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Welcome to the University at Buffalo's Virtual Reality Laboratory

The students and faculty here are pioneering the use of VR technology in areas such as surgery, remote robotic control and future cyberphysical systems. The faculty involved in our projects pool their expertise from fields as diverse as mathematics, mechanical engineering, computer science, aerospace engineering and medical sciences. With our unique experience, industry partners and computational resources, the lab is answering the technological challenges of today with VR solutions.

Ongoing research...

RoSS : The Virtual Reality Lab at UB and the Roswell Park Center for Robotic Surgery have developed the next generation virtual reality simulator for training surgeons on da Vinci® surgical system. This product is now being marketed by Simulated Surgical Systems LLC
NSF Haptic Writing Simulator : The Virtual Reality Lab at UB has developed a writing simulator to teach the learner to write like the master by recreating the masters haptic writing attributes using force feedback. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

RECENT RESEARCH

HAPTIC DEVICE DESIGN

HAPSTICK:
High Fidelity Haptic Simulation for Billiards

HAPTICS INPUT/OUTPUT RESEARCH

FINGERTIP DIGITIZER:
Use your finger as an input device: 2D painting, 3D object digitizing, windows desktop applications, etc...

DESIGN & MANUFACTURING

TOUCH BASED INTERACTIVE NURBS MODELER:
This project considers the development of tools for studying and enhancing the ability of a driver to cope with inclement conditions...
MODELGLOVE - SURFACE & SUBSURFACE MODLING USING FORCE & POSITION SENSORS:
The goal of this research is to develop a method that acquires force and position data from an object using sensors, and to then approximate the surface...

DATA/INFORMATION VISUALIZATION

DISTRIBUTED DATA FUSION (DDF) TESTBED: VISUALIZATION AND SIMULATION SUPPORT:
Design and development a DDF testbed to develop, evaluate and test algorithms to perform networking, sensor simulation, target tracking and fusion in a battlefield environment...
NATURAL OR MAN-MADE POST-DISASTER MONITORING:
The purpose of this project is to simulate monitoring of disaster and its relief situation for a control center...
INFORMATION PROCESSING FOR INTEGRATED OBSERVATION AND SIMULATION BASED RISK MANAGEMENT OF GEOPHYSICAL MASS FLOWS:
Computer simulations of volcanic phenomena permit analysis of loss of life and disruption of infrastructure...

VIRTUAL REALITY IN MEDICINE

IMAGE GUIDED SURGERY IN NEURO-ENDOVASCULAR PROCEDURES:
Assisting interventionalists in making decisions about accessibility by providing them with information on stent dimension, vessel curvatures and position and orientation of intervention devices...
HAPTIC KYMOGRAPH: A TELE-HAPTIC INTERFACE FOR DIAGNOSTICS OF HUMAN PULSE:
The Haptic Kymograph is an innovative tele-haptic interface for capturing and transmitting human pulse for medical diagnostics...
PHYSICALLY-BASED MODELING THROUGH A DYNAMIC ATOMIC UNIT APPROACH FOR HAPTIC RENDERING: TOWARDS NON-LINEAR, VISCOELASTIC, ANISOTROPIC BEHAVIOR:
Design of methodology which allows 3D models to be enabled with haptic rendering capability...

HOT NEWS

"V-Frog - Virtual-Reality Frog Dissection Software Offers First True Physical Simulation" | Go here
"Virtual surgery - Business First" | Go here
"Device Promises Painting in Thin Air - Discovery Channel" | Go here

"Bringing touch to virtual worlds - Boston Globe" | Go here
"Virtual Clay: UB researcher brings sculptor's art to computer design" | Go here
"VR Lab scientists win Inventor of the Year Award" - Buffalo News | Go here

"Midas' Touch" on The Week | Go here
"Touch Techology" on Christian Science Monitor | Go here
UB Virtual Site Museum on CNN Headline News | Go here
Dr. Kesavadas, VR Lab director's Interview: Rediff.com | Go here
"Giving Neurosurgeons a Gift of Touch -Business Week" | Go here
VR-Fact! Virtual factory software featured: Business First Magazine | Go here
More News

SPIN OFF

Tactus Technologies Inc.
Simulated Surgical Systems LLC

FUNDING SOURCES

Industry:
Praxair | American Axle | Roadgard | Honda | Sarnoff | API-Delevan
Tactus Technologies

Federal:
National Science Foundation (NSF)
National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Highway Traffic Safty Administration (NHTSA)
Center of Transportation Injury Research (CENTIR)
National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA)

State:
Unviversity at Buffalo Multi Disciplinary Grant
New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR)
Center for Advanced Technologies in Biomedical Engineering (CAT)
The Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE/SPIR)

News from VR Lab

Mind-controlled robot no more science fiction | "Innovation Trail" radio show, NPR/WBFO, Nov 29, 2013

Researchers Study How Mind-Controlled Robot Can be Used in Manufacturing, Medicine | Phys.Org Nov 14, 2013

RoSS Simulator Developed in VR lab featured in Medical Device Magazine | Medical Device, Sept 3, 2013

Robotic surgery training curriculum effective way to train surgeons | UB Reporter March 14, 2013

Forklift simulator could reduce injuries, deaths | UB Reporter March 14, 2013

Robotic Surgical Simulator lets doctors sharpen their skills by operating on polygons | Engadget Feburary 26, 2010


Introducing RoSS, a "Flight Simulator" for Robotic Surgery
New surgical simulator developed by UB researcher and Roswell physician provides unique and effective training for surgeons. | UB News February 25, 2010


Virtual Clay Software Developed in UB Lab "Jumpstarts" Design Process
The software, called Protean, will provide industrial engineers, artists, animators, industrial designers, bioengineers and others with the ability to rapidly develop virtual representations of their designs at the earliest stages. | CGW News 15 January, 2010

"Fingertip Digitizer: Input Device for
Next Generation"
See some images from our exhibition
in SIGGRAPH 2006
Emerging Technology
at Boston, MA.

"Virtual Clay:
UB researcher brings sculptor's art to computer design"-
Buffalo News

"VR Lab scientists win Inventor of the Year Award"
- Buffalo News - May 18, 2005
Go here

Touch-based CAD
An innovative input device for Computer Aided Design | Virtual Clay
| UB News

Telehaptics

Touch Technology