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Simon Hoermann, Department of Information Science


Augmented Reflection Technology for Upper Limb Stroke Rehabilitation: Evolution from Conception to Clinical Application


Owheo G34 - 1:00 pm, Friday 21 August


Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in many countries. Although current interventions do help to regain function, neither treatment parameters nor the underlying neurobiological factors of recovery are well understood.

In this presentation I will introduce Augmented Reflection Technology (ART), a technology developed over several years that allows virtual and real content to be merged seamlessly into a single computer mediated environment. In particular, virtual content and visual manipulations of hands can be used to fool a user's perceptions in a controlled way. ART therefore provides an ideal instrument to do basic as well as clinical research.

I will discuss various studies undertaken with non-clinical participants on the effects of visual illusions with ART. In addition, I will present two clinical studies, one in a local clinic with patients in their chronic stage after stroke and one more recently in an overseas centre (Berlin, Germany) with patients in their early rehabilitation phase.

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