Augmented/Virtual Reality and Human-Machine Interfaces

Person wearing a virtual reality headset in a lab

Human-machine interface technology is used by almost all industrial organizations—including energy, transportation, manufacturing and more.

At Case Western Reserve, we’re plugging into cognitive enhancements and looking deeper into the human body. By fusing human and machine intelligence, our researchers have developed new ways to treat brain disease—specifically therapeutic virtual environments and neuroprosthetic interfaces designed to help people with neurological injury (due to stroke, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injury) regain lost vestibular and limb function. 

We are also developing mixed reality human-machine interfaces to control large swarms of autonomous robots. Furthermore, our work in designing closed-loop control systems to enhance assistive neuromuscular and haptic electrical stimulation will lead to new rehabilitation strategies and sense of immersion in virtual environments and video games.


Labs and Facilities

Faculty who conduct research in Augmented/Virtual Reality and Human-Machine Interfaces

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Marc Buchner

Associate Dean, Academics
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering
Director, Virtual Worlds Lab - Gaming and Simulation

Applies computer gaming technology and digital signal processing, especially VR and AR, to problem-solving in fields including psychology, nursing and medicine

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M. Cenk Cavusoglu

Nord Professor of Engineering
Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering
Director, Medical Robotics and Computer Integrated Surgery Laboratory

Develops next-generation medical robotic systems for surgery and image-guided interventions

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Michael Fu

Timothy E. and Allison L. Schroeder Assistant Professorship in Computer and Data Sciences
Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering

Develops video games and virtual environments to improve human health after neurological injury

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Ming-Chun Huang

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering
Faculty Director, Mobile Health Laboratory (mHealth@CWRU)
Faculty Director, Sensing and Interaction Laboratory (SAIL@CWRU)

Mobile Health (mHealth) Technologies, Wearable and Edge Computing, Internet of Medical Things

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Wyatt Newman

Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering

Designs intelligent robots, machines and software for diverse applications