Medical Virtual Reality

Thomas "Brett" Talbot

Thomas "Brett" Talbot

talbot@ict.usc.edu
Research Scientist, Institute for Creative Technologies

Talbot is the ICT medical doctor. As a pediatrician, scientist and futurist, Talbot endeavors to create meaningful improvements that will advance the state of the art in medical education and patient care. Areas of interest include natural user interfaces, VR and augmented reality, virtual interactive humans and microcontrollers. He envisions a future where clinician education is a daily experience and where technology is employed to better engage patients. Through ICT, he is loaned to the U.S. Army to serve as chief scientist of the Armed Forces Simulation Institute for Medicine, a laboratory of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center. Through these efforts, Talbot has created the nation’s largest medical education focused research and development program. Impact areas include live tissue/simulator comparative science, assessment and maintenance of medical competency, game-based approaches to learning, virtual reality rehabilitation, and virtual standardized patients for learning. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army with wartime experience and was chief of academic computing for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense. Talbot has more than 15 years of experience as a medical simulation developer. He authored the popular SIMapse Nerve Agent Laboratory and Nerve Academy applications. Current work is focused on creating a new generation of virtual patients, based on ICT virtual human technology, that are useful educational tools that real people can use and author.