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.

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.

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Electro-Encephalogram
The Quik-Cap EEG from Compumedics Neuroscan is an electro-encephalogram cap that monitors electromagnetic activity in the brain through electrodes on the head. The EEG cap is used primarily to monitor brain activity level during cognitive and simulator testing.

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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.

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Activities and Updates

Two LARRS students presented their poster at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meetings 2018 in New Orleans, La in February 2018. The poster by Melike Kahya and Kevin Williams is titled "Does Pupillometry Reflect Change in Postural Control: A Proof-of-Concept Study."

A proposal by LARRS co-directors Akinwuntan and Devos has been selected to receive funding from the Frontiers Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation Trailblazer program. Titled "A Low Cost Portable Driving Simulator," the proposal is supported by a Clinical and Translational Science Award awarded to KU Medical Center from the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

Akinwuntan and Devos from LARRS presented on driving simulation for drivers with medical conditions at the annual Transportation Research Board Conference.

Jamie Myers, Abiodun Akinwuntan, and Hannes Devos were awarded the KU Cancer Center Pilot Grant for their study "Task-Evoked Pupillary Response: Assessment of Cognitive Effort for Breast Cancer Survivors"

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