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Customizable, motivating user interfaces for mobile training support

Objectives and approaches

The goal of this line of research is the iterative and user-centered development and validation of interactive mobile user interfaces for personalized training support throughout the rehabilitation process. For this purpose, the user interfaces are first connected to the self-configuring, ambulatory motion capturing and analysis. In order to support motivation and adherence, current concepts such as gamification and exergames are used. Furthermore, the control of correct movement or exercise execution via multi-modal feedback plays an important role in the design process. In addition to international standards (e.g., DIN EN ISO 9241), current research results in the context of age-based information visualization are also taken into account and are further developed for the described application scenario. An essential component of the entire development process is the continuous integration of the user, where usability and technology acceptance are particularly evaluated.

Interdisciplinary work

The user interfaces are developed in close coordination between computer science, mathematics, movement science, psychology, and cognitive science. The former disciplines realize the integration of the self-configuring, ambulatory motion capturing and analysis, while the psychologists and cognitive scientists support the iterative development process in the areas of study design and evaluation. Regarding medical and application-specific questions, we cooperate with the Westpfalz-Klinikum, the Klinik Lindenplatz and the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in Kaiserslautern as well as with the company Ergo-Fit.