VR lab at University of Illinois has a rich history of contributions to this field going back to 1996 when Prof. Kesavadas set up the first lab at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Please visit this link to see the wide range of projects carried out in the lab before it moved to Illinois.
@University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Visible heart project (link)
VR museum tour
@State University of New York at Buffalo
RoSS : The Virtual Reality Lab at UB and the Roswell Park Center for Robotic Surgery have developed the next generation virtual reality simulator for training surgeons on da Vinci® surgical system. This product is now being marketed by Simulated Surgical Systems LLC.
NSF Haptic Writing Simulator : The Virtual Reality Lab at UB has developed a writing simulator to teach the learner to write like the master by recreating the masters haptic writing attributes using force feedback. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). (Link)
HAPSTICK : High Fidelity Haptic Simulation for Billiards (Link)
Fingertip Digitizer : Applying Haptics and Biomechanics to Tactile Input Technology (Link)
and a lot more to follow this link.