CHAI Research Talk: Dr. Hana Vrzáková, Postdoctoral Researcher & Docent in Medical Photonics and Collaborative Interaction, School of Computing, University of Eastern Finland

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            CHAI Summer 2024 Seminar

             Refreshments will be served

DATE:                  Tuesday, August 13, 2024, 10:00-11:00 AM

SPEAKER:          Hana Vrzáková, PhD
                             Postdoctoral Researcher & Docent in Medical Photonics and Collaborative Interaction, School of Computing, Faculty of Science, Forestry and Technology, University of Eastern Finland
TITLE:                 Highs and Lows of Pervasive Sensing in Microsurgery Training                                     

IN PERSON:       Golisano Hall (070), Room CYB-1710/1730

HOST:                 Reynold Bailey, Professor, Department of Computer Science, GCCIS, RIT


ABSTRACT:        Pervasive sensing has become a hallmark of intelligent systems that allow automatic and objective assessment of one's skill development, state, performance, and expertise. In dynamic and demanding environments, such as microsurgery, pervasive sensing facilitates unrestricted bodily movements and unobtrusive observations. When combined with advanced data processing, AI, and NDST methods, pervasive sensing promises to reveal performance nuances that would otherwise remain hidden. Indeed, many aspects underlie human performance, and differentiating high from low-performing operators requires a holistic understanding of fine motor skills (e.g., handling instruments under high magnification), communication, and cognitive processes (e.g., workload and stress management to interpersonal synchrony). In this talk, I will explore the pervasive sensing of visual attention and its applications in microsurgical training. Contrary to large-scale image datasets suited for contemporary AI, expert domains with limited datasets are less suited for current methods. I will examine the highs and lows presented by microsurgical expert domains and the potential for developing expert-centered AI.

BIO:                    Dr. Vrzáková specializes in methods for multimodal modeling and nonlinear dynamic systems. The domains of interest include human-computer interaction, social interaction, collaborative learning, and microsurgical expertise. Since 2019, Dr. Vrzáková joined the Microsurgery Training Center at Kuopio University Hospital as a staff researcher, coordinating the development of microsurgical technological innovations in neurosurgery and otolaryngology. She received the title of Docent (equivalent to Adjunct Professor) in Medical Photonics and Collaborative Interaction in 2022. As a head of research, she led the team in the Experts in Medical Computing program (UEF), a fully online program with clinical and industrial relevance. Her current research (granted by Research Council of Finland) explores avenues of interpersonal synchrony and pervasive sensing to enhance professional development and expertise in microsurgery.

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August 13, 2024
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Room/Location: CYB-1710-1730

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