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Integrating Eye-Tracking to Augmented Reality System for Surgical Training


Augmented Reality has been utilized for surgical training. During the implementation, displaying instructional information at the right moment is critical for skill acquisition. We built a new surgical training platform combining augmented reality system (HoloLens, Microsoft) with an eye-tracker (Pupil labs, Germany). Our goal is to detect the moments of performance difficulty using the integrated eye-tracker so that the system could display instructions at the precise moment when the user is seeking instructional information during a surgical skill practice in simulation. In the paper, we describe the system design, system calibration and data transferring between these devices.

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We thank the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to support the technological development of this project through Discovery Grant to Dr. Zheng. We also thank the University of Alberta Provost Office for supporting the education application of this project through the Teaching & Learning Enhancement Fund to Dr. Zheng.

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Lu, S., Sanchez Perdomo, Y.P., Jiang, X. et al. Integrating Eye-Tracking to Augmented Reality System for Surgical Training. J Med Syst 44, 192 (2020).

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  • Augmented reality
  • Eye tracking
  • Calibration
  • Simulation
  • Surgical training