Collaborative Research Between UMD and UMB Highlighted at Newseum Seminar

Mon Apr 10, 2017

Researchers and clinicians from the University of Maryland and the University of Maryland School of Medicine recently discussed their collaborative work in virtual and augmented reality at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NewseumVR Meets: Health and Medicine” brought together leading experts who are using new immersive visualization tools to advance medical diagnosis and treatment, expand healthcare research and preventive care, and improve emergency-care teaching and surgery.

Amitabh Varshney, a professor of computer science and interim vice president for research at the University of Maryland, and Dr. Sarah Murthi, associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and trauma surgeon at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, discussed their use of augmented reality for viewing ultrasound data.

Another physician from Shock Trauma, critical care anesthesiologist Dr. Caron Hong, demonstrated the use of augmented reality to assist with inserting an intubation tube into a patient.

The work by Varshney and Drs. Murthi and Hong is being coordinated through the Center for Health-related Informatics and Bioimaging, one of 16 labs and centers in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies.

Initial funding for the research is from MPowering the State, a collaboration between the state of Maryland’s two most powerful public research institutions: the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of Maryland, College Park.

To view the complete panel discussion, go here.