CSSE seminar on virtual human systems for interpersonal interaction education

Published: Oct 26, 2007 11:24:34 AM
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Benjamin Lok

Benjamin Lok

The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering will host a seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. in Broun Hall 238. The speaker will be Benjamin Lok, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Florida and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology at the Medical College of Georgia. Lok will discuss his research using virtual software systems to conduct objective structured clinical examinations. The university community is invited to attend.

In this talk, Lok will discuss the development and recent advances of the Virtual OSCE (VOSCE), a virtual humans (VH) system that allows students in the health professions to interact with speech and gestures with life-sized VHs to practice and learn interpersonal communication skills. VH scenarios include a variety of patients expressing conditions from abdominal pain to cranial nerve damage to breast mass screening. The VH system was developed jointly by a research group of medical faculty, educators, and computer scientists at the University of Florida, Medical College of Georgia, and Keele University, School of Pharmacy. Lok will also cover the results of recent studies into racial/ethnicity biases, after-action reviews, communication skills, validity, component evaluation and high-anxiety interactions.

His research areas include computer graphics, virtual environments, and human-computer interaction. Lok graduated from the University of Tulsa with a bachelor's degree in computer science, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master's degree and a doctorate.