UDel Professor Wins Virtual Reality Award

‘Move2Improve’ takes home prize for convention

A University of Delaware professor was part of a team that won the Best Virtual Reality Prize at the Reality Virtually Hackathon, held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab from January 17-21, 2019.

The University’s UDaily reported on March 20 that Roghayeh (Leila) Barmaki, an assistant professor of computer and information sciences and resident faculty member in UD’s Data Science Institute, was part of the ‘Move2Improve’ team, which was recognized as winners of the Best Virtual Reality Prize at the Reality Virtually Hackathon earlier this winter.

According to UDaily, Move2Improve was selected as one of four finalists to compete for a $30,000 grand prize and join a summer accelerator program. Four of Barmaki’s students also participated in the hackathon—Yan-Ming Chiou, Alina Christenbury, Matthew Bonham, and Zhang Guo.

“Students made friends, went beyond their comfort zone in programming and design, made applications, and had fun,” Barmaki said. “So it has been a very impressive and positive experience for the students.”

Move2Improve is a physical therapy game designed to increase patients’ enjoyment of their treatment. The program is targeted to those with upper limb injuries, Patient wear a virtual reality headset and complete drawings with the affected limb. The program then animates the drawing.


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