Intelligent Decision-Support in Virtual Reality Healthcare & Rehabilitation

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Intelligent Decision-Support (IDS) mechanisms to improve an ‘in-action’ facilitator intervention model and ‘on-action’ evaluation and refinement
model are proposed for contemporary Virtual Reality Healthcare & Rehabilitation training. The ‘Zone of Optimized Motivation’ (ZOOM)
model and the ‘Hermeneutic Action Research Recursive Reflection’ model have emerged from a body of virtual reality research called SoundScapes.
The work targets all ages and all abilities through gesture-control of responsive multimedia within Virtual Interactive Space (VIS). VIS is an interactive information environment at the core of an open-ended custom system
where unencumbered residual function manipulates selected audiovisual
and robotic feedback that results in afferent-efferent neural feedback loop
closure. Such loop closure is hypothesized as the reason why such interactive
system environments are so effective in the context of rehabilitation
and healthcare. The approach is adaptive across the range of dysfunction,
from the most profoundly disabled to traditionally developed. This proposal
considers enhancing VIS data exchange, i.e. human input information
matched to responsive content, through dynamic decision-support of adjustment
of difficulty encountered. To date facilitator role has included
manual parameter manipulation of interface to affect an invisible active
zone quality (typically, sensitivity or location) and/or content quality. Inaction
human adjustment-decisions are according to interpretation of user
state and engagement. Questioned is whether automated support for such
decisions is feasible so that dynamic difficulty adjustment (DDA) of that
which is encountered by the user is considered optimal to goal. Core issues
are presented to detail and justify the concept. Findings are related to current
trends with conclusions reflecting on potential impact.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesStudies in Computational Intelligence
Pages (from-to)143-169
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011

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