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About VVR (Visualization and Virtual Reality Group)


The Visualization and Virtual Reality Group (VVR) was established in 2012 and is one of the eight separate research groups of the Wire Communications Laboratory (WCL), Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Patras. The activities of the Group include Teaching, Research and Development in the areas of Computer Graphics, Virtual Reality, Visualization, Computational Geometry, Human-Computer Interaction, Stereoscopic Vision, etc.

The Group offers courses related to computer graphics and computational geometry to undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students of the University of Patras. Apart from these courses, the VVR group offers to the students the possibility to carry out their diploma and PhD theses in the aforementioned research areas.

The VVR Group is involved in the research and development in the areas of collision detection, haptic interaction, virtual human modeling and simulation, deformable object modeling, steresocopic vision, visualization, 3D content based search and biometrics with application in the areas of accessibility, indexing, virtual reality and real time graphics. The personnel of the VVR group has presented significant results in the above areas that have led to more than 80 publication in international scientific journals and conferences.
 

Research Areas

- Collision Detection

- Haptic Interaction

- Physics-based simulation

- Computational Geometry

- Virtual Human Modeling

- Visualization

- Stereoscopic vision

- Content-based search

Current projects

NoTremor: Virtual, Physiological and Computational Neuromuscular Models for the Predictive Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, FP7-STREP

NoTremor aims to provide patient specific computational models of the coupled brain and neuromuscular systems that will be subsequently used to improve the quality of analysis, prediction and progression of Parkinson’s disease. In particular, it aspires to establish the neglected link between brain modelling and neuromuscular systems that will result in a holistic representation of the physiology for PD patients. A significant breakthrough of NoTremor is that these models will not be used for abstract representation of the physiology or as a match between theory and clinical measurements. On the contrary, they will be used with a totally new perspective; predictive simulation. NoTremor will integrate computational models that can be subsequently simulated in the NoTremor virtual reality simulation engine in a physics-based manner. NoTremor will revolutionize research in the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative movement disorders and provide a novel approach for their analysis founded on a solid computational modelling basis that links midbrain degenerations to virtual reality simulations of motor behaviour. The ultimate challenging use of the NoTremor developments will be from the one side clinical decision support and from the other side the investigation, virtual prototyping and testing of new drugs using virtual patient models. 

Researcher and Post-doc positions available: The VVR group announces a new post-doc position for the NoTremor project. More details can be found here (pdf).

Contact

Visualization and Virtual Reality Group
Wire Communications Laboratory
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
University of Patras
26504, Patras, Greece
Tel: +302610969809
Fax: +302610991855
e-mail: moustakas@ece.upatras.gr

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