2017 Expo Program & Call for Abstracts


Please note the call for abstracts is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted!
Authors will be notified of abstract decisions by August 18th and the early bird registration rate will be extended to presenting authors.

Keynotes Announced!

We are excited to announce this year's keynote speakers, world leaders in serious gaming and healthcare simulation!

Bill Kapralos, PhD  Gamification Guru
Associate Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Immersive technologies, gamification and serious games for healthcare education

Bill Kapralos is an Associate Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. His current research interests include: immersive technologies, serious gaming, multi-modal virtual environments/simulation/reality, the perception of auditory events, and 3D (spatial) sound generation for interactive virtual environments. He has led several large interdisciplinary and international virtual simulation/serious gaming research projects that have included experts from medicine/surgery, medical education, and engineering with funding from a variety of government and industry sources. He has been invited to speak on the topic of immersive technologies, virtual simulation, and serious gaming for medical education at numerous international venues including a keynote presentation at the IEEE International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication, Technologies and Learning, San Diego, CA (October 2016). He is currently leading the serious gaming theme within the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Interactive and Multi-Modal Experience Research Syndicate (IMMERSe) initiative. Bill chaired the 2014 IEEE Games, Entertainment, and Media (GEM) conference, and the ACM FuturePlay International Conference on the Future of Game Design and Technology from 2007-2010. He co-chaired the 2015 IEEE GEM conference, and the ACM Virtual Reality Software and Technology Conference in 2012. He is a past recipient of an IBM Centers for Advanced Studies Faculty Award, a past co-recipient of a Google Faculty Award, and a past recipient of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship to conduct research in Japan. He recently completed a two-month stay at Shizuoka University in Hamamatsu, Japan, as a Visiting Research Fellow and Honorable Guest Professor as part of this Fellowship.

Daniel Raemer, PhD  Patriarch of Simulation
Associate Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School
Bioengineer, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Chief Curiosity Officer, Center for Medical Simulation

Simulation Trauma!  Avoiding harm to patients, participants, and staff.

Dan Raemer has developed a special expertise in teamwork and crisis management over the past twenty-four years at the Center for Medical Simulation in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He is particularly interested in the art of debriefing and is frequently called upon to facilitate multi-disciplinary teamwork sessions in a variety of specialty areas such as operating rooms, intensive care units, emergency departments, endoscopy, and labor and delivery suites.  In 2003 Dan received a unique award from the Harvard Department of Anaesthesia for “excellence in teaching”.  Using simulation as a research tool to investigate healthcare worker’s behaviors and thought processes has been his most enduring passion.  Dan has published work in these areas and has given numerous keynote addresses for specialty societies and other healthcare organizations on simulation as it has blossomed in the last several years.  He has worked globally to establish the International Meeting on Medical Simulation, is the founding trustee and a Past-President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).  In 2008, Dan received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from SSH for his contributions to the field.  He is also a Past-President of the Society for Technology in Anesthesia.  Dan’s graduate degrees are in Bioengineering and he worked as a researcher for many years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in the Anesthesia and Critical Care Departments.  In addition to his publications related to simulation practice and research, he has written extensively on monitoring devices and has a number of patents for clinically useful devices and technologies.

What else can you expect from the SIM Expo?

Day 1 (Thurs Nov 30)

Keyote speaker: Bill Kapralos Immersive technologies, gamification and serious games for healthcare education
Virtual showcase Interactive demonstrations of new and innovative computer-based simulations
SIM-in-Action Exciting live demos of creative simulation scenarios and techniques
Poster crawl Themed tours of posters with brief presentations from authors, and time for Q&A
Reception & awards sponsored by our exhibitors

Day 2 (Fri Dec 1)

Keynote speaker: Dan Raemer Simulation Trauma!  Avoiding harm to patients, participants, and staff
Breakout workshops Interactive sessions on topical issues in simulation; morning and afternoon sessions
Research presentations Updates on leading-edge research developments and best practices
Ask the experts Come with your questions or ideas to bounce of research, technical, educational, and centre management experts

Details will be posted as they become available!

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With any questions, please contact Nicole Fung via expo@SIM-one.ca.