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Augmented Reality: Making Surgery Safer

Dr. Amitabh Varshney -- University of Maryland, College Park

2018/10/18 10:00am

While medical imaging has radically evolved over the last few decades, how those images are displayed is basically the same as it was in 1950. Visual data are shown on a flat 2D screen, on displays that force health care providers to look away from the patient, and even away from their own hands while operating. Augmented reality (AR) has the potential to dramatically shift this paradigm. This session details AR tools being developed at the Maryland Blended Reality Center that overlay imaging directly in a practitioner’s field of view, for life-saving applications in medicine and surgery.

Amitabh Varshney explores applications of virtual and augmented reality in several areas, including healthcare and telemedicine. He has worked in visual saliency, summarization of large visual datasets, and visual computing for big data. He is Professor and Dean of UMD's College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences.