Virtual reality technology is used to generate environments that look, sound, and even feel realistic. VR delivers such environments by providing closed loop user-interactive feedback with the modelled world via sensory devices. Apart from obvious applications in the world of entertainment, VR technology is especially useful in education and training, and as a data visualisation aid in science and engineering data analysis. It is also especially relevant to remote visualisation environments, which are humanly inaccessible because of prohibitive issues such as time factors, relative scales or hazards.
The primary research of SurViz is the development of training simulator systems for surgical procedures in cooperation with the Department of Surgery, UCC. This work incorporates most of the major VR challenges such as 3D-visualization, Data Analysis, Simulation, and Human Computer Interaction. A related application is Medical Image Analysis. The volume and difficulty of interpreting information concerning medical images make this area an important one in which advanced image understanding can make significant improvements in detection and treatment of illness. Auxiliary supporting interests include digital audio, motion capture and content-based retrieval of video and audio are also incorporated in this work.