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A 3 D Multimedia Approach To Biomedical Engineering: Low Back Analysis

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Simulation Courses & BME Laboratories

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8.12.1 - 8.12.16



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Paul Ranky

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Session 1309

A 3D Multimedia Approach to Biomedical Engineering: Low Back Analysis

Paul G. Ranky

Professor, The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, MERC (Multi-lifecycle Engineering Research Center), Newark, NJ, 07102, USA. Email:


The objective of this research was to adopt our 3D engineering case-based / problem- based teaching, learning and assessment methodology to biomedical engineering, and even to medical science education, following our validated methodology, that enables students to explore engineering, management, biomedical engineering, computer systems and networking subjects in an integrated environment, with the aid of a generic architecture, that includes 3D web-browser readable multimedia, text, images, interactive videos, active codes for calculations, and even self-assessment tools (as spreadsheets, spreadsheet templates, and others).

The developed and validated cases besides traditional teaching and learning methods, and laboratory activities, use browser-readable interactive 2D and 3D objects, animation, videos, 3D objects of real components, virtual 3D disassembly methods of objects, and simulated (virtual) factory tours, and in the case of biomedical engineering virtual 3D internal and external human body virtual tours, that the students can explore and study. Our educational and computational methods introduce a novel approach to developing and running undergraduate and graduate courses in this subject area for face- to-face, honors and distance learning modes.

In this paper we introduce the principles of our educational methods and solution, and explain and demonstrate (during our presentation) a series of case-based learning modules that encourage reusable interactive multimedia development, team-oriented learning and problem-solving with real-world challenges. Our engineering efforts are supported by over 30 academic and industrial partners, assuring the diversity, the relevance and the quality of this rapidly growing library and teaching / learning method.

In the advanced learning environment Case-based / Problem-based Learning (PBL) is performed using web-enabled, 3D Virtual Reality (3DVR) interactive multimedia with optional on-line tutor support in an asynchronous fashion. This allows instruction to be de-coupled from a fixed schedule live classroom, enabling enjoyable interaction,

Ranky, P. (2003, June), A 3 D Multimedia Approach To Biomedical Engineering: Low Back Analysis Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12280

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