4oA conference

We are presenting our EVRTALK project and discussing VR Technology to Enhance the Future of Aging. Please join us at the O4A 2022 conference in Columbus, Ohio, on 10/20!

2022 o4a Annual Conference for Ohio’s Aging & Disability Network

October  20-21, 2022

Location: Hilton Easton Columbus, OH

The o4a Annual Conference for Ohio’s Aging and Disability Network is Ohio’s largest conference on home and community-based care. Almost 600 professionals, advocates, and volunteers representing organizations in the aging and disability network come together each year to learn about new resources, gain expert information and make key contacts.

Please check out our COA’s EVERtalk project presentation and live demo at the preconference session on 10/20 and visit our booth.


National and State speakers will present the following topics:

  • VR Technology to Enhance the Future of Aging
  • Evidence-Based Dementia Caregiving Programs
  • Ohio Medicaid Updates
  • National Aging Issues
  • Health Equity and Integrated Care
  • Understanding Housing & Homelessness Today
  • Addressing the Direct Care Workforce Crisis
  • Creating Access: Establish a Culture of Accessibility
  • Ethics: Working with Individuals in Poverty
  • Aging Reframed
  • The Aging and Disability Business Institute/Ohio Case Study
  • Organizational Inclusion Intelligence
  • Keeping Adult Day Services in Vital Ohio
  • Recognizing Mental Health Issues in the Workplace





It is my great pleasure to join the leadership team of the Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS) at UC.
The Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS) is an interdisciplinary research institute focused on novel routes to innovation in sensing research and sensor technology development through purposeful integration of STEM and non-STEM perspectives, including basic and applied research, medicine, engineering, the humanities, social sciences, and fine and performing arts. At IRiS, we seek not only to expand what is possible but also to ask what is good for human thriving and the health of our planet. Our mission is one of connection, integration, and holism as we pursue breakthroughs in sensing research at the University of Cincinnati and beyond.



Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Simulation

VR-based Employee Safety Training. Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Simulation 

Grant: Virtual Reality for Employee Safety Training. Sponsored research by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. PI. Ming Tang. $16,631. Period: 6.2022- 09.2022.

Led by Ming Tang, the XR-Lab is working with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) to investigate a VR-based simulation for employee safety training. A virtual hospital with A.I-controlled characters will be created to research various scenarios during the therapeutic crisis intervention.


  • Ming Tang, Nancy Daraiseh, Maurizio Macaluso, Krista Keehn, Harley Davis, Aaron Vaughn, Katheryn Haller,  Joseph Staneck, Emily Oehler
  • Employee Safety Learning Lab, CCHMC
  • Extended Reality (XR) Lab, UC

Field of research: Virtual Reality, Safety Training, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Mental Health,  Human Behavior Simulation

Links: CCHMC College Hill Mental Health Campaign

upcoming book: Architecture Design in the Age of Extended Reality

Handbook for Metaverse, Digital Twin, and Virtual Reality Development

As the director of the Extended Reality Lab at UC, I am thrilled to report that I signed a publication contract with Routledge on an authored book titled  “Architecture Design in the Age of Extended Reality, the handbook for Metaverse, Digital Twin, and Virtual Reality development”. The book includes 17 chapters covering the topics of XR in Architecture, development process from modeling, material, lighting, project management, interaction design, user interface design, character, animation, node-based programming, digital twin, project showcases,  virtual reality, mixed reality and augmented reality development and data analysis for VR-based evaluation. Routledge will publish the book in 2023.



Author:  Ming Tang, Adam Sambuco.  Publisher: Routledge. Publishing time: 2023

The book contains learning material and real project examples from Ming Tang’s XR studio courses taught at UC. Please check out another book by Ming Tang on Parametric Building Design, also published by Routledge.



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