the National Engineering School in Caen in 1998 and a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the University of Paris Sud 11 (Orsay) in 2004. However, in 2007, he joined CEA LIST to work on physics applied to human interaction which was closer to his interest. His research focus on Multimodal Human-Computer Interaction, haptics and virtual environment applied to education, training and rehabilitation. He conducted projects on tangible interactions on interactive tables for education and post-stroke rehabilitation and, for the last ten years, leads the development of a VR haptic platform for surgical education.