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Published in the Proceedings of The Eighth International Fuzzy Systems Association World Congress IFSA'99, Taipei, Taiwan, August 17-20, 1999, pp. 260-264.


Chronic pain is a serious health problem affecting millions of people worldwide. Spinal cord stimulation is one of the most effective methods of easing the chronic pain. For most patients, a careful selection of weak electric currents drastically decreases the pain level. Engineering progress leads to more and more flexible devices that offer a wide variety of millions of possible simulation regimes. It is not possible to test all of them on each patient, we need an intelligent method of choosing an appropriate simulation regime. In this paper, we describe the need for an intelligent virtual environment for training medical doctors in surgical pain relief; specifically, we show that the design of such a system will drastically speed up the doctor's training and enhance their training skills.