Immersive Physiotherapy: Challenges for Smart Living Environments and Inclusive Communities

  • Nirmalya RoyEmail author
  • Christine Julien
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8456)


The ability to deliver therapeutic healthcare remotely relying on pervasive computing technologies requires addressing real research challenges ranging from sensing people and their interactions with the environment to software abstractions to move data from low-level signals into representations that are understandable and manipulatable by domain experts who are not computer scientists. In this position paper, we inspect the potential for immersive physiotherapy, just one of many potential application of real smart health. The time is right for delivering real services for immersive physiotherapy, as many technological solutions for remote monitoring of patients and their interactions are ready for prime time. In this paper, we take a critical look at remaining tasks, to propose novel concepts for data processing and service delivery of remote physiotherapy applications. We go beyond the obvious integration tasks to uncover real and tangible research challenges that are solvable in the near term and, when solved, will make the vision of immersive physiotherapy possible.


Smart health Middleware Immersive physiotherapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information SystemsUniversity of Maryland Baltimore CountyBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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