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Inside LARRS

The LARRS is equipped with state-of-the art, high-tech equipment such as three driving simulators, a virtual reality treadmill, two eye trackers, electro-encephalogram, balance platform, and computerized cognitive and visual assessment batteries.

STISIM Drive® M500WS-OT-Console
The STISIM Drive® M500WS-OT-Console system is an interactive driving simulator, powered by the programmable STISIM Drive® software engine. The driving simulator was specifically designed for clinical and research applications related to medical conditions.

Integrated into an advanced evaluation-friendly console environment, the driving simulator includes three 27-inch monitors that enable a 135° driver field-of-view, an advanced full-size steering wheel with dynamics-based feedback, and foot pedals that provide a realistic driving experience. Scenario Definition Language is used to create simulated scenarios to evaluate and train lane tracking, reaction time, hazard perception, visual field, visual scanning, and executive function in a driving environment for drivers with a neurological condition, visual impairment, as well as healthy drivers of all ages.

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C-Mill
The C-Mill® from Motekforce Link is a treadmill for evaluation and training of impaired gait and balance using augmented and virtual reality. The virtual environment can be used to disrupt or improve gait in persons with neurological conditions. These virtual reality images are projected either on the belt or on the screen in front of the belt. A force platform integrated in the belt is used for measures or gait kinematics.

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Force Plate
The AMTI OPT464508 is a force plate to measure ground-reaction forces generated by a body while standing. It features high sensitivity and accuracy while evaluating balance from three-dimensional components.

VR eye tracker device

VR Eye Tracker
This VR Eye Tracker device consists of a virtual reality system (HTC Vive) with an integrated eye tracker (Pupil Labs). This device is used clinically in the Movement Disorders Clinic of the University of Kansas Medical Center and for research purposes in the LARRS in studies assessing balance, visual function, and cognitive workload in neurologic disorders.

FOVIO Eye Tracker
The second-generation FOVIO® Eye Tracker from Seeing Machines, Inc. is a remote eye tracker that captures eye movements (saccades, latency, speed), blinks, and pupil size at a rate of 60 Hz. The eye tracker is primarily used to evaluate visual scanning and cognitive workload in simulator-based driving environments.

SMI Eye Tracker
The SMI ETG 2w from SensoMotoric Instruments is a head-mounted eye tracker with the same specifications as the FOVIO® Eye Tracker. This eye tracker is used to study eye movements and cognitive workload during balance activities, with a particular focus on cognitive-motor interference in neurological conditions.

Tobii glasses

Tobii Pro 2 Glasses
Tobii Pro 2 Glasses (Tobii Pro 2 Glasses, Tobii Technology AB, Sweden) is a wearable eye tracker which is designed to capture natural viewing behavior in any real-world environment. The prescription lenses accessory package contains corrective lenses for Tobii Pro 2 Glasses. The lenses range from -5 to +3 diopter in 0.5 diopter steps in order to provide support for the subjects with vision impairments.

Photo of the Useful Field Of View instrument

UFOV
The Useful Field Of View (UFOV®) from Visual Awareness, Inc is a cognitive test that evaluates driving-related speed of information processing, divided attention, and selective attention. This instrument is mainly used to predict future crash risk involvement in older drivers and drivers with a neurological condition.

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Keystone Vision Screener
The Keystone Vision Screener is an instrument that evaluates basic visual sensory functions including acuity, depth perception, eye coordination, contrast sensitivity, and visual field.

Last modified: Jun 24, 2019

Coronavirus Update
In accordance with institutional policy regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus situation, research and driving evaluation activities have been suspended at this time. Updates will be posted here when available. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Activities and Updates

Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina accepted LARRS co-director Hannes Devos to attend their Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research workshop January 7-11 in Charleston, S.C. Organized by the National Institutes of Health for rehabilitation science grants, this intensive grant-writing program brings together nationally recognized mentors to foster future success in obtaining research grant support at the national level.

LARRS team member Amber Conn received a Parkinson's Foundation grant to conduct Mobilizing Parkinson's (balance, movement driving) workshops across Kansas and Missouri. This grant also provides free driving assessments to the Parkinson's community.

LARRS co-director Abiodun Akinwuntan has been appointed as Academic Editor of Plos One Journal.

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LARRS is currently undertaking the Driving Parkinson's Project which is supported by a community grant from the Parkinson's Foundation.

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