Special session 14:

XR for post-COVID rehabilitation

The infection from SARS-CoV-2 can involve persistence and motor or cognitive complications that last weeks to months after initial recovery. All those patients may benefit from rehabilitative care after the acute phase of the disease. Nonetheless, the persistence of the pandemic still challenges the resources of the clinical personnel and makes accessing hospitals difficult.

In such a context, XR technologies may represent a means to support the rehabilitation – both in clinics and at home – of patients with post-COVID symptoms, both in the acute and chronic phases.

In this Special Session, we would like to explore the potential of XR in supporting post-COVID patients. Topics include, but are not limited to: XR applications and systems for pulmonary rehabilitation; to re-train cardio-respiratory fitness; to provide cognitive interventions; to provide psychological support to patients facing isolation and lack of social participation; telemedicine, telerehabilitation and home-based training programs.

Organized by:

Sara Arlati

Italian National Research Council – CNR-STIIMA, Italy

Sara Arlati received MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2013, and her PhD degree in Bioengineering in 2020 from Politecnico di Milano. Her PhD thesis was about virtual reality-based cognitive interventions for older adults with mild cognitive impairment. She is currently a full-time researcher at CNR-STIIMA. Her research interests mainly deal with virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) technologies and their application to the health sector; in particular, she designs and develops applications supporting neuromotor rehabilitation and cognitive training for diverse populations of users. She is also interested in the evaluation of the user experience while using VR/AR devices.


contact: Sara.Arlati@stiima.cnr.it

Vera Colombo

Italian National Research Council – CNR-STIIMA, Italy

Vera Colombo is a biomedical engineer, graduated from Politecnico di Milano in 2015. She is currently a research fellow at CNR-STIIMA and PhD student in Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano. Her research activities mainly include the design, development and validation of VR solutions for physical and cognitive training in the field of rehabilitation of patients with neurologic diseases and chronic respiratory diseases.


contact: vera.colombo@stiima.cnr.it