MIMICS Multimodal Immersive Motion rehabilitation with Interactive Cognitive Systems
Project Number 215 756
January 2008 - December 2010
Location of Project Partners
Research and development activities of the MIMICS project are funded through the European Union under the 7th Framework programme.
The main hypothesis of this project is that movement training for neurorehabilitation can be substantially
improved through immersive and multimodal sensory feedback. The approach is real-time acquisition of
behavioural and physiological data from patients and the use of this to adaptively and dynamically change
the displays of an immersive virtual reality system, with the goal of maximising patient motivation. This
will result in complex systems that are natural, user-friendly and easy to use.
In this project two exemplary systems will be developed for robot-assisted rehabilitation of upper and
lower extremities. The systems will be able to record multi-sensory data (motion, forces, voice, muscle
activity, heart rate, skin conductance etc.) and process this data in real-time to infer the intention of the
patient and the overall psycho-physiological state. The computed information will be used to drive the
therapy robots in combination with immersive virtual reality systems including 3D graphics and 3D
sound. Several individually adjustable scenarios will be set up and the patient will be immersed into the
corresponding virtual environments. Experimental tests on humans will evaluate to which such systems
can increase the motivation of the patients and, thus, the therapeutic outcome of the training.
New basic insights will be obtained about presence and motivation in humans. Furthermore, MIMICS
technology will enter clinical routine so that large patient populations (e.g. stroke, spinal cord injury) can
benefit. Motor rehabilitation will become more efficient and may reduce costs of the European health care
systems. A multi-national network is required to better compensate regional differences and increase
international acceptance. The MIMICS consortium is characterised by an ideal balance of engineers,
computer scientists, physicians and one industrial partner, who are all word-leaders in their respective
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