Conference History

Medicine Meets Virtual Reality or “MMVR” began in 1992 as a conference where clinicians, scientists, engineers, educators, military, industry, and students came together to improve clinical care and medical education through the use of newly affordable computers, the rapidly expanding Internet, interactive media, and the emerging field of virtual reality.

Each discipline contributed its own skills and perspective. By identifying and supporting shared objectives, their collaboration resulted in better alignment of new technologies with the real-life needs of caregivers, patients, teachers, and learners.

The educational program grew during the next two decades to encompass the related themes explored in the NextMed conferences. In addition, partner organizations, especially TATRC and DARPA, hosted adjunct programs that brought new topics and enthusiasm.

Throughout its history, NextMed / MMVR  mixed traditional assessment and validation methods with unorthodox problem-solving to promote fresh solutions to healthcare challenges. Lectures, posters, panels, exhibits, demos, workshops, tutorials, and field trips educated participants about innovative tools that resulted in more precise and effective medicine.

Conference topics included:

  • Medical simulation and modeling
  • Data visualization and fusion
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Imaging devices and methods
  • Robotics, haptics, and sensors
  • Human-computer interfaces
  • Data and decision networks, AI, mobile health
  • Wearable and implantable electronics
  • Projection systems
  • Learning and technology
  • Simulator design and validation
  • Physical and mental rehabilitation tools
  • Serious games
  • Surgical registration and navigation
  • Peri-operative guidance
  • Remote and battlefield care
  • Patient and public health monitoring and education