Interaction with a Tele-Rehabilitation Platform Through a Natural User Interface: A Case Study of Hip Arthroplasty Patients

  • Yves RybarczykEmail author
  • Santiago Villarreal
  • Mario González
  • Patricia Acosta-Vargas
  • Danilo Esparza
  • Sandra Sanchez-Gordon
  • Tania Calle-Jimenez
  • Janio Jadán
  • Isabel L. Nunes
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 781)


Using a tele-rehabilitation platform for motor recovery obliges the user to interact at a remote distance from the computer. In such a situation, a natural user interface can be used both to record the therapeutic movements performed by the patient, and to navigate in the web application. Nevertheless, it is necessary to assess the user experience to validate the system usability. The present paper describes an experiment to test the usability of a platform designed to enhance the recovery of patients after hip replacement surgery. The user experience is evaluated through several metrics (completion time and usability questionnaire) and the results are related to a sociodemographic questionnaire. A clustering approach is implemented to identify a relationship between the user’s profile and the interaction performance with the platform.


Usability assessment User experience Kinect Health computing Data analysis Clustering 



The authors would like to thank CEDIA for partially funding this study through the project “CEPRA XI-2017-15 Telerehabilitación”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yves Rybarczyk
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Santiago Villarreal
    • 1
  • Mario González
    • 1
  • Patricia Acosta-Vargas
    • 1
  • Danilo Esparza
    • 1
  • Sandra Sanchez-Gordon
    • 3
  • Tania Calle-Jimenez
    • 3
  • Janio Jadán
    • 4
  • Isabel L. Nunes
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Intelligent & Interactive Systems LabUniversidad de Las AméricasQuitoEcuador
  2. 2.CTS/UNINOVA, DEE, Nova University of LisbonMonte de CaparicaPortugal
  3. 3.Escuela Politécnica NacionalQuitoEcuador
  4. 4.Universidad Tecnológica IndoaméricaAmbatoEcuador
  5. 5.Faculty of Science and TechnologyUniversidade NOVA de LisboaCaparicaPortugal
  6. 6.UNIDEMICaparicaPortugal

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