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The Simulation Group


Paul NeumannPaul F. Neumann, Ph.D.
Phone: 617.768.8782

Research Associate, Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Professional Experience:
Eye Trauma Simulator
Simulator will train ophthalmology residents, fellows and surgeons in treating time critical eye injuries resulting from combat. The simulator will consist of an interchangeable eye portal which locks into a physical head and neck model with moulaged facial trauma. Performance assessment can be computed by recording the trainee surgical instruments' trajectories with position sensors then performing kinematic analysis. The simulator will be evaluated at one of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) triservice courses in Bethseda, MD in Spring 2011.

COMETS Trauma Mannequin
Developing the control system for a next generation trauma mannequin with National Instruments LabView software and compact RIO hardware. Mannequin is being designed for the US army training centers. Control systems include state machine, audio, data logging, RFID sensor interface, Zigbee wireless sensors interface, real-time monitoring, and networking coordination interface.

Interventional Radiology Training Simulator (EVE)
A computer-based stroke therapy simulator for neuroradiologists. Developing perfromance metrics and pathology cases. Had previously developed primary data structure for vascular models which interfaced to all other modules as well as reorganized and reprogrammed entire sections of project. In addition, worked on collision detection, blood flow and vascular model surface generation. Assisted in writing several grants for this project.

Performance metrics for Epidural Needle Insertion Simulator
Collaborated with Physical Science Inc. to define perfromance metrics for their Epidural simulator.

Laparoscopic Skills Trainer (CELTS)
Added SQL database interface to system and assisted in performing system validation at medical conference.

Simulation Open Framework Architecture (SOFA)
An upcoming software standard for medical simulation. Assisting in the primary concepts and initial API. Also organized several international discussion groups at related conference for this project.

VIRGIL™ chest trauma simulator
Developed parallel Java interface and optimized ‘augmented reality’ viewer which played back the user’s performance graphically.

Dissertation: Surgical Eye Simulator
Created one of the first vitreoretinal training simulators for Ophthalmology fellows. The system consisted of deformable three-dimensional eye model derived from serial sections and statistics with a complete set of simulated vitreoretinal instruments such as cutting blades, suction cutter, laser, forceps, and drainage needle.

Paul's interests are in replicating surgical procedures as realistically as possible using computer graphics, physical based modeling, real-time systems, 3D scanning devices, anatomical models, wireless technologies, and validation techniques.

Paul's programming skills are in C++, OpenGL, LabView, and Java. He also has experience with Maya, VTK, CUDA, and 3D laser scanners. Paul’s work has appeared at SIGGRAPH, MICCAI, SPIE, National Geographic, and Computer Graphics World.

2003, Edward M. Kennedy Award for Health Care Innovation, Boston, MA
2003, Army Greatest Invention Award for VIRGIL chest trauma simulator
2004, Partners in Excellence Award for Leadership and Innovation
2006, Poster of Distinction Award from MGH Research Symposium
2010, Top Cited Article 2005-2010 Award by Computers and Graphics (Pergamon)

Outside Work:
You’ll find Paul running half marathons, doing road bike century rides, playing volleyball, snowboarding, taking pictures with his cameras, camping/hiking, mediating or watching a film at the Kendall Theater.

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