An article on LISSA, the serious game developed by GILAB to teach and learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills, has won the best article award at CTLT 2014. The Global Conference on Teaching and Learning with Technology was hosted by Asia Pacific International Academy and took place in Singapore on 9 – 11 July. The winning article, entitled “LISSA: A Serious Game to Learn Automated External Defibrillators Use” was presented by Mateu Sbert, Director of GILAB, at the conference. LISSA’s intense academic activity is supplemented with exhibitions addressed to final users like hospitals. Imma Boada, senior researcher at GILAB, presented LISSA at Palamos Hospital. Her presentation was part of Enredadosensalud 2014, a workshop on educational tools for healthcare centres held by Unió Consorci Formació.
Two end of degree projects carried out at the GILab were awarded a prize by the Patronat EPS. One of the projects, “Virtual Scalpel” was carried out by Pau Xiberta, a PhD student at the GILab, and supervised by Dr Imma Boada. The other one, “A Survey of Modern Shading Algorithms” was done by Bernat Muñoz under the supervision of Mateu Sbert.
Patronat EPS is a group of companies in the area of Girona supporting the activities of UdG’s Polytechnic School. The 19th Edition of the prizes they award took place on 25 June. Mateu Sbert and Imma Boada are senior members of the GILAB research group.
A game to relive Don Quixote’s adventures developed by GILab will be presented at the 1rst Congreso de la Sociedad Española para las Ciencias del Videojuego (CoSECiVi 2014) celebreted in Barcelona on June 24th.
GILab took part at the V Jornades TIC-Salut held at the University of Girona’s Science and Technology Park on 5-6 June. The event, run by the TIC-Salut Foundation and the Science and Technology Park in collaboration with Centre eSanté, Mobile World Capital Barcelona and the Pyrenees – Mediterranean Euroregion, focused on IT-driven innovation in the fields of health and wellbeing. The GILab was present at the exhibition area by showcasing Starviewer a radiological viewer developed by the lab in collaboration with IDI and LISSA, a serious videogame to teach and learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills.
Anton Bardera, member of the GILAB research group, presented VisualPork at the Farm Animal Imaging Training School. The event took place at the Roslin Institute, Edimburgh, on 27 – 29 May. VisualPork, a software tool jointly developed by GILAB and IRTA, a research centre owned by the Catalan government performing R&D in the fields of food and agriculture. Thanks to VisualPork, digital images of farm animals may be easily visualized and analysed. This is why it can be used to improve food production processes. It may also be applied to the field of veterinary science. Other tools currently available are not so visually rich.
Dr Anton Bardera is a senior researcher at the Institute of Informatics and Applications. Farm Animal Imaging (FAIM) is a 4-year COST Action which seeks to optimize and standardize imaging methods to improve the determination of body composition and meat quality in farm animals.
LISSA, the serious game for training in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills and using Automated External Defibrillators (AED), will be presented at the European Resuscitation Congress 2014. ERC 2014 is a major event in the field of resuscitation bringing together physicians, nurses and other stakeholders. It will take place in Bilbao on 15 – 17 May.
LISSA has been jointly developed by the IIiA’s GILAB research team and by the Healthcare research group. A demo of the serious game can be seen here.
Alessandro Artusi, member of the GILAB research group, spent the last 3 weeks of April at the University of Cyprus (UCY). Invited by Yiorgos Chrysanthou, Director of UCY’sComputer Graphics Lab, during his research stay he carried out R&D on energy saving techniques for mobile devices. Dr Artusi and his partners at UCY researched how to develop applications featuring 3D and multimedia content, which can run on portable devices (smartphones, PDAs, tablets) more efficiently i.e. extending the duration the devices can run on their batteries.
The GILAB research group and the Institut de Diagnòstic per la Imatge (IDI) partnered-up in 2004 to research and develop new methods to improve medical diagnosis. Dr Imma Boada, Director of the IIiA, has lead from the beginning of the collaboration a multidisciplinary team whose goal is to simplify and optimize the processes involved in image-based medical diagnosis. The application by GILAB of state-of-the-art computer graphics technologies to meet IDI’s requirements lead to the development of a new radiological viewer, Starviewer.
Starviewer features both basic and advanced functions to meet the needs of physicians. It is reliable, flexible and user-friendly. Its modular design means that if doctors need additional functions, these may be easily added.
Starviewer is available in multiple languages (Catalan, Spanish and English), and runs on several operating systems: Windows, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X. It has been approved by the IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise), supports the DICOM protocol (medical image standard), all of the IHE profiles, and may be easily integrated with PACS (Picture Archive Systems), HIS (Hospital Information Systems) and RIS (Radiological Information Systems).
Starviewer, which is installed in the main Catalan public hospitals, is currently used by 250 users.
Mateu Sbert, director of the GILAB research group, has spent 10 days, from 16 January to 26 January, at the Universidad de Chile Lab Cinema 3D, in Santiago de Chile. Invited by Victor Fajnzylber, member of the Institute of Communication and Image, during his research stay he carried out R&D on computer graphics. During his stay at the Lab he gave a talk on the activity of GILAB, with special emphasis on serious games and non-photorealistic effects. Mateu Sbert also visited INRIA Chile, a research and innovation foundation recently established by the French Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique.