Interface Lab leverages the power of immersive human/computer interaction

Project lead:
Don Stredney, M.A., Director of the Interface Lab, Ohio Supercomputer Center

Funding sources:
National Science Foundation, Department of Energy Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Not long ago, technically oriented individuals working with rudimentary input devices dominated computer usage. Today, significant segments of the general population control computers with keyboards, mobile phones, joysticks, remotes and myriad other mechanisms. Yet, for many people and organizations, the benefits of a seamless interface with computers remain elusive.

"The goals of most organizations include increased employee and organization productivity, decreased employeetraining costs, decreased employee work errors, and increased employee satisfaction," according to a report from The National Academies. "These are also exactly the benefits of achieving high usability in user interfaces."

The staff of OSC's Interface Lab explores through developmental research the potential of human/computer interaction through multi-modal studies of visual, aural and force feedback methodologies. These studies include formative and summative evaluation, as well as physiological monitoring to characterize human interaction.

The spectrum of these studies includes investigating gaming as an immersive environment, interactive volume rendering for anatomical representation, surgical simulation and large-scale visualization through the use of Graphical Processing Units (GPU) computing. Pairing with domain experts from a wide range of educational, research and clinical pursuits, the lab's interdisciplinary members help formulate, facilitate and achieve innovative approaches to human/computer interfaces.

For more information, see: www.osc.edu/research/Biomed/