146 UX-RV-pédiatrique in progress

Use of physiological data to improve user experience in immersive virtual reality: pediatric applications

Intervention area

Smart home

Start date

September 1, 2022

End date

August 31, 2024

The objective of this mandate is to test the feasibility of using low-cost sensors to collect and analyze user peripheral physiological data during immersive virtual reality (VR) experiences in pediatric physical rehabilitation and pain reduction contexts. Physiological data will be integrated within a real-time biofeedback loop, meaning that the user’s physiological response will be monitored, analyzed by the system and that it will adapt the experience to allow the user psychophysiological state to influence visual and auditory stimuli within the immersive virtual environment. This research program will develop ‘smart’, personalized VR applications using machine learning techniques to improve children’s VR experiences and augment and sustain the beneficial effects of VR immersion in pediatric health care.

Lead applicant

Danielle Levac

Université de Montréal


3 INTER mandates


Philippe Dixon

Université de Montréal

École de kinésiologie et des sciences de l'activité physique

1 INTER mandate

Martin Lemay

Université du Québec à Montréal


7 INTER mandates