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Human Modeling

Computer Graphics may be broadly defined as the study of visual communication with computers. As such it encompasses generation of and human interaction with visual images. The research at Pennís Center for Human Modeling and Simulation focuses on behavior-based animation of human movement, modeling through physics-based techniques, applications of control theory techniques to dynamic models, illumination models for image synthesis, and understanding the relationship between human movement, natural language ,and communication.

Computer Games May Be Good For Your Health: Shifting Healthcare Behavior Via Virtual Reality Simulators

Computer-based games and interactive simulators have matured to the point where they can have a significant positive impact on healthcare behavior decisions. Using behavior change theory, mathematical agent control, and advanced simulation technology, Dr. Barry G. Silverman and his group have derived a generic framework for computer based training that uses modern techniques of virtual reality trainers and intelligent software personas/agents. As a demonstration, they are developing a game (Heart Sense) intended to improve recognition of heart attack symptoms and shift behavioral issues so as to reduce pre-hospitalization delay in seeking treatment and thereby reduce myocardial infarction mortality and morbidity. Initial results from usage of this game strongly support the guidelines of this framework for computer game development and pedagogical agents for healthcare education and promotion.
For more information on the Center for Human Modeling and Simulation, please visit http://hms.upenn.edu

For more about Heart Sense, please visit http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~barryg/heart/

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