This is a very exiting project, leaded by a research team from University of Texas at Dallas and support by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). It’s about the use of virtual interactions to improve medical students communication skills. The team develops a virtual patient, called Walter with a a degree of emotional interactions.
“Augmented reality means you’re taking reality and adding something virtual to it,” said Marjorie Zielke PhD’07, research professor and director of the Center for Modeling and Simulation/Virtual Humans and Synthetic Societies Lab. “In this research, we are exploring what role real peers, virtual peers, real professors and virtual professors play in learning about patient communication.”