Virtual Reality (VR) systems have been used in science as tools for teaching and learning, technical training and entertainment. In the field of neurofunctional rehabilitation, VR gives a real opportunity to complement conventional therapy on people who live with physical and cognitive limitations. Here we present a project, whose goal is to test and improve a VR package to aid the improvement of motor and cognitive function in patients who have suffered a stroke. The VR package, called GestureCollection (coauthored by the candidate), is aimed at stimulating Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) through the movement of the lower and upper limbs, including trunk rotation. This application uses a gesture recognition sensor (Microsoft Kinect) that scans the user's body and creates spatial coordinates from their joints, allowing gestural interaction. The aim of the project is to use these VR tools in parallel with standard physiotherapy sessions, and investigate whether this improves patients' recovery. This improvement will be evaluated by assessing the brain connectivity using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
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