Surgical expertise and specialist knowledge are still exchanged in a very traditional way today: Often at conferences, through the presentation of operation videos or through mutual visits. Complex manual skills and surgical techniques need to be redeveloped, trained and passed on to the next generation of surgeons or professional colleagues. With the methods currently used, this exchange is very expensive and time-consuming.
In the joint “Avatar” project, VR interaction and visualization techniques are being developed to improve the exchange of experience and expertise between medical professionals. In a virtual reality, several users should train collaboratively – simultaneously and in real time. The positions of locally distributed people are determined using hybrid tracking technologies based on ultra-wideband technologies and inertial sensors. On this basis, VR training scenarios are designed, implemented in a multi-user communication system and clinically evaluated over a distance.
The innovation of the project is the combination of collaborative interaction and visualization techniques with hybrid tracking technologies in an advanced multi-user communication system. The project results should provide a basis for the development of future VR-based communication and simulation systems in medicine.