Symposium Health Games

The Fietsgame

2 June 2017, 9.30-16 h.
David de Wied Building, room M201,

Health games - or games with a focus on health, healthcare, and well-being - are interactive virtual worlds for playing, training, and learning, often in a form of simulation. They are used for instance to train for rehabilitation, train for prevention, assessment of health condition, and to teach facts and skills.

Using game elements such as posing challenges, giving feedback, offering different levels, and providing social relations, users can play, train, and learn in a safe environment.

This symposium, organised by the Utrecht Research Focus Area Game Research, brings together experts in the fields of game design and development, psychology, neuroscience, physiotherapy, and data and computer science. The program offers presentations from game researchers, developers, companies, and medical experts. A demo market will offer a range of live game demos.

Participation is for free, please register by announcing your presence at <>.


  • ¬†9.30-10.00 Welcome, coffee
  • 10.00-10.15 Introduction
  • 10.15-10.45 Mary Dankbaar (Erasmus MC): The effects of a simulation game on the skills and motivation of doctors and students
  • 10.45-11.15 Wouter Boendermaker (Utrecht University): Training behavioral control in adolescents using a serious game
  • 11.15-11.45 Lauriane Spreij (UMC Utrecht), Hans Bouwknegt (Atoms2Bits): The Virtual Supermarket: virtual reality simulations in cognitive rehabilitation
  • 11.45-12.15 Agali Mert (Ciran). Games, VR, robots, artificial intelligence: all a matter of good design
  • 12.15-13.15 lunch
  • 13.15-13.45 Yun Ling (Utrecht University): Exercise games for rehabilitation after hip replacement surgery
  • 13.45-14.15 Jan Willem Huisman (IJsfontein): Why is it so difficult to bring the serious into games?
  • 14.15-14.45 Anouk Tuijnman (Trimbos Institute and Radboud University Nijmegen): Applied games and mental health: Moving Stories
  • 14.45-16.00 demo's & drinks
    • Hans Bouwknegt (Atoms2Bits), Lauriane Spreij (UMC Utrecht): The Virtual Supermarket¬†
    • Yun Ling (Utrecht University): The Fietsgame
    • Milan van der Kuil (Leiden University): Neuropsychology of Navigation
    • Anouk Tuijnman (Trimbos Institute and Radboud University Nijmegen): Moving Stories
    • Paula van Ooik (UMC Utrecht): DiagnostiGO


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David de Wied Building, room M201
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Please contact Tanja Nijboer or Remco Veltkamp