Keynote

Prof. Dr. Shahrulniza Musa

Deputy President (Academic & Technology) University Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

  • PhD in (Electronic & Electrical Engineering)
    Loughborough University, UK
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Electronic & Electrical Engineering)
    Loughborough University, UK
  • Master Education (Technical and Vocational)
    Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Bsc. In Physic Informatic and Electronic
    University of Metz, France

peter haddawy

Professor Dr. Peter Haddawy

Computer Science Academic Group, Faculty of Information And Communication Technology, Mahidol University


  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) - Computer Science,  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Computer Science,  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Representing and Reasoning about Surgical Procedures for Effective Intelligent Tutoring

The teaching of surgical skills, which has traditionally followed an apprentice style approach, has faced a number of challenges that have driven medical schools to seek alternatives.  In the past decade, medical schools have increasingly introduced simulators into their curricula as a way to provide students with increased practice without risk to patients.  With the advance of computer graphics hardware and software, virtual reality simulators have become attractive due to their relatively low cost and flexibility.  The deployment of such VR simulators provides a great opportunity to gather data on student performance and to use this data to personalize instruction.  I describe our work on intelligent virtual environments for surgical training that seeks to explore the potential of the integration of techniques from Virtual Reality and Intelligent Tutoring Systems to increase the effectiveness of surgical training by providing personalized instruction, assessment, and formative feedback in a form and on a scale not possible in the physical world.  I describe a general framework for providing formative feedback for training of psychomotor skills, as well as its implementation in a specific surgical simulator.  I go on to describe our recent work on representing surgical procedures at the kinematic and symbolic levels in order to support rich communication with students as well as analysis of student performance.