Dr. Marjorie Zielke leads the research work at VHSS for the Emotive Virtual Reality Patient, which aims at creating a platform which will offer high-quality simulations, known as emotive Virtual Reality Patients, which can exhibit medical symptoms to help medical students improve their verbal and nonverbal communication skills. Project is cornerstone in creating virtual robots that can either work in tandem, or in some cases, replace the need for medical mannequins often used in educational scenarios. The advantage of a training simulation is its potential to physically emulate what symptoms the patient is presenting. Research work has received two grants — one each from Southwestern Medical Foundation and the National Institutes for Health — to fuel ongoing research into virtual reality-based medical experiences.

Accomplishment are listed below :

  • Winner – 2017 Richardsom US IGNITE Smart Cities Gigabit Challenge
  • Best in Show – 2017 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH)
  • Best Poster – 2017  UT System-Health Science Education Innovations Conference

More detail on project : 

My Role:
o Develop state-of-the-art “natural language interface” capable of responsive and realistic communication, with compiling data on body language, facial cues and other physiological information using artificial neural network, deep learning, and Natural language processing techniques.
o Research with EVP in order to develop efficient cognitive based evolutionary response and behaviorism, that are in line with psychological factor while dealing with a human subject.

Note: The research was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R34DA040954. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.