Virtual Reality technology
Virtual Reality technology enables the creation of synthetic environments where interactivity contributes to the feeling of immersion and of realistic presence in these virtual worlds.
Augmented Reality technology allows the real-time fusion of computer-generated digital content with the real world and displays information that the user cannot directly detect with the own senses. Augmented Reality enhances the users’ perception and improves their interaction with the real world. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies can be used in order to develop applications in different fields: medicine, education, arts and cultural heritage, entertainment, military simulation, and manufacturing.
The research activities of the Augmented and Virtual Reality Laboratory (AVR Lab) are mainly focused on the use of Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies in medicine and surgery and in cultural heritage. In particular, these technologies can provide in minimally invasive surgery a valid support to the surgeon in pre-operative planning and intra-operative surgical procedures. The AVR Lab is also engaged in the design and development of advanced human-machine interfaces for interacting with virtual objects and models of the human body.
The AVR Lab is member of the European Association of Virtual Reality (EuroVR) and, in collaboration with the Italian Movement of Modeling and Simulation (MIMOS), annually organizes the Workshop “Medicine Meets Virtual Reality: Applications in Italy of Virtual Reality in Medicine and Surgery”.
The AVR Lab is also involved in the research activities of DREAM (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Research Applied to Medicine) located in the Hospital of Lecce.