Medical Art Therapy of the Future: Building an Interactive Virtual Underwater World in a Children’s Hospital

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10783)


We are developing an interactive virtual underwater world with the aim to reduce stress and boredom in hospitalised children, to improve their quality of life, by employing an evidence-based design process and by using techniques from Artificial Life and Human-Computer Interaction. A 3D motion sensing camera tracks the activity of children in front of a wall projection. As they wave their hands, colorful sea creatures paddle closer to say hi and interact with the children.


Procedural generation Autonomous agents Motion sensing Quality of life Evidence-based 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St Lucas School of Arts Antwerpen (BE)AntwerpenBelgium
  2. 2.Universiteit Antwerpen (BE)AntwerpenBelgium
  3. 3.Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen (BE)AntwerpenBelgium
  4. 4.Universitair Ziekenhuis Leuven (BE)LouvainBelgium

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