NRC'S Interactive Simulation Platform

Robert DiRaddo - NRC

Jan. 29, 2016, 2:30 p.m. - Jan. 29, 2016, 3:30 p.m.


An overview of NRC work in interactive simulation will be presented.  Interactive simulation allows for a user to interact with a virtual reality scene, with the objective of skills training, mission rehearsal or device design/usability. In this context, NRC has developed, NeuroTouch, an interactive simulator for training of neurosurgical skills that is currently used in over 15 teaching hospitals worldwide. NeuroTouch was developed on a reliance of unique expertise in software development, human-machine interactivity and biomechanical models. A research methodology that relies on integrating an early-adopter group of users into the development process was implemented.  Further to this, NRC has leveraged this work to address other industry-driven needs in interactive simulation.  For example, we are developing simulation capabilities for drone flight, as well as simulation capabilities for remediation of mental health and motor skills. 
Robert currently leads the Simulation and Digital Health Group at NRC. During his time at NRC he initiated and led large-scale initiatives in surgical skills simulation as well as in simulation of the design of automotive fuel tanks. Prior to coming to NRC he worked in the petrochemical sector, starting-up a compounding plant. Robert is a Montreal native and a graduate of McGill Engineering.