ESR07 PhD Enrolment Yes Start Date June-September 2016 Duration 36 Months
Host Organisation Telecommunications Engineering School, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Location Avenida Complutense nº 30, “Ciudad Universitaria”. 28040 – Madrid (España)
Project Title


A virtual reality enabled adaptive interaction for cognitive rehabilitation for People with Mild Cognitive Impairment.


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Dementia is a progressive degenerative brain syndrome that involves memory impairment in older adults caused by damage to brain cells and their connections. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Cognitive rehabilitation (CR) or training based on this brain plasticity concept has been found to improve cognitive functions. Recent studies have also confirmed such improvements through the use of computerized CR training programs, offering further evidence of the beneficial effects of CR on memory and attention.

This project will develop a Virtual Reality (VR) based adaptive interface for CR of people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early stage AD. Specifically it will 1) investigate the acceptance and technological barriers of the emerging 3D technologies (e.g. Wii control, 3D TVs, Kinect) for MCI/AD patients; 2) create patient cognitive models and design monitoring and interaction mechanisms in a VR facility, in the context of VR cognitive training exercises; 3) develop algorithms for personalised and adaptive in-home cognitive rehabilitation based on interactions and cognitive performance analysis; 4) implement and evaluate the VR based interface and associated models and methods using the UPM’s Smart House Living Lab with potential real users through pilot trials.

Expected Results


  • MCI / AD patient and new interface/interaction technology analysis.
  • Cognitive models and VR based monitoring and interaction mechanisms.
  • VR interaction and cognitive performance analysis algorithms and adaptation methods.
  • System usability and performance validation.
Planned Secondments


  • 1st: Istituto Nazionale di Riposo e Cura Per Anziani (INRCA), Italy, to engage with early-stage AD patients to establish their characteristics and needs.
  • 2nd: Centre for Research and Technology Hellas / Information Technologies Institute (CERTH/ITI), to investigate the use of visual analytic techniques for cognitive rehabilitation analysis.
  • 3rd: De Montfort University (DMU), UK, to investigate the use of existing context awareness and behaviour analysis technologies.
  • 4th: The Accord Group (ACCORD), UK, to test the usefulness of the system with possible end users.
How to Apply


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The post advertisement, including eligibility requirements, Job Specs and Person Specs can be found in the Recruitment Section of the ACROSSING project website.

To apply, please contact Rebeca I. García Betances Please quote the post reference project number to which you would like to apply.

For further details or enquiries please contact Prof. María Fernanda Cabrera and/or Rebeca I. García Betances

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