2016 Conference Program

We thank the 270 researchers who joined us in Los Angeles in April 2016 to share their progress and inspire further creativity in addressing the challenges of patient care and medical education. Thirty percent of you came from outside the United States, representing 23 countries. We appreciate everyone's investment to join us in Los Angeles to share and learn.

Download here the 2016 syllabus for details on the presentations that gave participants a guided tour of the leading edge of healthcare technology. 

Thursday Opening Panel: Exploring VR's Trajectory from the Nineties' Boom through Today's Renaissance and into the Future

Albert "Skip" Rizzo (Organizer) 

Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California

Walter Greenleaf (Moderator)

Stanford University 

Tipatat Chennavasin

The Venture Reality Fund 

Henry Fuchs

University of North Carolina 

Karl Krantz

Silicon Valley Virtual Reality

Jacquelyn Ford Morie

All These Worlds, LLC 

Cosmo Scharf

Virtual Reality LA 


Thursday Plenary Lectures

Creating a Real-Time Virtual Copy of the Radiation Therapy Treatment Room

Daniel Low

Radiation Oncology UCLA 

HTC Vive and Oculus in Neurosurgery: Virtual Reality for Preoperative and Intraoperative Procedural Planning, and for Surgical Training

Neil Martin

Neurosurgery, UCLA Medical Center

Robotics, Navigation, and Image Guidance for Minimally Invasive Pediatric Interventions

Kevin Cleary

Children’s National Health System

Friday Opening Panel: Fidelity for Simulation in Healthcare: Pushing the Envelope 

Robert Sweet (Co-Organizer) 

University of Washington 

David Hananel (Co-Organizer)

University of Minnesota 

Tissue Fidelity

Jack Norfleet

US Army Research Laboratory 

Physiology Fidelity

Thomas Talbot

Inst for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California

Physiology Fidelity 

Jeff Webb

Applied Research Associates, Inc. 

Anatomic Fidelity

Sam Peterson

Vital Images, Inc.

Friday Plenary Lectures

Synthesis and Simulation of Surgical Process Models

Pierre Jannin

MediCIS U1099 LTSI

Inserm, Université de Rennes 1

Simulation-Based Training Must be More Than an Interesting Educational Experience

Anthony Gallagher

ASSERT Centre, University College Cork

Assessment of Haptic Interaction for Home-Based Physical Tele-Therapy using Wearable Devices and Depth Sensors

Angelos Barmpoutis

Digital Worlds Inst, University of Florida

Recovery of Function after Severe Spinal Cord Injury by Spinal Stimulation

Joel Burdick

Engineering & Applied Science, Caltech

Friday Evening Panel: The Investment Outlook for Medical VR 

Walter Greenleaf (Organizer & Moderator)

Stanford University 

Tipatat Chennavasin

The Venture Reality Fund 

John Harris

JAZZ Venture Partners 

Andy Lam

Uprising Ventures; Cognitive Leap