Virtual worlds for digital diagnostics and cognitive rehabilitation (VReha project)
Immersive technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are currently experiencing a rapid development. The aim of the VReha project is to use these technologies to develop and implement VR-based tools to help diagnostics and rehabilitation of cognitive deficits in patients.
Compared to more traditional diagnostic tests, VR can provide a more realistic everyday environment in which cognitive functions can be assessed (“ecological validity”). In addition, VR allows for the development of motivating and adaptive tasks that can be used for training and rehabilitation. Personal patient profiles will be established so that the training can continuously be adapted to the needs of the patients (“adaptive rehabilitation”) and ideally the VReha toolbox will be implemented in standard commercial VR/AR platforms so that patients can do the training tasks from home at any time.
For the VReha project we collaborate with clinical (Tagesklinik “Cognitive Neurology”, Leipzig, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin/Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), technical (Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute), research (Cade McCall/University of York) and industry partners (HASOMED GmbH). VReha is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).