Serious games for motor rehabilitation

It is known the effects of physical therapy for post-stroke patients suffering from hemiplegia. In these cases the rehabilitation protocols are based on the repetition of task-specific exercises will follow the principles of neural plasticity and motor learning. As in many other therapies the principle is that the more the exercises are repeated, the better and faster is the recovery. Taking advantage of high-bandwidth internet connections, cheaper and faster computers, and decreasing cost of head mounted displays (HMD), it becomes possible to have the patients perform the exercises at home. This proposal consists in developing a mixed reality system for supporting the execution of therapeutic exercises and evaluate the patient performance and evolution. Using the internet connection, the application may enable the remote analysis of the results by a specialist that may decide to change the therapy parameters. This would have the benefits of lesser visits to the therapist, what may have a large economical impact in the patient’s life, especially for those that live far from the cities.

Work plan:

  1. Study of the fundamentals of mixed reality systems and of post-AVC hemiplegia therapies, such as mirror therapy. Requirements analysis and definition.
  2. Integration of limbs tracker into the OpenAR platform
  3. Development of games
  4. Development of a system capable of recording biosignals and performance figures
  5. Integration of a remote analysis tool for therapists and doctors to follow the evolution of the treatment.
  6. Evaluation

Supervision: Prof. Paulo Menezes

Student: José Miguel Lourenço