Multisensory, immersive systems in trauma therapy

Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
This project uses multisensory cues in a virtual reality for the therapy of anxiety disorders such as vertigo, claustrophobia and arachnophobia.

Project description

The Institute of Visual Computing (IVC) at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University has been working on multisensory immersive systems with a high potential for use in a therapeutic context for several years.

The promising approach is based on a realistic simulation of traumatic situations:  Multisensory stimulation is combined with an immersive environment (e.g. via Head Mounted Displays, HMDs) as part of an exposure therapy. 

The aim of the project is to develop a dynamic adaptation of the stimuli in cooperation with external partners according to individual feedback of physiological patient data. The system is supposed to provide multisensory context-sensitive cues in real time based on the physiological properties of the subject.

Similar approaches have already been successfully established abroad. However, they are not equally widespread in Germany and in many cases they do not tap their full potential since they only use visual stimulation. 

Project manager at H-BRS

Prof. Dr Ernst Kruijff

Professor for Human Computer Interaction
Portrait Ernst Kruijff
ernst.kruijff [at]

Prof. Dr André Hinkenjann

Founding director of the Institute of Visual Computing
Research Professor Computer Graphics and Interactive Environments
Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
andre.hinkenjann [at]

Research associates


Alexander Marquardt, Christina Trepkowski, Jens Maiero, Ernst Kruijff, André Hinkenjann

Research demonstration presented at the IEEE Virtual Reality - March 2018, Research demonstration


Florian Wurth, André Hinkenjann, Ernst Kruijff, Christina Trepkowski

accepted for publication in Proceedings of the 14th Workshop Virtuelle Realität und Augmented Reality der GI-Fachgruppe VR/AR - November 2017