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Smart Sensors and Tailored Environments for Physiotherapy


YEARS: 2016-2019


A tailored information system was proposed in this project, enable to non-invasively/unobtrusively measurement of balance and movements, and to improve the effectiveness of physiotherapy based on serious games and augmented reality. The project included a comprehensive clinical reasoning process, addressing factors such as motor control, determinants of behavioral change, and heightened patient engagement.


Mobile application

(physical therapist)

Key outcomes and features of the completed project included:

1. Wireless Sensor Network (WSN):

Design a wireless body sensor network, to better capture and understand balance and movements.

2. Customized Virtual Environments:

Conduct usability tests for tailored virtual environments created specifically for physiotherapy interventions.

3. Holistic Information System:

Developed an integrated system for physiotherapy, seamlessly merging the strengths of the established WSN, serious games, and augmented reality.


Kinect Serious Game (patient)


Octavian Adrian Postolache (PI), Gabriela Postolache ((Instituto de Medicina Molecular e Instituto de Telecomunicações), Luísa Lima, Patrícia Arriaga, André P. Catarino (Univ. Minho), António Carmo, Mguel Dias Pereira (Escola Superior de Tecnologia, Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal), Pedro Girão (Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa), Raul Silva Oliveira (Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, UL), Rita Cordovil (Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, UL), Rui Miguel Madeira, Vítor M. R. Viegas (Escola Superior de Tecnologia, Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal)


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  • Tailoring virtual environments of an exergame for physiotherapy: The role of positive distractions and sensation seeking. PsyEcology, 11 (1), 49-63. LINK

  • Tailored virtual reality for smart physiotherapy. 2019 11th International Symposium on Advanced Topics in Electrical Engineering (ATEE), 1-6. LINK

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