For several years now, the Biomedical Communications Alumni Association has hosted an annual, semi-formal gathering at the downtown University of Toronto campus where graduates and current students of the illustrious program convene and share stories about internships, current projects, and working professionally. It’s a day of short talks interspersed with an alumni association general meeting and plenty of breaks for socializing.
At the most recent meeting this past November, Joy Qu and Paul Kelly were invited to give a presentation on the history and current work being done at TVASurg. This started with a brief introduction of the project and full roster of team members, and progressed into teaser illustrations and videos of our latest explorations into VR for teaching surgical anatomy.
We took advantage of the opportunity to test drive the audience tools feature of Google Slides, as well as get feedback on our google cardboard VR module.
The lineup at this year’s UnCon also included some fascinating talks such Merry Wang’s overview of the projects at Autodesk that dive into the biological design space, a tutorial on running your own KickStarter by Tabby Rose of Axon Interactive, and research into the effectiveness of science-based gaming by Andrea Gauthier.