Dr. Liu is the Director for Virtual Medical Environments at the National Capital Area Medical Simulation Center (SimCen). He is involved in defining the SimCen’s strategic research goals, and directing the development of the SimCen’s computer-based medical training systems. Dr. Liu is the principal developer of the center's pericardiocentesis and diagnostic peritoneal lavage simulators. They are the world’s first computer-based trainers for these procedures. These simulators were used in the nation’s first Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course conducted without animals or cadavers. Dr. Liu is also the principal architect for the center's cricothyroidotomy simulator. Dr. Liu has conducted numerous tutorials and workshops on medical simulation, including tutorials and workshops at MICCAI 2003, HICSS 2003, IEEE CBMS 2006, and MMVR 2002-2009. He was an invited speaker at the 2002 United States Medicine Institute for Health Studies forum on Computers, Robots, and Cyberspace in Washington D.C. Dr. Liu’s current research focus includes the development of the SimCen's WAVE, a 1000 sq. ft. total immersion virtual environment for mass casualty training, with applications in military medical readiness, and homeland defense.
Dr. Acosta is a Computer Research Scientist at the VME Lab. Dr. Acosta is involved in the research and development of several Virtual Reality-based surgical simulators that include haptic, visual, and audio feedback. His current research focus is on the development of SimCen's cricothyroidotomy, pulmonary artery catheterization, and intracranial hematoma simulators. Dr. Acosta received his PhD from Texas Tech University with his dissertation topic focused on establishing a software development platform for stable haptic Virtual Reality applications. His background experience also includes the development of haptic laparoscopic surgical simulations.
Ms. Jennifer Sieck is VME Lab's 3D Medical Animator, specializing in medical simulation and visualization. A multi skilled graphics artisan, Jennifer has served as Technical Director for Comedy Central (1998-2001); was responsible for 3D model and animation development for 3 seasons of the TV show South Park, the film release of “Bigger, Longer, and Uncut”, and a number of simulation game titles including EA’s NCAA College Football ’98 and ‘99. Ms. Sieck has a B.F.A. in Medical Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology and postgraduate training in human anatomy from the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine. Her work has been showcased on the NBC Today Show with Dr. Bob Arnot (1994), CBS Evening News (1995), The 1999 Emmy’s, The 2000 Academy Awards, and Comedy Central (1998-2001).
Combined with award winning computer graphics experience in film, computer games, medical virtual reality, and multimedia and traditional art applications. Her professional career spans nearly two decades. As the Senior Medical illustrator for Cine-Med (1994-1995), she specialized in human modeling and simulation developing 3D/2D artwork for their Virtual Heart and Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Surgical Trainer. For the years 2002-2006, she had been the Creative Director for Laerdal Medical Corporation defining their Virtual Reality medical task trainer products; focusing on combining photo-realistic 3D models with force feedback capabilities in their fully interactive self-directed learning system for training intravenous catheterization. She developed the original DARPA models for their Virtual Soldier Project (2002). Ms Sieck’s medical illustration credits also include “Immune Attack” (Federation of American Scientists), the Virtual Patient Roadmap (Laerdal Medical Corporation, Learning Federation, and Microsoft).
Bob Waddington, Chief Operations Officer has over two decades of experience leading award winning multidisciplinary project and product development teams in medical simulation, multimedia training, and Web-based content development. He manages SimQuest’s portfolio of SBIRs in technology including the Pandemic Flu game and The Limb Hemorrhage Simulator.
In previous work he was responsible for custom site development for CDNOW.com; was the lead on an Aircraft Familiarization Interactive Training series developed for the US Air Force and successfully deployed to over 200 airbases world-wide. The program was converted to a civilian version for passenger aircraft and made commercially available to aircraft crash and rescue personnel. While at the Simulation Group at CIMIT (a consortium with Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and MIT) he developed SITU (Smallpox Inoculation Training Unit), a realistic smallpox inoculation training system that was used to train military medical personnel. He is a recent recipient of the Edward M. Kennedy Award for HealthCare Innovation (2003) and Army’s Greatest Invention (2003) Smallpox Inoculation Training Unit.
Daniel Evestedt is one of the founders and currently CTO of SenseGraphics, the creators of the H3D development platform. He has worked in the field of haptics since year 2000 and has experience from development of several medical simulators, most recently in the field of dentistry.
Questions or comments? Please contact
Last updated on: Fri, January 9, 2009 1:03 PM
SimCen logo by Sofia del Castillo. Website template by Gabriela Corral. Additional web elements by webweaver