Enhance the next generation of immersive technologies for medical surgeries.
Learn how imaging, visualisation and personalised simulations can be used to assist with difficult surgeries, ranging from the spine to heart atrial fibrillation intervention, using 3D visualisation in real-time – so 4D.

VIP ChallENG research goals

Developing a platform to visualise surgery using a tracked catheter system and virtual organ such as a heart to guide surgeons in real time.

Your research team will:

  • Develop a tele-operated catheter
  • Generate a virtual heart platform
  • Register the simulation with the phantom operation 
  • Evaluate the performance of the system
ChallENG Area

Vertically Integrated Projects

Research Areas
  • Computer sciences
  • Medicine
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Good Health and Well-being: SDG3


✔ 6 UoC per course 


Professional Development

•    Teamwork
•    Leadership
•    Design
•    Communication
•    Integrity
•    Innovation and excellence
•    Diversity
•    Respect
•    Resilience

Industry Partners

  • Programming
  • Interest in anatomy, surgical procedures and/or patient education
  • Computational modelling
  • Interest in immersive technologies

Team Academic Leads

Dr. Susann Beier

Group leader Vascular Fluid Mechanics Group (SVMG)

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


Prof. Nalini Pather

Group leader Applied Anatomy and Imaging Technologies Research

Department of Anatomy, Medicine


A/Prof. John McGhee

Director 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab

Arts, Design & Architecture


Dr. Leo Wu

Medical Robotics Leader

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr. Sze-Yuan Ooi

Lead Cardiologist POWH

Faculty of Medicine

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Matt Cabanag

Immersive Design Expert

Arts, Design & Architecture