Two papers appearing at IEEE ISMAR’22

We are delighted to have two of lab’s papers appear at the top AR/MR conference, IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR) 2022 (acceptance rate: 21%).

In a paper led by PhD student Sarah Eom titled NeuroLens: Augmented Reality (AR)-based Contextual Guidance through Surgical Tool Tracking in Neurosurgery, we developed a system that provides neurosurgeons with real-time guidance on how to approach a target located inside a patient’s skull. This system, developed in collaboration with Dr. Shervin Rahimpour, was evaluated in a study with 33 medical students, who conducted both AR-guided and unassisted (freehand) trials of catheter insertion into a phantom model of a human head. The study has demonstrated that our system significantly improves students’ targeting accuracy. The study has also revealed important differences in the behavior of participants who achieved different levels of results in AR-assisted settings. More than 93% of the participants agreed or strongly agreed that the developed system is useful for learning to conduct neurosurgical procedures. [ Paper PDF ]

In a paper led by PhD student Tim Scargill titled Integrated Design of Augmented Reality Spaces Using Virtual Environments, we posed a new question: how does one design a physical space to optimize both user comfort and the performance of a markerless AR system within the space? The paper presents a methodology for evaluating both these elements in virtual environments, and demonstrates an application of this methodology to a use case of creating an AR exhibit in a museum. [ Paper PDF ]

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