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Volume 2017, Article ID 4714328, 15 pages
Research Article

Exploiting Awareness for the Development of Collaborative Rehabilitation Systems

LoUISE Research Group, Computing Systems Department, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to Elena Navarro; se.mlcu@orravan.anele

Received 27 June 2017; Accepted 7 September 2017; Published 17 October 2017

Academic Editor: Pino Caballero-Gil

Copyright © 2017 Miguel A. Teruel et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Physical and cognitive rehabilitation is usually a challenging activity as people with any kind of deficit have to carry out tasks that are difficult due to their damaged abilities. Moreover, such difficulties become even harder while they have to work at home in an isolated manner. Therefore, the development of collaborative rehabilitation systems emerges as one of the best alternatives to mitigate such isolation and turn a difficult task into a challenging and stimulating one. As any other collaborative system, the need of being aware of other participants (their actions, locations, status, etc.) is paramount to achieve a proper collaborative experience. This awareness should be provided by using those feedback stimuli more appropriately according to the physical and cognitive abilities of the patients. This has led us to define an awareness interpretation for collaborative cognitive and physical systems. This has been defined by extending an existing proposal that has been already applied to the collaborative games field. Furthermore, in order to put this interpretation into practice, a case study based on an association image-writing rehabilitation pattern is presented illustrating how this cognitive rehabilitation task has been extended with collaborative features and enriched with awareness information.