Immersive learning


The focus of our research within this area is two fold. Firstly, we investigate the use of data mining techniques to provide automated real time feedback for surgical trainees within the context of virtual reality training. Secondly, the notion of developing for reusability is studied within the context of 3D simulation-based learning environments.

Research grants

2014. Automated real time formative feedback for virtual reality training. James Bailey, Gregor Kennedy and Stephen O’Leary. Defence Science Institute. Funding: $35,000.

2013. Automating real time feedback in virtual reality training through data mining. Stephen O’Leary, Gregor Kennedy, James Bailey, Peter Gibson. Australian Research Council Linkage grant: Partner - Cochlear Ltd. Funding: $300,000.

2012. Developing reusable 3D, simulation-based learning environments. Gregor Kennedy, Linda Corrin, Bruce Joy, Tuan Ngo, Barney Dalgarno. Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society seed grant, The University of Melbourne. Funding: $35,000.

Selected publications

Wijewickrema, S., Zhou, Y., Bailey, J., Kennedy, G., & O’Leary, S. (2016) Provision of Automated Step-by-Step Procedural Guidance in Virtual Reality Surgery Simulation. Proceedings of the 22nd ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST), Munich, Germany, 2-4 November 2016.

Wijewickrema, S., Piromchai, P., Zhou, Y., Ioannou, I., Bailey, J., Kennedy, G., & O'Leary, S. (2015). Developing effective automated feedback in temporal bone surgery simulation. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 152, 1082-1088.

Ioannou, I., Avery, A., Zhou, Y., Szudek, J., Kennedy, G., & O'Leary, S. (2014). The effect of fidelity: How expert behavior changes in a virtual reality environment. The Laryngoscope,124 (9), 2144-2150.

Kennedy, G., Ioannou, I., Zhou, Y., Bailey, J. & O'Leary, S. (2013). Mining interactions in immersive learning environments for real-time student feedback. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29(2), 172-183.

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If you are interested in undertaking research with this group please contact Kristine Elliott (email).

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