Each year, approximately 1 million people suffer a Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA) in Europe alone, making stroke on the biggest burdens to health and social care. Improving the quality and efficiency of rehabilitation programs is one of the fundamental strategies for a better and cost-effective healthcare system.

ARCADE proposes leveraging interactive and digital technologies to create context-aware workspaces to improve physical rehabilitation practices. The project explores the use of interactive rehabilitation equipment and context- aware environments that support both physiotherapists’ and patients’ activities.

Project Details


Date: Jun 24, 2019

Authors: Hugo Nicolau, Daniel Simões Lopes, Joaquim Jorge, João Guerreiro, Inês Santos

Keywords: CVA, stroke, rehabilitation, interactive technologies


Related Publications

    • Investigating the Opportunities for Technologies to Enhance QoL with Stroke Survivors and their Families
    • Silva, Inês and Guerreiro, João and Rosa, Marlene and Campos, Joana and Pascoal, Gil and Pinto, Sofia and Nicolau, Hugo
    • Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, , 2020
    • [ABSTRACT] [PDF]
    • There are over 80 million stroke survivors globally, making it the main cause of long-term disability worldwide. Not only do the challenges associated with stroke affect the quality of life (QoL) of survivors, but also of their families. To explore these challenges and define design opportunities for technologies to improve the QoL of both stakeholders, we conducted semi-structured interviews with 10 survivors and one of their family members. We uncovered three major interlinked themes: strategies to cope with technological barriers, the (in)adequacy of assistive technologies, and limitations of the rehabilitation process. Findings highlight multiple design opportunities, including the need for: meaningful patient-centered tools and methods to improve rehabilitation effectiveness, emotion-aware computing for family emotional support, and re-thinking the nature of assistive technologies to consider the perception of transitory stroke-related disabilities. We thus argue for a new class of dual-purpose technologies that fit survivors’ abilities while promoting the regain of function.

    • Visual Biofeedback for Upper Limb Compensatory Movements: a Preliminary Study Next to Rehabilitation Professionals
    • Lopes, Daniel and Faria, Afonso and Barriga, Ana and Caneira, Sergio and Baptista, F. and Matos, C. and Neves, A. and Prates, Leonor and Pereira, Angela and Nicolau, Hugo
    • Proceedings of the 21st EG/VGTC Conference on Visualization, , 2019
    • [ABSTRACT] [PDF]
    • In this preliminary study, we propose visual biofeedback techniques for representing compensatory movements that are commonly found in upper limb rehabilitation exercises. Here, visual biofeedback is represented by stick figures adorned with different graphical elements to highlight abnormal motor patterns. We explore 4 visual biofeedback techniques for analysing movements designed for neuromotor rehabilitation of the upper limb. Co-design sessions were conducted next to 5 rehabilitation professionals. The resulting visual designs were then evaluated by 3 other physiotherapists, each evaluated the visual biofeedback of two types of compensatory movements: arm elevation-flexion and cephalic tilt. Results indicate that although there is a preferred technique, participants suggested to design a novel representation that should incorporate features from different sources, thus designing a hybrid visual biofeedback technique.

    • Proximity-aware Interactive Displays for Rehabilitation Centres
    • Faria, Afonso and Duarte, Stephane and Lopes, Daniel and Nicolau, Hugo
    • Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress of CiiEM, , 2019
    • [PDF]

    • On the Potential of Virtual Reality for Locomotion Rehabilitation
    • Gordo, Alexandre and Silva, Ines and Nicolau, Hugo and Lopes, Daniel
    • Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress of CiiEM, , 2019
    • [PDF]

    • Interactive Technologies in Stroke Recovery: Uncovering Challenges and Opportunities through Physiotherapist’s Perspective
    • Pinto, Sofia and Nicolau, Hugo and Lopes, Daniel and Pereira, Angela
    • Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress of CiiEM, , 2019
    • [PDF]

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