16 January. 2021
People with dementia residing in long-term care are usually facing numerous motor and cognitive impairments and go through therapeutic physical and cognitive training. In recent years, there have been a growing research interests towards designing non-pharmacological interventions aiming to improve the quality of life for people with dementia within long-term care. We are currently exploring the use of Virtual Reality for patients with mild, moderate, and severe dementia in collaboration with the Archangelos Michael Elderly People Nursing Home / Rehabilitation Centre for Patients with Alzheimer. We are exploring the appeal of using VR for people with dementia, and the observed impact such interaction has on their physical and cognitive trainings. Moreover, we are investigating the design opportunities, pitfalls, and recommendations for future deployment in healthcare services. Using a user-centred design approach, we are carrying out multisite trials to evaluate the effectiveness of the virtual reality system that will be developed and to improve its usability.
- Bachelor or master’s degree in one of the following areas or a related area: computer science, graphic design, digital arts, cognitive systems.
- Programming skills in C++ or C#, and familiarity with game engines such as Unity3D and Unreal Engine. Experience with VR development.
- Ability to create 3D models to be used in VR applications. Proficiency in 3DS Max, Maya or other 3D modeling software and Photoshop. Knowledge and ability to implement the full game asset pipeline, with experience in Substance Design a plus.
- Bio-signals Analysis skills, preferably in Electrocardiography (ECG), Photoplethysmogram (PPG), Electromyography (EMG), Electrodermal Activity (EDA).
The successful candidate will be: (1) designing and developing Virtual Reality environments; (2) programming tracking devices (such as Arduinos), and or bio-signal devices (such as myo armband) suitable to the needs of a people with dementia and cancer patients; and (3) analysing bio-signals.