Sense: An interactive learning application that visualizes the nerve supply of face

Yeshwanth Pulijala, Minhua Ma

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Human Nervous System is one of the basic yet most difficult topics in medical education. With millions of neurons from varied origins, pathways and types regulating different functions, it is the least understood system of human body. Among all the organs, the face has a dense nerve innervations in a compact area making it a challenge for students to gain the required anatomical expertise. The Sense project is an effort made to overcome this challenging task by enabling interactive learning with the help of an intuitive user interface. The ability to learn and test the anatomical knowledge based on a novel threedimensional head with particle flow animations to visualize nerve impulse propagation makes this application stand out from the conventional and interactive methods of anatomy education. This paper presents the design and development of this application using the Unity 3D game engine. Possible future improvements for evaluation are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSerious Games Development and Applications
Subtitle of host publication5th International Conference, SGDA 2014, Proceedings
EditorsMinhua Ma, Manuel Fradinho Oliveira, Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783319116235
ISBN (Print)9783319116228
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference Serious Games Development and Applications  - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 9 Oct 201410 Oct 2014
Conference number: 5

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference5th International Conference Serious Games Development and Applications 
Abbreviated titleSGDA 2014


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