Human-Computer Interaction

Augmented Reality Agents in Medicine

This call for a thesis or project is open for the following modules:
If you are interested, please get in touch with the primary contact person listed below.


Augmented and virtual reality can support physicians during their daily work. Especially augmented reality can enhance existing workflows, e.g., during operations (1). During COVID-19, augmented reality applications were tested during ward rounds, which led to lower infection rates, faster ward rounds, and a better experience for medical students (2). These applications could be further enhanced by embodied KI, i.e., agents, which are more natural to interact with and perceived as more trustworthy (3). This could be used to increase the acceptance of AI among medical professionals.

This project or thesis aims to develop an augmented reality prototype and evaluate it with students and medical personnel. The user should work with a virtual agent in one of two scenarios: The first scenario is a continuation of the work done in the DZ.PTM project, where a mobile app was developed to support doctors during their ward rounds (4). A virtual assistant that helps doctors request examinations and document wounds should be developed during the thesis or project. Another possible project or thesis could be to investigate how virtual agents affect teams. For this, a virtual agent needs to be developed as a team member in the so-called “team timeout” - a short, structured team meeting right before an operation to clarify open questions and ensure the correct organs are operated on (5). This project will take place within the research projects DZ.PTM and AIL@WORK and is done in cooperation with the University Hospital Würzburg.


This project will focus on the following tasks:



Contact Persons at the University Würzburg

Philipp Krop (Primary Contact Person)
Human-Computer Interaction Group, University of Würzburg

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