Haptic Osteosynthesis Virtual Intra-operative Surgery Support Environment (HOVISSE)

The HOVISSE project is a medical virtual reality research undertaking conducted in collaboration with the University Hospital of Basel and the Computer Science Department of the University of Basel.

Fiche signalétique

  • Département HESB | Technique et informatique
  • Pôle de recherche Human Centered Engineering
  • Champ de recherche Human Centered Engineering
  • Organisme de financement FNS
  • Durée 01.10.2005 - 01.09.2013
  • Direction du projet Urs Künzler
  • Équipe du projet Michael Luggen
    Robert Hauck
    Reto Witschi
  • Partenaires - établissements de recherche, y c. BFH CARCAS (Computer Assisted Radiology & Surgery) Group, Universitätspital Basel
    Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung IPA, Stuttgart
    Universität Basel, Institut für Informatik
  • Mots-clés Medical Simulation, Virtual Reality, 3D Immersive Visualization, Haptic Rendering

Contexte initial

HOVISSE will offer assistance starting with the pre-operative planning phase and continuing to the intra-operative surgery phase. Through use of virtual- and augmented reality technologies as well as computer haptics, the project tries to improve the osteosynthesis workflow through a coherent stereoscopic 3D immersive data environment. This project is financed through the Hasler Foundation.


HOVISSE aims at developing a framework of software applications to provide a seamless digital support environment for osteosynthesis in trauma care.

Compétences clés

- Medical virtual reality simulation - 3D immersive visualization - Haptic rendering - Artificial intelligence based optimization - Workflow modeling and simulation


The HOVISSE project developed application prototypes solve real medical problems and demonstrate the possibilities for improvement of surgical procedures. Although only a preliminary medical evaluation has been conducted so far, the results for the osteosynthesis planning prototype are promising. The time for pre-operative planning is reduced and the use of stereoscopic viewing and haptic rendering improve the usability of such a tool.


This work will be continued in the context of a PhD thesis in collaboration with the University of Nottingham.