Lori Brown

Associate Professor, College of Aviation, Western Michigan University

Lori Brown is an Associate Professor, Western Michigan University, College of Aviation and the ICAO Next Generation of Aviation Professionals Outreach Program Chair. Her transformational research includes the use of augmented reality in technical driven occupations and she is currently a researcher for the FAA PEGASAS Center of  Excellence. Her work has been featured internationally at many international conferences, book, and journal publications. Through Brown’s Microsoft HoloLens work, WMU has become the first aviation program in the nation to use augmented reality in the classroom. 

She started her career as a Supervisor of Inflight for Continental AIrlines and is an Airline Transport pilot and has trained ab-initio cadet pilots for British Airways, KLM and UAE, as well as pilots for national and international government agencies. She evaluates US military aviation training and occupations for the American Council on Education (ACE). 

Her dedication and passion for transforming aviation training earned her the WMU Innovative Teaching Award (2018), and WMU Nominated Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year (2018), and numerous research grant awards.

HoloLens: The Next Generation of Training with Mixed Reality

Mixed reality technologies present a new medium, a new paradigm of augmented reality, where for the first time we have the ability to take the analog world and superimpose digital training artifacts and create a ‘mixed reality’ to enhance aviation training. Digital computing headsets such as HoloLens are intuitive and offer a natural means of interaction with no computer, wire or touch-screen. This approach has several practical advantages to overlay holographic elements onto real-world crew environments which makes holographic micro-simulations particularly suited to Cabin, Maintenance and Pilot Training. Unlike virtual reality—the user is not shut away from their surroundings. MR allows you to see, listen, and talk to others while everyone involved sees the same holograms simultaneously which makes holographic computing a powerful tool to enhance aviation training in crew environments.