We are very pleased to briefly introduce the project team consisting of rehabilitation clinics, universities, and industry partners:
The ExerGetic project unites several disciplines to cover important areas that are necessary to develop a user-centred exergame solution – the ExerG. The project includes experts from health care institutions and from business as well as researchers from human movement science, neuropsychology, applied health sciences, human computer interaction, and game and industrial design. This interdisciplinary competences and expertise of our project consortium are used to develop an attractive, safe and effective exergame solution for the geriatric population. The project partners follow pre-defined and well-coordinated conceptualisation, development, testing, and iteration phases to create the requested exergame solution.
In the following, the project partners from Austria, Canada and Switzerland are described in more detail.
Sphery Ltd. is specialised in game-based and personalised multimedia training concepts and technologies, which are combined with innovative and unique hard- and software designs. With a research-based and user-centred design approach, Sphery contributes to the physical, cognitive and mental health of today’s «digital native» society (including various target populations). Sphery aims at providing further exergame solutions, which are attractive, effective, cost-efficient and easily accessible for everybody. The interdisciplinary team consists of highly experienced game designers and researchers from movement science and game research who support this project on the level of project coordination, game development, technical support, and research-related work.
As a leading rehabilitation centre for neurology, orthopaedics, geriatrics, internal oncological and psychosomatic rehabilitation, Reha Rheinfelden (RHF) sees its main task in helping patients to find their way back into everyday life and work with the help of state-of-the-art therapies. With its first-class infrastructure, the clinic covers the entire rehabilitation chain, with a rehabilitative intensive care unit, a ward for the severely affected, inpatient wards, a neurological day centre and the CURATIVA outpatient centre. For the 2,300 in-patients per year, 204 beds are available in private, semi-private and general wards. Around 6,500 cases are treated annually at the CURATIVA. It is a member of SW!SS REHA and Swiss Leading Hospitals. RHF was awarded the EFQM certificate “Recognised for Excellence” with 3 stars in 2017.
The Zurich University of the Arts is one of the leading art colleges in Europe. The study and research programme includes design, film, fine arts, music, dance, theatre, transdisciplinarity and mediation. It is part of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZFH and is a state university with its own legal personality.
The Subject Area in Game Design focuses on the culture and design of interactive games. Students learn the creative use of digital media and acquire the basic conceptual, design and technological skills necessary for the development and implementation of computer-based games.
Since 2004, the Game Design department has been working on numerous study and research projects – mainly in the field of Serious and Applied Games – with renowned international partners from business and academia. Such collaborations typically conclude with published research results and/or fully functional technological implementations.
In 1957, the University of Waterloo opened its doors to 74 engineering students with co-operative education as its cornerstone. Today, with more than 42,000+ students attending annually, Waterloo is #1 in Canada for experiential learning and employer-student connections. With a global network spanning more than 220,000 alumni in 151 countries, Waterloo attracts world-class scholars including a Nobel Laureate, leads in providing work-integrated learning opportunities with 7,100+ active co-op employers and fosters an entrepreneurial spirit that has created 5,000+ jobs through Velocity alone, Canada’s most productive start-up incubator as measured by private investment. This is why 474 Waterloo entrepreneurs have been able to raise $12.9 billion since 2006. It’s also why more than 10,000 donors from 39 countries donated $46 million to Waterloo in 2019-20 and continue to donate today.
The Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business offers undergraduate and graduate programmes in digital arts and user experience design within a global business framework. Students combine creative exploration, critical thinking and design research to create positive technology-enhanced user experiences. Our students and faculty respond to current design challenges and anticipate possible digital futures, often in collaboration with partners outside the university. In particular, we take a human-centered approach to technology while being mindful of social, cultural and environmental impact.
The HCI Games Group conducts research in information and communication technologies, design, psychology, and human-computer interaction related with games and gamification. We are part of Waterloo HCI and located at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business and the Games Institute.
VASCage is a research centre with a focus on vascular ageing and stroke. VASCage develops innovative strategies for early prevention of vascular ageing and diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation of stroke by bridging the gap between traditional ageing research and mainstream clinical research. VASCage has first-line expertise in neurological rehabilitation, e-rehabilitation, sensor technology, robot-assisted training, artificial intelligence, patient involvement and feedback, access to patients and healthy cohorts, and conduct of qualitative and quantitative trials. VASCage operates in its current projects with nearly 50 highly acknowledged company and scientific partners in the EU, UK and US. The range of VASCage´s 35 company partners ranges from rehabilitation devices manufacturing, biopharmaceuticals or biotechnology to medical and laboratory technology, software IT, electronics and the textile industry, which enables VASCage to combine the international expertise of top scientists with leading research companies. Public health priorities of VASCage lie in ambitious prevention programmes in students and apprentices, promotion of vascular health, and knowledge transfer to the public. As a consortium partner, the VASCage provides direct access to primary, secondary and tertiary end-users.
As one of the most modern and renowned rehabilitation centres, Reha Zentrum Münster (RZM) cares for 300 patients in the fields of neurology, cardiology, pulmonology, oncology and psychiatry. On an area of 16.000 m2, the committed multidisciplinary rehabilitation team supports patients’ autonomy and recovery in close cooperation with patients and their families. The team’s ultimate goal is to provide patients with opportunities for an active participation in rehabilitation and independence in activities of daily living. Dedicated to evidence-based clinical treatment and therapies, RZM aims to empower and motivate patients to live a self-determined life in their own personal environment. RZM offers state-of-the-art rehabilitation infrastructure (e.g. robot-assisted training, underwater therapy, etc.) and several inpatient treatments (e.g., physiotherapy, neuropsychological diagnostics, etc.). The RZM Betriebs GmbH is a private company and contractual partner of the Federation of Austrian Social Insurance Institutions and publicly financed on a daily-rate basis without a regular first class schema provided. RZM works in close collaboration with hospitals, organisations and institutions from the social and health care sectors and is a member of the Austrian Neuro-Rehab Center Network. In 2015, the Karl Landsteiner Institute for Interdisciplinary Research was established at RZM to pursue clinical research projects with a focus on rehabilitation research.