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A Virtual Reality Intelligent Multisensor Wearable System for Phobias Treatment

Objective

INTREPID project aims at developing a multi-sensor context-aware wearable system for the treatment of phobias. Scientific objectives are:
(a) To effectively exploit the synergy in the information acquired from biometric sensors and develop a new and efficient data fusion process, which will significantly broaden machine perception and enhance awareness of the phobia's states.
(b) To create a new sensor management system that will use active and selective perception techniques in order to optimise the performance of the multi-sensor system and the overall data fusion process.

Technological objectives are:
(a) To create a multi-sensor system that will optimally monitor phobias' symptoms. The system will measure heart rate, perspiration rate, breath rate, muscle stiffness and if needed complementary modalities through a set of miniaturized wearable sensors.
(b) To create a sophisticated environment in a wearable computer that will consist of:
(i) A knowledge-based expert system that will trigger in real time the alternation of sceneries in an immersive VR environment especially designed for VR exposure therapy.
(ii) A virtual environment that will enable the patients to interact with the objects or situations of fear.
(iii) Mechanisms that enable telepresence. The therapist will be able to intervene in real time into the VR scenery experienced by patient and assist him to control his emotions.
(iv) Mechanisms that record and transmit the physiological and emotional effects, which the VR environment provokes to a patient, in a health professional's site.
(c) To create a professional site for therapists that will assist them to design the next steps of the patient's therapy taking into account the individualized physiological and emotional state of each patient. The system will assist patients to recover from their phobias and health professionals to monitor their patients and treatment procedures through a system which provides with enhanced intelligence.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

THE VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

ASSOCIATION DES ANCIENS ELEVES ET DES AMIS DE L'ECOLE SUPERIEURE D'INFORMATIQUE ELECTRONIQUE AUTOMATIQUE
France
Address
9 Rue Vesale
75005 Paris
AURELIA MICROELETTRONICA S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Giuntini 13 Frazione Fraz. Navacchio
56021 Cascina
ELYROS S.A.
Belgium
Address
Avenue De La Renaissance 20
1000 Bruxelles
INFOCUS HEALTH LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
11 The Crescent
TA1 4EA Taunton
PALLADION THERAPEFTIRION
Greece
Address
28Is Oktovriou And Ath. Diakou
151 27 Athens
UNIVERSITY OF IOANNINA
Greece
Address
Panepistimioupoli Ioanninon
45110 Ioannina