Extended reality for persons with age-related macular degeneration

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Subject: Extended reality for persons with age-related macular degeneration: The potential for screening, training, and use as an assistive technology
Abstract: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the most common causes for low vision. Due to demographic changes, the number of persons with AMD is likely to increase in the coming decades. The talk will present IDeA – a national multipartner project, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research. IDeA explores the potential of extended reality technology (VR and AR) to improve the diagnostics and rehabilitation of AMD as well as to function as an assistive technology in the everyday life of persons with AMD.
Speaker: Dr. Tonja Machulla, tonja.machulla@phil.tu-chemnitz.de
Organisation: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München/ Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany
Short biography of speaker: Tonja Machulla is cognitive scientist with a focus on human-computer interaction, and specifically on the accessibility of current and novel technology. From 2018 to 2021, she was project lead of two multipartner projects at the Department of Informatics, LMU Munich: IDeA – using XR for persons with low vision and HIVE – a LivingLab incorporating XR technologies. In 2021, she became a tenure-track assistant professor for assistive technology at the Department for Rehabilitation Sciences, TU Dortmund. Since 2022, she works as a tenured research scientist at TU Chemnitz.

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