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Some good ideas come as the mind wanders, acquires new knowledge, and connects points that do not seem to come together.

For a computer scientist and engineer Gregory Welch, AdventHealth Chairperson in Health Care Simulation b UCF College of Nursing And Professor of Pegasus, some of the big “aha” moments occur during meditation, especially while riding a bike on Central Florida.

“It’s important to have time to think,” says Welch, who also runs a synthetic reality lab at the Simulation and Training Institute. “You teach, you do research. You talk to knowledgeable people, you know what you know, but it is very important to have time to think.

On the other hand, the kind of creativity that leads to creativity comes from giving the mind time to mature. Welch should know. The Technology Transfer Bureau is working to license companies, leading or leading 18 ideas or products, including UCF 10.

Kovid Touch

His latest invention is the result of discussions with multiple nurses and the release of some touching social media posts about people who have been unable to visit or touch family members in Covide-19 and who have been isolated in hospitals. Nursing homes.

“I started thinking about what a horrible situation it was,” Welch said. “Even when medical staff come in, they are all decorated and they can’t always go in there. The patient has been identified. Then I thought about FaceTime and what a wonderful tool we have to communicate, but there is still a lack of touch and it is very powerful for the patient and the family.

Gregory Welch

He realized that maybe he could change that. Collaborating with Associate Professor of Computer Science Ryan McMahn And others developed ideas for Low Latency Tactile Telepresence, for which UCF acquired the patent in August. Welch and Macman put together a group of NSF-supported undergraduate students to develop a working model and develop ideas.

Here’s an example of how it works. The slider translates into a computer command that allows you to navigate the Internet and take care of the face of your loved one with related sensors.

UCF Technology Transfer Office It now requires companies to license this technology, continue research and development, and eventually bring it to market.

“We work closely with our creators to translate promising solutions into products that will impact society,” said Svetlana Stitrom, director of technology transfer. It is one of the ways in which we interpret research and make a difference in our community and around the world.

Experience and collaboration

B Francisco Guido-SanzAssistant Professor of Nursing and a member of the Federal National Disaster Management System Disaster Critical Care Team, practical experience and a way to collaborate with others on how to make a difference in patients.

Guido-Sanz met with Welch at Nurse College and worked together on several projects that earned him two patents for UCF. An invention is a simulator that teaches nurses to treat wounds.

Francisco Guido-Sanz

Once the idea is in place, Guido-Sanz will collaborate to provide the expert area and then sign the necessary paperwork for the implementation of the patent. But the real power is to develop vital knowledge from experience and to share it with others who have talents or knowledge that can be appreciated. He said that because of the role nurses play in health care, it is important to continue innovating for better patient care.

“Nurse continues to innovate and innovate to benefit individuals and communities and to close socio-economic disparities and inequalities and promote nursing science,” he said. “Nursing access is more important than health care. Professional cooperation is critical to these efforts. The overall goal is a broad, multi-faceted career that cannot last in Silo. Not in this century. ”

Time to reflect

Renewal measures are the same in all sectors. Pegasus Professor Shin-Ton Wu, From College of Optics and PhoenixHe says that the best innovations come from solving problems.

Wu, whose inventions have so far yielded 69 U.S. patents – the University Record – said it was important to find time to think about other discourses and ideas.

“We spend a lot of time thinking about a subject,” says Wu. “As a result, shallow thinking can lead to limited results. When we take the time to think about the process, it can lead to deeper understanding and better ideas. We all need a new mind to inspire each other. So attend conferences and read new publications to learn from other professionals and hire new PhDs. Students or postdocs help to broaden the horizons. Iron draws iron.

Some of Wu’s work has enabled new commercial real-time products, such as Google Glass, Microsoft HoloLens and Magic Leap 1, and portable gaming consoles, educational pads, and digital cameras that can read the sunlight. In addition to patents, some scientific discoveries from the Wu Group have had a significant impact on the design of many commercial products. For example, his lab came up with guidelines to understand the root cause and then minimize the effects of mini-LED backlight LCDs. These guidelines were widely accepted by the display industry in high-definition LCDs for virtual reality headphones such as Samsung’s NEO QLED TVs, Apple’s iPad Pro and Innolux’s high-resolution-density LCDs, to name a few.

All three found that the best results came from solving problems around people and improving their lives in some way.

Guido-Sanz “Creativity makes sense and improves patient outcomes as long as we keep patients in the middle of our work as part of our core mission,” says Guido-Sanz. “That’s the thing for nursing.”