Referenten (18.-19.09.2012)

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Loreen Pogrzeba

Potentials of a Low-Cost Motion Analysis System for Exergames in Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine

Exergames can be a powerful extension of therapy sessions to motivate patients with neuronal or muscular disorders and physical disabilities. In addition to the patients interest in participating in exergames, the therapists have to be convinced of the feasibility and potentials of exergames in rehabilitation as well. In this context motion analysis can be an effective method to objectively diagnose and document the therapeutic progress of patients. In daily practice, however, motion analysis is scarcely used by therapists.

To offer new possibilities we present a low-cost motion analysis system consisting of the Microsoft Kinect sensor and a self-developed software. We explore, whether its qualifies for practical use in rehabilitation and sports medicine using four selected applications. The combination of motion analysis functionality, a user-friendly setup and easy handling makes our system well-suited for the development or support of exergames.

Kurzer Lebenslauf

Loreen Pogrzeba is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology and Mining Freiberg (TU Bergakademie Freiberg) and University of Applied Sciences Dresden (HTW Dresden). She finished her diploma in Media Computer Science at HTW Dresden in 2009 and worked - after her graduation - as a technical assistant at the first German markerless motion capture system. From 2010 to 2012, Loreen Pogrzeba taught the course modules Computer Animation and Digital Compositing at HTW Dresden. This March, she started her PhD project with focus on therapy analysis using the example of Swedish function oriented music therapy and will proceed with research and field studies in Eskilstuna, Schweden, until December 2012.


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