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Virtual Reality Nursing at UI

By Jake Markowitz

The Nursing Program at the University of Iowa may soon be entering the world of virtual reality.

Senior Associate to the Executive Vice President of Provost, Karim Abdel-Malek, founded and directs the Virtual Soldier Research program at UI, which he pitched to numerous members of the Nursing Program on Wednesday.

The main initiative of the program has been to develop Santos, a high fidelity, biochemically accurate musculoskeletal virtual human, able to predict muscle activation and muscle forces in real time.

Created 12 years ago, the Virtual Soldier family has now expanded to include a female version, Sophia, who, along with Santos, can model a variety of body shapes and sizes.

“The most important part of the program is that we have been able to enable him to predict behavior and feel the physics around him,” Abdel-Malek said.

Already used in every branch of the military, the program has been able to help researchers answer crucial questions related to fatigue soldiers feel after exerting a certain amount of energy.

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Oct 13th, 2016