1st International ICST Workshop on Mobile and Ubiquitous Context Aware Systems and Applications

Research Article

A Ubiquitous Context-Aware Environment for Surgical Training

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/MOBIQ.2007.4451029,
        author={ Patricia Ord\^{o}\`{o}ez and Palanivel  Kodeswaran and Vlad Korolev and  Wenjia Li and Onkar Walavalkar and Ben Elgamil and Anupam Joshi and Tim Finin and Yelena  Yesha and  Ivan George},
        title={A Ubiquitous Context-Aware Environment for Surgical Training},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Workshop on Mobile and Ubiquitous Context Aware Systems and Applications},
        keywords={context awareness  surgical training  ubiquitous computing},
  • Patricia Ordóñez
    Palanivel Kodeswaran
    Vlad Korolev
    Wenjia Li
    Onkar Walavalkar
    Ben Elgamil
    Anupam Joshi
    Tim Finin
    Yelena Yesha
    Ivan George
    Year: 2008
    A Ubiquitous Context-Aware Environment for Surgical Training
    DOI: 10.1109/MOBIQ.2007.4451029
Patricia Ordóñez1,*, Palanivel Kodeswaran1,*, Vlad Korolev1,*, Wenjia Li1,*, Onkar Walavalkar1,*, Ben Elgamil1,*, Anupam Joshi1,*, Tim Finin1,*, Yelena Yesha1,*, Ivan George2,*
  • 1: Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering University of Maryland, Baltimore County Baltimore, MD USA
  • 2: Department of General Surgery University of Maryland Medical Center Baltimore, MD USA
*Contact email: ordopal@cs.umbc.edu, palanik1@cs.umbc.edu, vkorol1@cs.umbc.edu, wenjia1@cs.umbc.edu, onkar1@cs.umbc.edu, ben8@cs.umbc.edu, joshi@cs.umbc.edu, finin@cs.umbc.edu, yeyesha@cs.umbc.edu, igeorge@smail.umaryland.edu


The age of technology has changed the way that surgeons are being trained. Traditional methodologies for training can include lecturing, shadowing, apprenticing, and developing skills within live clinical situations. Computerized tools which simulate surgical procedures and/or experiences can allow for "virtual" experiences to enhance the traditional training procedures that can dramatically improve upon the older methods. However, such systems do not to adapt to the training context. We describe a ubiquitous computing system that tracks low-level events in the surgical training room (e.g. student locations, lessons completed, learning tasks assigned, and performance metrics) and from these derive the training context. This can be used to create an adaptive training system