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Human Machine Interaction-Knowledge engineering|Vicomtech-IK4 - Research centre

Our organisation type is:: Research institution

We are active in the following Technologies: Interfaces, software (front end), Integration, Communication technologies / Tele-systems, Learning & Training, Accessibility, Knowledge transfer

Action type: Research

Applications: Health & wellness, Home care, Information and learning, Mobility, Safety, security, privacy, Social interaction

Vicomtech (Visual Communication and Interaction Technologies Centre) is an applied research centre with strong experience in Interactive Computer Graphics and Multimedia Systems. We can provide expertise in eHealth, Telemedicine & eInclusion Applications, mainly on computer-assisted technologies for the healthcare and assistive technology industry.


Our technical activities include:

  • Advanced interfaces.
  • Image analysis.
  • Biomedical information management.


Main target areas are:

  • Telemedicine and eHealth: Last generation of IT solutions for developing closed-loop systems based on multi-parametric monitoring, and personal health management systems, including knowledge representation, complex-data management, etc.
  • e-Inclusion: integration of systems that facilitate use of information technologies to elder or disabled people.
  • Advanced Interface and Usability: Personal Health System, Telerehabilitation, Health 2.0, URC, UCH, etc.
  • Visual Analytics and Data Mining: Surgical planning, 3D animations, biomedical modeling, training, etc.
  • Simulation and Training: Simulation technology reproducing real clinical conditions for healthcare professional skills training and assessment, using for example interactive mannequins mimicking human anatomy, virtual reality, augmented reallity and physiological modeling (Gesture, Eye, Haptic, Speech, etc.).
  • Biomedical Image Analysis: 3D Visualization, Segmentation, Multimodal registration, Automation.
  • Security and biometrics: computer vision in surveillance and access control through biometric identification, intellectual property protection by brand monitoring or watermarking techniques.
  • We collaborate closely with hospitals, heatlhcare providers and assistive technology industry.



Visualization & Interaction:

  • 3D Screen, Autostereoscopy, HMD.
  • Haptic, voice, eye & gesture interaction.
  • Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality.

Image Processing:

  • PACS server.
  • Radiological Workstations.
  • High dynamic range screens.
  • Image Processing Software.


  • High computational Software & Hardware.
  • 3D production.
  • Surgical Training simulator.


Experience on health oriented European Projects:

- I2HOME -  Intuitive interaction for everyone based on industry standards.

- VITAL -  Vital Assistance for the Elderly.

- MedNET - Latin American Health Care Network.

- NANOTHER  - NANOparticle for THERapeutics of cancer.



Zimmermann G. et al: Meeting the Needs of Diverse User Groups: Benefits and Costs of Pluggable User Interfaces in Designing for Older People and People with Cognitive Impairments - Intelligent Technologies for the Aged - The Grey Digital Divide, Jeffrey Soar, IGI Global, 2010

Epelde G. et al: URC based accessible TV - EuroITV '09: Proceedings of the seventh European conference on European interactive television conference, pp. 111-114, Leuven, Belgium, 2009

Carrasco E.: Natural Interaction between Avatars and Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease - ICCHP 2008 - 11th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, pp. 38-45, University of Linz, Austria, 2008.

Boto F.: Automatic Standardisation of a Zebrafish Embryo Image Database - Information Technology Applications in Biomedicine - 2009

Kabongo L.: Development of a commercial cross-platform DICOM viewer based on Open-source software  - Int.J.of CARS - 2009

Barandiaran I.; Random Forest Classifiers for real-time optical markerless tracking  - Computer Vision Theory and Applications – 2008

Legarreta J. H.; Vital Sign Monitoring in Nursing home for Elderly - Med-e-Tel - 2008

Macía I.; Evaluation of a patient motion monitoring system in radiotherapy treatment based on optical detection – Int.J.of CARS - 2007

Santos P; IMPROVE: Designing Effective Interaction for Virtual and Mixed Reality Environments  - Human-computer interaction. 2007

Paloc C.; - Online Remeshing for Soft Tissue Simulation in Surgical Training - In: IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. 2006

Susperregui A. - A Standard-Based Mobile and Wireless Vital Signs Monitoring System - Journal for Quality of Life Research, 2005

Contact details


Daniel Vander Vorst
Phone: +34 943309230


Mikeletegi Pasealekua, 57, 20009 San Sebastián-Donostia