Inside LARRS

The LARRS is equipped with state-of-the art, high-tech equipment, such as a driving simulator, virtual reality treadmill, 2 eye trackers, and computerized cognitive and visual assessment batteries.

STISIM Drive® M300WS-OT-Console
The STISIM Drive® M300WS-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. The 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 condition, as well as healthy older and younger drivers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Activities and Updates

photo of Hannes Devos (at left) with three others in front of a APDA conference banner

Along with other award recipients (above), lab director Hannes Devos presented the study progress on "Cognitive Workload in Parkinson’s disease" at the American Parkinson's Disease Association's Scientific Board Meeting on May 25, 2017 in Newark, N.J.

Ashwaan Uddin, B.S., summer LARRS student from the KU School of Medicine, was offered a T-32 Summer fellowship to work on pupillary responses in Parkinson’s disease.

Kevin Williams, first-year DPT student, was awarded a T-32 program summer training position to study cognitive workload while walking in Parkinson’s disease.

Melike (below), graduate research assistant in LARRS, tests the remote eye tracker for our cognitive workload study:

lab team member working on computer

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