Augmented Reality and the Human Body

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29 January 2015 @ 11am Eastern US

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Technology is an increasingly important tool for understanding the human body. Whether to diagnose a condition, to improve patient outcomes during a procedure, to monitor vital systems or maintain a healthy person in their best condition, medical and healthcare professionals are adopting new technologies to acquire data at an accelerating rate.

During this Google+ Hangout invited experts will discuss opportunities for using Augmented Reality to visualize contextually-relevant data in medical and personal health and wellness scenarios. They will build upon the concepts introduced during a WebEx event on the topic of AR and Medicine, Health and Wellness hosted by IEEE on January 22, 2015. Agenda and Registration Info.

The introduction of technology in medical and healthcare procedures usually involves highly controlled research followed by years of testing for safety and detailed studies to balance the benefits against risks to patients, professionals and the mass market user. The experts will discuss the experiences they have with AR introduction in medical and healthcare to date. Success stories will be shared along with the lessons learned in trials and testbeds. In addition to the technical issues, they will frame the cultural and business issues frequently encountered.

  • Which use cases for AR in medicine and healthcare are most likely to be widely introduced or adopted in 2015?
  • What are the biggest challenges facing those that want to use AR in medicine, healthcare an wellness?
  • What are the responsibilities of the patient? What are the responsibilities of the product/solution provider? What are the responsibilities of the medical professional when using AR-assisted procedures or systems?

Learn how to approach the introduction of Augmented Reality in medicine, healthcare and wellness from the experts in this LIVE Google+ Hangout on Air episode, part of the IEEE-SA’s Augmented Reality (AR) Innovations Space.



Soulaiman Itani has spent his entire career trying to understand how the world operates and how to leverage that knowledge to improve everyday life. With that core belief he created Atheer. Atheer’s goal is to advance human-centric computing technologies and empower users to have technology work with them in ways never thought possible only a few short years ago.

His previous work includes designing cancer tests and treatments as well as creating models for robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles. He received his Masters of Science and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Nassir Navab’s work, which focuses on computer-aided medical procedures and augmented reality, bridges the gap between medicine and computer science. He develops technologies aimed at improving the quality of medical interventions. Navab earned his Ph.D. at INRIA/Paris XI, followed by two years of postdoctoral research at MIT Media Laboratory. He became a full professor at the Technische Universitat Munchen in 2003 and chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures and Augmented Reality (CAMP). He is a member of the technical staff at Siemens Corporate Research (SCR) and a board member of MICCAI, the organizer of the world’s leading conference on medical image computing and computer assisted intervention. Navab also is on the editorial board of many international journals, including IEEE TMI, MedIA and Medical Physics. He has authored hundreds of scientific publications and has filed more than 60 international patents.


Dr. Terry Peters is a Scientist in the Imaging Research Laboratories at the Robarts Research Institute (RRI), London, ON, Canada, and Professor in the Departments of Medical Imaging and Medical Biophysics at Western University London, Canada. For the past 30 years, his research has focused on the application of computational hardware and software advances to medical imaging modalities in surgery and therapy. His lab pioneered many of the image-guidance techniques and applications for image-guided neurosurgery. Dr. Peters has authored over 250 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, a similar number of abstracts, and has delivered over 200 invited presentations. He has mentored over 85 trainees at the Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral levels.


Moderated by Christine Perey - Christine Perey is a spime wrangler and evangelist with over 20 years of experience in new multimedia communications markets and technologies. She provides fact-based analysis and insights for strategic planning and market development to providers of Augmented Reality-enabled and -enabling products and services. Christine founded and leads the AR Community and serves on panels and committees dedicated to the advancement of Augmented Reality experiences in business and consumer markets. From 1993 to 2004, she was a leading advocate for personal video communications, working with prominent vendors to expand the market for use of video calling in daily life.

Prior to leading the personal videoconferencing industry, Christine was the publisher and editor of the QuickTime Forum and the founder/host of the QuickTime Movie Festival (1991-1993).

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