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.

Team:

  • 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.

Cheers.

 

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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XR Lab moved in Digital Futures

As the director of the Extended Reality lab (XR-Lab), I am thrilled to report that our XR-Lab has moved into the new Digital Futures Building at UC.

Our Lab will continue to broaden the scope of collaborations, using our expertise in both academic and professional fields in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality. We look forward to the long-standing collaborative relationships with faculty at the UC Digital Futures, Criminology and Justice program at CECH, Civil Engineering program, and transportation program at CEAS, Live Well Collaborative, Council on Ageing, Cincinnati Insurance Company, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Please visit our lab after August 2022 to check out the exciting lab space and facilities at the new UC Digital Future Building.

Location:

Room: 200 at Smart Connected Wing, & 207 VR?AR Center, Digital Future Building

3044 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206

Request a tour

XR-Lab projects

Contact:

Ming Tang, tangmg@ucmail.uc.edu

Director of Extended Reality Lab, University of Cincinnati.

IRiS Ignite talk

Ming Tang presented the recent research project at the annual conference hosted by the Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS), May 25th and 26th, 2022 at UC. This event re-imagines the traditional academic conference to forge novel connections and stimulate new interdisciplinary conversations on the broad topic of sensing, including work on perception, sensor technology development, and ethical innovations in sensing research. 

Project:  Use eye-tracking to measure the effectiveness of safety vests

Team: Ming Tang, John Ash, Adekunle Adebisi, Julian Wang, Jiaqi Ma. 

Funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)

Work zones are an essential component of any state transportation agency’s construction and maintenance operations. As such, agencies apply numerous practices to keep their workers safe during construction operations. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently invested in several more advanced items to improve worker safety (and traveler safety, by hopefully reducing the number of crashes overall). Specifically, ODOT invested in Type 2 and 3 safety vests, halo lights, and reflectors on the back of dump trucks. In 2020, a team of researchers from the University of Cincinnati (UC) worked with the Ohio Department of Transportation to assess the effectiveness of safety vests for day and night use.

The simulation-based evaluation used measurements to create realistic retroreflective vests, lights, and other safety equipment in virtual scenarios. These items were then placed in different virtual work zone environments, each of which had different work zone setup conditions, traffic control, vests worn by workers, time of day/ambient lighting, etc. Through an eye-tracking experiment measuring participants’ gaze on workers in different virtual work zone scenarios and a driving simulator experiment in which participants drove through virtual work zones and were asked follow-up questions on worker conspicuity, subjective and objective measures of worker visibility were obtained.

 

 

More information on this project can be found at  Access Vest or ODOT research database