Title: A benchmarked automated progress measurement system for haptic motor rehabilitation

Authors: Ruba Kayyali, Shervin Shirmohammadi

Addresses: Distributed and Collaborative Virtual Environments Research (DISCOVER) Laboratory, School of Information Technology and Engineering, University of Ottawa, 800 King Edward Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5, Canada. ' Distributed and Collaborative Virtual Environments Research (DISCOVER) Laboratory, School of Information Technology and Engineering, University of Ottawa, 800 King Edward Ave., Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5, Canada

Abstract: As Haptic devices become more affordable and economical, research in Haptic-based virtual rehabilitation systems is gaining more interest. In addition to the benefits provided by virtual rehabilitation, Haptics offer force and tactile feedback which can be crucial for much upper and lower extremity rehabilitation. In this paper, we present such a system that provides a rich media environment for motor rehabilitation of stroke patients. The system can be used by Occupational Therapists (OTs) to measure and monitor the progress of rehab patients. This is an expanded version of a paper presented at the 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Medical Measurements and Applications, 9–10 May 2008, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Keywords: haptics; motor rehabilitation; progress measurement; virtual rehabilitation; occupational therapy; stroke patients.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAMC.2009.026860

International Journal of Advanced Media and Communication, 2009 Vol.3 No.1/2, pp.179 - 196

Published online: 27 Jun 2009 *

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