Booz Allen Hamilton Colloquium: "Using Virtual Reality to Save Lives and Minimize Risk"

Friday, October 11, 2019
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
1110 Kim Engineering Building
Kara Stamets
301 405 4471

Elyse Heob
Lead Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton

Title: High-Risk Job Training: Using Virtual Reality to Save Lives and Minimize Risk

Abstract: When one misstep means the difference between life and death, preparation and training are crucial for workers in high-risk jobs. Traditional training techniques may not adequately prepare workers like first responders or laboratory technicians for their first day on the job because they cannot simulate the stress and emotions of a future high-risk worksite.  New trainings in virtual reality can enable workers to experience hazardous and stressful job scenarios in a safe, virtual environment. These realistic simulations track performance and integrate data from biosensor technology to measure how the body reacts to stress, whether it be a racing heartbeat, normal breathing rate, or overly active neurofeedback.  Together, the results deliver immediate, actionable feedback, that can enhance training, improve worker readiness, minimize risks, and ultimately save lives.

Bio: Elyse Heob is excited about bringing new medical and health technology to market. At Booz Allen Hamilton, she works on the VR/AR team, creating virtual and augmented reality experiences for the healthcare space. She also leads a startup called ClearMask, designing the first full-face transparent surgical mask and has previously exited a corporate wellness startup. Elyse earned her MBA and MPH degrees from Johns Hopkins University and began her health career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Audience: Clark School  Graduate  Undergraduate  Faculty  Post-Docs  Alumni 

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