The Center for Simulation and Synthetic Humans

at the University of Texas at Dallas

Our Team

Dr. Marjorie Zielke (seated second from right) and her team of researchers, artists, and developers at The Center for Simulation and Synthetic Humans at UTD. Walter, one of the lab's virtual humans, is seated to the left of Dr. Zielke.

Dr. Marjorie Zielke is the Director of the Center for Simulation and Synthetic Humans (The Center). Dr. Zielke is the principal investigator on several innovative simulation research projects in the military/law enforcement, health/medical, and education sectors. The Center is a cross-disciplinary team including full-time and student computer and behavioral scientists, human computer interaction experts, animators and modelers. The Center is comprised of full-time staff and students.

Dr. Marjorie Zielke Featured In Dallas Innovates Magazine

(12/22/20) Our Director, Dr. Marjorie Zielke, and her work involving Virtual Humans were featured in the December issue of Dallas Innovates magazine, alongside fifty other influential Dallas based Innovators. Article

The Center Wins 5G Tech Titans Challenge

(10/7/20) Dr. Marjorie Zielke, our director, has been selected as the winner of the Tech Titans 5G Grand Challenge. Dr. Zielke proposed the Emergent Virtual Teacher Platform (EVTP) which would use advanced sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) data transmitted over 5G networks to drive virtual teachers in virtual reality (VR). The Center team is now eligible for a $20,000 award from AT&T, Cisco, Nokia and Ericsson. The EVTP was selected by Tech Titans Judges entrepreneur Mark Cuban; Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO of AT&T Consumer and Charlotte Jones, Dallas Cowboys Chief Brand Officer. Article

NSF Grant Announcement

Community Integration Platform for Health Science Education of Social Emotional Intelligence through Collaborative Mixed Reality

(10/1/20) The Center announces its award of a $149,967 planning grant (NSF Grant No. 1952163) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Center will explore creating an educational platform using collaborative mixed reality (MR) and other advanced intelligent technologies such as high-speed networks to enhance technical education and social emotional learning (SEL) in Richardson Healthcare Careers Academy (RHCA) Students. We will examine the use of networked virtual experiences such as serious games featuring virtual humans to address gaps in SEL education. Our SEL efforts will focus on helping students develop the interpersonal and emotional skills needed to work in a clinical environment, as well as examine the impact equal peers and knowledgeable experts can have on a student.

The Center Selected as Finalist in Air Force (AFWERX) Challenge

(7/28/20) The Center for Simulation and Synthetic Humans was among 370 teams chosen out of 1500 applicants to participate in the AFWERX Base of the Future online conference. The Team collaborated with the Multi-scale Integrated Interactive Intelligent Sensing and Simulation lab (MINTS), led by UTD Physics Professor Dr. David J. Lary to present a solution in the Empowering Airman and Family Wellbeing Challenge Category.

NSF Grant Announcement

Exploring Social Learning in Collaborative Augmented Reality with Virtual Agents as Learning Companions

(4/27/20) The Center for Simulation and Synthetic Humans at the University of Texas at Dallas announces its award of a $750,000 grant (NSF Grant No.1917994) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This grant will be supporting the Emotive Virtual Patient (EVP) project in its latest study titled: "Exploring Social Learning in Collaborative Augmented Reality with Virtual Pedagogical Agents as Learning Companions." With the aid of this grant, this study will explore the social impact of collaborative AR in social learning environments and help lay the groundwork for future learning. News Article

AMA Grant Announcement

(4/27/20) The Center for Simulation and Synthetic Humans at the University of Texas at Dallas (The Center) at UT Dallas, in collaboration with the Office of Medical Education at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) has received a grant from the American Medical Association (AMA). The Center has developed the Emotive Virtual Patient (EVP), which is designed to allow medical school students to practice interviewing with a virtual patient in an augmented reality experience using the Microsoft HoloLens. This grant will support The Center's ongoing EVP research by integrating the EVP into UTSW's Pre-Clerkship Objective Structured Clinical Skills (OSCEs) curriculum. The Center will integrate EVPs into OSCEs and measure impact on learning through: 1) student confidence measures through qualitative self-assessment; and 2) objective metrics such as the OSCE Skills Clinics scores.



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