Western Norway Uni. of Applied Sciences
The use of virtual reality, simulation and serious games in emergency management training
Ilona Heldal is a Professor of Informatics, within Interactive systems at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen. She is leading the group Collaboration, Innovation and Graphics at the Faculty of Engineering and Economics. She received her PhD in Virtual Reality Technologies in 2004 and her Docent degree in Technology Management in 2009 from the University of Chalmers. She has also acquired experiences from Uppsala University, and University of Skövde where she was leading the first industrial research school of Applied Informatics. Her research area focuses on developing and using ICT solutions supporting collaborative work at organizations. The investigated ICT solutions are new digital technologies, virtual reality, visualization, simulation, and serious games used for improving training, communication, and collaborative work. Currently she is also a guest professor at University West, Trollhättan. Her current research projects are from the areas of health informatics, built environments, and emergency management.