Seminar: Virtual Environments for Knowledge Mobilization: Improving Safety at Sea
Dr. Brian Veitch
Faculty of Engineering
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Virtual Environments for Knowledge Mobilization:Improving Safety at Sea
Department of Computer Science
Thursday, January 24, 2013, 1:00 p.m., Room EN-2022
The offshore workplace combines industrial processes in a harsh maritime operating environment.In the unlikely event of an emergency offshore, people have to be able to respond effectively inorder to ensure their safety and the safety of others. An inter-disciplinary R&D team based atMemorial University has been working on some of the technical challenges associated with offshoreand marine operations with the aim of improving the safety of people who work at sea. Currently,our research is focused on simulation technology as a means of training personnel. This includes thedevelopment of bespoke immersive simulators, as well as virtual environments. In all cases, thetechnical innovations have been complemented by human factors investigations. Having createdvirtual workplace environments in which we can expose personnel to realistic emerging hazardscenarios, we have also created an opportunity to observe how people behave in such conditions.We think this provides grist for insights that we hope we can convert into practical applications thatwill further improve personnel safety. The presentation will provide an overview of this project.Some graduate student research projects will also be described.