Currently many different applications areas for Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are being explored. A particularly promising application area for VR/AR is Healthcare and Medicine.
Various use-cases for this application area are being researched and developed, software applications are already being published and used in various settings from education and training to patient assessments and diagnoses, treatments, and operations. However, we do not have a clear overview of how effective these are, nor whether these software solutions are adequate replacements or additions in the long-term. Additionally, combining VR/AR technologies with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) will provide powerful, largely unexplored application areas that will revolutionize Healthcare and Medicine practice. The main purposes of this special session are to allow researchers, software developers and practitioners to showcase novel use-cases and applications, present empirical research results from user-centered qualitative and quantitative experiments of these new applications, and facilitate a discussion forum to explore the latest trends in new VR/AR Healthcare and Medicine applications.
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