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Joe Samosky

Joseph T. Samosky, Ph.D.

Dr. Samosky has joined WISER as the Director of Research and Development for Healthcare Simulation. He enjoys building interdisciplinary teams and creating bridges between medicine and engineering, helping to develop solutions at the interface of clinical medicine, technology and education. At WISER and UPMC he will work collaboratively with clinicians, instructors, simulation specialists and students to develop new techniques and technologies for medical simulation by defining and translating clinical experience and instructional goals into design ideas and new system features. The ultimate goal is better medical training with reduced risk and discomfort to patients and better outcomes for all.

He is especially interested in embedded intelligent systems, sensor and actuator systems, biomimetic materials, anatomic and physiological modeling methods, audio interfaces and other features that contribute to enhancing the perception of human "presence" in a simulator, such as vocal interaction, head motion and facial realism and expression. He is also interested in ways that sensor-rich medical simulators can be used as sophisticated performance measurement tools, helping to quantify and improve performance across scales from the individual trainee to entire integrated patient care systems.

Joe received his doctoral training in the joint Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) and received a Ph.D. in Medical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Harvard Medical School he trained in both basic medical sciences and clinical medicine. He holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T. and bachelors degrees in both behavioral neuroscience and electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

His research at MIT included the development of a 3D visualization system for medical images, work on a simulator of arthroscopic knee surgery, and methods for the noninvasive MRI-based measurement of the mechanical properties of cartilage. Prior to joining the WISER team, Dr. Samosky was a researcher and systems engineer with the Simulation Group at CIMIT, the Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and held an appointment as instructor at Harvard Medical School. At the SimGroup his research and development efforts included COMETS, the Combat Medic Training System, an autonomous, tetherless, whole-body simulator for trauma training in field environments.

Joe has also served as an engineering and education consultant and media developer for clients including the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, the Boston Museum of Science and NIIT Knowledge Solutions. He is the founder and president of Blue Sky Images and Sounds, a media production and consulting firm specializing in photography, digital imaging, sound design and music. His photographs have been exhibited in the Boston area and he has composed music commissioned for dance performed at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts and the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Colorado.