Innovative Virtual Reality Solutions Developed at KSU


Our University is filled with innovative researchers using cutting-edge technology to identify unique opportunities. In the College of Computing and Software Engineering, faculty and students are using state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) equipment in order to build computer-generated environments that impact the real world.

Recently, Dr. Joy Li, an assistant professor of computer game design and development in CCSE, led a team of students in developing a virtual simulation that will change the way medical students learn to build empathy for their patients. Their approach allows others to experience the daily struggle of Parkinson’s disease, a remarkable example of how our game design students can use their acquired skills to think outside of the box and help train future generations of doctors and nurses. The simulation is now being tested by first- and second-year students in the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

Dr. Chao Mei has taken a similar approach to develop an innovative method of therapy for children with autism and attention deficit disorder using VR. Supported by an NSF grant, Dr. Mei has created a virtual classroom environment, which can track the user’s eye gaze and generate a heat map where the student is looking in order to identify and eliminate distractions. 

Both Dr. Li and Dr. Mei represent the potential that our University holds and they serve as an inspiration for those around us. I very much look forward to seeing the far-reaching impact of their innovations.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten